After taking early lumps, Bobcats hope to thrive
In a league made up of Class 4A and 5A schools, Kaw Valley League coaches have a choice in how to schedule.
Teams in the Class 4A classification can play up against bigger schools, or they can play other 4A teams from outside the league.
Basehor-Linwood coaches and players will discover how well their scheduling strategy has prepared them for district play when they take the field at 7 p.m. Friday in Tonganoxie.
The Bobcats, 2-4, are fresh off a 43-8 loss to Lansing, 6-0, and eager to get started with district play. Basehor-Linwood has played a difficult schedule of 5A teams throughout the season, including games against undefeated Lansing and Mill Valley high schools. In fact, the season-opener against Santa Fe Trail was the only time this season that BLHS has played a non-5A opponent. The Bobcats have taken their lumps against programs with more students enrolled in the school and now will play against programs with similar enrollment levels.
“We feel like taking those tougher schools on has prepared us. Tonganoxie chose a different route. We will see which route works the best,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said.
Entering district play, the teams have the following records: Basehor-Linwood, 2-4; Tonganoxie 4-2; Piper, 3-3; Bishop Ward, 3-3.
Following the loss to Lansing, Hopkins told his players it is a new season. He said no matter what records the two schools have, they each have the same opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.
The first game is perhaps the most important in reaching the Class 4A state playoffs, Hopkins said.
“You can’t really plan on qualifying if you don’t win the first game,” he said. “You can get in, but we don’t want to do it that way.”
A win Friday would put Basehor-Linwood in the driver’s seat for one of two playoff spots from the district. The team plays Bishop Ward next week and then the district finale against Piper.