Kaw Valley League girls soccer coaches laud five from Basehor, five from Bonner Springs
For most of the season, the Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team took its lumps as it struggled to find the back of the net.
By the final few games, however, the Bobcats caught fire and powered their way into the Class 5-1A regional championships — a first for the program.
The strong finish didn’t go unnoticed by Kaw Valley League coaches as five Bobcats garnered All-League honors despite their fifth-place finish in the seven-team league.
Freshman forward Kara Stephens and junior defender Melissa Seaman highlighted the Bobcats’ list of honorees. Both were named to the All-League second team — Stephens after providing much of the team’s postseason scoring punch and Seaman for being a lockdown defender throughout the year.
Also for BLHS, senior goalkeeper Carol Smith, senior defender Lauren Klem and senior midfielder Elissa Manford were named as honorable mention selections.
Meanwhile, Bonner Springs looked to build off of last year’s 9-9 record by beefing up its schedule. The Bravettes suffered a few more losses this year as a result, but they also turned in a fourth-place finish in the KVL and had five players named All-League.
Sophomore Emily Hunt was named to the All-KVL first team as a defender. Meanwhile, junior forward Alexis Clark, sophomore goalkeeper Yessenia Hernandez and senior midfielder Tessa Seaton were second-team choices, and senior forward Alex Argudo was an honorable mention selection.