Basehor-Linwood busy preparing for annual tournament invasion
The holiday season may be over, but Basehor-Linwood is not done entertaining guests. The school will play host to three tournaments in the next week; wrestling, boy's basketball, and girl's basketball.
The Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament will take place on January 12-13. Wrestling will begin at 12 p.m.on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
"It's usually slated as, if not the toughest tournament in the state, then one of the two toughest in the state," wrestling coach Scott Neil said, referring to tournament's held before the state competition.
This tournament includes 27 teams, 16 of which are ranked in the state. On display will be over 90 state ranked wrestlers.
There will also be five returning state champions and over 40 returning state medalists.
"There is more depth in this tournament then any tournament we have ever had before," Neil said. "I foresee a lot of overtime matches."
The Bobcats are looking forward to the challenge.
"We have some good young wrestlers," Neil said. "We just want to compete. I am optimistic."
The competition will be formidable, however. The young Bobcats will gladly take the experience.
"It'll be a real tough tournament," Neil said. "I always look at this tournament as a good measuring stick for the state tournament."
Basehor-Linwood Athletic Director Joe Keeler was able to put together a long list of worthy wrestling adversaries to compete.
"Joe Keeler is the mastermind behind this," Neil chuckled. "I just have my wrestlers wrestle in it."
Team's of note include the No. 1 ranked team in class 4A, Andale, who is also the defending state champions, the No. 1 ranked team in class 5A, St. Thomas Aquinas, and four teams that are ranked in 6A; Garden City, Shawnee Mission East, Blue Valley and Lawrence Free State.
Finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
"It is fun to watch," Neil promised.
The Basehor-Linwood Basketball Invites will begin on Monday, January 15, and run through Saturday, January 20.
Games will begin at 3 p.m. daily, with two boys and two girls games each.
The girls bracket will boast two teams that currently sport unblemished records, St. Joseph Benton and Holton. The Basehor-Linwood girl's team stands at 6-1.
The boys bracket appears equally loaded, as five teams will enter tournament play with winning records.
Pembroke Hill currently has the best record, with a 7-1 mark. The Bobcats enter at 5-2.