BLHS lifters sweep Royal Valley titles
The Basehor-Linwood powerlifting team traveled to Royal Valley on Saturday and returned home with a pair of first-place plaques after sweeping the boys and girls titles.
The boys now have won back-to-back titles since placing second at their home invitational in the season-opener. Meanwhile, the BLHS girls have won a whopping nine straight tournaments.
The girls’ success has plenty to do with its domination in the hang clean. At the tournament, only seven girls cleaned more than 150 pounds — five of them hailing from BLHS. Those lifters were Shelby Pierce, Kayla Peterson, Tiffany Jennings, Shelby Witt and Melissa Seaman. Seaman set a new personal best in the lift at 180 pounds.
In addition to the clean, three BLHS girls were overall champions in their weight divisions. They were Shelby Equels at 114 pounds, Baily Kraus at 123 and Kayla Peterson at 132.
Kraus was named the Lightweight Lifter of the meet, and Seaman was awarded as the Powerweight Lifter of the meet.
For the Basehor boys, Chris Douglas was the lone overall champion as he finished first in the 114-pound weight class. He posted the top lifts in the clean, squad and bench press in his weight class.
Cory Stephens (123 pounds), Brady Blackwood (132) Cody Green (220) and David Wynn (heavyweight) all finished second in their weight classes.