Men's and Women's Basketball
The Baker Wildcats played host to Avila University on Thursday the 24th. During this game they took part in the Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser. To raise awareness both coaches from the Baker and Avila basketball teams wore sneakers during the game. In between games there was an on court presentation where each member of both teams participated in showing their support in the fight against cancer by donating a dollar. Also during this time members from the Cheer squad and Dance teams collected donations from the crowd. A total amount of $364.08 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society.
Over winter break Collins gymnasium received a major aesthetic facelift. With the help of a proud group of Baker alumni the Collins walls, previously white, were painted BU orange and blue along with a massive wildcat. Director of Athletics, Theresa Yetmar was quoted as saying "I'm very grateful to alums Andrew Patch and Jen Letner and university painter Jay VonBargen for lending their talent to this project. They all dedicated time during the holiday break to complete the work before our student athletes returned to campus. It was truly a team effort." All Baker athletes, fans, and alumni can now take even more pride in Collins gym.
Jake Miller, former BU football player, has made a significant contribution to Baker Athletics. Miller now working in strength and conditioning at Rice University was able to donate ten Olympic platforms and bars from Rice's Athletic Department. Miller's father generously drove the equipment from Rice to Baker. Once at Baker the Rice logo was sanded off and a BU weight logo was painted onto the platforms. Special thanks to Assistant Director of Athletics Andrew Patch for designing the logo, Jen Letner for painting, and Jay VonBargen for sanding.
Baker Spirit Squad Kids Clinic
Over Christmas Break the Cheer and Dance team held their 5th annual Baker Spirit Squad Kids Clinic. The clinic consisted of a 2-hour morning cheer and dance session where the Baker cheerleaders and Dance team taught the kids different dances and cheers. Later that night the kids performed what they had learned at halftime of the women's basketball game. The kids also received pom-poms, a t-shirt, autographed poster, and silly bandz.
On Sunday January 20th, six members of the women's basketball team volunteered their time to help out Coach Lister's daughter's 1st grade basketball team. They attended practice where they helped run drills. After coaching the girls, they stayed to cheer them on at their game. The six baker athletes that helped coach the girls included Macy Wallisch, Alisha Fanshier, Shea Shoemaker, Erika Simpson, Rece Huddlin, and Rashida Simpson.
On January 31st, Tennis player, Zach Aldrich was recognized at the halftime of the Men's Basketball game. Aldrich, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, is responsible for organizing the blood drives on campus. For his hard work and dedication, the American Red Cross presented him with a $2,000 scholarship at the game.
Zach Aldrich, member of the Men's Tennis team, organized the first blood drive of the semester on February 27th. Both student body and faculty members showed up to help out the American Red Cross by donating blood. Head Baseball Coach Phil Hannon was one of several faculty members willing to donate blood for a good cause.
On February 2nd, the BU Wrestling team celebrated senior night. Along with the other seniors, Coach May also recognized a special member of the wrestling squad. Zach Herries, a volunteer coach for the BU Wrestling team, has been a member of the coaching staff for 1 year. Zach has overcome several physical challenges to establish himself as a great addition to the team. His courage and determination has been an inspiration to the other members of the team and coaches. Zach was honored with the other 14 senior members of the BU Wrestling squad.
The Baker University Wrestling team celebrated Senior Night during their February 2nd meet against Bethany. This was a very special senior night for Head Coach Jimmy May. This graduating class of 14 seniors and 3 managers is Coach May's first graduating class that he has coached all four years. The seniors included Ethan Becker, Alan Berg, Dylan Berg, Brandon Gebhardt, Austin Hamm, James Hirsch, Bryce Manker, Jerome Newman, Parker Owen, Joseph Pace, Jarid Price, Brandon Scott, Rick Singer, and Nathan Sommer. They also honored the three senior managers Ariel Nothern, Amber Schoeder and Zach Herries.