BHS racks up titles in 2004
The past year has been highlighted by many sporting events in the Baldwin City area. Both Baldwin High School and Baker University provided headlines to remember. Baldwin High School won six Frontier League titles: girls basketball, wrestling, girls track, football, boys cross country and girls cross country. Those are only a few of the headlines that made the year so good. Here are the top 10 sports stories from 2004.
1. Lucky seven for boys cross country
The Baldwin High School boys cross country team won its seventh consecutive Class 4A State Championship on Oct. 30. Baldwin medaled six runners and scored a record-setting 41 points, which was the lowest by a 4A school on a 5-kilometer course. Clearwater scored 84, while Wamego totaled 119 points for third place. The Bulldogs only had a 19-second split between their first and fifth runners. It was the Bulldogs' eighth state championship as a team.
2. Richard joins rich tradition in South Bend
Late Baker University football coach Charlie Richard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., on Aug. 14. Richard's son Pat gave the induction speech. Richard won 123 games in the 14 years he coached at Baker. Baker celebrated Charlie Richard Day on Oct. 23 by having many of Richard's former athletes return to celebrate his achievements.
3. Grossner takes over BU football program
Baker University hired Mike Grossner as the new head football coach on Jan. 22 to replace the position left by former coach John Frangoulis. Grossner coached Glendale Community College to a national championship in 2000. In his first year, Grossner went 4-6, losing his final four games, but did start the season off with a victory over rival Evangel University.
4. Heath Cooper hired as boys basketball coach
After the controversy regarding former coach Jeff Haas, Baldwin High School hired Heath Cooper to become the new varsity boys basketball coach. Cooper is a University of Kansas graduate, and was an assistant coach at Raytown South High School, before coming to Baldwin. The varsity boys are currently 2-2 on the season.
5. Brown participates in U.S. Olympic Trials
University of Arkansas junior Eric Brown, a 2002 Baldwin High graduate, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in javelin. He placed 19th with a throw of 218-7 on July 15 in Sacramento, Calif. He said he didn't throw as well as he would have liked, but still enjoyed the experience. Last spring, Brown set the Arkansas school record at 246-3 and also helped the Razorbacks win the national title.
6. Miles captures 400 meter gold
Rachel Miles, Baldwin High School graduate of 2004, won the 4A girls 400 meter state championship on May 29 in one of the closest races ever. When Miles and Laiecha Bowles, Sumner Academy, crossed the finish line neck-and-neck, Cessna Stadium in Wichita got silent. A couple minutes later, the news came that Miles had edged out Bowles by .005 seconds to win the gold. The race was right after Miles was supposed to run the 4x100-meter relay, but the team was disqualified during the first hand-off.
7. BHS girls take second place
The Baldwin High School girls cross country team finished second as a team at the 4A State Championships, after winning the previous two years. The Bulldogs were led by freshman Heather Garcia, who placed second in a time of 12:03. The second place may have seem disappointing to some people, but it was still quite an accomplishment. The Bulldogs only lose one senior, Missy Westgate, for next fall.
8. Bulldogs take first district title in 10 years
The Baldwin High School football team won its first district title since 1993 with its 14-6 victory over Eudora High School on Oct. 28. The Bulldogs also won their first Frontier League Title since 1981 with a 4-1 record. The Bulldogs finished season with a 9-2 record after falling to Fort Scott in the state playoffs.
9. BHS's Mason signs with Baker
Baker University freshman Micah Mason, BHS graduate of 2004, signed a letter of intent to play football at Baker on Feb. 5 after being recruited by many larger schools. In his senior season at BHS, Mason was named all-league, all-area and all-state. He totaled 5,311 rushing yards in his career as a Bulldog. In his freshman year at Baker, Mason played special teams and in the backfield.
10. BHS takes home all-sports crown
Baldwin High School won the 2003-2004 Frontier League All-Sports championship, by edging out Gardner-Edgerton High School by one point. Baldwin took an early lead in the fall, and hung on in the spring with the help of the boys track team. Track was the last spring sport, and the boys had their best meet and finished third, giving Baldwin the all-sports award. Baldwin is tied with DeSoto High School after the fall sports for the 2004-2005 season.
January 7 -- Baldwin High School basketball girls tame Cyclones; Search still on for Baker football coach; Bulldog basketball falls hard to Ottawa; Cheri Rowland and Katie Kurtz sign letters with Fort Scott Community College; Baldwin athletes look forward to Big Meets.
January 14 -- Bulldog boys post win over Paola; Haydon Hubbel signs with Baker University; BHS basketball girls beat Paola; Baldwin wrestlers sweep Wellsville 78-0; Eleven Bulldogs place at junior varsity meet; Busy weekend for Baldwin youth wrestlers; Baldwin Junior High School basketball boys open up season with tournament crown; Baker's John Reeves an All-American.
January 21 -- Bulldog wrestlers please packed house; BHS basketball girls have a full-action week; Bulldogs take win leading into Baldwin Invitational Tournament.
January 28 -- Grossner to lead Baker football; Busy week for BHS wrestlers; Former BHS track greats adjust to college level; Meisenheimer signs with Fort Scott; BHS squads of '54 to reunite; BJHS basketball squads pick up wins.
February 5 -- BHS basketball girls are Top Guns for third time; Bulldogs clip Eagles again in basketball; BIT a tough one for BHS wrestlers; Baldwin High JV splits pair; BJHS Bulldogs pounce on Panthers; Ginny Honomichl honored as tennis coach of the year.
February 12 -- BHS's Micah Mason is Baker bound; Wrestling Bulldogs in line for title; BJHS teams pick up wins; Youth wrestling sees action; Baker track off and running; Scholarship established at BU in honor of Renee Sudduth.
February 19 -- BHS wrestles way to first league title; Andrew Hannon, Jeremy Wright team up to lead Bulldogs to wins; Basketball girls win three; BHS JV lights up three pointers; BJHS basketball teams pick up several wins; BHS JV, freshmen top Eudora; Kid wrestlers bring home medals.
February 26 -- Six wrestling Bulldogs qualify for state; BHS basketball girls have mixed bag of results; BHS JV bags another victory; BHS wins freshmen JV games; Bulldogs fall to third quarter Bronco blitz.
March 4 -- BHS's Kyle Flory, Derek Lang place at state; Bulldog boys basketball upset Spring Hill to advance; BHS basketball girls win title, advance to sub-state; BHS JV basketball girls end season with win; BHS JV basketball boys end season.
March 11 -- BHS girls upset in tourney semis; Bulldogs boys basketball falls in sub-state semifinals; BHS lands five on all-league; BHS golfers ready to tee it up.
March 18 -- Baseball gearing up for season; BHS track squads getting ready to run; Baldwin youth wrestlers head to post-season action; Baldwin High pair pack powerlifting punches.
March 25 -- Softball ready for season; BHS tennis filled with enthusiasm; BHS JV boys had good season; Hannon signs with Baker University.
April 1 -- Baldwin's Colleen Kivett gains honors at national junior college basketball tournament; BHS's Mike Spielman again tabbed as top coach; Bryce Shoemaker tops Baldwin wrestlers with first-place finish at state tournament; Baker baseball team swinging hot bats; Matt Hallauer paces Baker track squads;
April 8 -- Bulldogs open track season with BIT; BHS softball team drops two to Hays; BHS tennis off to good start; BHS girls open season with huge win, Boys finish sixth; Bulldog golfers take sixth.
April 15 -- Eric Brown doing well as an Arkansas Razorback; BHS tennis baffles big boys; BJHS competes in first track meet of the season; BHS girls finish second at K.T. Woodman.
April 22 -- BHS girls have big relay week; BHS boys have good relay days; BHS softball squad splits with Gardner; BHS baseball takes win over Eudora; BHS golfers fourth; Erica Ogle signs with Pittsburg State Gorillas; BHS tennis takes second.
April 29 -- BHS girls first at Spring Hill track meet; BHS boys second at Spring Hill track meet; Bulldog baseball sweeps Spring Hill; Baker's Angie Heffner qualifies for national meet; Golf team finishes sixth; BJHS wins four track titles.
May 6 -- Baldwin High product Glen Stansberry competes in famed Boston Marathon; BHS softball splits with Anderson County; BHS girls win again on track; Kari Garrison signs with JCCC; Trey Miller leads BHS to sixth in golf; Bulldog tennis third at Ottawa tournament; BHS track wins again.
May 13 -- Jeff Haas resigns as BHS head basketball coach; Busy slate for Baldwin softball squad; BHS girls, Rachel Miles, have monster day at Redbud Classic; BJHS Alan Callahan and Heather Garcia are breaking records; BJHS track teams having more success; BHS baseball on a seven-game roll.
May 20 -- BHS track girls win third straight Frontier title; Bulldogs qualify three for state tennis; Bulldog baseball picks up first-round win; Bulldog track boys third at league; Eighth grade girls win league title.
May 27 -- BHS girls dominate at regionals; BHS wins Frontier League all-sports title; Grossner signs 40 players for Baker football; BHS baseball falls in regionals.
June 3 -- Rachel Miles gains second Class 4A 400 title; BHS hits state track hard; Effort on to refurbish hallowed hardwood floor.
June 10 -- Kit Harris chosen "Man of the Year" by Wrestling USA Magazine; Baldwin teams square off against each other; Baldwin City Stage Race set for weekend.
June 17 -- Eric Brown third in NCAA javelin; Bike racers invade Baldwin; BHS 7-on-7 team continues summer success; Shrine Bowl game set for Emporia, Mason to play.
June 24 -- Heath Cooper to lead BHS basketball; Football schedule changes for BHS; The Midwest Rebels take baseball title; Time for wrestling camp.
July 1 -- Olympic gold medalist talks with BHS wrestlers; 10-and-under baseball team takes eighth at state tourney; Baldwin 4 softball turns in top tourney showing; Mason among Shrine Bowlers staying home.
July 8 -- New BHS basketball coach likes what he sees; Conditioning tradition just keeps going on; Baker field work continues; Sunflower state games are ready;
July 15 -- Eric Brown ready for Olympic trials; BHS soccer has foot in door; Baldwin Thunder continues to roll; Bulldawgs cap season.
July 22 -- Attitude changes for Bulldogs; Rebels win state tournament; Baldwin Thunder bounces Bulls to share first place; Top finish for Baldwin 4 12-and-under softball.
July 29 -- Mason ready for Shrine Bowl; Youth football on rise; Lawrence Phoenix 12-and-under softball finishes second; Baldwin All-Star squad finishes second.
August 5 -- Victory sweetens Shrine Bowl for Mason; Bulldog's football camp a success; Masur wins first race in sprint car competition; Time for Bash V.
August 12 -- College Football Hall of Fame inducts the late Charlie Richard, a legendary Baker coach; Baker U. ball fields progressing; Grossner is ready for start of practice; Spinning hubcaps and the Bash.
April 19 -- It's practice time for Bulldog sports; Baker turns out for Richard ceremony; Expanded Frontier League expected to be tougher time; Bash work crew is tops.
August 26 -- BHS volleyball ready to roll; Baker football heats up with action; Ready to feed the Bash mass.
September 2 -- Coach Mike Berg set for seventh season at BHS football helm; BHS cross country ready to defend titles again; High school tennis squad set to start; Grossner ready to get season started; Bash is big part of Baldwin football history; Baldwin High JV, freshmen prepare for football season.
September 9 -- BHS, Baker football openers are awesome; Bulldog volleyball has up, down start; BHS runners start with sizzle; BHS tennis takes third in opener; Bulldog JV tennis first at Mill Valley; BHS JV football wins; Bulldog JV runs well; BJHS volleyball sweeps Louisburg.
September 16 -- BHS football knocks off Class 5A Paola; Turnovers doom Baker in 30-6 defeat; BHS volleyball has full slate; Freshmen control Gardner, JV falls to Paola; BHS JV tennis has success; Bulldog JV volleyball gets off to good start; BJHS volleyball continues with early season success.
September 23 -- Bulldogs hot start continues; Baker gambles, turnovers bring second victory; Bulldog volleyball falls hard; Bulldog boys run well at Rim Rock; BHS girls run well against top field at Rim Rock; BHS tennis takes fifth place at BIT tournament; BJHS sports off to good start; BHS JV tennis adds victories; Bulldogs move to 3-0 with win over Wellsville; BHS JV turns in top finish at Rim Rock; BHS freshmen, JV post wins.
September 30 -- Keith Cowart leads way for BHS boys; Heather Garcia, girls finish first; BHS falls from ranks of unbeaten; Bulldog volleyball makes adjustments; JV, freshmen volleyball busy; Freshmen football wins big, JV struggles; BHS tennis has success in Wichita; Ups, downs for JV tennis; BJHS football blanks Ottawa; BJHS volleyball third at tournament.
October 7 -- Bulldogs blow past Cyclones; BHS freshmen, JV pick up victories; Baker defense keys win; BHS girls place first at Hayden. BHS JV boys, girls cross country place at Hayden. BJHS sports are busy;
October 14 -- BHS runners take first at Sabetha; BHS romps Buffaloes in final tune-up; Freshman, JV football teams add victories; BHS JV runners perfect at Sabetha; Bulldogs top Barstow in volleyball tourney play; Kyleigh Garman, Kristen Ferris win title.
October 21 -- Bulldog girls grab eighth Frontier crown; Bulldog boys take ninth straight title; It's time for Charlie Richard Day; BHS defense dominates; BHS's Ferris, Garman go to state; Youth teams headed to state; JV runners place at league.
October 28 -- BHS runners stride on to state; First half dooms Baker on Richard's Day; Bulldogs dominate Santa Fe Trail; BHS cross country boys claim crown; BHS girls win, too; JV runners end year; BHS freshmen end unbeaten; BHS volleyball season ends; BJHS eighth grade finishes year with unbeaten record.
November 4 -- Bulldogs cross country boys stride to seventh straight Class 4A state title; BHS girls finish second at state; Bulldogs club Cards for district crown; Baldwin B-Team wins Toy Bowl; Baker men win basketball opener; BJHS eighth grade wins title; Baker women ready for season.
November 11 -- Fort Scott Tigers end BHS title hopes; Baker falls to Graceland, 44-27; BJHS basketball has ups, downs; Baker women fall to Sterling; Youth wrestling ready to roll.
November 18 -- BU's Johnston kills Cards again in soccer; Baker basketball continues good start; Cards dump Wildcat football in season finale; Baker basketball women win pair; BHS in tie for first in Frontier League all-sports standings; BJHS basketball teams continue winning ways; BHS wrestlers are ready.
November 24 -- "Wall" can't stop Lauridsen; New faces for BHS girls basketball; Bulldog boys will be tough; BHS wrestlers are "met;" BJHS teams gain honors; BJHS basketball wins, loses.
December 2 -- Baker opens with HAAC wins; BHS lands 16 on Frontier's all-league squad; Plenty of road time early for BHS squads; BJHS girls pick up victories.
December 9 -- Baker splits with MidAmerica; Women keep unbeaten mark in HAAC play; Wildcat men tumble to No. 9 MANC; BHS girls off to quick start; Bulldog boys drop opener; BU wrestlers take third; BJHS basketball teams win tourney; BHS JV freshmen win; BHS girls post victories, too.
December 16 -- BHS fifth at Eudora tourney; Baldwin girls take third-place finish; BHS boys take third at Paola; BJHS JV teams third; BJHS teams post victories; BHS JV girls win tournament opener.
December 23 -- BHS wrestlers finish well; Girls basketball off to quick beginning; Bulldog boys are a surprise; Alumni game a big hit; BHS JV girls win tourney; BHS JV boys fall in finals; BJHS girls basketball end with victories; BHS JV wrestlers tops at tourney.