Through the Uprights: Mike Lavieri 10/3

Mike Lavieri

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: October 5, 2017 - 6:56 PM



Basehor-Linwood is going to be fine.

Obviously, Friday’s 33-21 loss at home to Bonner Springs wasn’t the wanted outcome, but it’s an outcome that can certainly help the Bobcats.

Let’s just get it out of the way: There is no such thing as a moral victory. A loss is a loss. What matters next after losses is the bounce back.

In losses there are teachable moments; in losses there are moments of frustration; but the most important thing about losses is it shows true character.

Basehor-Linwood had everything to be upset about on Friday night.

It’s undefeated season. Gone.

It’s shutout streak to begin the season…snapped at 17 quarters.

What isn’t gone though is a chance to win the final season of the Kaw Valley League. What isn’t gone is the chance to win a state title.

Those are more important than any streak or any regular season game.

Friday night was exactly what Basehor-Linwood needed. Coming into Week 5, the Bobcats’ opponents were a combined 3-13. BLHS hadn’t been challenged through four weeks and Lansing, Piper and Tonganoxie are left on the schedule – a challenge is what it needed.

Coach Rod Stallbaumer addressed his team after the game telling them to use the loss as motivation for the remainder of the season.

He’s absolutely right.

A loss doesn’t define a team, but it can if it lets it.

Basehor-Linwood learned it’s not going to be easy like the first four weeks. They learned is only going to be difficult from here on out.

It’s easy when the games are out of hand, but a team’s true character shows when its back is up against the wall.

The Bobcats showed frustration after the loss, but they never lost their composure.

A loss is a loss, but it was a teachable moment for the Bobcats, who will be just fine if they buy in to what Stallbaumer preached after the game.

They kept their heads held high after they walked off the field, which is a sign they’ll be just fine.