Six-foot-6, 275-pound senior post Ryan Baldwin doesn’t get pushed around down low. Also a left tackle on the offensive line and nose tackle on the defense line for the Crimson Bears football team, Baldwin possesses great size and strength for JDHS, and was a welcome addition to this year’s squad. The Crimson Bear senior grew up in Juneau but moved to New Wilmington, Penn., as a freshman before returning to Juneau for his senior year. He was named to the Alaska State All-Star football team in December as an offensive tackle, and is one of the Crimson Bears’ top rebounders on the hardwood. But his main passion is for the outdoors, where he prides himself as an avid hunter and fisherman.
Do you find having the skills of a lineman gives you an advantage in the post?
“Yeah, just getting stronger during football season helps me push kids around down low. I’m hard to move, so that’s an advantage for me when I’m in the post. I’m also pretty quick for how big I am.”
Was it much of an adjustment to come back to Juneau and play with kids you hadn’t played with for three years?
“It was a little hard at first. I had a pretty good bond with the guys I was playing with down there because I had played with them for the last three years. Coming to a new school, I had played with these guys when I was younger, but not having the same bond as a high school team was hard. But, I think they took me in pretty easily, and we’ve been playing pretty good together lately. It hasn’t been too tough to get back into it. I think it was just a matter of a couple games.”
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not playing sports?
“I love to hunt and fish and be out in the outdoors. I hunt for pretty much everything: deer, ducks, geese, all kinds of stuff really. There’s an adrenaline rush for me. I get really excited when I see animals coming. I’ll hunt for the rest of my life.”
What are your academic interests?
“I’m looking at probably doing wildlife resources. I’d like to go to college and get a four-year bachelor’s degree in it, then I’ll probably move on and become either a state trooper, a guide or maybe work at a mine.”
What are your plans for next year?
“Probably attend college. I’m looking at both the University of Idaho and the University of Montana right now.”
What are your expectations for the team the rest of the season?
“Well, I’m hoping we can win the rest of our games here in our region. We’re hoping to make it as far as we can in state. I think if we come together as a team, it’s going to be hard for any other team to beat us.”