November 20, 2012
BLHS junior Chase Younger drives to the basket during last week’s Meet the Bobcats preseason scrimmage. Younger, and fellow junior J.P. Downing, will take on larger roles one season after breaking out in the state tournament as sophomores.
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Inside the Basehor-Linwood gymnasium, giant team photos depicting the school’s two boys basketball state championship teams are in full view from nearly any angle. The second banner, the one earned during last season’s 23-3 run, followed by three seasons the program’s first title won in 2009. As BLHS coach Mike McBride sat inside the empty gym one afternoon before the start of this latest title defense, it became apparent that the two seasons separating the banners could prove every bit as instrumental in creating future triumphs.