BJHS seventh grades complete undefeated season
Baldwin Junior High School’s seventh grade varsity boys’ basketball team finished its season 16-0 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs defeated Spring Hill 55-30 in the Frontier League championship game. BJHS outscored Spring Hill 20-4 in the third quarter to pull away.
Michael Burton led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Luke Fursman added 15. Chad Berg dished five assists and Cornell Brown had four assists in the win.
“With the kids being so excited about being in the championship game, they showed it on the court by putting together a great game and achieving their goal of being undefeated,” coach Joe Sample said. “It was a great season and every player contributed to the team’s success. I feel honored to have coached this team.”
The Bulldogs also beat defeated Paola, 34-27, and Ottawa, 52-14, in the league tournament. Baldwin led 15-6 at halftime against Paola, but the Panthers fought back in the second half. Michael Burton again led BJHS with 12 points and eight rebounds.
In the first tournament game, Baldwin crushed Ottawa, 29-8, in the first half and never looked back. Again, it was Burton (14) and Fursman (11) scoring in double figures. Josh Behrend scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Quinn Twombly had five steals and four assists.
The eighth grade varsity boys’ split their league tournament games. BJHS lost the first one to Paola. It was a nailbiter, but BJHS was beaten 30-24. Caleb Gaylord led the Bulldogs with 10 points.
In their final game of the season, the Bulldogs beat Eudora 42-31 to end the season with a 10-6 record. Gaylord scored 19 in the finale. Tyler Cawley added 11 points.
“It was great to finish with a win,” coach Dane Jorgensen said. “WE went 10-6 with our point guard injured for 11 games. The guys need to be proud of their accomplishment.”