BHS ties Eudora in all-sports standings
It was the last year for a 13-team Frontier League and Baldwin High School beat nine schools in the all-sports standings.
The Bulldogs tied with Eudora for third in the standings with 109 points. Gardner-Edgerton won this year as the Trailblazers scored 127 points, while Paola finished as the runner-up with 122.
"We had some up and down performances this year, so I wasn't sure where we would finish," wrestling coach Kit Harris said. "It's exciting to see that we finished up there again and continued to have success."
Baldwin won two league titles -- boys' and girls' cross country. Baldwin finished in the top five of nine of the 12 league sports.
BHS senior Kelsey Verhaeghe participated in three sports for the Bulldogs. She ran cross country and track, while playing basketball during the winter. She was also part of the BHS journalism staff that works on the all-sports standings.
She was happy to finish in third place, despite winning it a year ago.
"Since we lost a lot of talented seniors last year, it was impressive to get third," Verhaeghe said. "It was a bit surprising, but it's cool."
Five schools will be leaving the league next year to form their own league. Those schools are Anderson County, Central Heights, Osawatomie, Prairie View and Wellsville.
The remaining eight schools will still form the Frontier League. BHS will be one of the smallest of the schools next year. Harris said the new league could be more level in the all-sports standings.
"Next year could change, because when you have less teams, the points will be more balanced," Harris said. "We will have to be balanced next year and maybe have a few really high placing teams."
The Frontier League does not officially sponsor the all-sports standings. It is compiled by the BHS journalism staff upon the completion of the respective seasons.
A school is awarded 13 points for a league championship. The runner-up receives 12 points, the third-place school is awarded 11 points and so on through all 13 schools. In the event of a tie, the highest number of points is awarded to each school.