News and notes from around the KVL
Football kicks off
Only four Kaw Valley League football teams were victorious on opening night Friday, Sept. 5, and Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood were two of them.
Bonner Springs needed a last-second field goal to cap a fourth-quarter rally against Bishop Ward, 29-28. Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood made quick work of Santa Fe Trail, 23-7.
The other teams who won their season-openers were Lansing and Tonganoxie. THS matched its victory total from 2007 by beating Prairie View, 14-7. The game was scoreless at halftime.
Lansing, one of the league's tri-champions alongside BSHS and Perry-Lecompton in 2007, held off Piper, 35-34.
The league's top individual performer on opening night was Lansing senior running back Benton Smith. He galloped for 293 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries.
Games to watch this week will be Basehor at Bonner Springs, Piper at Mill Valley and Turner at Lansing.
TEAM KVL ALL
Basehor-Linwood 1-0 1-0
Bonner Springs 1-0 1-0
Lansing 1-0 1-0
Tonganoxie 0-0 1-0
Mill Valley 0-0 0-1
Perry-Lecompton 0-0 0-1
Turner 0-0 0-1
Bishop Ward 0-1 0-1
Piper 0-1 0-1
Santa Fe Trail 0-1 0-1
Runners back on course
Cross country season opened last week, and a number of Kaw Valley League teams showed plenty of promise.
Lansing was the surprise team on the girls side in 2007 as a sophomore-led squad cruised to the Kaw Valley League championship. The Lions had a solid opener in their dual with Tonganoxie. Juniors Melanie Pilkington and Mary Kate Meara were second and third behind Tonganoxie's Andie Jeannin. Lansing ran without top performer Lauren Jaqua who was sick and standout Sarah Nielsen who was injured.
Although Lansing was the young, surprise team a year ago, Basehor-Linwood may be looking to fill that role in 2008. The Bobcats dominated the girls race in their inaugural home meet. Freshman Hannah Tush earned a second-place individual finish and led her team to a first-place finish. Kayla Peterson, Brooke Redmond, Shelby Miles, Megan Rehm and Casey Mahoney all notched top-20 finishes for the Bobcats.
Meanwhile, Michael Torrez had a sensational debut for the BLHS boys as the sophomore finished eighth overall.
The defending boys league champions, Bonner Springs looks to be tough again this year, too. Brooks Ballou made a statement in the season-opener on Saturday as he won the gold medal at the Hayden Invitational in Topeka.
Mill Valley has had a traditionally strong cross country program as well. The Jaguars have yet to race this season. They opened the season on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Runners will get another look at the Jaguars on Saturday when they race at the Paola Invitational.
Volleyball heats up
Both the Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs volleyball teams are looking to take another step forward this season. Basehor is trying to do it while replacing a few key seniors who graduated. Bonner is hoping to build under the leadership of a new coach.
Bonner Springs earned a victory over traditional Class 4A power Baldwin during a 1-2 showing at the season-opening home quadrangular on Sept. 2. The Bravettes will go for another victory at 5 p.m. today when they play host to Immaculata. A better indication of how their season might go will come Saturday when they compete in their first tournament of the season at Baldwin.
Basehor-Linwood also will see its first tournament action of the season on Saturday. After going 2-1 at the Bonner quadrangular, the Bobcats have had 11 days off to prepare for the Lansing Invitational. The tournament should provide a good gauge for exactly where the Bobcats are early in the season because they will face multiple Class 6A schools, as well as tournament host Lansing which placed fourth at the Class 5A state tournament in 2007 and currently is ranked No. 3 in the state.
Lansing, which went undefeated in the league last year, is somewhat of a mystery so far this season, despite its state ranking. The Lions have yet to play a match. They open today against Blue Valley and Turner at Blue Valley before coming home for their tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday.