Remembering the year Baldwin sports
It's become a Signal tradition, much like the holidays a review of the year in sports.
As usual we've included that look back at what took place on the fields, courts, tracks and other sports venues in the following pages. As for the biggest sports stories of the year, that's pretty easy.
Runners dominated Baldwin's sports scene, whether it's Baldwin High School or Baker University. Topping the charts are the state championships won by BHS in track and cross country. Of course there's Matt Noonan's personal titles, too. Baker's cross country team also went to nationals.
But whether it's BHS's first track title or the fourth cross country title or Noonan's third individual cross country title, it's for anyone to pick which is best.
Of course there were other major accomplishments, such as BHS's Eric Black participating in an international event during the summer because of his decathalon abilities. Who's to say Baldwin Junior High School's first-ever football game doesn't go right up there? That was a long, hard struggle. Or what about Baldwin's youth football team winning the Toy Bowl, which some refer to as a state title?
Anyway here's the look at Baldwin's year in sports for 2001:
Jan. 3 BHS wrestlers stay busy; Junior Witt Hinton named Wrestler of the Week.
Jan. 10 State ranked BHS boys split pair, girls fall victim to turnovers; Baldwin wrestlers start year off right.
Jan. 17 BHS wrestlers have a Bash; BHS girls nab another close pair; Bulldogs rebound for revenge against G-E; Ben Cosman, Heath Knight nominated for McDonald's All Star game.
Jan. 24 Bulldogs fizzle at Baldwin Invitational Tournament finals; Shutout a surprise for BHS wrestlers; BHS girls open road to Wellsville with a win; BJHS eighth graders win series of games.
Jan. 31 BHS girls take third at Top Gun; Bulldog boys dominate Eagles, hold on against Hayden; Bulldog wrestlers fare well; BHS JV basketball girls have 7-1 record.
Feb. 7 League title for wrestlers is within grasp; BHS boys take Prairie View sweep; Depth helps BHS girls pull away from Prairie View; Bulldog JV wrestlers win four golds; Kristen Wessel signs letter of intent.
Feb. 14 BHS wrestlers stack up well at league tourney; Bulldogs win games, lose to weather; Baldwin Junior High splits with Perry.
Feb. 21 BHS grapplers state bound; BHS boys fall hard to Spring Hill; BHS girls take big wins; Jake Barnes and Nathan Floersch sign with Coffeyville Community College.
Feb. 28 Hinton paces BHS wrestlers; BHS boys and girls squads ready to host sub-state; BHS wrestlers put on good state show; BHS freshmen girls record winning season; Cosman signs to play football at Coffeyville Community College.
March 7 Roller coaster season ends for BHS basketball boys; Iola spoils state plans for BHS girls; Eric Black bound for Youth Olympics; Bovaird, Breedlove gain wrestling awards.
March 14 BHS claims four all-leaguers; Weight lifters love their early lift; Spring sports flourish at BHS; Boys tennis swings into action.
March 21 "No Excuses" football talk for Bulldogs; Six wrestlers qualify for state; Gymnast Audrey Schenewerk loves the sport; BHS teams count on unity.
March 28 Kyle Flory leads way for Kansas Kid Wrestlers; Casey Morford sets school record in the 200-meter butterfly; Baldwin High track teams ready to open new season.
April 4 Kevin Callahan snares national gold; BHS tracksters open with titles; BHS coach Ginny Honomichl was honored for being named National Coach of the Year in Tennis.
April 11 BHS golfers duck lightning; Hays bounces Bulldogs again in softball; Tennis team struggles.
April 18 BHS track doubles Woodman track meet; Full week of tennis for Baldwin squad; Softball Bulldogs sweep pair; Morford twins Amanda and Megan sign letters of intent to swim at Missouri.
April 25 BHS's Eric Brown rules KU Javelin; BHS girls shine at KU Relays; BHS golf plays tough tournaments.
May 2 BHS softball team sweeps pair of double-headers; BHS track races once again; BHS golfers fourth.
May 9 Black, 4x800 team set records; BHS softball squad vying for league title; Adam Halford chosen for Central America trip; Hintons place high in martial arts competition.
May 16 BHS boys soar to track title; Baldwin High captures first softball crown; Baldwin Bombers open baseball action big.
May 23 BHS boys track team snares regional title; BHS track girls qualify nine for state; BHS softball girls fall in extra-inning loss to Mill Valley in regional play.
May 30 Bulldog boys track team claims state track crown; Emily Brown leads track girls to 8th place at state; Eric Brown is javelin king.
June 6 BHS softball puts three on all-league, Wessel, Jodie Bacon, Katie Martin; First-ever BHS mud volleyball tournament was huge success; Baldwin Track Club is state bound.
June 13 Mason, Callahan undefeated at wrestling championships in Dallas; Girls fast pitch 16 and under season underway.
June 20 New coach Jeff Haas excited about Bulldogs; Track Club places at state meet; Skyhawks fifth in tournament action; Hornets pick up first win.
June 27 Martin, Wessel on all-state softball teams; Football Bulldogs busy; 46 attend Gold Medal Wrestling Clinic.
July 3 BHS football team takes third in Gardner 7 on 7 Tournament; Bombers pick up victories; Hornets win and lose close games.
July 11 Kevin Callahan is an All-American; Eric Black ready for International; Hans Broers plays soccer, too; Bombers are back in league title chase; 12 and under softball team finishes second.
July 18 Baldwin track club keeps busy; Hornets put together winning streak; Bombers continue to win: Baldwin wrestler, Adam Halford, recently represented the U.S. Athletes in Action wrestling team in Central America.
July 25 Eric Black competes in the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary; Skyhawks finish third in tourney; Bomber's streak ends; Hornets continue to win.
Aug. 1 Hinton leads way at nationals; Baldwin football camps bring smiles; For Baldwin Skyhawks Sunflower Games sizzle, fizzle; Hinton, Breedlove, Deel earn wins at nationals; Holy cow, the Baldwin Bash is back.
Aug. 8 Junior high coach excited to build new football program; Bash organizers get workload assigned; Baldwin golf tournament players stay the course despite heat.
Aug. 15 Baker picked second in HAAC; Turnout good for Baldwin High teams.
Aug. 22 BHS sports participation night set for Liston Stadium; Baker steps up big time for Bash; First-ever Baldwin Junior High School football practice.
Aug. 29 BU loses Wheat Bowl but will bounce back; Baldwin High School football is ready to rumble; Bulldogs are ready to run; BHS girls are set to go, too; Heat doesn't stop girls tennis.
Sept. 5 Bulldogs beat Prairie View in opener; BHS runners win easily; BHS volleyball wins opener; Final Bash details.
Sept. 12 Bulldogs beat arch-rival Eagles; BHS boys take cross country Wamego sweep; Baker tops Avila; BHS tennis smashed competition; BHS girls finish fourth.
Sept. 19 Noonan wins at Rim Rock; Turnovers doom Bulldogs in 28-21 loss; Baker sloshes way to victory; BHS girls are running hard; BHS tennis continues to subdue opponents.
Sept. 26 Bulldogs bash Osawatomie; BHS serves it up against league foes; Baker special teams help bring victory; JV, freshmen BHS teams victorious; Athletic club opens doors; BHS runners sweep at Prairie View; And girls go 1, 2, 3.
Oct. 3 BHS shines in volleyball tourney play; BHS terrific in final tune-up; Baker offense shows in homecoming win; Bulldog cross country boys finish second at Hayden; Girls tennis team continues winning trend.
Oct. 10 BHS tennis squad qualifies for state; Bulldog volleyball sets new win total; Baldwin High falls flat against Eudora; BJHS finishes third at Frontier League tourney; JV, freshman football pull off wins; BHS cross country boys roll to victory; BHS girls pull sweep, too.
Oct. 17 Bulldogs drop battle with Paola; Bulldogs win cross country league title again; BHS girls place at state tennis; BHS girls cross country takes fifth consecutive league title; BHS volleyball set for sub-state.
Oct. 24 Bulldogs finally chase off Wildcats; Bulldogs cross country sweep at regionals; Volleyball season closes for BHS; BJHS, Cats turn in good years.
Oct. 31 Dogs take fourth State Cross Country title; Bulldogs will remember the positives; Toy Bowl win to Wildcats; Baker blocks kicks, but loses; BHS cross country girls take third.
Nov. 7 Runners bring home honors; Baker football wins come-back thriller; Baldwin High's Bovaird named top assistant; Effort aimed at BHS championship sign.
Nov. 14 Wildcats fall hard in finale; 10 Bulldogs gain all-league football spots; BHS volleyball team sets records; Haas ready to lead Baldwin High into new Bulldog basketball era; BHS wrestlers ready to rumble.
Nov. 20 BHS wrestlers ready for classic; BJHS basketball teams nail wins; BHS girls seek 1,000th win; New coaches abound for Baldwin High boys.
Nov. 28 A new look for Bulldogs; Optimism high for BHS wrestlers; BHS basketball girls change with experience; Baker gains two HAAC selections.
Dec. 5 BHS wins in Haas' first game at helm; Easy win for BHS girls; Wrestlers also win big; BJHS seventh graders third in tournament; Title time revisited.
Dec. 12 Baldwin wrestlers throw rare shutout; Bulldog girls take second in tournament; BHS boys drubbed in tourney finale; BJHS girls end season unbeaten; JV wrestlers continue winning trend.
Dec. 19 BHS basketball girls knock off Anderson County; Baldwin High wins pair, including victory over Bobby Taul's Hayden squad; BHS JV/freshmen girls win easy games; BHS freshmen start off with a win.
Dec. 26 Baldwin rally falls just short Bulldogs go 'almost' against Ottawa; Ottawa steals BHS Christmas from girls basketball team; Hinton tops BHS wrestlers; BHS JV, freshmen girls bring team record to 3-0.