Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Opinion: Top 5 spring sports stories

June 4, 2003

Sports are finished for spring 2003, so it is time to look back and remember the good times the spring season brought.

Basehor-Linwood had several good stories this spring sports season. The best overall story had to be the baseball team, which was by far the best thing Basehor-Linwood had to offer all year.

The baseball team did not reach its ultimate goal, but its goal was so much loftier than any other team could realistically have this year. The men on the diamond clearly had the best year in Basehor-Linwood.

Of course, the other sports showed improvement, but the baseball team flat out had the talent to compete at a high level.

That is why the baseball team has two of the top stories of the spring season. There are plenty of good stories, but here are the top five feel-good stories of the season for the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats.

5. Grube wins KVL

John Grube became the Kaw Valley League champion in golf by shooting a 74 to win by one stroke.

Grube eventually went to state.

4. Five athletes head to state

The Bobcats were never in contention for a team title in golf or track, but Basehor-Linwood did send individuals to the state competitions.

Golfers John Grube and Tyler Porter traveled all the way to Garden City while tracksters Katie Dukes, Brian Fish and Ryan Robinson went to Wichita. Only Dukes came home with a medal.

3. Bobcats play at Kauffman

The baseball team widely became known as one of the best teams in the area, and the Bobcats displayed their talents at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals.

As part of the Frank White Classic, Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs became the first two Kansas high school teams to play at Kauffman stadium.

BLHS dominated the game, 16-3.

2. Softball team rallies to win

The softball team had one of the best moments of the season with an amazing comeback victory against Bonner Springs.

On a night full of festivities for senior night, Basehor-Linwood trailed 6-1 late in the game. The bobcats scored six runs in the sixth inning to win, 7-6.

1. Baseball team dominates SFT

The Bobcats were facing Santa Fe Trail's all-state pitcher, Rob Musgrave, but they did not seem to notice. Basehor-Linwood crushed the opposing pitcher for 10 runs while Jeremy Sheehan allowed none.

The 10-0 victory was crucial for the Bobcats to win the league championship.

Athlete of the Week

The final Athlete of the Week is Katie Dukes. She earned a medal at the state track meet in the shot put. Her seventh place finish is the best by a Bobcat since head coach Paul Brown has been coach.

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