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  • TEAM HISTORY

    Since its inception in the spring of 1989, the Maize High School Baseball program has continued to make great strides. In the first season under the direction of Steve Wilbert, Maize posted a 6-16 record. 

    The Eagles embarked on a course to improve on its inaugural season. In the last eighteen seasons, the Eagles have amassed a 286-120 record overall. During those eighteen seasons, Maize has finished first or second thirteen times, including eight CTL championships or co-championships and two championships in the new Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League which was established in 2005. 

    The Eagles have also won ten regional championships in the last fourteen seasons, qualifying them for the state tournament. Maize's state tournament record is currently 11-8, including first round losses in 1995, 2001 and 2002, third place finishes in 1996 and 2004, and three state runner-up finishes in 1993, 2000 and 2006. The Eagles won their first state championship in 2003 by knocking off the Hutchinson Salthawks 5-4 in extra innings. In 2005, the Eagles became a two-time State Champion when they defeated Manhattan 3-0. They ended the 2005 season ranked 13th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. 

    In 1990, Eric Wolgast became head coach and improvement was well on its way. Coach Wolgast led the Eagles for seven seasons. In that time the Eagles compiled a 104-47 win-loss record. The Eagles were the state runner-up in 1993 losing to Salina South in the championship game. They also placed third in 1996. Maize finished either first or second in the CTL five of the seven seasons during Coach Wolgast's tenure. 

    Larry Harvatin took the helm as head coach in 1997. During his two year stint,the Eagles had a 23-20 win-loss record. Coach Harvatin took the Eagles to the Class 5A regional championship game in 1998 where Maize was beaten by Valley Center in extra innings. Maize participated in its first Class 6A regional in the 1997 season. 

    In 1999, Rocky Helm became the Eagle's head coach. In the past eight seasons, Maize has amassed a 153-37 record. During Coach Helm's eight seasons, the Eagles were CTL co-champions in 1999 and 2004, finished second in 2000 and 2002, and were CTL champions in 2001 and 2003. They were the AVCTL champions in 2005 and 2006. 

    In 2000, the Eagles set a new team win total with a 19-6 record and a Class 6A state appearance. Lawrence High School defeated Maize 2-0 in the state tournament championship game. In 2001, the Eagles matched the team win total finishing 19-4 and made a repeat appearance in the 6A State Tournament. In 2002, the Eagles finished the season with an 18-5 record and once again represented Maize in the 6A state tournament that was held at their own ball park. 

    In 2003, the Eagles broke six single game records including five in one game. The Eagles also broke the season win total with a record of 21-4. The Eagles went on to advance to the state tournament for the fourth straight season. The Eagles beat Hutchinson 5-4 in extra innings to give them their first state baseball championship. The championship was also the first men's championship at Maize High School. 

    The Eagles finished the 2004 season with an 18-6 overall record. They tied for first in league with Goddard and then won the 6A regional championship. They finished the season in Lawrence at the 6A State tournament where they tied for third with Olathe North. The Eagles were also ranked nationally by Baseball America and the Baseball Coaches Association. Their highest ranking was 21st in the nation. 

    In 2005, the Eagles broke six team records in hitting and also broke the season win total with a record of 22-3. The Eagles went on to advance to the state tournament for the sixth straight season. The Eagles beat Manhattan 3-0 to give them their second state baseball championship. Maize ended the season ranked 13th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. 

    The 2006 Eagles team compiled a record of 21-3. The Eagles took first place in the AVCTL and then won the 6A regional championship qualifying them for the state tournament for the seventh straight season. The state tournament was held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium where the Eagles placed second losing to Lawrence Free State 6-5 in the championship game.