Baldwin volleyball team expects improved season

BALDWIN — Sports activity continues to heat up this week.

Football practices started on Monday and other sports were scheduled to follow, athletic director Shawn Williams said on Tuesday.

Volleyball was scheduled to start in the high school gym on Wednesday, he said. Cross country practices begin on Monday.

Duane Roberts returns as volleyball coach.

“We will begin practice (Wednesday) and throughout the next week 3-5 p.m. before we make team selections,” he said. “We will have two teams. Sonya Lund will be my JV coach and assistant varsity coach.”

Robert said earlier this summer he’s had 15 girls show up consistently from ninth grade to this year’s seniors

“What’s very positive about this group of girls is that they’re more eager to play volleyball and are showing up each day and are willing to work out to make sure they’re ready for the season coming up because they want to have a better record,” he said. “I have a whole slew of seniors who will be playing.”

This includes Rylee Drilling, who was among Baldwin’s leading attackers and servers. There’s also twin sisters Ally and April See.

The Panthers will be competing in the West Michigan D League, which features the likes of Crossroads, Pentwater, Mason County Eastern and Walkerville. Roberts is looking for his team to be a factor in the conference.

Baldwin’s volleyball team started practices on Wednesday.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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