Athletics Tue, 24 May 2016 06:59:23 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Dillingham, Mateer Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes Kaci Dillingham was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete this week

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Two members of the Baker University women’s golf team earned the prestigious 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, announced at the NAIA National Championship in Pooler, Georgia this week.

The two Wildcats are senior Lindsey Mateer and junior Kaci Dillingham. Mateer becomes a two-time Scholar-Athlete, as she earned the honor last year as well.

Mateer is a three-time Heart Conference Player of the Year and became the first-ever Baker golfer to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. In her four years as a Baker golfer, she was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week, 13 times.

Dillingham became the first Baker women’s golfer to hit a hole-on-one since 2013, when she knocked in the 11th hole at the Table Creek Golf Course in Peru, Nebraska back in April.

To view the entire list of scholar-athletes, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Golf Fri, 20 May 2016 08:56:54 -0500
Three Members of the Softball Team Earn NSCA Award (from left to right) Elizabeth Stover, Coach Jackson, Ilona Miller and Kira Eddy

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Three members of the Baker University softball team were awarded the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Athlete award announced this week.

Those award winners include Elizabeth Stover, Ilona Miller and Kira Eddy.

This award recognizes the trio’s determination to improve athletics while maintaining academic prominence, while also being great role models for all student-athletes at Baker University.

Baker softball graduate assistant coach Matt Jackson, who is a member of the NSCA, nominated the three award winners for the hard work and determination they have showed throughout their in-season and off-season workouts and training sessions.

Stover led the Wildcats in walks with 19 this season and knocked in 15 RBI’s, while Miller fifth on the team in RBI’s with 18 and was third on the squad in doubles with 10. While Eddy appeared in 25 games for the ‘Cats.

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings. Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal-the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

For more information on the NSCA, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Softball Thu, 19 May 2016 10:39:15 -0500
Three ‘Cats Named to Heart All-Conference Softball Team Caitlin Hardgove led Baker with a .355 batting average this season

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Three members of the Baker University softball team were named to the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference team, announced on Friday.

The three ‘Cats include sophomore Stephanie Cardona and freshman Caitlin Hardgrove on the Second Team All-Conference and freshman Olivia Brees was named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference list.

Hardgove led Baker in hitting her freshman season with a .355 batter average and led the team in hits with 61 and was hit by a pitch eight times, leading the squad.

Cardona was second on the team with her .335 hitting percentage, she led Baker in doubles with 22, triples with four, and RBI’s with 43.

Brees led Baker in nearly every pitching catergory, ERA at 2.45, wins with 16, innings pitched 180.1, and her 222 strikeouts put her in the Top 10 nationally.

Hannah Tolliver also earned a spot on the Gold Glove team as the Gold Glove teams left field representative. She had just two errors 54 games played. Baker finished up the season with a record of 26-29.

To view the entire list of All-Conference award winners, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Softball Fri, 13 May 2016 14:13:14 -0500
Mateer Becomes First Baker Women’s Golfer Named to Academic All-District Team Lindsey Mateer (left) poses for a photo at the Baker Spring Invite in April with head golf coach Karen Exon

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University senior women’s golfer Lindsey Mateer continues to collect awards, as she became the first-ever in Baker University men’s or women’s golf to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team.

The award is to recognize the nations top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

First-Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Mateer is just one of 11 athletes named to the First-Team College Division from District 3 which comes from a pool of athletes from the States of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

All nomination criteria must be met for a nomination to be valid.
- Nominations for the Academic All-America® program will be accepted only from current dues-paying CoSIDA members.
- CoSIDA members may nominate student-athletes only from their own institution.
- To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.
- Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests are not eligible.
- No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
- In the cases of transfers, graduate students and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.
- Nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school.
- All nomination deadlines are strictly followed.
- With the exception of the at-large program, there are no limits in the number of athletes an institution may nominate. However, please make sure the student-athlete is either a starter or an important reserve.

Only four Baker student-athletes have ever been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, Josh Rydberg (Men’s Soccer), Jordan Dolbin (Women’s Soccer), Katie Thurbon (Women’s Track & Field) and Aaron Caldwell (Men’s Track & Field).

For a look at the full list of 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team award winners, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Golf Fri, 13 May 2016 13:53:52 -0500
Baker Men’s Golf Finishes 7th at Heart Championship Christian Bickley led Baker with his T-23 finish on Tuesday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s golf team ended its season on Tuesday at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships at Swope Memorial Golf Course out of 11 teams competing.

Baker finished the three round tournament with scores of 306, 310 and 308, total of 924. Grand View captured first place with scores of 290, 285, 296 total of 871.

Christian Bickley shot all three of his rounds in the 70’s with a 77, 77 and 75 for the top finish for the Wildcats, finishing in T-23.

Kyle Barbee took home 25th place, while Alec Wuellner T-33 with a 78, 78, 80. Also competing for Baker was Chad Phillips with his T-36 and Grant Grego T-43.




]]> (Tyler Price) M Golf Tue, 10 May 2016 18:09:39 -0500
Bass, Greenbaum & Rivera-Albeso Named to Heart All-Conference Teams Austin Bass joined teammates Gabe Greenbaum & Kekai Rivera-Albedo on the 2016 Heart All-Conference Team

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Three members of the Baker University baseball team earned spots on the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference teams, as seniors Gabe Greenbaum and Austin Bass were named to the Second Team All-Conference, while reliever Kekai Rivera-Albeso was named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference squad.

Bass led Baker with a .362 batting average, along with a team-high 59 hits, six triples and was fourth on the team with 13 stolen bases.

Greenbaum hit .338 his senior season and led Baker with 40 runs scored and his on base percentage of .495 led the ‘Cats. He was also second on the team in stolen bases with 17.

Rivera-Albeso was arguably the Wildcats’ best reliever. He led the team with a 3.48 ERA and in his 20.2 innings of work, he allowed only four extra base hits.

The Wildcats ended its season in the semifinals of the Heart Conference Championship last week and its 24 wins are the most since 1999.

For a look at the full list of 2016 Heart All-Conference team, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) M Baseball Tue, 10 May 2016 11:44:07 -0500
Women’s Cross Country Adds Longview CC Runner Bailey Hollander signs her letter of intent with her parents Becky and Jim Hollander

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head cross country coach Tim Byers announces the signing of former Lee’s Summit West and Longview CC standout Bailey Horlander to a letter of intent.

Horlander helped lead Longview to a 20th-place finish at the junior college national meet and posted a personal best 5K time of 20:17 while competing at LCC.

“Bailey has an incredible work ethic and will make an immediate impact on the team,” said Byers.

Horlander was also part of two State championships while competing at Lee’s Summit West High School and was named the MVP of her team in 2015 at Longview CC.

She chose Baker over other NAIA programs including Ottawa and Park University. She plans to major in Graphic Design.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Cross Country Tue, 10 May 2016 11:24:41 -0500
Women’s Basketball Adds to Recruiting Class Anna Hignight signs her letter of intent with members of her family and head coach Ben Lister

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National runner-up Baker University is pleased to announce the signing of another outstanding recruit for its upcoming class.

Head coach Ben Lister announces the addition of Anna Hignight, as he and his staff has signed the transfer from NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State University.

She is a 5’7” guard from Independence, Kansas that will join the Wildcats with three years of eligibility left.

Hignight has the versatility to play the wing or point guard where she started all four years in high school. During her senior year at Independence High School, she averaged 16 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

“We are very excited Anna chose to finish her career at Baker,” said Lister. “I am really impressed with her ability to use either hand, and she is one of those players that has a lot of diversity in her game. She sees the floor well, shoots it really well, and has the ability to make plays off the dribble. I know her skill set will be really beneficial to our offense and her background at the point guard position is a plus. We are looking forward to getting her on campus.”

She was recognized as a unanimous 1st team All-Conference and All-Area selection as well as being named 2nd team 4A All-State by the Wichita Eagle her senior year.

Hignight ended her career at Independence in 6th place on the all-time scoring list. She has connections to Baker as her father, James and sister, Erin are Baker alums. She plans to major in pre-med at Baker.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Basketball Tue, 10 May 2016 11:11:43 -0500
No. 5 Baker Ends Heart Tournament Run in Semifinals Gabe Greenbaum and the Wildcats advanced all the way to the Heart Semifinals this weekend

JOPLIN, Mo. – No. 5 seeded Baker University baseball team ended its impressive run through the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference in the semifinals to No. 4 MNU, 12-7, on Sunday afternoon.

Baker ends its season with a record of 24-31. MNU opened up a 4-0 lead heading into the Bot. of the 2nd inning, then Baker added two in the bottom of the second.

After MNU took a 6-2 lead, Baker scored three more in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead.

But the Pioneer pitching staff held Baker scoreless in the 5th through 9th innings to move onto the championship game to face No. 2 CMU.

Lake Johnson got the start for Baker and threw 2.2 innings, allowing six runs. Jack Mayes through four innings allowing five earned runs and earned the loss and Austin Stendeback also through 2.1 innings of work, allowing just one earned run.

Both of Gabe Greenbaum’s hits went for extra bases, as he had a triple and double. Charlie Coleman and Wes Summers had doubles for Baker.

Summers knocked in a team-high two RBI’s, while Greenbaum, Jacks, Austin Bass and Neal Boyce all knocked in one run each.



]]> (Tyler Price) M Baseball Sun, 08 May 2016 18:32:34 -0500
No. 5 Baker Earns First Loss of Heart Tournament to No. 2 CMU, Plays at 10 a.m. Sunday Cody Gregory and the No. 5 Wildcats will next take on either MNU or Peru State on Sunday at 10 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. – No. 5 Baker dropped its first loss of the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Saturday, as they fell to No. 2 Central Methodist, 12-9.

Baker is still alive in the double-elimination tournament and will next play on Sunday at 10 a.m. against the winner of No. 4 MNU and No. 8 Peru State for a spot in the Heart Championship game.

Senior Travis Johnson had a huge game offensively with a 4-for-5 day with four RBI’s. Charlie Coleman, Ethan Jacks, Cort Brennan, Austin Bass and Wes Summers all had multi-hit games with two hits each. Bass and Coleman had Baker’s two extra base hits with a double each.

Caleb Lee got the start and threw 6.2 innings, while Bennett White threw an inning and Kekai Rivera-Albeso threw a scoreless 0.1 inning.

Baker had 16 hits on its nine runs, while the Eagles scored 12 runs on 11 hits.



]]> (Tyler Price) M Baseball Sat, 07 May 2016 22:20:34 -0500