Baldwin players anxious to return to action


BALDWIN — Andre Hobbs has made a successful transition from junior varsity to varsity.

“I’m adjusting well but I think I could do a lot better,” the Panther junior basketball player said during a winter break practice session. “My role is to get into the play and move it around. I think I’m comfortable (with varsity) overall.”

The Panthers lost their first two games but have evened their record to 2-2. They get back into action at home on Jan. 4 against Custer-Mason County Eastern.

“I think we have a lot of momentum,” Hobbs said. “I want to work on my left-hand and on learning the plays and how to be a point guard.”

Baldwin scrimmaged Evart on Friday and also had a scrimmage with an alumni team over the break.

The Panthers are looking for players like Hobbs and senior Ahmad Goram to add punch to the offensive attack, which has struggled in the first four games.

“It’s going better,” Goram said. “We’re working in practice to do what we have to do. We’ll get the job done.”

Baldwin’s recent win at Brethren might have been the team’s best effort, but Goram said the team could still be playing better.

Baldwin has been struggling with injuries but Goram is confident the Panthers can still be a contending team.

“We just have to try our hardest in practice,” he said.


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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