Former Bulldogs enjoy Shrine Bowl weekend
Baldwin High School was once again well represented at the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl football game and cross country road run.
The summer all-star special featured four 2009 BHS graduates. They all took part in the weekend festivities and the game and run, which were July 25 in Wichita.
David Tuley was the lone representative in the East-West football game. He played offensive line for the east squad, which lost the contest, 14-7.
“He played awesome,” BHS coach Mike Berg said. “He played almost the entire game for the East team, except for maybe one or two series.”
Tuley is the second straight Bulldog to be chosen for the Shrine Bowl. Anthony Ciambrone, 2008 BHS graduate, was chosen last year as one of the 68 players to play in the summer all-star game. Two other Bulldogs have been chosen for the game during Mike Berg’s tenure as coach. Micah Mason was selected in 2004 and Kyle Ruona in 2005.
Tuley was also selected to the First-Team All-Frontier League in December. The following week he was chosen Honorable Mention All-State by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle.
“It’s a huge honor for David and our program to have kids play in the Shrine Bowl in back-to-back years,” Berg said. “It just shows that we’ve had power football the past couple of years with big, strong offensive linemen, and people around the state have recognized that. It’s pretty impressive for the kids to be selected.”
The other three Bulldogs were chosen to participate in the second-annual cross country all-star road run. Calleigh Durr, Corinna Papps and Connor Wright were all selected to represent BHS in the two-mile run.
“It was a good time,” Wright said. “It was fun to meet some new people. We all knew who each other were, but we’d never really met.”
The Bulldogs were three of 30 runners chosen from around the state for the run. They were hosted to a banquet on the night of July 24. Legendary Riley County and Kansas State University runner Amy Mortimer was their speaker.
“I really enjoyed the Shrine Bowl,” Durr said. “It was fun to meet new people and see people I have run against for four years.”
The road course took the runners around the Wichita State University campus before they ended on the Cessna Stadium track. They finished during the pre-game of the football game.
“It was pretty easy,” Wright said. “It was cool to finish during the warm-ups. The crowd was almost as big as state track. It was huge.”
Wright finished 10th in the race. Durr placed 14th, with her former BHS teammate Papps right behind her in 15th.
“It was a lot of fun running with Corinna one last time, because we have been running buddies for a long time now,” Durr said. “It was nice to get one last hurrah before college.”