It’s a kick: Four Bobcats earn post season honors from Kaw Valley League
Basehor-Linwood junior Charles Millison spent more than 75 percent of the season playing goalie for the Bobcats.
So when it was announced on Thursday, Nov. 1, that Millison was selected by the Kaw Valley League coaches to the second team for his offense, he was a little shocked.
"It surprised me a lot actually," Millison said. "Coach (Lee Sigley) called me right after they announced it and told me that I made second team offense and I asked him how. He said, 'They voted for you.'"
Sigley said the reason that Millison was selected for his offensive ability was because of the impression he made when he did move out of the goal and onto the field.
In all but four games last season, Millison moved to midfielder at some point in the second half to try to spark the Bobcats' offense.
"It really wasn't about how often he played offense," Sigley said. "But the impression he made when he was in there."
In the early part of the season Millison did just what was expected of him he scored goals. And on a team that often struggled to find the back of the net, that was a huge lift.
In fact, every time Millison moved to offense, the flow of the game started to tip in BLHS's favor.
"I love playing offense more than anything in the world," Millison said. "My object when I come out of the goal was to score a goal of my own and to get our offense going a little bit. If I can play offense full time next year, I'd love to. But if they need me to play goalie again I'll do that, too."
Sigley said it would be great for the team if he had a goalie that could play full time, allowing Millison to play offense full time. But he added that he won't know until next season whether that will be possible.
Three other Bobcats earned post season soccer honors for their play for the Bobcats this season.
Junior Pete Hill was named honorable mention on both offense and defense. Hill was one of BLHS's best all-around players this season. In most games he could be found on the offensive attack and then back breaking up a play on defense.
Senior forward Scott Allen was BLHS's most tenacious forward. The Bobcats did not score too many goals this season, but Allen charged in and out of the box at every possible opportunity. For his effort, Allen received honorable mention on offense.
Junior defender Brandon Beebe also received honorable mention for his hustle, skill and leadership on defense.
Sigley said he was glad that all three guys got some recognition. And he added that with three of the four KVL honorees back next season, the Bobcats could be pretty good in 2002.
"I'm happy for those guys," Sigley said. "To get that recognition really is special and I think they deserved it. I think highly of those guys and their skills so it'll obviously help us next year to have them back."