Underclassmen sweep postseason volleyball honors
With just two juniors and no seniors on the roster, it wasn't surprising that all of the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team awards went to the younger two classes last Wednesday. What was a bit surprising was that three of the six awards went to freshmen. The awards were voted on by the 24 BLHS players.
On a team loaded with six sophomore starters, the freshman class made an impressive showing on awards night, proving that the BLHS volleyball future is bright even beyond 2007.
Freshman Kara Douglas took home one of two Most Improved Player awards. Douglas started the season on the JV team, but was quickly moved up and played varsity for much of the year.
Another freshman, Bekha Magaha, was a lock for the Most Inspirational award, after playing with a broken foot late in the season. A bit more unexpected, perhaps, was Amber Jeannin taking home the Best Defensive Player award. Amber, a freshman, won that award over her sister, sophomore Ashley Jeannin, though she didn't move up to the varsity roster until the playoffs.
"She made some extremely crucial plays at sub-state to help us beat Sumner so I'm sure that was probably a factor," BLHS coach Kristen Anthony said.
The other award for Most Improved Player went to sophomore Amanda Kane. Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Patton was named team MVP and sophomore Brooke Sanders won the Hustle award.
"I thought that all the awards were very deserved," Anthony said. "Chelsey did a great job all the way around, there wasn't just one aspect of her game that was flawless, she was just a solid player. And Brooke's our setter who was all over the court all of the time."
The Kaw Valley League awards, which are voted on by the league coaches, were determined Wednesday night but weren't available at press time. Before the voting took place Anthony said she thought a few of the Lady Bobcats had a shot at league recognition.