Archive for Wednesday, January 12, 2000

From the sidelines

January 12, 2000

Basehor wrestlers perfect in half of Immaculata dual
After beating Tonganoxie 46-27 last week at Immaculata, the Basehor-Linwood wrestlers stepped back onto the mat and completed a rare feat they won by a perfect score of 84 points.

To score 84 points, a team's wrestlers have to win all 14 weight classes by pinning their opponents. A forfeit counts as a pin.

While Immaculata was open at several weights and Basehor-Linwood won those by forfeit, it was still an impressive accomplishment, said Bill DeWitt, Tonganoxie wrestling coach.

Usually a team has at least one wrestler who can avoid being pinned. Not so for Immaculata Thursday.

The Bobcats become only the third high school team in U.S. history to accomplish the perfect win. Basehor-Linwood will be included in the high school record books with a team in Georgia that scored 84 in 1994 and a team from Utah that blanked its opponent in 1997.

Tournaments galore
The next two weeks are a great time to be a sports fan. Both wrestling and basketball tournaments will take over the high school gymnasium.

The wrestling tournament runs all day Saturday. Wrestlers will compete on two mats simultaneously until the preliminary rounds are complete.

The finals will be staged on one mat at the center of the gym beginning at about 3:30 p.m.

"Tournaments are a fun day," said Bill DeWitt, Tonganoxie wrestling coach. "There's always wrestling going on."

The boys basketball tournament begins Monday and runs through Saturday. Two Missouri teams and five Kansas teams come to town to try to unseat the hometown Chieftains.

"It's what I call a prestigious tournament," said Mike Webb, Tonganoxie boys basketball coach.

Football coach resigns
The Tonganoxie school board accepted a letter of resignation from Steve Hughes, Tonganoxie football coach, this week. The football team finished 1-8 this fall.

John Lee, Tonganoxie athletics director, said there was currently no plan for replacing Hughes.

Lee said he would consult with school district administrators before advertising the position or looking for a replacement.

Eagle watching
The Jayhawk chapter of the Audubon Society will conduct an eagle program and viewing tour Jan. 22 along the Kansas River in Lawrence. There will also be viewing days at El Dorado Reservoir and at Kanopolis State Park.

Each winter thousands of bald eagles migrate south for the winter. Bald eagles prey on fish and waterfowl.

For more information, call (785) 749-3203.

KU Baseball Camp
The University of Kansas baseball team is sponsoring the Jayhawk Baseball Camp for third-grade through 12th-grade students.

The camp will be on successive Sundays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30.

Hitting sessions are noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pitching sessions are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and catching sessions are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp costs $70 for one session or $120 for a combination of one hitting and one other session.

All sessions will be held at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

For registration information and details, call (785) 864-7907.

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