Baldwin falls one short of state dreams
Baldwin just missed its first state title in school history.
The Bulldogs reached the finals of the Class 4A tournament, but fell to Goodland, 25-14, 25-20.
Goodland won its fourth state title and first since 1988 with a 38-2 mark. Both losses came to Colorado teams.
Baldwin, meanwhile, finished 41-3. The Bulldogs' two regular-season defeats came from Eudora and Tonganoxie.
In the semifinals, Baldwin defeated Abilene in two, 26-24, 25-14. The Cowgirls finished the season with a 36-3 record and the North Central Kansas League title.
Goodland topped Clear-water, 25-19, 25-22, in its semifinal match.
The Kaw Valley League had three teams in state tournaments, but none advanced to semifinals.
KVL champion participated in the 5A tournament, while defending state champion Lansing competed again in the 4A bracket. Immaculata advanced to the 2A tournament as well.
Along with Goodland, Manhattan clinched the 6A title with a three-game match against Shawnee Mission East. The Indians competed in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament earlier this season.
In 5A, Bishop-Miege won with a three-game match victory against Shawnee Heights.
For the 3A title, Silver Lake (38-1) Lakin (41-5) put on a show. Silver Lake won in three games, with only one finishing with regulation points. The Eagles won, 31-29, 22-25, 22-20.
St. Marys defeated St. John, 25-22, 25-21 for the 2A title, while Centralia continued its dynasty with a seventh straight state crown. The Panthers defeated fellow Twin Valley League member Baileyville B&B, 25-21, 25-23.