BHS girls to honor 1996 state title
In 1996, the Baldwin High School girls' basketball team won the Class 4A State Championship in Salina.
Friday night, 11 of the 12 state players will be returning to Baldwin City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state title.
"It's going to be an exciting and happy day," said Ted Zuzzio, 1996 girls' basketball coach at BHS. "It's hard to believe that 10 years have passed. They were a fun group of girls to coach."
The team will be recognized after the girls' varsity game against Anderson County. An approximate time for the recognition is 7:30 p.m. and it will take place in the Baldwin Junior High School gym.
After the game, each player will be introduced, along with their parents and other people that were special to the team. Then there will be a reception for the team in the BJHS teacher's lounge.
"Amazingly, everyone is so excited about coming," Zuzzio said. "It's pretty exciting when you have kids coming from California, Colorado and St. Louis. We have no one that lives in Baldwin. All I have heard is that they are excited to get here, see their old teammates and revisiting the memories together."
The two seniors on the team were LeAnna Hulce and Mandy Mundinger. The six juniors were Mary Denning, Ann Martin, Audrey Millstein, Trina Bierman, Corey Dunn and Ali Walbridge. The four sophomores were Abby Honomichl, Courtney Stultz, Wylie Taul and Stacy Zuzzio.
Taul will be the only member of the team not returning Friday, as she was unable to travel from Arizona.
Chris Rose, manager, will also be returning Friday. The assistant coaches on the team were Mike Curran, BHS math teacher, and Mike Berg, BJHS science teacher.
Zuzzio said he hopes the community enjoys the recognition, since they were so helpful to the team in 1996.
"We had back then and we still have tremendous fans," Zuzzio said. "The parents and the community were behind us 100 percent. We knew it and we felt it, which made it more special."