BLHS weekly sports roundup: Volleyball off to hot start
Basehor-Linwood runners lead their respective boys and girls teams to a pair of second-place finishes at the Sept. 5 Bobcat Invitational cross-country meet at Wyandotte County Park.
Luke McGowan led the boys with a fourth-place finish. With 36 points, the Bobcats finished behind only Blue Valley Southwest (19), who had four of the top five finishers.
On the girls side, Quinnlyn Walcott also finished fourth and BLHS (53) placed behind Blue Valley Southwest (25). The Bobcats return to competition at Santa Fe Trail at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The Bobcats placed seventh in the Piper Invitational at Dub's Dread in Kansas City, Kan., on Sept. 3. BLHS finished with a total score of 444 behind Council Grove and two shots ahead of Piper. Jefferson West won the tournament with a score of 372.
Julie Lough led the Bobcats with a 17th-place finish and Candice Jennings and Mariah Clayton rounded out the individual top 25, placing 22nd and 24th, respectively.
BLHS faces a long layoff before returning to competition on Sept. 25 in a tournament at the Paola Country Club.
Basehor-Linwood's boys soccer team defeated Tonganoxie, 3-2, on Thursday. Jonathan Harms assisted on all three BLHS goals with scores coming from Colten Foster, Zach Ferguson and Tanner Brown.
Against Topeka Hayden on Tuesday, BLHS weren't as fortunate in a 7-0 defeat. Next up will be a trip to Baldwin High at 4 p.m. Thursday.
High expectations on the heels of last year's 4A state tournament berth have thus far bred a likewise high level of play as the Bobcats are 8-3 at the onset of the season.
At first, against Bonner Springs on Tuesday, it seemed nothing could go the Bobcats' way. With six serving errors out of nine attempts, coupled with a host of hitting errors, the Bobcats dropped the opening frame of their league match, 22-25.
Sets two through four were a different story as BLHS won the rest of the way: 25-14, 25-9 and 25-15.
"The girls worked hard, wanted to win and did whatever they could to get themselves together both as individuals and as a team," coach Amy Irvin said.
Allison Heinen and Madi Osterhaus led the way with 10 kills apiece, and Abbey Mellies and Bri Kennedy each added seven. Courtney Robinson served 18 times and scored 12 points on serves. Meanwhile, Robinson added 21 assists and Nicole Rutherford came up with 16.
Weible also had 12 digs and Courtney Norris finished with eight.
Previously, in its first week of play, BLHS went 5-0 against Baldwin, Eudora, Bonner Springs, Ottawa and St. Mary's earlier this month.
From there, BLHS placed fourth in the annual Frontier League tournament, notching wins against De Soto and Eudora and losing to Louisburg and Baldwin.
Irvin said Rutherford has stepped up as one of the team's setters and Norris has played well on the back row. Weible, meanwhile, has moved to the libero spot this season. Irvin added that the Bobcats depend on Osterhaus and Mellies a lot as hitters in the front row.
"We are ready to return to state and win league this year," Irvin said.
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