Burkhart selected to all-league team
Although the Baldwin High School volleyball team’s season was a disappointment, there was one bright spot for one Bulldog.
Sophomore Ramie Burkhart was the lone BHS player to earn any honors from the Frontier League coaches. Burkhart was selected to the second-team All-Frontier League.
“Yeah, it was exciting,” Burkhart said of the selection. “It was cool. I was a bit surprised, because I never really thought I would be nominated. I was glad to make the team. It was nice, since our season didn’t go too well. It was nice to get something.”
BHS coach Kelly Brown was proud of her sophomore middle hitter as Burkhart led the Bulldogs with 130 kills this fall.
“Ramie worked hard for that honor,” Brown said. “She had a lot of games that surprised other coaches and they all knew about our left-handed middle hitter this year. She got looked at by a couple of colleges, so as a sophomore, that’s a great start to her volleyball career.”
Baldwin was only able to win two matches, both of which came at the BHS tournament early in September, this fall. BHS finished last in the league. Brown said her players began the year with excitement, but that slowly faded away as the season progressed.
“I had a lot of coaches tell me that we were the team to beat this year, because we had the size and defense,” Brown said. “We just couldn't pull out a win when we needed it. I think once they got halfway through the season, their heads were so far down, after what they felt was another repeat year, that it was hard to get them back into the winning mind frame they had at the beginning of the season.”
The Bulldogs will lose a trio of seniors — Olivia Catloth, Leigh Schenewerk and Ashley Hadl — from this year’s squad. They will return several juniors and sophomore that played significant minutes this fall.
“We return a lot of kids next year,” Brown said. “We lost three seniors, one of which was a true contributor, and that was Olivia. Leigh did play, but she got hurt halfway through the season. We’re returning four sophomores and we have a very strong (freshman?) sophomore class coming up. We have some juniors that we’ll look to again.
“We didn’t lose any height at all,” she said. “We still have our size. We have Katie Brecheisen, Ramie and Lyndsey. Taylor Brown is tall for a setter, so we’re still good height wise.”
Brown is not just looking at next year’s upperclassmen; she has also been eyeing the freshman and eighth graders for the future of the program. She knows this season was a disappointment, but she believes the future has promise.
“The freshmen had a good season this year,” Brown said. “There a few that we could look at to contribute next year. There are even some eighth graders with some height coming up. So things are looking up.”