Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

Bulldogs make all-league team

March 11, 2004

By Jeff Myrick

Baldwin City Signal Editor

Although the seasons didn't end up as planned, the Baldwin High School basketball teams were well represented on the Frontier League's all-league teams.

The BHS girls had three first-team selections -- seniors Emily Brown, Kari Garrison and Jamie Lawrenz -- and the boys had two, senior Andrew Hannon and sophomore Jeremy Wright. Senior Anna Gillispie was the lone honorable mention selection.

"To have three players named to the first team and one to honorable mention is a reflection on the type of season our team had with the league," said BHS girls coach Eric Toot. "All four are very deserving."

The BHS girls went unbeaten in league play a 9-0 to secure the Bulldogs their second straight Frontier League title. They also won their third straight Top Gun Tournament crown. The Bulldogs lost 49-48 in the sub-state semifinals Thursday to Spring Hill to end the year with a sterling 17-5 record.

Jeff Haas, coach of the BHS boys, thought league honors were fitting for Hannon and Wright. Hannon made the first team for the third straight year and that came despite him missing 11 games during midseason because of a broken hand.

"I thought that both players were deserving of the honor of making the All-Frontier League team," said Haas. "Andy provided numerous memorable moments in just half of a season. Andy averaged 24 points per game and finished second on the team in rebound average at 2.4 per game. He also tallied 3.5 steals per game, which is amazing.

"Jeremy shouldered a great responsibility all year, particularly when Andy was out," he said. "He displayed rare maturity and judgment for a players so young. He was the only sophomore to make that team."

As pleased as Toot was with those selected, he felt that another senior, Kalie Harris, deserved to make the squad.

"I am disappointed for Kalie Harris," he said. "She was the starting point guard for a team that was undefeated in league play and, in my opinion, that deserves all-league honors. Like a good point guard does, she was unselfish and made her teammates better."

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