BLHS prepares to host weightlifers
This has been a successful first season for the Basehor-Linwood power lifting team, which is about to display its aptitude at home for the first time.
The team will host the Bobcat Power Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The meet is expected to last until noon.
Admission is free to the public. The competition will take place in the small gymnasium, and will have 150 weight lifters from 12-to-15 schools.
"This is our first time hosting a meet so we are looking to keep it fairly small," coach Ross Schwisow said.
BLHS hopes to continue its winning ways.
The Bobcats girl's team has taken first place in three competitions this year. The boys have been almost as successful, taking first, second and third.
BLHS has a large team as anyone in attendance at Tuesday night's boys substate game understands - the power lifting team was recognized at midcourt for its impressive performances this season.
"We are extremely excited," Schwisow said of hosting the meet. "We have almost 70 kids in our school participating in this program. It is great to give them an opportunity to lift at their home and to also prepare for state the following week. We are also running the meet as a natural meet with no lifting wraps or suits. The backbone of this team and the strength and conditioning program is year-round conditioning for all athletics and we like to compete how we train."
Basehor-Linwood athletes have used this program for off-season training and enjoy competing while preparing for other sports.
The state tournament is March 8. The Bobcats are looking forward to preparing for it while participating in the home meet on Saturday.
The meet is set up with stations of clean, squat and bench press. Athletes will have three attempts at each lift and need to meet the judge's requirement for clean lifts.
"There will be all levels of experience of the lifters," Schwisow said. "You can watch a lifter who may not win the event still be ecstatic because they have done something they have never done before. It is a long process and that is the backbone of a year-round program, continual progress."