Reigning champs struggling in new year
A less-than-average fall sports season has left Baldwin High School 11 points behind first-place Eudora in the All-Frontier League sports standings.
The Bulldogs sit in a tie for fourth-place with De Soto right now with 33 points. Eudora leads with 44, while Paola (42) and Gardner-Edgerton (40) are second and third, respectively.
"This fall season was a little rougher on us than it usually is, but with the strong winter teams that we will be fielding in every sport, we will jump back in the lead," senior Chris Elniff said.
The two cross country teams carried the Bulldogs during the fall season. Both the boys' and girls' teams won the Frontier League titles, which scored 26 points for the Bulldogs.
The BHS football team finished tied for fourth in the large class division of the league this year. The Bulldogs volleyball team placed just ahead of Central Heights in the league standings.
The BHS soccer team doesn't count toward the standings, because it is not an official league sport. The girls' tennis team has no league competition, therefore also removing it from the contest.
Senior Josh Wood, who plays football and wrestling at BHS, believes the Bulldogs can move up the chart during the winter and spring seasons.
"I think that if we can still be in the top five after all the obstacles that our fall sports had to overcome, we can pull through to the top spots after winter and spring sports," Wood said. "I think we can continue the winning tradition that Baldwin has created."
Last year, Baldwin won the unofficial league competition with 121 points. It was the second time in three years the Bulldogs were victorious.
This year will be the final time all 13 schools will compete in the same league. Central Heights, Osawatomie, Prairie View and Wellsville will be leaving the Frontier League next year.
Activities Director Gary Stevanus said those changes will affect the all-sports standings.
"Being tied after the fall season shows we are competitive in our current league," Stevanus said. "There will be some changes next year, which would put us right in the middle of the pack."
The all-sports standings are not affiliated with the Frontier League and are tallied by the BHS journalism staff.