BLHS roundup: Bobcat boys climb to No. 1, wrestling canceled
The Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team will begin 2014 atop the Class 4A-1 rankings. The Bobcats were ranked No. 3 in the first two weeks of the season, but claimed the No. 1 spot in the final poll of 2013, released earlier this month by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
BLHS is off to a 3-1 start with its only loss coming to reigning 5A state champ Shawnee Mission South, currently ranked No. 2 in 6A. The Bobcats have wins against Bishop Ward, Hayden and Bonner Springs. They'll return to competition Jan. 7 at home against Kaw Valley League opponent Turner.
No. 2 Lansing (5A) and No. 7 Piper (4A-1) are the only other two KVL teams in the rankings. The league currently has no ranked girls teams.
Wrestling tournament snowed out
The BLHS wrestling team was supposed to close out 2013 Saturday at the Emporia Winter Classic, but the tournament was canceled because of inclement weather and will not be made up.
BLHS is 7-0 in duals this season and placed third at the Cougar Invitational Dec. 14 at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Freshman Corbin Nirschl (106 pounds) and senior Cory McCleary (160) are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 5 in their respective weight classes in Class 4A. They and senior John Hopper (152) will enter 2014 undefeated.
The Bobcats will compete in the Dick Burns Mat Classic Jan. 11 at Bonner Springs. Tyler Cordts said the team is looking at adding another competition to its schedule to make up for the Emporia tournament.
Coaching search ongoing
Athletics director Joe Keeler said Monday that no official moves have been made in the search for a new football coach, meaning a replacement for former coach Steve Hopkins likely won't be found until 2014.
Hopkins resigned in November after 10 seasons with the Bobcats. The district started accepting applications for the position after Thanksgiving.
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