Youth football on the rise in Baldwin
Youth football continues to draw more interest in Baldwin City and there was a definite sign of that last week during Mike Berg's Youth Football Camp.
Berg, head football coach at Baldwin High School, has been putting on the camp for years. But this year, attendance went off the charts.
"We had over 70, which is the most ever," said Berg. "This is the fifth years we've had the camp and it just keeps growing. I think the youth program has taken off. They've added a second and third grade team this year.
"Now, along with the fourth and fifth grade team and the sixth grade team, we've got three teams," he said. "The Hansons (John and Lee) did a great job getting the word out. Now that there is another team, the young kids are getting involved."
Last week's camp was Austin Inzer's senior project for BHS. Berg said Inzer did much of the work.
"With the help of Austin Inzer, we had five high school and a couple of college kids help on and off with the camp," said Berg. "We just went into the basics, such as getting in a stance, catching the ball, running with the ball -- those kinds of things."
But, it wasn't all work.
"We also played games at the end. Hog ball is the favorite. That was a highlight," he said.
Football camps continued this week. Both the BHS and Baldwin Junior High School camps took over the practice fields. BHS upper classmen had camp from 7 to 9 a.m., while the freshmen went at it from 7 to 9 p.m. BJHS players worked on their game from 7 to 8:30 p.m.