Archive for Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Basehor-Linwood track coach eager to work with young talent

March 26, 2009

Fresh faces abound on the Basehor-Linwood track this season.

Coach Jared Fuhrman is the team’s new coach, replacing Steve Hopkins who stepped down from the head coaching responsibilities and will continue to coach the throwers this season.

Fuhrman was an assistant last season and said he is anxious to coach the team.

“We are young, but the practices have been going fantastic early in the season,” he said. “The kids are working really hard. I am real excited. I look forward to the challenge of coaching the team.”

Young might be an understatement. Green, as always, is appropriate for this team.

BLHS has 50 athletes on this team, with the majority of athletes composed of freshmen and sophomores. The team has four seniors, 12 juniors and 34 underclassmen.

BLHS took 10 athletes to the regional competition last season and seven have graduated.

On the boys team, the Bobcats’ top returner is Bobby Courtney.

On the girls team, Baily Kraus is a top returner in the pole vault. BLHS also has some talented young distance runners who could score in meets this season.

With a young team, the Bobcats are focused on improving in time for the Class 4A regional and state meets.

“We are primarily a new team getting started,” Fuhrman said. “We are trying to get freshmen and sophomores to stay out. It is tough to compete against those sports for kids.”

Early season practices have gone well for the team, which opens the year April 3 at Baldwin and plays host to the Bobcat Relays on April 9.

“The kids are really excited,” Fuhrman said. “We are doing things a little bit differently; we have some kids that have not done track before.”

For example, athletes could switch from varsity to junior varsity each week depending on performance and what meet it makes sense for them to compete in.

“I think we will know more next week after the first track meet,” Fuhrman said. “That will set the tone. We will see how we do. We want to put kids in opportunities where they can succeed.”

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