BSHS, BLHS soccer players lauded by KVL
The Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood boys soccer teams both had luck work against them in the form of Class 4-1A regional playoff brackets this year.
Bonner Springs opened the playoffs with a first-round matchup and 1-0 loss to eventual state champion Kansas City Christian. Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood opened the playoffs with a 4-1 loss to eventual state runner-up St. James Academy.
Despite the unfortunate bracket slotting, the Braves (7-6-4) and Bobcats (8-8-1) both were successful enough this season to have numerous players garner All-Kaw Valley League recognition.
Nate Mitchell, a longtime starter for the Bonner Springs defense, highlighted the Braves’ All-KVL honorees as he garnered first-team status. Mitchell captained a defensive unit that was tough for opponents to break through.
Senior goalkeeper Brett Steuart also played a major role on the BSHS defense and garnered honorable mention recognition.
Offensively, the Braves’ most versatile scoring threats both garnered second-team status. Those players lauded were senior forward Spencer Bush and junior midfielder Spencer Frank.
While Bonner Springs had four seniors recognized, Basehor-Linwood had a blend of youth and experience on the All-KVL squad. Eight Bobcats — four seniors and four players who will return next year — garnered league honors.
Senior defender Dakota Foster, a staple on the Bobcats’ back line for the past few seasons, as the lone first-team honoree for BLHS. In addition, senior midfielder Steven Coy was a second-team selection and senior goalkeeper Russell Clark and senior utility player Marcas Box were honorable mention honorees.
Joining the seniors on the All-KVL squad were junior forwards Trey Kincheloe and Lane Young, freshman midfielder Zach Ferguson and junior defender Zach Sawalich who all were honorable mention selections.