BHS football accolades keep rolling in
By Jeff Myrick
Baldwin City Signal Editor
It was the best season for Baldwin High School football this year and the post-season accolades show that.
BHS had three players on the Lawrence Journal-World's all-area team, 13 different players on the all-Frontier League team and two players -- Micah Mason and Ricky Spotz -- make all-state teams. Those are the most selections ever on all three teams.
"I am so proud of this team and what they have accomplished," said coach Mike Berg, who was selected as the J-W all-area coach of the year. "These individual awards are icing on the cake for this year's squad. These guys are being rewarded for the hard work that they put into preparing for this season."
The Bulldogs had a 9-3 record, won two playoff games and advanced to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. All three accomplishments represented the best season for BHS since 1988.
Mason, a 6-foot, 211-pound senior tailback and linebacker, brought in the most honors. He ran for 2,011 yards during the season, the most ever by a Bulldog. Mason was an all-league selection on both offense and defense, first team all-state, first team all-area, third team all-state all-class and first team on the coaches' all-Class 4A team.
Spotz, a 6-2, 220-pound senior offensive lineman and defensive end, wasn't too far behind Mason on the selections. He also made first team all-league on both offense and defense, first team all-area, first team all-state and was also a first teamer on the coaches' all-Class 4A team.
Another senior, Andrew Hannon, a 6-0, 157-pound wide receiver and cornerback, had similar honors. Hannon made both the first teams on the all-league team, was a first teamer on the all-area squad and was honorable mention all-state.
Other first teamers on the all-league team were: Kyle Ruona, 6-1, 269-pound junior offensive lineman; Kyle Flory, 5-9, 176-pound senior linebacker; and Derek Lang, 5-10, 170-pound senior defensive lineman. Hannon, Flory and Ruona were also honorable mention all-state.
Making the all-league second team were: Adam Canterbury, 6-4, 230-pound senior offensive and defensive lineman; Caleb Thomas, 5-11, 230-pound junior offensive and defensive lineman; B.T. Turk, 5-9, 180-pound senior tight end; Austin Inzer, 6-1, 170-pound junior wide receiver and defensive back; Flory as a fullback; Jeremy Wright, 5-10, 145-pound sophomore quarterback; Luke Halford, 6-0, 200-pound junior linebacker; and Ricky Baker, 6-0, 176-pound junior defensive back.
"We had 13 different players make the all-league team which is the most ever -- 10 on offense and 10 on defense," said Berg. "Micah, Andy and Ricky made both first teams. Andy was the only player to ever do this and that was last year.
"The biggest honor of all was the all-state team picked by the 4A coaches. Only one team was chosen. Micah made first team offense and Ricky made first team defense," he said.