Not the norm

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: April 24, 2013 - 1:16 PM

The 2012 season was a little different for Basehor-Linwood. After several years of near perfect regular seasons the Bobcats took a step back and finished at 4-5. That was the first losing record since finishing with the same mark in 2008.
The 4-5 record played out in a tough conference and district that saw Basehor-Linwood have a chance to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year in the final week of the season. The Bobcats lost their district opener to Jefferson West 13-8 and then followed that with a 29-14 win over Perry-Lecompton. The last week of the season saw Basehor-Linwood drop a close 18-11 contest to a much improved Tonganoxie who would go on to win the district title.
Bobcats coach Steve Hopkins liked the way his team fought all the way to the end of the season.
“We had a good game versus Perry-Lecompton in our second district game,” Hopkins said. “We gave ourselves a chance to qualify for the playoffs, but did not do so the following week.”
As the offseason began the Basehor-Linwood coaching staff and returning players got to work on the job of returning the Bobcats to their winning ways of the past season.
“When you finish in a disappointing way as we did, it’s easy to point fingers and look to blame others,” Hopkins said. “We, as a staff, and as players have focused so far on taking personal responsibility for “my part” in success. We need to execute “my job” whether it is a block, a gap to cover, a pattern to run, etc. if you are a player.
“Or, as a coach, we have to do a better job of teaching those responsibilities so we all are in it together. I did a poor job of this in 2012, and as a staff we are spending much more time in the offseason making sure all of our staff members are “experts” on our part in the overall scheme. I have also delegated much more of the special teams to assistants who are making that a priority so we can start better next season.”
The Bobcats have lost some standout players over the last few seasons but the freshman group that is in the building and is coming up is one of the largest in school history. This offseason Hopkins said they have been hitting the weight room and competing in other sports.
“Our focus right now for our athletes is in the weight room and in other sports,” Hopkins said. “Most of our players were involved in winter sports, team powerlifting, or in the spring, baseball and track. We have potentially 85-90 players coming out next year, so we will have the greatest depth we have ever had, and since we will be quite young we are focusing on “competing” in the weight room, on the track, etc. every day of off season.”
2013 Basehor-Linwood Schedule
9/6         @ Bishop Ward
9/13       @ Piper
9/20       Mill Valley
9/27       Lansing
10/4       @ Turner
10/11     Bonner Springs
10/18     Jefferson West
10/25     @ Perry-Lecompton
10/31     @ Tonganoxie