Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

School board recognizes state-level athletes

December 16, 2004

State-level athletes from Baldwin High School were recognized at Monday's School Board meeting.

Cross country coach Mike Spielman and tennis coach Ginny Honomichl spoke to the board and introduced the athletes. The recognition came at the start of the meeting for the boys cross country team that finished first in Class 4A for the seventh straight year and the girls who finished second.

"They had a tremendous year," Spielman said of his teams. "The boys did a good job again with the opportunity to win their seventh title in a row. The ladies had a good year, too. We didn't have the numbers and we had some injuries. They were able to get second at state and they were a little disappointed with that.

"We had three girls medal at state and six boys medal, so they were all-state," he said. "I think the six boys medaling is a state record."

Board president Ed Schulte also pointed out that Spielman was recognized as area coach of the year and also had words of praise for the teams.

"It was a great job by both teams, both boys and girls," Schulte said. "You are the model that we'd like to see all of our sports teams follow."

Honomichl introduced the doubles team of Kristen Ferris and Kyleigh Garman that qualified for state.

"These two young ladies had a 12-2 record going into state," said Honomichl. "It was just quite an honor to have a team qualify. We had the opportunity to host state. We did it at Emporia State. We were competitive, but did not advance."

The long-time BHS coach had another item for the board to consider.

"Our tennis courts need to be repaired," she said. "If we don't repair them now, we will be replacing them later."

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