BLHS powerlifters set records in final state tune-up
The final tune-up for the powerlifting state championships went quite well for Basehor-Linwood on Saturday at Horton.
The BLHS girls racked up 138 points and collected their 16th straight tournament title. The Bobcat boys also finished first with 106 points.
“It was a great meet to practice for the state competition this coming weekend,” BLHS coach Ross Schwisow said. “All of our team was told to not worry about winning or worry about what other lifters were lifting. We wanted them to try for a personal record on every last attempt and try to set a new PR. This went well for a lot of our team. For some it showed they are close to (raising) their bar a little bit.”
John Shewmon led the Basehor boys as he captured first-place finishes in squat, clean and total weight lifted in the heavyweight classification.
Shewmon attempted to lift 335 pounds on the hang clean but was unable to complete the lift. He had a successful lift of 315 pounds.
Brady Blackwood finished first in the clean at 132 pounds. He had a personal-record lift of 240 pounds.
“The boys’ side was very competitive, and although we did not have a lot of individual champions, we had a lot of kids take second and third place in their divisions,” Schwisow said. “With a young group of boys, that is very important towards confidence and seeing that they are getting stronger.”
Meanwhile, the Basehor girls had numerous tournament champions.
“There were seven weight classes on the girls’ side at this meet and we won every class, which was a testament to how hard the girls have been working to improve all year,” Schwisow said.
Alyssa Rucker took first in total lift and squat in the 105-pound class. Lauren Klem won all categories — clean, squat, bench and total weight — in the 114-pound class. Haylee Mathews swept the lifts at 123, Kayla Peterson had a sweep at 132 and Melissa Seaman swept all lifts at 148. Seaman set a personal-record in the squat at 315 pounds.
Brittany Billinger was the champion in squat at 156 and Megan Rehm finished first in the same class for clean and total lift.
Shelby Witt won for clean, bench and total weight lifted in the powerweight class.
Schwisow noted that Rehm nearly pulled off a 200-pound lift in the hang clean. She completed the stand-up but lost it at the top. If successful at the feat at state, she would become the first girl in Class 4A to do it.
“Overall, the day went great and the kids are very excited to compete this Saturday and see where they rank in the state,” Schwisow said.
State takes place Saturday at Abilene High School.