Cats won 4 KVL titles in ‘07
Basehor-Linwood High School year in review
Improvement and success are good words to describe Basehor-Linwood High School athletics in 2007.
The school won four Kaw Valley League championships in the sports of boys basketball, soccer, softball and boys golf.
Other teams also achieved new levels of success.
Coach Tammy Zydlo led volleyball team its first 20 win season in a decade.
The football team also won a playoff game. The year also featured a coaching change in girls basketball when coach Tami Holthus resigned and was later replaced by Noah Simpson.
The team is 6-0 and signs of future success are on the horizon as a new year of competition begins in January.
While every game or event is important to those involved, the following accomplishments seemed were bigger than some others last year.
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team wins KVL title
The headline in the Sentinel last February read Kaw Valley League Kings.
Coach Mike McBride had led his team a win over Piper, which also gave Basehor-Linwood its first KVL Boys Basketball championship since 1996.
The Bobcats (17-5) finished with more wins than they accumulated in the four previous seasons combined.
BLHS also became the first team in school history to go undefeated in league play, winning the league with a 13-0 mark.
"The big thing going into the season was to get better, that was our goal," coach Mike McBride said after last season. "We upped our goals as the season went on. At the end of the year we wanted to go to state. We took big steps, winning the league and going 13-0. It was a good stepping stone for us in the future."
Basehor-Linwood, 3-3, this season returns to the court Jan. 8.
Basehor-Linwood soccer team wins league title
The Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team came within a goal of playing in the state tournament. Kansas City Christian defeated Basehor-Linwood, 3-2, in overtime. KC Christian's goal came in the 104tth minute of play of the quarterfinal soccer game.
The scene after the game was emotional.
"Everyone on the field played one of the best games I have ever seen," coach Kyle Vincent said. "I might coach five years or 50 years, but you guys will always be a special team to me. I will never forget the ride we took this year as a team."
The championship game concluded a special season for the Bobcats. The team won the Kaw Valley League championship and was ranked much of the season.
BLHS Football team wins playoff game
Coach Steve Hopkins' team joined in the postseason fun this year. Basehor-Linwood won its first playoff game in more than a decade by staving off a late rally by Eudora last season.
The Bobcats led from their first possession of the game until the middle of the fourth quarter, but needed a late Tyler Miles touchdown run to win 13-8 and spoil the Cardinals (8-1) and state-ranked year.
"Rankings mean nothing," Bobcats coach Steve Hopkins said. "Our conference prepared us."
Basehor-Linwood lost to Holton, 38-0, in the next round of competition. The playoff capped a playoff run that also included a district championship.
Basehor wins softball league championship
Basehor-Linwood softball players will be able to visit the schools trophy case in 20 years and see the trophy they won as teenagers.
The players were part of a team that won the Kaw Valley League championship for the first time last season.
The school won the title with a10-0 victory against Bonner Springs.
"As a coach all I want to do is provide an opportunity for the kids to enjoy the game and learn the skills of softball," Susan Mayberry said. "It is their championship. I won't take the credit. I choose to give the credit to the kids because they are the ones that pitch and field and play. It is exciting for me as a coach to be able to watch them celebrate that."
Basehor-Linwood lost in the Class 4A regional softball tournament to Piper, 9-0.
Knipp's career ends
Austin Knipp's career ended last season and he is continuing to play soccer at Johnson County Community College.
Knipp was a prolific two-sport athlete for the Bobcats. He scored more than 100 goals during his soccer career and also was a dominant basketball player for the school.
Knipp led Basehor-Linwood to an undefeated basketball season last year.
Individual participants compete at state
Basehor-Linwood had numerous athletes participate in state tournaments throughout the season.
In wrestling, Martin Buck and Joe Johnson competed in the state tournament in February.
In the spring, Chris Douglas and Sam Mustain played in the state golf tournament.
Scott Ogilvie participated in the Class 4A State Track and Field meet in Wichita.
In the fall, Megan O'Bryan played in the Class 4A State golf tournament.
Basehor-Linwood golf team wins title
The Basehor-Linwood boys golf team won the Kaw Valley League title last spring.
The team shot a 346, six strokes better than the next best team, Lansing.
"I was so proud of the boys," coach Chad Harvey said. "This is the first league championship we have won in the last five years since I have been head coach. With the toughness of our league, this really should show the kids they are for real. They can compete with any team on any day if everyone comes to play."
Three Bobcats made the all-league medal list, including Sam Mustain, who shot an 80 and finished third, Chris Douglas, who shot an 88 and finished seventh, and Toby Moody, who also shot an 88 and finished 10th.
Bobcats make strides in Kaw Valley League race
Basehor-Linwood placed fourth in the Kaw Valley League standings race last year.
After a ninth-place finish last season, Basehor leaped past five teams to finish in fourth place. The Bobcats nearly caught the Lions, but finished behind them by one point with a score of 89.
Basehor had the largest place differential of any team from the year before.
New coach takes over for girls basketball team
Basehor-Linwood hired a new girls basketball coach last year.
Following a successful season, coach Tami Holthus resigned from the. The team had its first winning season in fie years under Holthus.
Later in the school year, assistant coach Noah Simpson was promoted to the new head coach at the school.
Under Simpson, the team hosted a midnight madness basketball practice and is undefeated this season.
The Bobcats won the Central Heights Invitational basketball tournament with a win over St. James Academy.
Basehor-Linwood Volleyball team has winning season
This year's Basehor-Linwood volleyball team reached a major goal. After finishing with more than 20 wins for the first time in a decade, the team is now focused on the next big step-reaching state.
"I think the girls should feel proud that they beat the 20 win mark, which hasn't happened for awhile for volleyball at Basehor-Linwood High School," Coach Tammy Zydlo said. "There were missed opportunities, wins we should have had, but the girls improved. Every year it will be our goal to win sub state and to go on to state. I want every team to want to be the team that goes to state. That has to be a goal- it's what all teams work for."
Reporters Thor Nystrom, Matt Tait and Nick Bratkovic