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Inmates become Santa’s helpers
Bike Giveaway program hits 8th year at LCF
December 5, 2007
The LCF Bike Giveaway program began in 1999 on an inmate volunteer basis. That year, the crew managed to refurbish 25 bikes. “It just grew after that,” said Tracy Ashton, an administrative assistant in the East Unit of LCF and lead organizer of the program for the past six years.
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team plays stifling defense in first game
December 5, 2007
Even the usually relaxed David Walker was visibly frustrated with how difficult it was to score points Friday against Basehor-Linwood. After a THS turnover in the second half, the Chieftains coach turned around and smacked a chair with his right hand in aggravation. “It’s the first game of the season and you have some emotions and adrenaline running,” Walker said after Tonganoxie’s 47-31 season-opening defeat. “I think the effort on our behalf was there, but I just think we have to be a little bit more efficient on the offensive end. You can’t give them opportunities because they’ll take advantage.” Tonganoxie only converted 3-of-17 field goals in the first half. The game read like a football score, 20-7, at the half.
Neil family displays excellent dedication to sport of wrestling
December 5, 2007
Scott Neil was at his usual post on Saturday. He was coaching Basehor-Linwood wrestlers at the Kaw Valley League dual wrestling tournament.
Cats place 5th at KVL
December 5, 2007
Joe Johnson ended last year as a surprise qualifier for the state tournament after finishing the year with a sub-.500 record. After accomplishing his goal of reaching Salina, Johnson went 0-2 in the 119-pound bracket. This year, merely reaching the state tournament will not be enough. Johnson says his goals are to finish with a winning record and place at the state. “It is one of those goals that I have to try to beat,” Johnson said of the state tournament. “People want me to do it again.”
Basehor is ready for opponents best game
December 5, 2007
Last year, Basehor-Linwood snuck up on unsuspecting opponents and built big leads by the time the opposition realized they weren’t dealing with the same ol’ Bobcats. This year, the’Cats have everyone’s attention. A 17-5 season will do that for you. “Everybody knows who we are now,” coach Mike McBride said. “At times last season, with the tradition we had had, even when we were winning games I am not sure we got everyone’s best game because they thought that game would be an easy win.” If the record doesn’t get someone’s attention, being named the fifth ranked team in the Kansas City Metro area might.
Lombardino signs and shines for Basehor-Linwood girls hoops team
December 5, 2007
Cassie Lombardino just had quite the week. She announced she had accepted a scholarship with D-II Washburn during a signing party Tuesday in the BLHS foyer, after having signed the actual letter of intent the week before during the early signing period, and then helped the Lady Bobcats throttle Tonganoxie 67-43 on Friday. “My main goal was to play college basketball,” Lombardino said. “I’ve been to a couple Washburn games—that was like my dream to go there and play and I never thought that dream would come true. I was really excited. I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to play there.” Lombardino took an official visit to Washburn on Nov. 2. She went down on a Friday night with her mom. The two went out to dinner with the coaching staff and some players. That night, Lombardino went bowling with the team. On Saturday, she watched the team practice and then went to a Washburn football game. Lombardino said she looked seriously at Nebraska-Carney, who also offered a scholarship.
BLHS stifles THS for home victory
December 5, 2007
Thankfully, it was only the first game of the season. After Friday night’s 67-43 lopsided defeat at Basehor-Linwood, the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team just wanted to forget about it and move on. “It just didn’t go very well,” junior point guard Chrissie Jeannin said. “They screened well and just hit everything. You couldn’t really stop it. Even if you were in their face, they would hit a shot.”
Middle School scores and games
December 5, 2007
Freshman girls lose season opener The Bonner Springs Freshmen girls lost to Lansing 38-27 on Friday. Alexis Clark led the team with 14 points and Josie Freeby scored six points in the game. In tournament play, the Bonner Springs High School ninth grade girls basketball team lost to Leavenworth in the first round of the Patton Tournament last night 45-33. Clark led Bonner Springs with 15 points. Kaylie Holloway and Josie Freeby each scored five points.
BLHS boys team features different style
December 5, 2007
If one pattern emerged from Basehor-Linwood’s season-opening 47-31 victory over Tonganoxie, the first look at the team since the graduation of perimeter scorers Austin Knipp and Matt Fanning, it was that this year’s Bobcats will win games in a different fashion than last year’s.