A look at Baldwin sports 2003 in review
By Jeff Myrick
Baldwin City Signal Editor
When reviewing the past year in sports action for Baldwin, there's a little bit of everything for highlights. But, leading the way, were the numerous state performances and appearances by Baldwin High School athletes.
BHS crowned one individual and two teams as Class 4A champions in 2003. Kyle Flory was the individual with his state title in the 171-pound weight division.
As for the team titles, of course it was the BHS cross country teams again. The Bulldog boys won their amazing sixth straight Class 4A championship and the girls turned in their second.
But, the title winners weren't the only Bulldogs that went to state. Both the boys and girls were in Wichita for state track again. The BHS tennis team had a doubles duo at state. For the second year in a row, the Bulldog volleyball and football teams went to state and both turned in their best showing in years. The volleyball team wound up second at state and the football team advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
The volleyball team also saw a first when senior Emily Brown signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Kansas. Brown was rated as one of the top 50 players in the nation and there was quite a recruiting war among Division I schools to gain her services. Football signings are sure to follow, too, after seniors Micah Mason and Ricky Spotz gained all-state honors. Mason also set the BHS single season rushing mark with more than 2,000 yards this year.
There were other top sports stories, too. Leading the way at Baker University was the resignation of long-time football coach John Frangoulis at the end of the season in November. He had led the Wildcat fortunes for eight years and had been at Baker for 11 seasons.
Baldwin also had quite a run in the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association. Three teams -- the 9-, 10- and 12-year-old squads -- won a variety of league and league tournament titles.
There was plenty of other sports action in the year. What follows is a week by week look.
2003 Sports Headlines In Review
Jan. 1 -- Baker basketball team takes trip to Greece; BHS boys and girls cross country teams won Class 4A state titles and Baldwin's Witt Hinton won the class 4-A heavyweight state title (from year in review).
Jan. 8 -- BHS girls beat Ottawa; Cyclones use press to dispatch BHS boys; Sub-state pairings have familiar look.
Jan. 15 -- BHS basketball boys top Paola; BHS basketball girls keep unbeaten league slate; BHS wrestlers beat Wellsville; BHS junior varsity basketball girls remain unbeaten.
Jan. 22 -- BHS basketball girls take tourney title; BHS wrestlers claim 18th place at Bobcat; Bulldog boys slide continues with three losses.
Jan. 29 -- Bulldogs bounce back in BIT basketball tournament; Baldwin High wrestlers go 5-2 in duals; Cal Heinrich signs with JCCC; Andrew Hannon makes all-tourney team.
Feb. 5 -- Top Gun Title II goes to BHS basketball girls; Kyle Flory's title, underclassmen key to BHS finish in BIT wrestling tourney; BHS boys down Eagles again; BHS Kasey Pittenger signs with Fort Scott Community College.
Feb. 12 -- BHS basketball girls grab 11th straight win; BHS wrestlers keep perfect league record; Bulldog basketball seniors pave way past Prairie View; BJHS seventh graders beat Eudora.
Feb. 19 -- BHS basketball girls clobber Cardinals; BHS wrestlers log top league finishes; Bulldog wrestlers prepare for regionals; Phil Wagner, Glen Stansberry place at marathon.
Feb. 26 -- BHS qualifies six wrestlers from regional tournament; BHS girls basketball winning streak at 14; Bulldogs fall victim to Spring Hill; Brian Lauridsen and Dan Hamilton sign with Tabor College.
March 5 -- Flory wrestles way to first in Kansas; BHS basketball girls grab Frontier league crown; Basketball boys get hot at sub-state opener; BHS JV basketball boys finish at 10-5.
March 12 -- Bulldog basketball girls fall in overtime to Spring Hill; Bulldog basketball boys rally but come up short; Vander Tuig wins another free throw shooting title; Kayla Pringle signs with Hutchinson; BHS girls end season at 15-1.
March 19 -- Bulldog boys track team set to defend title; BHS baseball aiming to take next step toward state; Baldwin youth wrestlers place; Bulldog tennis team is thinking about state.
March 26 -- Seven wrestlers qualify for kids state; BHS wrestlers end season with honors; BJHS track begins.
April 2 -- Four place, two in finals at Kids State; Post-season honors come to BHS girls basketball; BHS tennis opens season; Track BIT is Friday; BHS golf set to start.
April 9 -- BIT track title goes to Baldwin girls; Bulldog boys third in first meet; Bulldog baseball earns split with Ottawa; BHS softball set to open.
April 16 -- Softball Bulldogs top Hays, 4-3; BHS tennis team wins tournament; Baker baseball practice pays off with win over KU; BHS girls third at K.T. Woodman; Seth Halford signs letter of intent to wrestle at Northwestern College; Hannon, Gipp receive honors; Baker signs Ottawa's Thompson.
April 23 -- BHS baseball has a busy week; Wind doesn't slow BHS track at relays; Gardner takes pair from BHS girls; BHS boys track teams finish second; BHS softball team sweeps Eudora.
April 30 -- Big week for Bulldog softball; BHS tennis takes first BIT championship; BHS girls first at Cardinal relays; BHS golfers take first at SFT; BJHS girls track take first, second; BJHS boys track wins another; JV golfers take fifth at Gardner.
May 7 -- BHS softball sweeps Louisburg; Busy week for Bulldog track squads; BHS baseball team looks to second half of season; Abby Hofmeier signs letter of intent; BHS tennis team wins again; Bulldog JV splits with Louisburg; BJHS girls track teams take second.
May 14 -- Redbud results are right for BHS; Girls bring home first again; Strong finish for Baldwin tennis; BHS baseball tops Paola, 10-2; Softball team takes a pair; BJHS boys teams finish second.
May 21 -- BHS runners take league crown; Bulldog track boys come in seventh; Bulldog softball wins first-round game; Bulldog junior varsity baseball drops a pair; BHS JV softball ends season by sweeping two; Runners lead BHS girls to Frontier title.
May 28 -- BHS track girls dominate regionals; BHS boys qualify four runners for state; BHS tennis team 10th at state; BHS softball falls in title game.
June 4 -- BHS track girls finish seventh at state; Halford leads local wrestlers at state-level tournament.
June 11 -- Baldwin DCABA has good beginning; Lauridsen to make All-Star appearance; BHS second in 'All-Sports' standing; Baldwin 15-and-under softball moves to 3-0.
June 18 -- Bike races invade Baldwin City; Softball keeps local diamonds busy; Another award to Harris; Baldwin softball team wins another.
June 25 -- Baker football coach signs 45; Baldwin wins wrestling camp team title; Skyhawks finish second in tourney; Track club shines; Softball team splits a pair.
July 2 -- DCABA teams win league title; In 7-on-7 football, crown goes to Baldwin; Baldwin track club qualifies a dozen for next tour stop; Skyhawks fall short in tournament play; Baldwin softball wins in come back.
July 9 -- Baldwin 7 year olds rally for third crown; Baldwin 15-and-under girls earn first-place tie; Bicyclists pedal for poverty; Skyhawks put wrap on season.
July 16 -- Week designated to volleyball skills; Track club qualified two for Nationals; Baldwin softball bows out early in tournament.
July 23 -- Baldwin team bags another DCABA title; Berg has good turnout for youth, high school football sessions; Baldwin 10-year-old squad does well at state;
July 30 -- New flair for BHS football camp; BHS volleyball turns in top performance; 10 and under girls softball were league champs; Baldwin boys 14 and under basketball winners; Baldwin All-Stars finish second.
Aug. 6 -- Scott Lauridsen wins Baldwin Open crown again; Junior high football camp goes well; Track club brings back medals; 8-year-olds win league championship.
Aug. 20 -- Heat hampers first football practices; Yes, It's time for "The Bash;" Orange Lazers take second place.
Aug. 27 -- Baker practices are heating up; BHS volleyball team opens with early work; BHS girls cross country want to repeat at state meet; BHS boys cross country look to continue winning titles; Scouting report on "The Bash;" Heat delays tennis season start; BJHS sports in full swing.
Sept. 3 -- BHS ready for football opener; Bulldogs No.1 in cross country; BHS volleyball wants to return to state; BHS football is set.
Sept. 10 -- BHS blasts past Anderson County in opener; Strong start for volleyball squad; Dad's are key to "Bash;" Tennis team finishes second.
Sept. 17 -- BHS wins BIT volleyball title; BHS girls dominate Wamego Invitational; BHS boys take Wamego title; Mistakes doom Bulldogs to 28-20 loss; BHS JV volleyball wins big; BHS freshmen/sophomores win.
Sept. 24 -- Defense key to big Bulldog win; BHS fourth at tennis B.I.T.; BHS boys run well at Rim Rock; Good start for BHS JV football; BHS girls strong at Rim Rock; BHS JV volleyball continues positive roll.
Oct. 1 -- BHS football has first win at Louisburg in years; BHS volleyball wins big at Senior Night; Runners flirt with perfection; Baker nipped by MidAmerica during thrilling homecoming; Major wins for BJHS sports; BHS runners sweep top spots; Girls close to top notch, too.
Oct. 8 -- BHS football routs Broncos 41-15; Bulldog volleyball adds Wellsville tourney title; Bulldogs run well again; BHS JV volleyball suffers first losses; BHS tennis takes fourth during busy week.
Oct. 15 -- Bulldogs dominate Cards to move to 5-1; BHS volleyball falls in finals; BHS runners easily win at Sabetha; BHS tennis rained out.
Oct. 22 -- Bulldog runners bring home Frontier title; BHS football blasts SFT; looks on to Hayden; Bulldog tennis sixth at state; BJHS still unbeaten; Youth football team advances to Toy Bowl; BHS JV football wins at Eudora.
Oct. 29 -- BHS volleyball set for second title chase; Erica Ogle paces BHS girls for state title defense; BHS boys seek sixth straight title; Fourth quarter dooms BHS football to loss.
Nov. 5 -- BHS runners keep back-to-back streak alive; BHS volleyball finishes second at state; Bulldogs deck cards; BHS pounds Perry.
Nov. 12 -- Bulldogs pound Piper to advance; Fort Scott next for Bulldogs; Bulldogs eliminate Eudora, 43-18; Baker rallies for 35-21 win; BHS boys wrap up impressive season; Second win for girls helps bring more home; Ogle is a natural; BHS volleyball players gain honors; BJHS girls sweep tourney.
Nov.19 -- Bulldogs come up short against Fort Scott; Baker falls to Jewel; Frangoulis resigns; Emily Brown signs with KU.
Nov. 25 -- Jayhawks persevered to sign Emily Brown; Bulldog wrestlers to state; Senior duo of Hannon, Mason will be key to BHS's success; BHS girls expect to be Frontier League target; BJHS teams have unbeaten seasons; Eighth graders complete three year run; BJHS girls continue roll.
Dec. 3 -- Bulldog basketball set to bounce; Baker's Reeves leads HAAC selections; Harris, Hinton gain from experience; BHS wrestlers are geared up.
Dec. 10 -- Flory sets new BHS win mark; Bulldogs win season opener over Osawatomie; BHS girls hammer Trojans in opener; BJHS basketball girls continue winning ways; JV/Freshmen girls open with victories; BHS JV gets first win; More expansion for Frontier League.
Dec. 17 -- BHS football accolades keep rolling in; Bulldogs fifth in basketball tourney; BHS basketball girls take third; Bulldog wrestlers bring home fourth.
Dec. 23 -- Baldwin basketball girls easily handle Anderson County; Lang leads Bulldog wrestlers; Bulldogs lose Hannon to injury, game to Anderson County;