Bulldogs named all-area; Taul chosen coach of the year
The post-season accolades are rolling in for Baldwin High School's basketball teams.
Recently announced all-area teams by the Lawrence Journal-World and the Ottawa Herald contained a wealth of Bulldogs. The Journal-World also chose Bobby Taul, BHS boys' basketball coach, as its coach of the year for guiding the team to a third-place finish at the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina.
Bulldog boys named to the Journal-World's all-area first team were Heath Knight and Ben Cosman, both 6-foot-4 juniors. Their post-season honors started last week when both were named to the Frontier League's all-league first team.
Andy Meinen, a 6-5 senior, was a second-team choice to the J-W team and was honorable mention for the all-league team.
Taul was named coach of the year after the Bulldogs finished 17-9 this year, were co-champs of the Frontier League, won sub-state and advanced to state for the first time since 1981. The third-year coach has improved the team's record each year.
On the girls' side, seniors Amber Frost and Crystal Tutschulte were named to the Journal-World's all-area first team. Frost, 5-10, and Tutschulte, 5-7, were also first team selections to the Frontier League all-league team.
In the Herald's selections, Knight, Cosman and Meinen all made the first team. Frost and Tutschulte were also first team choices for the Herald.
Chosen to the honorable mention section of the Herald's team were Joe Kivett, a 6-0 senior, and Colin Barker, a 6-2 senior, on the boys' side. For the girls, Janae Nuspl, 5-6 senior, Kim Sledd, 5-6 senior, and Christie Wingert, 5-8 senior, were all honorable mention choices.