Baines Middle School has a history of strong academic, fine arts, athletic, and character education programs. This past fall saw their academic prowess continue in boys’ and girls’ sports. The fall season began in the early morning and evening of the first day of school. Anxious athletes put their skills to the test as the coaches determined which would be selected for the volleyball and football teams. Student-athletes must be prepared to improve their knowledge and game play each week as the competition level increases along with the stakes associated with high expectations. The students’ dedication and determination resulted in multiple championships. For the first time in Baines’ history both 8th grade football and volleyball programs completely dominated the competition resulting in undefeated seasons.
The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams won 24 matches and brought home four division titles! This is the first time in Baines’ history that all 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams went undefeated in the same season. The volleyball teams also helped raise breast cancer awareness by hosting a faculty and staff breakfast with the support of their parents. Girls’ Athletic Coordinator Jennifer Lee stated that on behalf of the coaches: “We could not be more proud and honored to be a part of the Baines athletic program and to coach such an enthusiastic, committed, and talented group of young ladies.”
The Baines football program finished the season with a combined record of 22 wins and only 4 losses. The 7th grade ‘A’ team ended the year in a three way tie for the division title while the 8th grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams won division and district titles outright. For the athletes on the 8A team this was a second district title as they won the championship last season as 7th graders as well. Both district championship teams defeated strong Hodges Bend Middle School squads in the title games.
The 8B team dominated by shutting out Hodges Bend with a final score of 8 to 0. The 8A team won in a thriller. With the game tied 8-8 and 7 seconds left in the 4th quarter, the Hodges Bend quarterback dropped back to pass and avoided a sack. He threw the ball deep down the right side of the field and it was intercepted and returned 70 yards for the game winning touchdown with no time left on the clock.
The Baines coaches believe it is their duty to develop and enhance the skills of their athletes. Ridge Point Varsity Volleyball Coach Tina McCorkle says: “We are so excited for the future of Panther Volleyball with all the success experienced at Baines. The coaching staff at Baines is working extremely hard to create a solid feeder program into Ridge Point and that is quite apparent with four teams going undefeated! We are proud of their efforts and cannot wait to build on the foundation that has been laid at Baines!”
The Baines cheer squad started the fall sports season by receiving the NCA Performance Top Team trophy and the Champion Chant trophy. Our mascot, “Bullseye”, received the Best Mascot trophy. We are also proud to announce that several members of the squad made the All-American squad and overall camp All-American cheerleader list.
It has been a great volleyball, football, and cheer season for the BMS Longhorns that resulted from hard work and effort from the coaches, parents, and athletes. The entire Baines faculty is proud of these student-athletes as they live up to the school’s motto: “Dream, Lead, Succeed!”