Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2005

Baker competes on Kansas all-star team

June 23, 2005

Recent Baldwin High School graduate Ricky Baker and BHS coach Mike Berg took part in the Kansas-Missouri All-Star football game last Thursday at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

Baker, a 2005 graduate of BHS, was one of only 42 Kansas high school football players selected to play in the game.

"I was very glad I got a chance to play," Baker said. "I really enjoyed it. It was a great experience and it was really fun."

Baker was one of only two players selected from the Frontier League to play. The other was Brandon Kush from Louisburg. Baker said he liked being one of the few players from a smaller school.

"It was kind of fun being from one of the smaller schools," Baker said. "That was a cool experience."

Berg was selected to be one of the defensive coaches for the game. Berg said the game was owned by Missouri and it all started with the opening kickoff.

"From the kickoff, it didn't go very well," Berg said. "They did an on-side kick to open the game. They recovered it then threw a reverse pass for a touchdown on third and 20."

Berg said the score was tied at 7-7 until the Kansas team turned the ball over twice. Then, Missouri took advantage of those turnovers and took a 21-7 lead.

Missouri went on to rout Kansas 38-15.

"It was a great experience," Berg said. "He (Baker) played really well. It was fun. Missouri had some really good athletes."

Baker said that the size of players was larger than usual.

"There were a lot of bigger guys there," Baker said. "Everybody was big, not just one guy. There were a lot of fast guys, also."

Berg said Baker took the opportunity very serious.

"He took it serious, was at practice every day and worked hard," Berg said. "He represented Baldwin with real class. I was really proud of him."

Baker was able to make four tackles during the game as a defensive back.

Berg said one play stuck out in his mind from the game.

"One play I remember, he was getting trapped by a guard, got hit, got up and made the tackle," Berg said. "It was an awesome play."

Berg said he enjoyed the experience, because it got him excited for the upcoming season.

"It was fun, because it was like football season," Berg said. "We had nine practices and I learned some things from other coaches. Hopefully, they could learn some things from me. It's a good way to jump start the summer with football."

Berg also said that some coaches from BHS showed up at some of the practices to watch.

"It gets us ready for football," Berg said. "I've been sharing things with the coaches that I learned. We even had some Baldwin coaches that showed up to practice. It definitely helps you."

Baker was the fifth player from BHS in the last four years selected to play in the game. Baker will be playing football at Highland Community College in the fall.

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