Basehor-Linwood’s Top ‘Cats
Dye, Burnett named BLHS Athletes of the Year
As the old saying goes, it takes a little more to be the best.
If anybody is interested in figuring out what that extra is, he or she may want to ask Brandon Dye and Cristin Burnett, because they are the best Basehor-Linwood has to offer.
Basehor-Linwood recently named Dye and Burnett athletes of the year, concluding productive senior years for the two Bobcats.
Every year at Basehor-Linwood High School, the varsity coaches get together and discuss which students they will vote for as the school's athletes of the year.
The committee comprised of varsity coaches made its selections based on three main criteria: the athlete must play in at least two sports, the athlete must display good athletic ability and leadership, and the athlete must be of good character.
Dye and Burnett fit well into those categories.
"It feels great," Dye said. "I don't even know what to say. To be honest I forgot they even gave the award out. Nobody ever talks about it, so I didn't even think about it until they announced it at graduation.
"I just tried to go out there and be the best and have fun," he said. "I just tried to help the team win and do all the little things."
Dye was well-known in the Kaw Valley League for his athletic prowess. A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, he received all-league recognition in each.
While basketball was his best sport, he received all-league honorable mention as a punter in football and a pitcher in baseball.
Those who followed Basehor-Linwood sports know basketball is Dye's love. He was first team all-league and the leader of the Bobcat basketball team.
"Basketball was my favorite sport," Dye said. "My best friends were basketball players, and when we got into high school it was just great still playing with them and trying to win every Friday. And doing well made it better."
His scoring ability is what delighted fans and is why he will play at St. Mary College next year. He used long-range bombs and slashed his way to the basket to frustrate opposing defenses.
Early in the year, he showed he had a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He opened the season with a pair of 30-plus scoring games, and while he fell from that pace, he continued to lead the team in scoring.
He said he has two favorite moments this year: pitching a no-hitter against Perry-Lecompton and hitting a three-point shot against Immaculata to send the game into overtime, a game the Bobcats won.
Dye will try to add on to the memories in those two sports in the next few years. Dye had already signed to play basketball at St. Mary, but last week he officially decided to pitch for the baseball team.
Burnett did not receive all-league recognition in each of her three sports, but she played an integral part in the success of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams.
"This feels good, knowing all the hard work paid off," Burnett said. "It's nice knowing the coaches see me as a good role model and example for others."
For Burnett, the effort is as important as the result.
"I'm hard working," she said. "You've got to do your best. You're not always the best at every sport, but you have to try your hardest."
She made her biggest impact on the volleyball team where she was the only Bobcat to receive first team all-league honors.
As a leader of the team, Burnett was typically a setter, but she moved out of that role some this year both to utilize her talents and out of necessity.
Volleyball was not always her favorite sport, but through the years, it became that way.
"I've played softball all my life," Burnett said. "But I've grown to like volleyball more I think. I think I'm better at volleyball. It comes easier."
Despite her love for softball and volleyball, she said returning to basketball is what she will actually remember most about her senior year.
"I don't have one favorite memory," Burnett said. "But the thing I will remember is coming back to play basketball after a few year away from it. It was great to play with my friends again and for coach Robinson."