player of year
Baldwin -- Baker shortstop Burke Walker, a senior from Overland Park, has been named Heart of America Conference baseball player of the year.
Walker, a transfer from Bellevue U., hit .451 with 14 home runs and 46 runs batted in.
BU's Zac Ruff, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., was named to the all-league and all-regional team after hitting a team-leading .480.
Baker finished with a 28-24 record and in fifth place in the league.
Baldwin -- Four high school seniors, including Perry-Lecompton's Becky Rothwell, have signed letters of intent with Baker University. Rothwell will play softball and basketball for the Wildcats.
Also, Sarah Osterhaus of Kansas City, Mo., Park Hill and Tessa Elms of Golden, Colo., have signed volleyball tenders.
And Jon Batchelder, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound center from Louisburg, has penned a basketball agreement. Batchelder was an All-Frontier League pick last season.
Myers signs with ESU
Lawrence High senior outfielder Dustin Myers, an all-Sunflower League first-team selection, signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to play baseball at Emporia State.
Shortstop John Nelson is the lone Kansas baseball player on the All-Big 12 Conference team. Nelson earned honorable mention. A sophomore from Denton, Texas, Nelson led the Jayhawks in seven offensive categories this spring. He hit .311 with four home runs and 39 RBI.
Petty, Mason honored
Kansas University rower Risa Petty of Lawrence and heptathlete Candy Mason were among 10 athletes named to the first-team GTE Academic Altrict Seven team.
KU guide first
Kansas University's men's basketball media guide/yearbook placed second among all NCAA Div. I schools in a contest conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The guide, written by KU sports information director Dean Buchan, placed first in the region.
KU's Sherre Khan-Blackmon was named women's track athlete of the year and Candy Mason and Andrea Branson Field athlete of the year at KU's track and field banquet Tuesday. Charlie Gruber and Scott Russell were named men's track athlete and field athlete respectively. Leadership and toughness awards were given to Mason, Marlea Woodman, Chris Dunback, Kevin McGinn, Jon Colby Miller, Betsy Cordell, Branson, Ryan Speers and Jabari Wamble. Newcomer awards went to Andrea Bulat and Speers and captains awards to Grady Blackmon, Mason, Miller and Tamra Montgomery.