A day to remember…
Alumni Day another big hit at Basehor-Linwood
It's a tradition that has taken on many different forms during its five years of existence.
Some years the seniors have dominated the day. Other years, the alumni have returned in full force to steal the show. But regardless of who or what has taken center stage in the past, BLHS softball coach Susan Mayberry's creation has always been memorable.
This year was no different.
With just one senior on her roster -- outfielder Brandi Sirridge -- Mayberry knew this year's celebration would not be dominated by seniors. And with just five alumni back to be honored between games, it's safe to safe Basehor-Linwood's past performers didn't steal the spotlight either.
Luckily, the game on the field and the weather stepped up to the plate.
Under unusually sunny skies -- for this season, anyway -- the Lady Bobcats battled the Bonner Springs Bravettes in a memorable eight-inning contest.
BLHS ace Kristal Holland dominated on the mound and Chelsea Patton delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to provide the dramatics.
"We always seem to make things interesting," Mayberry said with a sly smile. "But the goal of this event is to bring back the alumni and to make it a fun night for everyone involved. It was a beautiful day, that always helps."
Of the five alumni who returned for the festivities, three were from the Class of 2004. Terra Nichols, Nicole Kirk and Chelsea Flowers made it back to support the program, and all of them said, although odd to be outside the lines, it was special to be back.
"I think it's neat to come back and be a part of this," Flowers said. "This is the first game I've been to since I graduated and it was a lot of fun."
Kelly McCarthy (1996) and Bridgett Hampton (2000) were the other alumns in attendance.