A look back at sports headlines of 2005
The Baldwin City Signal's annual Year in Review takes a look back at the sports headlines that brought the news every week in 2005.
January 6 -- Kyle Ruona selected to Shrine Bowl; Baldwin High School games are iced; Baker University women top Southwestern; New Baker fields near completion.
January 13 -- BHS girls win OT thriller; BHS boys drop league games; Season starts to heat up for BHS wrestlers; Junior high boys varsity starts season; Freshman basketball boys pick up three wins.
January 20 -- BHS boys compete, advance in BIT; BHS girls defeated by rival; Baldwin wrestlers victorious; JV basketball boys add two wins; Freshman, JV girls pick up two wins; Junior high boys split games.
January 27 -- Wrestling BIT brings talent; Basketball boys bounce back to take third at BIT; BHS girls beat Piper, fall to DeSoto; Baldwin Junior High School basketball boys win two against Spring Hill; BHS wrestlers place third at Washburn Rural Duals.
February 3 -- Kyle Ruona to sign with Baker football team; BHS wrestlers finish fifth at BIT; BHS basketball girls lose three straight; Bulldogs downed by threes; BJHS boys had busy week; BHS freshmen, JV boys defeated.
February 10 -- Bulldog wrestlers win duals at 'Pack the House' senior night; Boys basketball beaten in overtime; BHS girls basketball use big run to get victory; BHS JV boys win two; BHS JV girls win during busy week.
February 17 -- BHS wrestling team wins first Frontier League Tournament since 1976; BHS basketball boys have mixed results during week; BHS girls lose three close league games; Teams no match for BHS JV basketball boys; Seasons coming to an end for many BHS seniors.
February 24 -- BHS wrestlers qualify seven for state; BHS JV boys add win; Weaver ends season at 299 wins; BHS basketball girls fall to rival Cardinals.
March 3 -- Basketball girls set to meet Broncos in sub-state; Callahan places fourth at state wrestling; Bulldog boys end season with loss at Louisburg; BHS girls blow out Wellsville at final home game; BHS JV girls end season with win; BHS girls advance to sub-state semifinal; Callahan leads BHS wrestlers at state; BJHS boys split season ending games; Awards released for BJHS.
March 10 -- BHS girls fall in sub-state finals, after two upset victories; BHS golfers looking for successful season; BHS track teams start new season; Bulldog baseball under way.
March 17 -- Brandenberger approaches life, athletics with 'can do' attitude; Open gym brings in wide variety of community; Softball underway at BHS; Bulldogs make all-league basketball teams.
March 24 -- Spring sports to start next week at BHS; Baker's Guilliams throws 10 strike outs; Baldwin youth wrestling qualified 13 for state.
March 31 -- Chloe Jones aims to be tennis pro; BHS softball team defeats Wellsville; Bulldogs defeated in opener; BHS's Gabe Mason takes youth wrestling runner-up; BHS girls' track team ready to start season; Weakley working PGA Masters tourney for 12th straight year.
April 7 -- Bulldogs win BIT meet titles; BHS softball team loses doubleheader at Paola; BHS baseball drops one to Osawatomie; Baker to dedicate new baseball field Saturday; BHS tennis starts season.
April 14 -- Baker dedicates Sauder Field; Bulldogs compete well at Baker relays; Baker sweeps Lindenwood; BHS softball team splits games against Hays.
April 21 -- Heather Garcia breaks Megan Noonan's record; BHS boys run to third place finish at KT Woodman; BU coach Susan Decker headed to Australia; BHS softball splits pair with Cardinals; Bulldog baseball picks up first two wins of season; BJHS track teams continue competing.
April 28 -- BHS softball beats Wildcats 11-1; Garcia breaks own record at KU Relays; BHS girls dominate Spring Hill Invitational; Chris Irick captures BIT crown; Baldwin 11-and-under team victorious at Early Bird Tournament; Derek Couch wins by shooting 4-over; JV softball adds win.
May 5 -- BHS baseball team drops pair to lose sixth straight; BHS track teams finish runner-up at meet; BHS's Troy Gilges best at 4-H State power lifting contest; BJHS track teams sweep home meet; BHS JV softball team loses to Spring Hill; BHS golf takes fourth at league.
May 12 -- Eighth grade girls win league track meet; BHS baseball sweeps rival on senior night; Bulldogs run away with Redbud meet; Late runs doom Bulldog softball on senior night; Winner's Circle hosts Fun Day; BHS golf battles wind; Irick leads BHS tennis team.
May 19 -- BHS golf team state bound; Jamie Lawrenz, Kalie Harris earn All-American honors; BHS' Irick headed to state again; BHS track teams take third at league; BHS JV softball ends season with victory; BHS softball ends season in first-round action; Elementary school track meet runs off its 20th year.
May 26 -- Bulldog track boys are regional champs; BHS baseball ends season at regionals; Kelsey Heckathorne, Garcia lead Bulldogs at regional track; Irick finishes career; Class of 2005 Senior Salute.
June 2 -- Bulldogs set records at state, collect several medals; BHS golf team finishes ninth.
June 9 -- Toot resigns as BHS head basketball coach; Three wrestlers take home gold at state; Baker football has 35 athletes signed; Annual race returns again.
June 16 -- Bulldogs begin summer training; Golf tourney battles rain and wet course; Baker summer basketball league hits gym.
June 23 -- Bulldogs compete in 7-on-7 passing league; Annual state games deadline coming up; Ricky Baker competes on All-Star Kansas team.
June 30 -- Camp brings wrestling heroes; Bulldog Days learns from Lawrence ways.
July 7 -- Golf scramble helps raise money; Baldwin baseball team finishes eighth at state.
July 14 -- Martin, Wegner hired at BHS; Baker selects inductees for Athletic Hall of Fame; Baldwin 14-under softball team finishes second.
July 21 -- Three Baldwin High School graduates compete at Lakeside Speedway; Baker University football coach spends time with NFL family at camp in Louisiana.
July 28 -- Local teams hold summer camps; Kansas Rebels finish sixth at tournament; Baldwin's Orange Monkeys rally late to stay unbeaten; Midwest Rebels roughed up at tourney; 7-and-8-year-old Royals finish season strong.
August 4 -- BHS considering hall of fame; BJHS track teams earn state academic honors; Baldwin 12-and-under teams take first, second.
August 11 -- BHS fall athletic teams start practice Monday; QB choice key for BU success; Cawley wins open with score of 69; Lauridsen participates in speedway Triathlon; Phenix 14-and-under girls finish third.
August 18 -- BHS, BJHS teams start practice; Bash I helped BHS players learn football.
August 25 -- Soccer impact minimal at BHS; Numbers benefiting BHS girls' tennis team; BHS volleyball team to rely on experience; Bulldog Bash has become routine habit for many people.
September 1 -- Bulldogs, KNBU ready to roll Friday; BHS girls' cross country team excited for season; Bulldogs struggle in volleyball opener; Bash signs have taken on life of their own; Boys' cross country team looking to repeat as champs.
September 8 -- Bulldogs win over Blazers 50-28; BHS soccer strikes first, loses opener; Wildcats look strong early, but lose 31-27; BHS cross country teams have success at Anderson County meet; Bulldog freshmen shut out Eudora in opener.
September 15 -- Bulldogs lose to Paola 26-19; Bulldogs pick up first two victories, lose two captains to injury; BHS volleyball teams improve fall record; BHS cross country teams tame Wamego; Bulldogs encounter deer en route to tennis tournament; BJHS football starts season with loss.
September 22 -- Bulldogs run well at Rim Rock; BHS soccer wins two-in-a-row; Bulldogs use turnovers to beat Wellsville 34-6; Bulldogs volleyball adjusting to new offense; BHS freshmen finish fourth at Wellsville; Bulldogs tennis team endures elite tournament; Freshman, sophomore teams win easily.
September 29 -- Football team travels to Louisburg for scheduled home game; Ogle leads Gorillas; BHS cross country teams cruise to victory; BJHS volleyball wins six of eight from Broncos; Seventh graders defeat Osawatomie; BHS tennis team struggles; BU to induct five into hall; BHS freshman, JV football teams win.
October 6 -- BHS football team airs it out against Ottawa; Grossner still looking for QB to step up; BHS tennis squad ready for regionals at home Monday; Soccer team loses another key player for season; BHS volleyball team struggling to find way to close out games; Bulldogs run well at home invitational.
October 13 -- Mason helps Baker collect win; Bulldog football beats Buffaloes at homecoming; BHS seniors qualify for state as doubles team; Bulldogs run nearly perfect at Sabetha; BHS volleyball team looks to finish strong; Wildcats' defense huge in upset victory; BHS soccer squad wins home finale.
October 20 -- Wildcats fall five yards short of pulling off second straight upset victory; BHS seniors end careers with fourth place finish; Bulldogs keep cross country league titles going; BHS soccer defeated by two larger schools; Baldwin teams finish fall seasons.
October 27 -- Bulldogs sweep regional meet; Bulldogs add second district win over SFT; BHS soccer season ends in overtime; BHS volleyball wraps up season at sub-state; Wildcats survive thriller against Avila; Wildcat basketball teams ready to get seasons started; Tony Brown, Ira DeSpain recall 1985 World Series.
November 3 -- Bulldogs sweep state cross country meet; Bulldogs beat Eudora for district crown; BHS freshman, JV football teams combine for 16-1 record; Toy Bowl ends season; BJHS basketball girls beat Osawatomie.
November 10 -- Bulldogs fall just short of playoff victory, defeated in thrilling contest; Defense leads Wildcats to senior day victory; BJHS wrestlers experiencing early success; Weaver topples 300 career win mark.
November 17 -- Pulvers resigns as Baker soccer coach; Back to basics, conditioning for Bulldogs; Wildcats end season, look toward next year; BJHS girls basketball remains undefeated; Matt Noonan, Eye of the Tiger.
November 23 -- BHS lands 12 to all-league football team; Experience to help BHS girls' team, shooting, scoring; Seniors leading BHS wrestling squad in practice; BJHS varsity girls defeat Paola at home; BHS chosen to host sub-state basketball.
December 1 -- Bulldogs to start basketball season Friday; BHS wrestlers ready for first meet; Kansas Sports Hall of Fame officially opens in Wichita.
December 8 -- BHS basketball girls win thrilling opener; Bulldogs drain eight three-pointers in victory; BJHS basketball girls victorious at home tournament; JV basketball Bulldogs win home opener; BHS JV, freshman basketball boys win opener; Bulldogs beat 5A, 6A schools en route to winning wrestling tourney; BHS JV wrestlers place well at first tournament.
December 15 -- BHS wrestlers take third at 25-team tournament; BHS's Aaron Hannon awarded unanimous all-stater; Bulldog girls finish runner-up to tournament host Paola; BHS basketball boys bounce back to take third; JV Bulldog girls start with a win; BJHS wrestlers enjoy season; BHS JV basketball boys battle back to beat Eudora.
December 22 -- Watkins finds his role at Baker; Wildcats to leave soon for Spain; BHS wrestlers place six at Raytown meet; BHS boys refocus on Ottawa, defense during winter break; New Bulldogs are learning to compete at early meets; Bulldogs battle lack of depth to win tournament.