Off the Rim
Well, it's been official for over a week now, but I am just now finding time to write about it.
I am talking about the fall sports' season. It ended when the Baker University football team finished its season Nov. 12. I have wanted to write a column for a few weeks now about something, but never found the time. So I decided to sit down and finally write it.
The fall season ended with a couple disappointing ends to a fun football season.
The Wildcats lost their final game, ending a disappointing season. They finished the season with a 3-8 record, which was impressive since they started 0-5.
The Baker football season was filled with some highs and many lows, ranging from a senior day win to an overtime loss to the then No. 6-ranked team in the nation.
Despite the dismal season, I am looking forward to next year. The Wildcats are a young team that began winning and playing well the second half of the season. I look for Baker to turn things around next fall.
The other hometown football team had a great season, but once again a heart-breaking end. The Baldwin High School football team cruised through much of the Frontier League schedule, with its only regular-season defeat coming at the hands of Class 5A Paola.
Baldwin dominated Eudora and Prairie View before it met its match with Chanute in the Class 4A playoffs. The game against Chanute was the best high school game I have ever seen and may have included the best high school play I have seen, also.
Baldwin stopped Chanute on its own one-yard line in the final seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. I didn't think BHS would stop Chanute for one yard, but the Bulldogs proved me wrong. They went on to lose 13-7 in overtime, ending the career of many fine seniors.
But not all teams' season were disappointing, as I can usually depend on the BHS cross country teams for success and this year was no exception.
Of course, I followed the cross country teams all season, and even ran a workout with them. I made the trip back to Wamego for the first time since my senior year, 1999, to watch the Bulldogs run at state.
I never came before because I was running for the Baker cross country team at its conference meet.
I loved being back at state and I especially enjoyed watching the Bulldogs sweep the Class 4A titles, the eighth straight title for the boys. It made me feel proud to be an alum and even more proud of being part of the team that started the boys' streak in 1998. Great job Bulldogs.
While I sat at the awards stand, I heard other schools talking about Baldwin and how it always wins. I even heard one team talking about how many seniors it loses and how it will probably reload next year. I laughed while hearing this, but I know that coach Mike Spielman always finds a way for the team to have success.
Other BHS teams that had success were the soccer and tennis teams. The soccer team won six games in its first season, while dealing with several key injuries. The Bulldogs return many players next year, so it should be a successful year.
The tennis team sent seniors Katie Beall and Kristen Ferris to state. The doubles team placed third. Great job.
I know the BHS volleyball team didn't have as much success as it would have liked, but remember there is always next year.
So, I have been busy finishing up all of those seasons and trying to find time to prepare for the winter sports. The basketball and wrestling seasons have begun and are looking good so far.
All three teams will be looking toward the seniors for leadership, as each team is very senior orientated and should do well.
I have also started looking toward winter sports, since the University of Kansas basketball has started and college football is coming to an end.
That's all the news for now, I will be hanging out in the gym a lot, whether it be for basketball or wrestling, during the next three months.
I will let you know how my NCAA Football 2006 tournament goes this Friday night with the BHS boys' basketball team. I have been asked to be a part of the 'Night of the Dogs', because there will be a video game tournament with the college football game. My Virginia Tech team plans on rolling over everybody in the video game tourney.
Hope to see everybody cheering on the Bulldogs this winter, because it should be a fun season. Go Bulldogs.