Seniors bid farewell to BLHS
During the course of the final year of high school, seniors go through many lasts.
They have their last dance, their last week of school, and their last test.
Basehor-Linwood seniors had another one of those lasts as they celebrated senior night Friday, Feb. 28, marking their last home basketball game.
Both the girls and the boys were at home to face De Soto in the final regular season game before sub-state. The girls finished with a loss, and the boys earned their fourth win of the season, but it was a special occasion for both teams.
"It's sad but exciting because we're moving on to new things," senior Lindsay Cunningham said. "It was emotional because it's the last time we'll ever play at home."
The girls opened the night's festivities as each of the five senior girls were honored. While the ceremony was for the girls, they had a surprise for everybody.
The Lady 'Cats wanted to spread the recognition, so they presented two gifts. First, they gave a plaque to a group of fans called the "Basketball Boys" for being the "best fans in the world."
"We gave that to them because they were at all our games," Cunningham said. "We appreciated it a lot, and it had a lot to do with how we played."
They also honored their head coach, Mardy Robinson, giving her a limestone with a Fort Hays State University tiger on it. Robinson graduated from FHSU.
For the guys, six basketball players and one manager received recognition, and they had a surprise in store as well.
When the Bobcats came out of the locker room before the start of the game, each senior was wearing a gift from head coach Bruce Courtney -- a headband.
"We've been asking all year to wear green or black headbands, but coach had denied us," senior Brandon Dye said. "Just before the game, he surprised us for motivation or something."
With the arrival of senior night, the teams had unconventional starting lineups so all seniors could start. Players like Kindle Rose and Joe Marin who do not play many minutes started.
"It felt great because it's the last game at our home court," Marin said. "It makes you more pumped up."