Basehor-Linwood girls victorious at season-opening Bobcat Power Invitational
More than 580 power lifters attempted maximum lifts in the fifth annual Bobcat Power Invitational on Saturday.
The usual sound of basketballs bouncing off the hardwood gave way to weight being racked after an attempt and the next participant taking the platform to attempt a given weight.
Weight equipment was set up in both gymnasiums and power lifters attempted to better their weights in the bench press, squat and hang clean.
More than 30 schools competed in the invitational, which kicks off the powerlifting season for the Bobcats.
Topeka High won the men’s division with 91 points and Basehor-Linwood placed second with 45 points. Horton placed third with 29 points.
In girls competition, Basehor-Linwood scored 72 points and won the girls division. Leavenworth placed second with 59 points and Royal Valley placed third with 48 points.
Coach Ross Schwisow said he was pleased with how his powerlifters competed in the first meet of the season. ”It truly was a team effort for both our teams to come out the way they did and how they were also successful,” Schwisow said. “This was a good meet for the kids to see what was out there and how they compare to the other schools. I think it was critical that we got a meet out of the way and these kids got to see how hard they needed to work.”
In the girls competition, Dakota Edmonds earned the lifter of the meet in the Lighweight Division by setting a total meet record of 400 pounds in the 105 pound weight class.
She set a record in the clean at 135 pounds and lifted 100 pounds in the bench.
Alyssa Rucker won the 114-pound class squat with a lift of 195 pounds. Freshman Sierra Smith finished in a three-way tie for third place in the 132 class. Kayleigh Schoenfelder won the 132-pound weight class squat with a lift of 190 pounds Courtney Leive won the 140-pound weight class with a hang clean of 160 pounds. Frehsman Katey Trower won the 148-pound weight class for total weight at 510 pounds and bench with a lift of 140. Brandi Stahl won the 148-pound weight class in hang clean with a lift of 160 pounds. Mallorie Belk won the powerweight hang clean with a clean of 185 pounds, which set a meet record.
In the boys competition, Deric Brannan won the 148-pound class with a total weight of 820 pounds and the clean at 250, which was a meet record. Brannan also squatted 345 pounds, which was a meet record. Trevor Hickman won the 220-pound weight class squat with a lift of 435 pounds. In the junior division, Jake Phillips won the 181-pound weight class with a hang clean of 265 pounds, which was a meet record. He won the bench with a lift of 240 pounds. Jay O'Bryan won the 220-pound junior division with a hang clean of 275 pounds, which set a meet record. In the junior heavyweight division, Brett Fritz won with a total weight of 885 pounds. He also won hang clean with a lift of 245 pounds and the squat with a lift of 430 pounds.
In five years since Basehor-Linwood has started playing host to powerlifting meets, the level of competition has improved as more schools have started sponsoring programs.
“We are seeing more competition in this sport,” Schwisow said. “We are seeing a lot of kids in powerlifting that see the competition and want to get better.”
Volunteers played a pivotal role in the meet. More than 150 volunteers helped sponsor the beet. The number included 63 judges, which included 55 Basehor-Linwood alumni who returned to help judge the meet.
The Booster Club also provided support working concessions and helping to raise funds for the program.