Basehor-Linwood powerlifters win state titles
The Basehor-Linwood powerlifting program continued its impressive streak of state titles over the weekend, winning both the boys and girls Class 4A championships at Clay Center High School.
The Bobcats have now won six straight state titles and pulled out a narrow victory over Larned High School with 72 points. Larned came in with a total of 70, and Abilene finished as a distant third with 29.
The Lady Bobcats, meanwhile, blew the competition out of the water, scoring 149 points. Tonganoxie took second with just 49 points, and Larned finished third with 20. It marked the eighth straight state title for the Basehor-Linwood girls.
“It’s become a really enjoyable cycle to see,” Basehor-Linwood coach Ross Schwisow said. “The previous success has kind of pushed the current kids. Throughout the year, they’re learning how to compete against themselves.”
Cassandra Beattie (105 pounds), Britney Smith (123), Sierra Smith (140), Katie Trower (148), Cassie Tucker (156), Emily Vitt (165), Kailey Drennon (180) all won their weight classes to lead the Lady Bobcats. Beattie (lightweight) and Trower (heavyweight) were named the Lifters of the Meet.
Hannah Dickey (2nd place, 105 pounds), Emilie Crutchfield (3rd, 105), Madison Howard (2nd, 114), Mariah Oliva (3rd, 114), Madison Wheeler (2nd, 123), Erin Leach (3rd, 123), Courtney Robinson (2nd, 132), Kylie Ogden (3rd place, 132), Abigail Lee (3rd, 140), Brianne Kennedy (2nd, 148), Marriah Clayton (3rd, 156), Jamilee Malinowski (2nd, 165) and Morgan Markovich (3rd, heavyweight) all finished in the top three of their weight classes.
“We set the goal at the beginning of the year, and we have good lifters, so we want them to be as dominant as possible,” Schwisow said. “We were able to win seven of the 10 weight classes. We just want them to be as solid as possible and compete against each other. We had 12 girls with totals over 500 pounds, so that is a pretty good benchmark.”
Zach Ferguson (140 pounds), James Wilson (156), Dean Cochran (173) each captured gold in their weight divisions for the Basehor-Linwood boys. Wilson (lightweight) and Cochran (heavyweight) were named the Lifters of the Meet. Alex Elliot (3rd, 148 pounds) and Austin Ettinger (2nd, 156) also came away with top-three finishes in their weight classes.
“It was a lot of fun because everybody knew going into their last lift what they needed to do,” Schwisow said. “Three or four kids did stuff they had never done before because they knew they had to do it to keep the streak going. It was a lot of fun for us to put the pressure on them and see them respond to that pressure.”
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.