Opinion: Soccer goals and hardcourt spikes
was a tough week for Basehor-Linwood sports, as both the soccer and volleyball teams ended their seasons against highly-ranked playoff opponents.
The two teams had up and down seasons, but each provided plenty of good memories for Bobcats' fans.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Volleyball vs. De Soto (Sept. 23)
The Lady 'Cats faced one of their most evenly-matched opponents in the Wildcats. After winning the first game 26-24, they found themselves in a tough spot in the second game.
Nothing was going right at the start, as they fell behind 3-18. Then suddenly everything started clicking. Senior Terra Nichols had three aces and the Bobcats' front line of Kelly Schaffer, Katie Burchfield and Jackie White began raining down kills on the Wildcats.
Incredibly, the Bobcats reeled off an 8-0 run and a 7-0 run and were able to pull within 23-25 before the Wildcats finally won. Burchfield then dominated the third game and Basehor won 15-8, taking the match.
It seems the Lady 'Cats might have been hitting hard off the court too. After the match De Soto sophomore Lauren Hampton angrily told the Wildcat fans that she hadn't played her best because one of the Bobcats had slapped her hand much too hard during the pre-game handshake.
A little bitter about the loss, perhaps?
- Volleyball vs. Bonner Springs (Sept. 2)
The Lady 'Cats opened their season at home and finished a triangular by ripping their archrivals. They jumped out to an 8-1 lead before the Bravettes realized the match had started and won the first game easily, 25-14. Bonner put up more of a fight in the second game, but Burchfield rose up and spiked their hopes to the floor repeatedly down the stretch. Basehor won 25-22.
- Soccer vs. Piper (Sept. 29)
After the first half ended in a 2-2 tie, the Bobcats came back with one of their best halves of the season against the more experienced Pirates.
The teams see-sawed back and forth, with Chris Prgomet's goal giving the Bobcats a 4-3 lead.
The Pirates scored twice to retake the lead, and it looked as though the game was going to slip away. But Austin Knipp saved the day, coming through with his third goal of the game with only two minutes left.
After Zach Lowe's courageous goalkeeping in overtime the Bobcats salvaged a 5-5 tie.
- Soccer vs. Bonner Springs
After competing for space with junior high football practice in Linwood, the Bobcats finally got to play a game on the spacious high school football field in Basehor.
The move turned out to be the catalyst for their most emotional victory of the year.
Joel Vandervelde filled in for Lowe and allowed just one goal.
Knipp faked a defender nearly to the ground and scored the equalizer in the 67th minute.
Then, in the waning minutes of sudden-death overtime, Prgomet lifted a sky-high pass that bounced over the goalie's head. Knipp ran onto it and tapped it in, setting off a wild celebration for the Bobcats.