Bowers, Mallon lead BLHS in postseason honors
Tanner Bowers and Mitch Mallon played very different roles for the Basehor-Linwood High School soccer team this season.
Bowers was a midfielder who led the team with 12 goals. Mallon was a defender and was the team’s stopper, a player charged with halting an opposing team’s scoring push.
While they play different roles, Bowers and Mallon were honored equally for their performances on the field this season. They were second-team selections to the All-Kaw Valley League soccer team, which was selected by KVL coaches at a postseason meeting.
“When you have two seniors recognized on the team, when not at the top of the league, it shows how much these players are respected. It is evidence of how hard work is rewarded by how they excelled on the field,” BLHS coach Kevin Vincent said. “Tanner was our go-to scorer when we needed goals. He came up big in several key games. That is the key to being a top performer: to perform when it matters most.”
Mallon was an anchor in the team’s defense and routinely helped thwart opposing teams who were looking to score.
“He has great closing speed,” Vincent said. “He is very physical. Players would sneak past him, but I never thought a play was over until was over. I assumed he was going to catch them. He just knew how to make a play and get the ball back.”
He also anchored the team’s defense.
“He could serve as a quarterback of the defense,” Vincent said. “I think that the defense did not go the way we wanted, but he was a key to keeping games close.”
While both of those players are seniors, sophomore Symon Seaton was an honorable mention selection to the team.
“That was a tremendous honor, considering he is a transplant this season to the forward position,” Vincent said. “As the season went on he grew into the position. Symon has great speed, but his knowledge and instinct you need as a forward really grew. I think this season was the start of what he can become as a forward for us.”