Bobcats catch fire, celebrate homecoming in style
Onlookers lined the parade route in Basehor Friday, Sept. 26; from Leavenworth Road to Parallel, residents flocked in droves to the streets for the city's annual homecoming parade and festivities.
Joe Keeler, athletic director at Basehor-Linwood High School and homecoming organizer, said the activities went smoothly and were well attended.
"Excellent," Keeler said of the community's response to the events. "It was an outstanding homecoming and a fantastic parade and a great event for the community."
Tammy Potts, director of the school district's YouthFriends organization, served as parade grand marshal.
There were four categories for parade entries this year, which were class floats, community floats, walking units and small motorized and decorated vehicles.
The class of 2005 won first place in class floats and the class of 2004 brought home second place. As per community floats, Language Lane preschool took top honors, and Mike Guthrie's karate students earned second.
It was a high school dominated field for walking groups as BLHS cheerleaders won first place and the high school's colorguard and band earned second place.
Austin Schoepflin won first place for small motorized and decorated vehicles and Tanner Schoepflin and Bo Barger tied for second place.
At halftime of the football game, Ryan Robinson and Alesia Self donned crown and tiara as homecoming king and queen.
Homecoming events kicked off Thursday, Sept. 25 with a bonfire rally at the high school. Following Friday night's parade, the Basehor-Linwood Booster Club hosted a barbecue before the football game.
But what would homecoming be without a gridiron win? That's exactly what the Bobcats thought as they shucked off a 13-game losing streak and proceeded to shut out the Santa Fe Trail Chargers, 2-0, for the team's first win of the year.