Football honors come barking
A 10-3 season that was the best Baldwin High School has had in 19 years was sure to produce individual awards -- and it did.
In fact, BHS took up 21 spots on the All-Frontier League teams this fall, which included 14 different BHS players.
It was a fitting result for the Bulldogs, whose season finished in the Class 4A state semifinals.
"Like I always say, individual honors come with team success," coach Mike Berg said. "It really holds true this year. We went to the final four and we have the most ever on the all-league teams. Coaches from other teams recognized that our kids were talented and they deserve those honors."
With 14 different players earning honors, the BHS players agreed with their coach.
"I heard it's the most BHS has had," senior Anthony Ciambrone said. "That's really special to be a part of that. We deserve this because of the season we had."
Baldwin and Louisburg each had 14 players chosen for 21 different spots on the all-league teams. The Wildcats ended the Bulldogs' season, but lost in the state finals to Andale.
Although Baldwin fell short of the state championship game, senior Luke Weaver said the postseason honors help ease their pain.
"I was pretty excited to see all of the Baldwin Bulldogs on all of the lists," Weaver said. "It's neat that we were all recognized. It was a good year for us and this helps lighten it up for us, because we wanted it to end differently."
Weaver and Ciambrone were two of the seven Bulldogs to make the first team. The offensive players on the first team were senior Jacob Enick (offensive line), junior Sam Beecher (running back) and Ciambrone (offensive line).
"It feels pretty good," Ciambrone said. "I didn't make it last year, so this is nice. I like it a lot."
The Bulldogs on the first team defense were senior Jared Hall (linebacker), junior Ethan Hebenstriet (defensive line), senior Kyle Smith (defensive back) and Weaver (linebacker).
"I was pretty excited to hear about it," Weaver said. "It's my first time to be honored. I don't know what to say, except that I am happy about it."
Berg was happy to land two juniors on the first teams.
"We got two juniors on the first team," Berg said. "That's pretty big in the Frontier League."
Making the second team offense were senior Beau Elder (offensive line), senior Jesse Green (tight end) and Hall (fullback). The three Bulldogs that were selected for the second-team defense were Enick (defensive line), Green (linebacker) and Beecher (defensive back).
Seven Bulldogs were chosen as honorable-mention players. On offense, they were senior Drew Berg (quarterback), senior Gabe Mason (running back), junior David Tuley (offensive line) and junior David Garrison (offensive line).
The defensive players were junior Logan Schiller (defensive back), Elder and Ciambrone (defensive line).
Schiller was also named the second-team place kicker.
"That's the most we've had here since I've been coach," Mike Berg said. "We had 13 one year, but this year we had 14. We didn't have a superstar all year long. It shows when we have so many kids get so many honors. I told the kids all year long we don't have any superstars.
"It is nice for them," Mike Berg said. "It just shows all of the hard work that they did this summer and throughout their four years here. It will be something they can show their kids and their grandkids. It's something special."