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8.19.10 | Men's Soccer

Baker men ranked No. 24 in preseason NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll

Steven Stewart

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The expectations are where they thought they would be coming into the 2010-11 campaign.

A strong core of returners should have Baker University’s men’s soccer team ready to challenge for another conference crown.

The Heart of America Athletic Conference champions in 2008, the Wildcats’ record was spoiled by five ties during their 11-3-5 season in 2009, a year after reaching the NAIA Sweet 16.

“We need to learn the lessons from our numerous ties we had and have a little more of a killer instinct,” Wildcat coach Nate Houser said. “I think we can be just as dangerous as we were before. Last year we tried to attack everybody. This year we will be more disciplined and do what we did two years ago.”

8.19.10 | Women's Soccer

Baker women earn No. 17 preseason ranking

Women's Soccer Preview

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker women's soccer team will enter this season as the No. 17 team in the country according to the 2010 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. This is the highest preseason ranking the women have ever had and it marks the first time they have garnered top-20 honors in the preseason.

8.20.10 | Cross Country

Kindler and company will look to make a splash in the HAAC

2009 Maple Leaf Champions
2009 Maple Leaf Invite Champions

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University cross country coach Zach Kindler is thrilled the 2010 roster resembles the 2009 list of Wildcat runners.

The Wildcats return their top five runners from the men's and women's squad. Kindler, entering his fourth season at Baker, hopes the experience of placing fourth in the women's Heart of America Athletic Conference meet and fifth in the men's HAAC meet carries over this fall.

8.23.10 | Football

Tickets are now on sale for the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic
BU

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Advance tickets for the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic went on sale today. No. 9 Ottawa and No. 24 Baker are set to kick off at 6 p.m. CST at People's Bank Field on the campus of Ottawa on Saturday.

Join Baker University and Kansas State Bank for a free pregame tailgate as we renew the rivalry before the 2010 season opener. A Baker tent will be set-up at the corner of 11th and Mulberry Streets. All alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff are welcome under the tent on the Ottawa campus.

8.25.10 | Athletics

University set to release 100 free student tickets for VSN First Down ClassicVSN Classic

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker University athletic department is pleased to announce that 100 free tickets will be released at 8:30 a.m. CST on Thursday morning, courtesy of the Student Development Office.

Students will need to visit Dean Cassy Bailey's office in the Harter Union between 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST on Thursday, or 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST on Friday to pick up the free student ticket.

Students must show their Baker ID to pick up their ticket. Students will also need their ID at the gate with the ticket at People's Bank Field on the campus at Ottawa.

8.26.10 | Volleyball

Baker volleyball opens 2010 season at Seaside Invitational
Brooke Allen
Brooke Allen

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - 2009 HAAC Player of the Year Brooke Pryor, and 2009 HAAC Libero of the Year Brooke Allen will be looked upon to lead the Baker volleyball team into their 2010 debut this weekend at the Seaside Invitational in Point Loma, Calif., this weekend, Aug. 27-28.

The Wildcats, who welcome back eight letter winners and five starters, open the tournament versus No. 3 California Baptist University, which went 29-6 overall last season, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. PST. Friday evening the Wildcats will take on host No. 14 Point Loma Nazarene at 8:00 p.m. PST before closing out Saturday against San Diego Christian University at 11:00 a.m. PST and No. 2 Concordia University (Calif.) at 3:00 p.m. PST.

8.26.10 | Soccer

Soccer teams open on the road Friday afternoon

Alix Schiraldi will lead the 2010 squad offensively.
Alix Schiraldi will lead the 2010 squad offensively.

BETHANY, Okla. - The 2010 soccer season officially gets underway on Friday afternoon when the No. 17 Baker women travel to Southern Nazarene University for a 1:00 p.m., matinee.

The Wildcats 13-7 in 2009, return three first-team all-HAAC performers — Christine Janssens, Chelsea Dunn and Alix Schiraldi — will lead the Baker women into their first game with the highest preseason ranking in program history.

Dunn, a defender, was the conference defensive player of the year and received honorable mention for the All-American team.

8.26.10 | Football

Rivalry renewed, No. 24 Baker and No. 9 Ottawa set for gridiron battle

People's Bank Field
People's Bank Field

OTTAWA, Kan. – Storied history, past glory, and winning tradition are all things that come to mind when you think about the Baker and Ottawa rivalry.

Both teams have trophy cases showcasing past victories against each other, yet the teams have not faced off with each other since 1993.  It only seems fitting in a season celebrating 120 years of Baker football, that the two teams meet again in the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic.

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