Maize (Kan.) didn't have a baseball program when coach Rocky Helm attended the school, but his talent and exposure in leagues throughout the summer were enough to take him to junior college and eventually the University of Kansas to play baseball.
Helm has been the Eagles' head coach since 1999 and has helped them reach new heights in the 13 years since.
Maize (Kan.) won its first state title in 2003, another in 2005, and, in 2011, completed a perfect 25-0 season. Helm was named the American Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, an honor his players proudly display on T-shirts.
A recently installed board on the back of the visitors' dugout at the Maize field displays the Eagles' many successes and includes the mantra of the program, "Tradition Never Graduates."
Maize sophomore Brady Hoover wanted so badly to be a part of that tradition that his family moved from a nearby community. Hoover, who can play multiple positions, has provided a jolt to a team that graduated eight seniors and figures to be a fixture of the Eagles' success over the next two years.
If Maize is to replicate the success of 2011, Helm says it will depend on team chemistry and solid fundamentals. Both are hallmarks of Helm-coached teams.
Watch Other Episodes:
Watch Episode 1: Staying Hungry
Watch Episode 2: Staying Strong
Watch Episode 3: Mental Approach
Watch Episode 4: Recovery
Watch Episode 5: Winning Tradition
Watch Episode 6: Getting Settled
Watch Episode 7: Scouting Report
Watch Episode 8: Early-Morning Wakeup
Watch Episode 9: Quarterfinal Playoff
Watch Episode 10: Disappointing Finish