Basehor-Linwood finalizes volleyball season
Robinson announces resignation as Bobcats’ head volleyball coach
Between sharing memories and prank cell phone calls, the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team culminated its season with a banquet.
Travelling to T.G.I. Friday's in Shawnee Tuesday, Nov. 19, friends, family and team members congregated for the final time.
The banquet was not only the seniors last action as part of the team. Head coach Mardy Robinson announced that she would no longer coach volleyball for the Bobcats.
"As most of you know, I'm not going to be head coach next year," Robinson said. "I just need to take some time off and focus on basketball."
Robinson said she felt her replacement would be able to do a better job focusing on volleyball.
Her replacement is Lisa Phelps. Phelps played volleyball for Emporia State University. She lives in Johnson County, and has two nieces in the Basehor-Linwood school district.
Robinson's announcement was a look to the future, but most of the festivities focused on the past year.
Robinson handed out nine awards for the season, including the most valuable player.
Senior Cristin Burnett, who was the team's only player on the all-KVL team, received the MVP award.
"She could have been the MVP last year," Robinson said. "She played the most important role on the court. She has done a great job at it for three years."
Burnett led the Bobcats in five statistical categories. She was the most efficient server on the team, and her 200 assists led the team by 102.
Following the awards ceremony, the players presented Robinson with a token of their appreciation. They gave her a gift certificate and stone with Fort Hays State University's mascot carved and painted into it.
Robinson played basketball and graduated from FHSU.
Senior Aubrey Bittel, who was one of the presenters, was quick to the point.
"I'd just like to thank you for being our coach," Bittel said.
This was the last year for five seniors: Bittel, Burnett, Tiffany Bates, Lindsay Cunningham and Jennifer Douglas.
When Phelps takes over, she will have five players with varsity experience: Katie Burchfield, Terra Nichols, Kelly Schaffer, Morgan Kenney and Caitlin McCarty.