Ceremony set for champs’ sign
Basehor-Linwood High School officials and local dignitaries will gather this afternoon for a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of a sign promoting the high school's first-ever team state championship.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Thursday. The sign, which declares the high school as home to the 2004 4A state scholars bowl champions, is near 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
Some funds for the sign were donated to the high school from proceeds from the Basehor Car Show, BLHS athletic director Joe Keeler said. Placement of the sign came from several other sources as well, Keeler said, and those people involved have been invited to participate in the ground-breaking.
Keeler said organizers are hoping members of the team attend the ceremony as well.
In February 2004, the BLHS team won the state championship from a field of contenders at Kingman High School. The team of four players and one alternate outwitted all opponents in the trivia-style competition.
Winning the state championship shouldn't have come as a surprise to those following the team: They finished no worse than second during matches throughout the 2004 season.
Awards bearing the words "state champions" are conspicuously absent from the collection of team trophies and banners inside the high school. From an unlikely source, the school now has one and a sign greeting all comers to the city to prove it.