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Bauman wins boys H-R award

Joel Bauman of KMS was named the winner of the 2010 Hengstler-Ranweiler award for outstanding male high school area athlete. <b>Rand Middleton</b>

Victories during the season are like the scent of bread baking in the oven. It's an enjoyable experience, but your ultimate goal is to taste the final product.

Joel Bauman got a four-course meal during his athletic career at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

The three-sport standout won two individual wrestling titles and was an integral part of two team championships during his varsity career for the Fighting Saints. Bauman amassed 14 letters in football, wrestling and track.

Bauman's former teammate, Kevin Steinhaus, was co-winner of the H-R award last season with Redwood Valley's Mike Felt.

Success seems to shadow Bauman. The fleet-footed tailback broke the area's single-season rushing record as a junior when he carried for 2,941 yards and 31 touchdowns as the Fighting Saints captured the Class A state title at the Metrodome.

He also broke the Tribune's career rushing record this past fall, finishing his four-year career with 7,409 yards and 74 touchdowns. His career yardage is second all-time in the state.

"Joel made our type of offense work for us here at KMS," said KMS football coach James Cortez. "He continued the tradition of excellent tailbacks at KMS."

After KMS won the state title, the majority of the team was lost to graduation. Running behind an inexperienced line, Bauman gained 1,294 yards and scored nine touchdowns as a senior. He also played linebacker and safety on defense.

Bauman also earned five letters in wrestling and won conference titles three times. He qualified for state four times, winning back-to-back state titles his junior and senior years at 189 pounds. He was third as a sophomore. Bauman also helped the Fighting Saints win the Class A state crown in 2009.

Bauman posted a 45-1 record his senior year on the mats, including 14 pins, utilizing his strength and quickness to dominate most of his opponents. He was 170-30 in his career with 50 pins and won 19 individual tournament championships.

He signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Minnesota.

In track and field, Bauman also received five letters in his career. He qualified for the state meet last spring in the 400-meter run and finished fourth in Class A with Benson/KMS. That trip to state gave him an appearance in the Big Show in all three of his prep sports. He currently holds the 400 record at BKMS. This season, Bauman has been concentrating on the 300 high hurdles and qualified for the state meet in a time of 39.26.

"Joel is a gifted athlete," said BKMS track coach Chad Carroll. "And he will perform at a high standard no matter what event you put him in."

Bauman is the fifth athlete affiliated with KMS to win the H-R award. Gary Lottman won for Kerkhoven in 1963, Steve Dooley for Murdock in 1969, Scott Wilts for KMS in 1990 and Steinhaus last year.