Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wristen: Together in Class 4A, local rivalry is renewed

March 24, 2011

Even when Bonner Springs High School jumped to Class 5A, the BSHS rivalry with Basehor-Linwood remained strong.

In addition to being from neighboring communities, the schools both compete in the Kaw Valley League. That makes every matchup between the schools a big deal.

Now that Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood are together again in Class 4A, however, the rivalry seems destined to grow even stronger.

That’s a good thing for the students at both schools, and it’s a major victory for Braves and Bobcats fans alike.

What better way to elevate postseason excitement than to have two schools whose kids grew up playing against each other squaring off with state tournament berths at stake?

The Braves and Bobcats haven’t faced each other much in the postseason this year, but that’s bound to change if BSHS remains in Class 4A for a few more years.

The cross country and wrestling teams faced off in the same regionals, and that likely will be the case for the track teams this spring.

We narrowly missed seeing a girls basketball showdown in the substate finals. Sumner Academy pulled away from Bonner Springs in the final eight minutes and prevented the Braves from doing battle with Basehor-Linwood for a state tournament berth.

The schools did meet in the boys basketball substate semifinals, however, and a packed house was on hand to see the rivals compete. Basehor-Linwood had edged Bonner Springs by just one point barely a week earlier, and this time the Bobcats dominated in an 18-point victory.

The excitement during the buildup for that game was undeniable for fans of both schools, and there’s plenty of reason to be even more excited as spring sports begin.

What will be the next big showdown between the rival schools?

Will the Bobcats and Braves face off in the baseball regional tournament?

Will Bonner Springs be the team Basehor-Linwood has to knock off in the regional finals as the Bobcats try to defend their Class 4A state championship?

Only time will tell, of course, but as a reporter who enjoys covering both schools and enjoys a good, old fashioned rivalry, it’s exciting to think about what the Class 4A reunion might mean for sports teams at Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs.

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