Wristen: Bobcats continued pursuit of perfection in 2010
Basehor-Linwood became a championship school in 2009 thanks to the boys basketball team’s run to the Class 4A title.
The Bobcats maintained that elite status in 2010 in the form of numerous titles at the league and regional level. This time, however, it was the girls’ turn to bring home a team state championship.
Individual accolades came first as wrestler Symon Seaton — who was coached by his father, Ed Seaton — battled through the 125-pound bracket and won a state championship at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Seaton won Kaw Valley League and regional championships on his way to the state title and a 34-2 record.
Two weeks later, Bobcat fans were back in Salina to cheer for the girls basketball team. The Bobcats overcame a 1-4 start to the season, won 15 of their final 19 games and advanced to state before falling to defending champion Concordia in a nail-biter.
The BLHS boys nearly joined the girls at state, but their title defense was halted in the substate finals when eventual state champ Sumner Academy knocked off the Bobcats in the substate finals and BLHS ended its season with a 20-3 record.
Strong performances continued in the spring on the track and softball field.
First, sprinter Daniel Prioleau took advantage of the best weather the Bobcat Relays have had in years and wowed the home crowd with a school-record performance in the 100-meter dash. His record-breaking time was 10.78 seconds, good for second place behind Bonner Springs’ Cameron Callahan, who clocked a scorching 10.39.
By the end of track season, it was Dakkota Edmonds of the girls’ squad who claimed the highest honors. After narrowly missing out on qualifying for state as a freshman, Edmonds emerged as one of the state’s elite sprinters. She closed out her season with a pair of fourth-place medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
The same day Edmonds stood on the awards stand at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, the Basehor-Linwood softball team hoisted a state championship trophy — the first for a Kansas State High School Activities Association-sponsored girls sport in school history. The Bobcats capped a remarkable season where they posted a 24-2 record. A photo of the team now hangs proudly on the wall of the BLHS gymnasium.
Success didn’t stop coming the Bobcats’ way in the fall.
The BLHS boys soccer team recovered from two years of struggling and compiled a 10-5-2 record. The Bobcats spent about half of the season ranked in the top five in the Class 4-1A state poll. The cross country team also had a stellar season. Two BLHS girls — junior Hannah Tush and freshman Ally Laney — both qualified for state from the girls’ squad, and junior Jonathan Oliva became the first Basehor-Linwood boy in 28 years to advance to state. Not to be outdone, the girls golf team had a pair of state qualifiers in juniors Marissa Dove and Nicole Vasquez.
The Basehor-Linwood football team followed up last year’s 8-2 campaign by posting the best record in school history at 9-1. The Bobcats won an undefeated Kaw Valley League championship and produced an Otis Taylor Award finalist in junior wide receiver Ryan Murphy.
Finally, the year ended right back where it began — with both the boys and girls basketball teams in the hunt for state tournament berths and an up-and-coming wrestling team that has a state title contender.
Yes, 2010 was all about championships at Basehor-Linwood, and the theme looks to continue in 2011.