Bonner Springs moves forward without Bobcats
Forced to find a replacement for the absent Basehor-Linwood wrestling team, Bonner Springs High School did not have to look very far to fill the field at last weekend's Dick Burns Mat Classic.
With the Bobcats out because of bad weather and a district policy permitting them from attending, Bonner Springs wrestling coach Dan Burns fielded two calls from schools in similar predicaments as BLHS.
Both Blue Valley West and Olathe South were supposed to attend a tournament in Maize, Kan., last weekend; however, poor weather conditions prevented them from making their regularly scheduled trips.
The coaches at each school got online, found a tournament nearby that they wanted to get into and then placed a phone call.
For BV West coach Randy Lowe, the call was a piece of cake. Lowe had previously coached at Bonner Springs and still has great relationships with several members of the BSHS athletic department.
"I figured that with my old ties from coaching at Bonner, I'd have a shot to get us in the tournament," Lowe said. "But I really appreciate Bonner letting us in. It's a great tournament."
Olathe South coach Steve Mesa had a similar stance, without the ties.
"The weather kind of made us go to plan B, so I called up Coach Burns and asked if we could get in," Mesa said. "We really appreciate it. Our kids needed this mat time."
Mesa's Falcons finished in sixth place with 91 points at the event, while Lowe's Jaguars finished eighth with 65.5.