Archive for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bobcat lifters pursuing consecutive state titles

February 29, 2012, 4:31 p.m.

Updated: March 1, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

The Basehor-Linwood boys and girls powerlifting teams will be looking for consecutive state championships on Saturday at the 4A state powerlifting meet in Abilene.

Should the girls win, it would be the Bobcats’ fifth-straight state title. The boys can make it a three-peat.

The Bobcats are coming off a first-place finish at a performance meet in Belton, Mo. last weekend against some of the larger schools in Missouri, including Kearney, Belton, William Chrisman and Raymore-Peculiar.

Several individual winners highlighted Basehor-Linwood’s showing at the Pirate Meet.

In the girls division, Sierra Smith recorded the meet’s best vertical jump at 30.5 inches and the top broad jump at 8 feet.

The team also recorded meet-highs in the pro agility portion.

Courtney Leive’s 240-pound squat was also one of the highest marks in the competition.

Skylar Ross’ 9.8-foot broad jump led the boys in that category, with Derric Brannan not far behind at 9.5. The Bobcats boys also led the way in the agility category.

In all, Basehor-Linwood’s 86 points bested the competition, with Kearney finishing second with 70 points and Belton and Desoto tying for third with 68.

State title lifting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Medals will be awarded to the top three totals in each weight class and to the top three bench, squat and clean in each class.

Team awards will be given for the top three girls and boys teams.

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