Baldwin hoping for girls basketball team this season

Panthers set to start practices on Monday

Rusty Fullerton has taken over as Baldwin girls basketball coach.

Rusty Fullerton has taken over as Baldwin girls basketball coach.

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BALDWIN – Girls basketball practices start on Monday and Baldwin athletic director JJ Eads said the school is hopeful of having some type of season.

He said eight to nine girls have signed up for the team with Rusty Fullerton scheduled to be the coach. It will depend, Eads said, on how many show up for practices next week.

Baldwin has not had a full varsity season since 2017-18. For 2018-19, the season was canceled for not having enough players. A JV team played 2019-20. But COVID hit and delayed a part of the 2020-21 season. When it resumed, Baldwin didn’t have enough girls for a team. There also was no team for 2021-22.

Fullerton is a former Baldwin girls basketball coach who had been at Crossroads in recent years.

Eads indicated some games will be JV and others will  be varsity. A schedule released by Eads has 16 varsity dates and six JV. The first game is set for Nov. 20 at home with Cadillac Heritage.

“We’re going to be young but we do have a few seniors,” Eads said. “All we do is have to play a few games and we can go to districts.”