11.13.11 | Football
No. 24 Baker crushes Graceland in season finale, 50-14
LAMONI, Iowa – With the hopes of the NAIA playoffs still on the line, the Baker University football team knew it needed to win big Saturday afternoon – and the Wildcats did just that with a 50-14 victory over Graceland.
Baker (7-3, 6-3 HAAC) got on the scoreboard first as Scottie Meyer finished off a seven play 36-yard drive to put Baker ahead 7-0 with 8:03 on the clock in the first quarter. Myer would add another score four minutes later on another seven play 56-yard drive.
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.
The defense was the story though as the Wildcats held Ottawa to just 16-for-54 (29 percent) from the floor and 2-for-10 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
“I was happy we were able to put together two solid halves today,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “I thought our defense was terrific.”
11.14.11 | Women's Soccer
No. 18 Baker set to host No. 22 Bellevue (Neb.) in NAIA National Championship Opening Round
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University women’s soccer team will begin its quest to defend its historic 2010 NAIA Fab Four run with a showdown against 22nd ranked Bellevue (Neb.) in the 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Nov. 19.
11.14.11 | Men's Soccer
No. 3 Baker men set to host Oklahoma Wesleyan in NAIA National Championship Opening Round
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s soccer team will host Oklahoma Wesleyan University in the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Nov. 19.
Baker (17-1-1) and the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament was the first at-large selection in the field of 31. Oklahoma Wesleyan (14-4-2), qualified with an automatic berth after winning the 2011 Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
11.15.11 | Wrestling
Four Baker champions crowned at Bethany Open
LINDSBORG, Kan. – Four wrestlers were crowned champions and 13 others placed this past weekend at the Bethany College Swede Open.
125-pound Bo Newport (pictured, Fontana, Kan.), 149-pounders Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Nick Haugen (Claremore, Okla.), 165-pound Jakob Price (Caney, Kan.), and heavyweight Dylan Berg (Las Vegas, Nev.) were all crowned champions in their respective weight classes.
“It was a good weekend for Baker Wrestling.” said assistant wrestling coach Levi Calhoun. “Our kids are wrestling well, but we need to stay focused and keep working hard to continue improving.”
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.
11.18.11 | Men's Cross Country
Baker men look to make a mark nationally at NAIA National Championships
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The 56th Annual NAIA Men’s and 32nd Annual Women’s Cross Country National Championships will take place Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. The men’s 8K championship race will start at 10:30 a.m. PST, followed by the women’s 5K at 11:45 a.m.
Baker, the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Champions will look to gain some respect on the national level this weekend. The Wildcats were on the verge of breaking into the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll on numerous occasions throughout the season, but were never able to receive enough votes. Saturday they will have the chance to prove their doubters wrong.