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August 3, 2013

Bauerle, Sander reach new heights

Since The Daily Star started selecting All-Star teams for boys basketball in 1984, never has its Player of the Year attended Bainbridge-Guilford and never has its Coach of the Year directed Morris.

Until now, that is.

B-G senior Austin Bauerle and Morris' Dave Sander earned The Daily Star's top honors, with Bauerle's 19-point and 15.3-rebound averages leading the Bobcats to a 10-8 record. Sander guided the Mustangs to an 18-2 season, one that ended with a 60-55 loss to Marathon in the Section Four Class D final.

Bauerle's senior-season contributions to B-G sports teams started in August of 2012 and ended in May of 2013. He played starring roles on the Bobcats' football, basketball and baseball teams.

In the fall, he made 20 catches for 311 yards and scored two touchdowns as a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end.

In the spring, he earned Midstate Athletic Conference MVP honors for baseball as the Bobcats reached the Section Four Class C semifinals, falling, 2-0, to a Seton Catholic Central team that went on to win the state championship. Bauerle, a Second Team all-state selection in Class C in baseball, took the loss in that game, throwing a four-hitter. Two days earlier, he struck out 15 in a one-hitter in B-G's 2-1 win over Spencer-Van Etten.

Then there's basketball. To go along with easily averaging a double-double, he also averaged 4.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.7 steals.

“During the summer, I focus on all three sports,” Bauerle said of preparing for his rounded talents. “Once football starts, they have open gyms for basketball, so I make sure I go to those to keep my touch. The same with baseball, you can always throw a baseball in the gym. It's knowing you have another sport but not losing focus on the sport you're playing.”

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