2002 was the year for state at BHS
When the year 2002 is recalled, it will always include the word state. There was never a year for Baldwin High School sports where that term applied in one way or another by almost every team.
That's also why BHS dominated the top sports stories of the year in Baldwin. First there was the Class 4A state title won by BHS heavyweight wrestler Witt Hinton in February. Second was the Class 4A crown earned by the Bulldog boys track team in May. The hat trick was cross country, but it included both the boys and girls for the first time ever.
Those are easily the top stories, but there were a host of other BHS teams that went to state. The Bulldog football team made its first state playoff appearance since 1993. The Bulldog volleyball team also qualified for state for the first time since 1972. Bulldog tennis players also made the trip to state and for the girls, they played host to Class 4A state this year, although Lawrence tennis courts were used because it was Maple Leaf Festival weekend in Baldwin.
Baker University's top sports story was an easy pick. The Wildcat mens soccer team qualified for the national tournament for the first time ever.
But, there were plenty of other sports headlines during the year. They are listed here, week by week:
Jan. 2 -- Emily Black not your average wrestler; Bulldog wrestling earns national mark; Micah Mason selected for football combine.
Jan. 9 -- BHS basketball girls blast past Paola; Cold shooting dooms BHS at Paola; Seventh graders take second at Wellsville.
Jan. 16 -- BHS girls have three wins; Variety of woes for BHS boys; BHS JV wins again; Three JV wrestlers win gold metals.
Jan. 23 -- Bulldogs dominate wrestling duals; BHS finishes fourth in 33rd BIT.
Jan. 30 -- Bulldog wrestlers claim BIT title; BHS basketball girls put an end to Top Gun drought; Balanced play sends BHS past Wellsville; JV/Freshmen beat Eagles.
Feb. 6 -- All games were postponed because of the weather.
Feb. 13 -- BHS tops Cards in dramatic fashion; Bulldog wrestlers wrap up as second; BHS girls tune up for showdown.
Feb. 20 -- Seven BHS grapplers to state; BHS basketball girls bounce back; BHS basketball boys fall to top ranked teams; BJHS eighth graders win pair of games.
Feb. 27 -- Witt Hinton wins state wrestling title; BHS girls advance in sub-state play; JV boys split pair; 1982 state champs honored.
March 6 -- Bulldogs give Spring Hill trouble; Bulldog girls fall short in finals; Coach Kit Harris, wrestlers win honors.
March 13 -- Amanda Morford strokes way to NCAA; BHS boys track ready for repeat of championship; First basketball girls state title was a thrill 20 years ago; BHS boys track ready for repeat of championship.
March 20 -- First-ever BHS baseball team set to play ball; BHS basketball girls honored; BHS softball goes to bat.
March 27 -- Witt Hinton selected for classic dual; BIT opens track season; Eight youth wrestlers qualify for state.
April 3 -- BHS baseball swings into history; Baldwin's Chase Abel wins state wrestling title; BHS tracksters finish first and second.
April 10 -- Kevin Callahan gained All-American honors; Bulldogs drop softball opener; BHS golfers open season at Gardner.
April 17 -- Woodman title to BHS boys; Bulldogs split a pair with Gardner; BHS girls do well at track meets; Good week for BHS tennis.
April 24 -- Baldwin High sweeps doubleheader from Paola; BHS girls step up the pace; Softball makes history while splitting games; BHS netters continue to roll.
May 1 -- BHS tennis brings home medals; Bulldogs power way to doubleheader sweeps; BHS boys run, throw to titles; BHS pulls shutout while winning four straight games; BHS girls have top showing.
May 8 -- Bulldogs race to Redbud title; Bulldog baseball improves to 9-7; Bulldog golfers sixth at Frontier League tourney; BHS tennis team wins at DeSoto.
May 15 -- Bulldogs sweep league track titles; BHS softball continues to roll along; BHS tennis qualifies three for state; Bulldog baseball powers way to victories.
May 22 -- BHS track boys are regional champs again; Girls send 12 to Wichita; BHS baseball falls just short of state; BHS softball season ends.
May 29 -- Bulldogs dominate state field again; BHS girls bring home 12th spot; Bulldogs land two on All-League softball team.
June 5 -- Five grapplers take state gold; Track leads BHS's college-bound athletes; BJHS shows track dominance, too; Tigers win opener.
June 12 -- All-area honors to two baseball players and three softball players.
June 19 -- Baldwin wrestlers learn from Olympic champ.
June 26 -- Baldwin now offers swim team; Baldwin wrestlers learn from the best.
July 2 -- Baldwin Track Club qualifies eight for next Region 9 meet; Baker athletes gain academic honors; Baldwin girls are part of third-place volleyball team; Eric Brown throws with the best.
July 10 -- Midwest Rebels play well at state.
July 17 -- Baker Athletic Director Dan Harris honored.
July 24 -- Johnson and Burton to compete at Nationals; BHS wrestlers at Nationals; BU hires new tennis coach.
July 31 -- Wrestlers gain from national experience; Paige Wagner wins again at National Championship Horse Show; Baldwin Hammers are league champions; Eighth-grade girls win trophies at summer basketball.
Aug. 7 -- Scott Lauridsen wins city golf crown; Sprucing up of athletic facilities continues at Baker; Baldwin DCABA team takes second; Bulldog Bash benefits organizations.
Aug. 21 -- Four to join Baker's Athletic Hall of Fame; Dan Harris named top AD in HAAC; Practices start up at BHS; Baker football ready to roll.
Aug. 28 -- Bulldogs learning new formations for season ahead; BHS volleyball team set to start; Bash volunteers named to head various tasks; Optimism is high for BJHS volleyball; BJHS football ready for new season.
Sept. 4 -- Bulldogs prepare for host of changes; JV Bulldogs waiting on assignments; Baker opens season at Evangel; BHS volleyball team benefited from summer.
Sept. 11 -- Baldwin High has true Bulldog Bash; BHS cross country dominates again; Bulldog volleyball strikes fast; More honors for BU's Harris; First place for BHS tennis; Another Bash success.
Sept. 18 -- Bulldogs pound Panthers; BHS runners dominate at Wamego; Baker tops Avila for first victory; BJHS football pulls sweep; BJHS volleyball wins, too.
Sept. 25 -- Bulldogs run roughshod at Rim Rock; Gardner tops Baldwin High in overtime; Baker's Harris shares athletic director honor; BJHS football wins again; BJHS volleyball is on a roll.
Oct. 2 -- BHS falls to Louisburg; Baldwin girl runners earn perfect score; BHS volleyball rocks with rally; BJHS volleyball squad falls to Wellsville; BHS tennis takes fourth.
Oct. 9 -- Bulldogs bite Broncos hard; BHS cross country teams battle big schools; Baker blanks Graceland; BHS volleyball first at Wellsville; BHS tennis takes third twice.
Oct. 16 -- Berg named top coach by KC Chiefs; Big-Play Bulldogs capsize Cardinals; BHS runners grab first again; Baldwin volleyball blasts way to tourney title; BHS JV falls in double overtime; BHS freshmen top Springhill; BHS tennis doubles headed to state.
Oct. 23 -- Dogs jolt unbeaten Chargers; BHS takes third at state tennis; BHS dominates cross country again; BJHS sweeps Louisburg to end season; BHS JV, freshmen football take wins over Santa Fe Trail; Baldwin is Toy Bowl bound.
Oct. 30 -- BHS volleyball earns rare state title bid; BHS runners state bound again; Bulldogs fall to Hayden; Baldwin falls short in Toy Bowl.
Nov. 6 -- Kit Harris awarded top coach honor; State champions -- Cross country runners prove to be double trouble; Bulldogs lose football finale to Cardinals; Salina doesn't quite go BHS's way; BJHS basketball opens with pair of victories.
Nov. 13 -- Bulldogs have great season; Baker drops defensive struggle, 10-3; Records set by BHS volleyball; BJHS eighth grade cross country second; BJHS seventh basketball team tops Prairie View.
Nov. 20 -- Baker soccer is national bound; Honors, like titles, roll in for BHS runners; Baker men win three of four basketball games; All-Region honors go to PSU's Megan Noonan; Hans Broers on Jayhawk team headed for nationals.
Nov. 26 -- Baker bows out at nationals; Bulldogs make all-Frontier football league; Brown named area's top coach; J. J. Johnson remembered fondly.
Dec. 4 -- Bulldog boys set for courts; BHS wrestlers open with classic; BHS girls eyeing 1000th victory; BJHS eighth wins pair; BJHS seventh rebounds with win; BHS freshmen girls get first taste.
Dec. 11 -- Second half pulls BHS basketball through; BHS wrestling places fourth against big schools; BHS basketball girls blast Trojans; BJHS seventh wins tourney.
Dec. 18 -- BHS second at Eudora tourney; BHS wrestlers throw another Perry shutout; Bulldogs falter in tournament.
Dec. 25 -- Kari Garrison helps guide BHS to win; BHS wrestlers finish 14th; Bulldogs fall to Anderson County; BJHS boys basketball gets ready for season; BHS freshmen girls defeat Pomona 48-24.