Basehor-Linwood’s Hooks named to All-KVL first team
BLHS senior named among top players in league for second straight season
The middle portion of the Basehor-Linwood’s defense in volleyball was difficult to score on this season.
Opponents looking to record kills were blocked on a regular basis. The Bobcats tallied 308 blocks this season, more than doubling the 136 recorded in 2008.
Perhaps no player played as pivotal a role in the BLHS defense as senior middle blocker Courtney Hooks. She recorded 94 blocks and was a constant presence in the middle.
She also led the offense with 200 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. For her performance, Hooks was named to the All-Kaw Valley League first team.
It’s the second year in a row Hooks has made the first team.
“She was our go-to hitter,” coach Tammy Zydlo said. “She did a great job of doing what we asked of her, which was blocking and hitting. She is a really strong player. She could run a lot of quick plays and hit really good in the middle.”
Fellow senior Cassy Bever, an outside hitter, was an All-KVL honorable mention selection. She was a two-year captain for the Bobcats, and she recorded 171 kills and just 47 errors while posting a .276 hitting percentage.
Zydlo said she had hoped that Bever would earn All-KVL recognition.
“I do feel like she was a top-14 player,” Zydlo said. “She is one of the smartest players that I have ever coached. She was willing to take risks. The game could be on the line, and she would be on the attack. She would see a hole and put the ball right there. I like players that are willing to take chances, and she was that kind of player.
“Cassy has just great leadership. She keeps people focused and gathers them in the middle of the court after giving up a point and says ‘lets move on.’ That is hard to replace.”
Both players left imprints on the program, Zydlo said.
“They were go-to hitters,” Zydlo said. “They could make things happen on the court. That is hard to replace.”