After an undefeated season and a state tennis title, Baldwin's Chad Glover will be a marked man.
Glover won the Kansas Class 4A singles championship last year with an immaculate 30-0 record. Now the precocious sophomore is primed for another title run.
"He's like Roy Williams once said that the guy's going to have target on his back," BHS boys tennis coach Bill Scott said. "He's not going to sneak up on anybody. He loves the challenge and is not afraid of anybody. He likes to step into the ring and compete."
The Bulldogs are also loaded with talented newcomer Akiba Medina and foreign exchange students Felipe Ardila and Felipe Fazzioni. Nick Moreau, Drew Keihm, and Kurt Everett figure to play in the top six, while seniors Brian Adams, Ryan Reed, and Eric Jamison also will offer quality depth.
The Bulldogs will open the season today at Shawnee Heights in a quadrangular. The Baldwin Invitational is scheduled on April 20.
Fifty girls went outfor track this year, compared to 34 last year, which was the previous high for a turnout.
Last year, Baldwin won the Frontier League title and seven of 10 meets, with second place finishes in the other three. The Bulldogs finished second in the Class 4A state meet to Topeka Hayden by a single point.
Returning will be sophomore Jenny Cook, who was the state champion in the 100-meter hurdles and posted the fastest time in the state last year in the 300-meter hurdles. She also medaled in the 200.
Junior Audrey Millstein finished third in the state in the high jump and sixth in the long jump. Stacy Zuzzio was third in the mile and fourth in the half-mile at state, while Alli Wallbridge placed sixth in the high jump.
"We'll have a lot of quality depth this year," coach Ted Zuzzio said. "We'll have better relays this year. We have pretty good young freshmen kids waiting to be tested. (Junior) Trina Bierman will cause havoc in the javelin. She's capable of uncorking in the 120s."
The Baldwin Invitational is scheduled today at Liston Stadium. Field events will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Monday's debut boosted coach Bob Martin's confidence.
"I'm very encouraged," said Martin, whose team placed third with 342 strokes at the Gardner-Edgerton tournament. "I thought we had a chance to be pretty good."
Duke Andrews and Travis Dillon are Baldwin's lone seniors.
Junior Jacob Wright was the Bulldogs' top performer on Monday.
"Jacob last year emerged as our No. 1 player," Martin said. He's been real consistent playing so far."
Two freshmen -- Kurt Everett and Bryan Wright -- and sophomore Brad Gilges formed half of Baldwin's team at Gardner.