11.16.11 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard has Wildcats off and rolling to 5-1 start
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Brett Ballard, second-year head coach of the Baker University men’s basketball team, realized it would take a little time for the players to understand his philosophy.
“The guys coming in knew what to expect this season,” Ballard said. “The new guys we brought in increased our talent and we’ve really gelled as a team. They’ve worked hard as a group and that’s helped us get off to this good start.”
The Wildcats defeated Harris Stowe State 66-52 on Tuesday, improving their record to 5-1. It is the program’s best start since the 2006-07 season.
11.13.11 | Football
Wildcats improve to 4-1 with 70-42 victory over rival Ottawa
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Coming off a tough loss on Friday evening, the Baker University men’s basketball team bounced back Saturday with a 70-42 victory over Ottawa University.
A balanced offensive attack was key as the Wildcats had five players score in double figures. Todd Johnston led the way with 13 points, while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-4 from beyond the arc. Kevin Lysaught had 11 points with seven rebounds while Brandon Moore, Jack Shortell, and Ben Steinlage each added 10.
11.11.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats drop first game of the season to St. Mary’s (Kan.)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – A 15-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Baker men’s basketball team Friday evening, as they dropped their first game of the season to the University of St. Mary (Kan.), 79-76.
Three players scored in double figures for the ‘Cats as Ben Steinlage led the way with 15 points. Todd Johnston and Jordan Honore each added 14 and 12 points respectively.
11.8.11 | Men's Basketball
Jordan Honore leads Baker past Friends University, 76-65
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s basketball team is off to its best start in five years after defeating Friends University 76-65 Tuesday evening.
Baker (3-0) never trailed in the contest as junior Jordan Honore led the way offensively with 23 points and five assists, while shooting 9-for-17 from the field.
11.1.11 | Men's Basketball
Men’s basketball cruises to victory in season opener over Kansas Wesleyan
SALINA Kan. – For the second consecutive season, the Baker men’s basketball team opened its season with a victory over Kansas Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening 102-60.
Ben Steinlage (pictured) led the Baker offensive attack with 19 points on an 8-for-8 shooting performance from the field. Three other players finished in double figures as Jordan Honore added 14, while Todd Ellis and Jack Shortell each added 12.
“Kansas Wesleyan was missing a couple players due to injury and I thought we did a good job wearing them down with our depth,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “It was a good team effort tonight, we’ve had some good practices, so it was good to see it carry over to our first game.”
10.31.11 | Basketball
Ballard expects improvement in wide-open HAAC race
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a mix of senior leadership and a strong recruiting class, Baker second-year head basketball coach Brett Ballard believes his program is headed in the right direction.
Seniors Jack Shortell (Mission Hills, Kan.) and Joe Wachter (Pittsburg, Kan.) were key contributors for the Wildcats in 2010-11 and will look to step up again in their final collegiate season. Shortell, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while Wachter, a starter for the final half of the season last year, averaged 4.6 points per game.
“Jack Shortell and Joe both played big minutes for us last year and will provide great senior leadership for us this season,” Ballard said. “Jack will be a tough defender for us at the five spot and his offense has improved over the summer. Wachter is a solid, all-around player and is a hands-down winner.”
6.16.11 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard announces 2011-12 signing class
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Head coach Brett Ballard has been busy this past spring preparing for the 2011-12 basketball season, as the team announced the signing of seven student-athletes.
“I am very excited about this recruiting class that we are bringing in,” Ballard said. “This is a highly competitive group that will come to work everyday in practice and go to battle every night on the court. I believe we have addressed some immediate needs from talent standpoint. These young men will represent Baker University well both in the classroom and on the court.”