BLHS powerlifters sweep titles
Bobcat power was on full display as the Basehor-Linwood boys and girls powerlifting teams swept the championships Saturday at West Franklin High School.
The victory was the 15th straight for the BLHS girls.
“I was very pleased how our older lifters were not afraid to go for lifts they had never tried before,” coach Ross Schwisow said. “They did not settle for the safe lift, they tried to push themselves. It was also a great meet to watch how much our younger lifters have improved this year.”
There were numerous first-place individual finishes for the Bobcats.
In the girls’ competition, Alyssa Rucker placed first in the 105-pound division for total weight lifted and squat. Shelby Miles won the bench press in the same division.
Lauren Klem placed first in the 114-pound weight class for total weight lifted, squat, bench and clean.
In the 132-pound class, Kayla Peterson took first for clean and total weight lifted, and Haylee Mathews won the bench press.
Melissa Seaman placed first at 148 for total weight lifted, squat, bench and clean.
Megan Rehm placed first at 156 for total weight lifted and the clean.
The BLHS boys also had numerous champions.
Cory Stephens finished first at 123 for total weight lifted, bench and clean. Russell Clark won for total weight, squat and clean at 132. In the 140-pound class, Deric Brannan won for total weight, and Brady Blackwood finished first in the clean. Bobby Courtney won the squat competition at 156.
In the heavyweight division, John Shewmon won for squat and total weight lifted.
The Basehor boys and girls next compete Saturday, March 6, at the state championships in Abilene.