Athletics Misc (1320)
Taylor was recruited to play for the Wildcats by the late head football coach, Joe Girardi (Hall of Fame-2012) out of Owasso High School, Owasso (OK) where he lettered in football and track. He was an integral part of the football team as it qualified for the state playoffs each year that he played. His senior year he was the leading rusher and was both the team’s most valuable offensive back and a member of the 1st team all-district team.
His athletic success followed him to Baker where he made an immediate impact as a four-year letterman in football, was the team’s co-freshman of the year (with Bobby Bates-Hall of Fame-2011), was the starting fullback for three years, lead the team in rushing in both his sophomore and senior years, was the #8 leading rusher in the NAIA his senior year and was the team’s offensive player of the week multiple times. In addition, he was the HAAC Conference/district offensive player of the week multiple times, was a 2nd team all conference/district player his junior year, was named to the 1st team all conference/district team his senior year and was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American his senior year. He set records for having carried the football 240 times his senior year. During his career he had 35 touchdowns-33 rushing and 2 by reception. He finished his career with 3,049 yards rushing which was at that time, the most in Baker football history.
There is no doubt that his individual achievements helped the Wildcats under Coach Girardi and then in 1980 and 1981 under Coach Charlie Richard (Hall of Fame-1995), attain accomplishments never before witnessed at Baker. During Taylor’s four years the Wildcats qualified for their first bowl game, the Boot Hill Bowl (1978), won their first two HAAC Championships (1980/1981) and set numerous national marks in offense and scoring. The teams on which he played had a combined four-year record of 32-9-1 and had their first two appearances in the NAIA national playoffs (1980 and 1981).
Following graduation he has to date enjoyed a successful 30 year actuarial career where he is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and the Society of Actuaries. He currently serves as Vice President, Health Services Actuarial with Wellpoint, Inc. He has three daughters, Ashley Taylor, Nicole Faith and Cassidy Hope Gill along with a step-son, Brandon Ross Mallon.
|Senior||Overland Park, Kan.|
|6-2||Olathe East HS|
2013: Appeared in 43 games and registered 36 hits which was good for third on the team on 138 at-bats, led the team in runs scored with 18 and posted six doubles and three triples...Also had 91 put-outs and six assists...He was also the team leader with 51 total bases and had the third highest on base percentage at .338.
2012: Played in 47 games…Batted .270 on the season with 37 hits, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 23 RBIs…Was second on the team with 18 stolen bases, of which he was 18-of-20…Had a perfect fielding percentage, with 73 putouts and two outfield assists…Outstanding play in the outfield earned him a HAAC Gold Glove Award for the season.
Personal: Joshua Wayne Zach was born in Eagen, Minn., and is the son of Mark and Marianne Zach…Has one sibling…Attended Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kan., where he was named Second Team All-Sunflower League at outfielder…Enjoys golfing and playing FIFA…Majoring in Sports Administration.
|Freshman||Kansas City, Kan.|
Personal: Ronnell J. Wills was born in Kansas City, Mo., and is the son of Kevin and Lisa Wills…Has one sibling…Attended Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan…Earned 1st and 2nd Team All-League Selections as well as an All-Star RBI…Enjoys playing sports…Majoring in Sports Administration.
|Junior||Overland Park, Kan.|
|5-8||Blue Valley Northwest HS|
2013: Appeared in 28 games registering 57 at-bats, five runs and three runs batted in. Also had 24 put-outs and 47 assists.
2012: Appeared in 15 games…Had a .238 batting average…Also had 5 hits, scored five runs, and drove two runs in…Had a 1.000 fielding percentage, with 41 putouts and four assists
Personal: Tevin Christopher Thompson was born in Kansas City, Mo., and is the son of Herb and Belinda Thompson…Has 3 siblings: H.B., Nia, and Kayra…Sister, Kayra, played soccer at Northern Illinois University, cousin P.J. played basketball at William Woods University, and cousin Jarrett played basketball at Cincinnati for four years…Attended Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., where he was named Most Valuable teammate of the Huskies…Enjoys playing sports, working out, and hanging out…Majoring in Business Management.
|Senior||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
|6-2||Highland Community College|
2009-2011: Played baseball at Highland CC for coach Rick and Rod Eberly
2012: Appeared in 15 games for Baker…Collected four hits on the season with one RBI…Had a perfecting fielding percentage of 1.000%...Had 14 putouts to go along with six assists.
Personal: Ryan L. Thompson was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is the son of Dave and Patricia Thompson…Has one sibling…Attended Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo…Enjoys snowboarding and golfing…Majoring in Philosophy.
|6-1||Quincy Notre Dame HS|
2014: Appeared in 40 games as a Junior, with a .264 batting average. Also was third on the team with 21 RBI's. Defensively he had a .975 fielding percentage.
2013: Appeared in 24 games as a sophomore, registering 60 at-bats and driving in 10 runs... Also had a fielding percentage of .945 with 92 put-outs, and 11 assists.
2012: Appeared in 29 games for the Wildcats…Collected 13 hits on the season…Hit one home run, one triple, and four doubles…Also drove in nine runs on the season…Had a fielding percentage of .962 on the season with 103 putouts and 23 assists
Personal: Ryan Joseph Terstriep was boring in Quincy, Ill., and is the son of Ed and Lori Terstriep…Has 3 siblings: Adam (27), Chris (24), and Emily (17)…Attended Quincy Notre Dame High School in Quincy, Ill., where he played football, basketball, and baseball…Named All-Conference in both football and baseball…Enjoys working on the farm…Majoring in Exercise Science.
|Freshman||Overland Park, Kan.|
|6-0||Shawnee Mission West HS|
Personal: Matthew David Shay was born in Kansas City, Kan., and is the son of David and Kimberly Shay…Has 2 siblings: Andrew and Daniel…Was home schooled…Played baseball for the Johnson County Hornets 18U team…Threw a complete game shutout during his first start…Enjoys playing sports and watching T.V…Majoring in Exercise Science.