Baldwin High School athletes spring success earns them LJW honors
Nine Baldwin High School athletes were named to Lawrence Journal World all-area spring sports teams.
Three Bulldogs from the state 4A champion girls track team made the team, the maximum number the LJW’s selection process allows. Senior Alexia Stein was earned the distinction as the track and field athlete of the year.
Here’s what Lawrence Journal World high school sports reporter Bobby Nightengale had to say about the Baldwin selections.
Athlete of the Year, Alexia Stein, Baldwin
Stein capped her prep career by repeating as state champion in the Class 4A shot put and discus. Her winning throw in the shot put (47-1.5) was the best throw in the state this season and ranks eighth in state history. The Iowa Central CC signee owns school records in both events.
Jordan Hoffman, Baldwin
A future volleyball player for Washburn University, Hoffman won a state title in the javelin, took third in the discus and was sixth in the shot put. Her best throw in the javelin (143-3) ranked sixth in the state this year, and she broke a Frontier League meet record.
Kelsey Kehl, Baldwin
One year after she won a state title in the javelin, Kehl finished runner-up at the 4A state meet to teammates in both the javelin and discus, helping the Bulldogs win their third straight state team title. The junior also finished runner-up in both events at regionals
Christian Gaylord, Baldwin
A future football player for the University of Nebraska, Gaylord took second at state in the discus and fifth in the shot put after winning regional titles in both events. His best throw in the discus (172-2) ranked seventh in the state this season.
Dakota Helm, Baldwin
Helm ran the anchor leg of Baldwin’s second straight state champion 4x800 relay (8:16.68), finished runner-up in the 800 and 4x400 relay. The Bulldogs’ junior won Frontier League and regional titles in the 800, helping his team to third at state.
Ben Brungardt, Baldwin
A center fielder and left-handed pitcher, Brungardt led the Bulldogs with a .406 batting average and a 4-1 record on the mound. He tossed four complete games, owning a 2.16 ERA in 35 2/3 innings pitched. He earned first-team all-state honors, adding 26 hits and 16 stolen bases.
Sierra McKinney, Baldwin
Not many soccer players can match McKinney’s strength with the ball, which helped her score a team-high 20 goals this season. The Baker University signee also helped her team by dropping back to midfield and defense when needed.
Erica Petry, Baldwin
The junior striker was quick enough to run past opposing defenses and create breakaway opportunities, scoring 16 goals for the Bulldogs this year. Her offense helped BHS to a 7-10 record this year.
Sierra Hall, Baldwin
Hall led the Bulldogs to fourth place in the Class 4A-I state tournament with a team-best .473 batting average, 43 hits, 30 runs and 18 stolen bases. A strong outfielder who steals hits away, she added 15 RBIs this season and only struck out three times. She will play for Pittsburg State next year.
Five Bulldogs were named to LJW honorable mention teams in their sports. The were Brock Randels, baseball, George Letner, track, Carlyn Cole, girls track, Addie Dick, girls track, and Emily Simpson, softball.