Baker football welcomes Culver-Stockton College for Homecoming
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker Wildcat football team will go for back-to-back wins for the second time this season as they host Culver-Stockton College on Homecoming Saturday at 2 p.m.
Baker (4-3, 3-3 HAAC) hopes to be re-energized coming off its first bye week of the season. The Wildcats will be idle again next Saturday, before hosting No. 7 Benedictine College on Senior Day.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Morse continues to lead the Heart of America Athletic Conference in total offense with 215.7 yards per game. Senior running back John Babb also leads the HAAC in rushing with 78.1 yards per game.
Defensively, Ryder Werts has anchored the Baker defense as he ranks fifth in the HAAC with 7.7 tackles per game. Andre Jolly leads the team with five sacks on the year.
Culver-Stockton College (1-6, 1-6 HAAC) is riding a six-game losing skid. The Wildcats defeated Graceland University 35-10 to open the season in Lamoni, Iowa.
Senior quarterback Jacob Harnacke leads the Culver offense averaging 193.5 passing yards per game with four touchdowns on the year. Senior Blake Jackson leads the rushing attack with 61 yards per game and one touchdown.
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No. 20 Baker women look to bounce back against Benedictine
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Coming off a tough non-conference loss against No. 18 Hastings on Tuesday, the Baker women will look to get back on track in HAAC play on Senior Night at Liston Stadium.
Baker (8-3-1, 2-1-1 HAAC) enters play ranked 30th nationally with 18.5 shots per game. Offensively, Alix Schiraldi continues to lead the ‘Cats with 11 goals and 27 points on the season.
Defensively, goalkeeper Maggie Dupes is averaging 3.63 saves per game with a goals against average of 1.83.
Benedictine (9-3-3, 1-2-1 HAAC) hasn’t won a game since Oct. 1 against Culver-Stockton College when they rolled to an 8-0 victory. The Ravens are coming off a 1-1 draw with Central Methodist University.
Ashley Washburn leads the Ravens offense with 12 goals and 28 points on the year. Defensively, Carissa Gregory is averaging 4.33 saves per game with a goals against average of .70.
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No. 5 Baker and No. 16 Benedictine highlight NAIA Game of the Week
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Fresh off a victory over No. 1 Hastings (Neb.) on Tuesday, the No. 5 Baker Wildcats return home on Saturday to host No. 16 Benedictine College on Homecoming Saturday. The Wildcats enter the match as one of two remaining undefeated teams in the country.
Baker (14-0, 4-0 HAAC) will look for its first victory over Benedictine College since 2005. Offensively, Tom Lowndes and Odaine Sinclair lead the ‘Cats with six goals on the season. Lowndes currently leads the Wildcats with 22 points.
Defensively, goalkeeper Matt Bickley has been stellar as he currently ranks second in the NAIA with a goals against average of .460. Bickley also has seven shutouts on the season, three of which have come over the last four games.
Benedictine (12-1-0, 3-1 HAAC) enters play just one game behind the Wildcats in the conference standings. The Ravens currently rank fifth in the NAIA in shots on goal per game with 11.15. Kyle Greig leads the Ravens offensively with 12 goals, four assists and 28 points.
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Banquet honors former standouts and current athletes
Four former Baker University standouts will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.
New to the annual event is the recognition of Baker’s current NAIA All-Americans, All-America Scholar-Athletes and All-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers.
The Hall of Fame inductees—Greg Mohns, ’72; Bobby Bates, ’81; Carl Danzig, ’87; Patti Phillips, ’88—will be recognized at halftime of the homecoming game against Culver-Stockton on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Liston Stadium.
Here’s a look at the Hall of Fame class for 2011:
Greg Mohns, ’72
A two-year letterman on the offensive line, Mohns was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and Arizona State before joining the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he held numerous positions over six years. In 1991, he began a career in the Canadian Football League, where he was director of player personnel and assistant general manager for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He served a year as director of player personnel for the Memphis Mad Dogs in 1995 before becoming the assistant general manager and director of football operations for Toronto in 1996 when the Argonauts won the Grey Cup Championship. He serves as director of player personnel for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
Bobby Bates, ’81
Bates ranks second on Baker’s career receiving chart with 1,945 yards, leading the Wildcats in receiving for three consecutive seasons. He also is No. 1 for career receiving touchdowns with 26, including 16 in one season. Bates has coached youth athletics for several years. He has been the head girls basketball coach at Ponder (Texas) High School since 2006 and has a career coaching record of 566-284, including stints at Denton High School and Valley View High School, both in Texas.
Carl Danzig, ’87
Danzig served two years as captain of the basketball team and ranks sixth on the school’s scoring list with 1,732 points. He went on to coach as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he earned a master’s degree before becoming an assistant at Bucknell University. During his 11-year tenure there, the Bison posted a 180-135 record and were the Patriot League championship runner-up four times. In 2001, he was named head coach at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. He has led the Royals to an 179-91 record and to a “Sweet-16” appearance at the NCAA Div-III tournament following a 24-win season in 2003. In 2010-11, he led the Royals to a record of 21-7 and the school’s 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Patti Phillips, ’88
A four-year starter in basketball, Phillips was the head women’s basketball coach at Ottawa University, where she led the Braves to the top of the Kansas College Athletic Conference and the school’s first national ranking. She worked for the NCAA as the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Coordinator in Education Outreach before becoming the director of the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership development in girls and women through participation in athletics. Since October 2010, she has been the chief executive officer of the National Association of College Women Athletics Administrators. She is also a frequent color commentator for several national sports networks for women’s basketball and volleyball.