Column: Time to change gears for spring sports
Now that winter sports are finished in Baldwin, it's time to reflect on the seasons past and look ahead to the spring sports that await us.
The Baldwin High School winter sports season officially ended Saturday night when the girls varsity team lost in the sub-state final to Iola, a 22-1 team.
It was sad to see high school basketball end, especially since the Bulldogs were one win from heading to Salina. The last time I was there was my senior year when the boys took third at state. I was hoping to go to Salina, which would have made a hectic week, but a fun one for me and BHS fans.
But the girls cinderella story ended that night in a tough loss to a good team. I say cinderella because they were the seven seed in sub-state, and had defeated the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the first two rounds.
It was quite an accomplishment for the girls to make it to the championship with a 9-11 record heading into sub-state. They lost six seniors last year and hardly anyone had any varsity experience on the team. They do lose two seniors, but look to make some noise in the Frontier League next year with their "never die easy" attitude. So congratulations girls and good luck next season.
The boys season ended on Feb. 28 at Louisburg in the first round of sub-state. This team is also fairly young and was under the leadership of Heath Cooper in this first season.
I think Cooper has the team headed in a good direction, but it takes a couple years to turn a program around. They will return leading scorers Aaron Hannon and Jeremy Wright next year. I also believe the boys will improve next season and be a surprising threat next year.
The other winter sport that ended is the wrestling team. This team lost a few good seniors last year, but returned to win the Frontier League tournament title for the first time since 1976 and were runner-ups at regionals.
Freshman Kevin Callahan led the team at state and looks to rewrite the BHS wrestling record books before his time is finished. Coach Kit Harris has done a great job with this program since he took over five years ago. Keep up the good work and good luck next year.
Now the winter sports at BHS are over and the spring sports have started practice already. The teams enjoyed some nice weather last week, but have had to put up with cold, gloomy days this week. That's Kansas weather for you, especially in the spring.
The spring sports should do well this year and keep BHS near the top of the Frontier League schools in the all-sports standings. The action begins on March 29 with baseball and softball, while the BIT track meet kicks off the track season on April 1. Tennis gets underway on March 30 and golf on April 4.
Spring is always a good time to go sit outside and watch baseball or softball or even a track meet. I hope everyone goes out and supports the local teams, because I know I will be there as a writer and an alumni.
But if anyone is still itching for some sports before March 29, don't forget the NCAA Tournament starts a week from today. So grab a pencil and start filling out those brackets. I know I will.