Bobcat powerlifters strongest at tourney
Basehor-Linwood’s gymnasium was transformed from a basketball court into a weight room on Saturday, with powerlifters from throughout northeast Kansas participating in the Bobcat Invitational competition.
The meet featured 340 power lifters from 27 schools participating in maximum lift attempts in the squat, hang clean and bench press exercises.
“This was a high-atmosphere event,” coach Ross Schwisow said. “There were a lot of impressive things in the meet. We had beginners who had not lifted before and more experienced lifters who did some really nice things.”
The Bobcats did everything as a team, from lifting to setting up and working the tournament. BLHS had 80 volunteers help with Saturday’s meet, including teachers and parents.
Ben Chapman served as a disc jockey during the competition, blaring music on the overhead speakers. Powerlifters provided the rest of the ambience, huddling around lift stations and cheering on classmates in the hopes of garnering maximum effort in a lift.
Basehor-Linwood had 82 lifters in the meet, which was tops among schools for participation. The Bobcats also had lifters who represented the school well in the meet.
“Probably 70 to 75 percent of our lifters placed in the top six spots,” Schwisow said.
The Basehor-Linwood girls varsity team won the competition.
A pair of Basehor-Linwood girls cleaned more than 170 pounds. Melissa Seaman and Megan Rehm accomplished the feat for the Bobcats.
“Those are remarkable lifts for us,” Schwisow said.
Seaman won her division. Rehm won the bench and clean competitions.
In addition, Shelby Miles placed first in the 105-pound division, winning all three events.
Shelby Equels placed first in the 114-pound division by winning all three events.
Bailey Cross placed first in total weight at the 123-pound weight class; placing first in the squat and clean.
Hayley Mathews placed first in the bench press for the 123-pound division. Kayla Peterson placed first in the 132-pound weight class. She placed first in the squat and clean.
Shelby Pierce placed first in the 156-pound division. She placed first in the hang clean. Emily Blanks placed first in the power weight and the bench press.
The boys’ team placed second, finishing behind Humboldt High School.
Brandon Leppke, competing in the 173-pound weight class, placed second in total weight and first in the squat.
Cody Green placed second in total weight for the 220-pound weight class. He also placed second in the hang clean.
Martin Buck placed first in the bench press at the 155-pound weight class.
The Bobcats will attend a power-lifting meet at Abilene High School on Jan. 24. The team will compete at Royal Valley on Jan. 31. Later in the season, Basehor-Linwood will play host to the Class 4A Powerlifting Championships.