M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:06:46 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Kansas City Sports Commission Names Coach Grossner Sprint Community Champion http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10682-kansas-city-sports-commission-names-baker-s-mike-grossner-sprint-community-champion http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10682-kansas-city-sports-commission-names-baker-s-mike-grossner-sprint-community-champion Kansas City Sports Commission Names Coach Grossner Sprint Community Champion

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner will be awarded the 2015 Sprint Community Champion award by the Kansas City Sports Commission at its annual banquet on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Towers, announced on Monday.

Each year the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation honors outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports. The benefits of sport are long-standing and this awards banquet celebrates all the positive aspects of sports.

This year, Coach Grossner will be joined with Nicholas Hibbeler in receiving the Sprint Community Champion award.

The award is given to an individual sports fan, volunteer or advocate that has made a public and longstanding commitment to sports in the Kansas City community and is committed to bettering Kansas City through sports.

In 2014, the Shawnee Mission West Football team was awarded the Sprint Community Champion honor.
Eight days after the passing of longtime Baker University head cross country and track and field coach Zach Kindler, Grossner was diagnosed with a stage 4 tumor in his throat.

Then in October, sophomore football player Sione Maumau of the Wildcat football team committed suicide. Throughout all the tragedy, Coach Grossner worked to bring the Baker community together through football in an effort to allow the campus to heal.

In 2014, the Wildcats went 8-3 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, tied for the highest ranking in school history. Under Grossner's leadership, Baker was also awarded with 12 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the most ever in the history of the football program.

In his 11 seasons, Baker has posted a record of, 73-47, good for a winning percentage of .608, ranking him eighth in school history. Grossner's 73 wins place him fourth all-time at BU.

"Mike has been an absolute warrior for us through so much adversity," said Baker University Director of Athletic Theresa Yetmar. "Mike chose to utilize his heath issues as an opportunity to teach our student-athletes that you are not invincible. That it takes a stronger person to look this kind of life threatening challenge straight in the eye and not admit defeat. His message was clear that we would not waver, but rather be resilient and persevere as a Baker family.

"Throughout his tenure as our head football coach, Mike has always established high expectations for performance in all aspects of our student-athlete's lives. The academic piece of the collegiate experience for our student-athletes has been most important to him. He takes an active and supportive role in the pursuit of life after football for each member of our team. We are proud of Mike's ability to remain strong, and so grateful that the cancer is in remission. This award is truly well-deserved recognition."

Please see below the list of other award winners that will be honored on that special night on April 15.

Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year: Dayton Moore
Dayton Moore is the Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. Dayton and his staff have worked to build a consistently strong farm system that was rated by Baseball America, MLB.com and ESPN.com as the best in baseball in 2011. In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made won the American League Championship and lost the World Series in the seventh game. This Wichita native, along with his wife Marianne are very involved with the Kansas City community serving on multiple boards.

Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year: Shane Ray
The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year is a powerhouse on the field for the University of Missouri. Shane leads the SEC in sacks per game and TFLs per game. Shane has used his athletic skills to steer him in the right direction with his life and he uses the discipline and dedication off the field working with local youths at the Boys and Girls Club. Shane also gives back to the Columbia community by volunteering at the local food pantry.

Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Bobbi Walden
Bobbi is the Drug Free National Powerlifting Champion and has rewritten the Kansas State record book for her weight class. She is also a Second Lieutenant in the Army. Over the past two years Bobbie has ranked #23, #27 and #28 for best lifting totals of all women in the USA. She also coached a lifter who won both the National Championship and World Championship in Powerlifting.

Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year: Mike Talamantes
Mike is Park University's head men's and women's volleyball coach. He is the winningest coach in Park history for all sports. In 2014, both the men and women volleyball teams won their respective NAIA National Volleyball Championship, both beating the 2013 national champions. The women were the only undefeated team in all of college volleyball with a 40-0 record and a 120-6 record in sets. On and off the court he teaches the student-athletes hard work and how to plan for life.

Sprint Community Champion: Nicholas Hibbeler and Mike Grossner
Nick Hibbeler has been an inspiration to the Park Hill School District Community. In 2013 he was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer, has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries yet he still played soccer for his high school, club and state ODP team. Nick was selected as a finalist in USA Today's Most Inspirational High School Athlete Contest and gave up his spot to Dom Cooks, a terminally ill basketball player from Washington.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Baker Football Program Earns School Record 12 NAIA Scholar-Athletes http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10582-baker-football-program-earns-school-record-12-naia-scholar-athletes http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10582-baker-football-program-earns-school-record-12-naia-scholar-athletes Connor Stremel was one of 12 Baker Wildcats to earn the 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football program earned a school record 12 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes announced this week at the NAIA Football National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 12 Baker Scholar-Athletes awarded were Alex Baird, Tanner Clark, Logan DeGraeve, Jake Heller, Sheldon Jacks, Micheal Lisher, Justin McCandless, Gunnar McKenna, Colter Schacher, Connor Stremel, Daniel Sumler and Micheal Thomason.

The Wildcats tied for second-most scholar-athletes in the country with Grand View (Iowa) and Taylor University (Ind.), led all schools with 14 Scholar-Athletes.

There were 319 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award winners and in order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

For a look at the entire list of football Scholar-Athletes, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker’s Sheldon Jacks Named NAIA All-American http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10566-baker-s-sheldon-jacks-named-naia-all-american http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10566-baker-s-sheldon-jacks-named-naia-all-american Sheldon Jacks is the first NAIA All-American from Baker since Andre Jolly in 2012

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University junior offensive lineman Sheldon Jacks became the first Wildcat offensive lineman since 1989 to be named to the AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Second Team, announced on Tuesday.

The last to be named to the NAIA Second Team All-America was Brian Ponzer in 1989. Jacks is also the first Wildcat to be named to the AFCA NAIA All-America team since Andre Jolly was a First-Team All-American in 2012.

The Lakeside, Ariz., native will also be named a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete later this week and helped lead Baker to an 8-3 record in 2014 and a final No. 18 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll.

Jacks was also named to the 2013 Beyond Sports Network (BSN) NAIA All-America Honorable Mention Team.

He was also a key part to the Wildcats 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference championship, its first since 1993 and playoff victory over Sterling, also the teams first since 1993.

The Baker offense averaged 168 rushing yards per game and 206 yards passing per game and scored an average of 28.6 points per game.

For a look at the entire 2014 AFCA NAIA All-Americans, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Sims, Stevenson Invited to National Bowl All-Star Game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10496-sims-stevenson-invited-to-national-bowl-all-star-game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10496-sims-stevenson-invited-to-national-bowl-all-star-game Mike Stevenson (No. 21) and teammate Duane Sims have been invited to play in the 5th Annual National Bowl All-Star Game

MIAMI, Fla. – Baker University senior defensive back's Duane Sims and Mike Stevenson have been invited to play in the 5th Annual National Bowl Game, a showcase of the country's best NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA football players.

The game will take place on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at Ocean Bank Field inside the Florida International University Stadium in Miami, Fla.

The National Bowl is the elite and only current postseason all-star game to focus on players below the NCAA FBS and FCS level. The bowl is presented by East Preps LLC and was founded by Michael Quartey. For a look at the bowl game website, please click here.

The game will also be coached by professional coaches and will be split up by the Red Nation and Blue Nation teams.

Both Sims and Stevenson will be playing for the Red Nation team and will be coached by Arena Football League coach Kevin O'Hanlon of the Trenton Freedom, while the Blue Nation will be led by Brian Ferguson of the AFL's Jacksonville Sharks.

The contest already has scouts from several NFL confirmed to attend including the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers.

"This is a nice opportunity for both Mike and Duane to open some eyes for the next level," said Baker head football coach Mike Grossner. "They both have potential to further their careers in the Canadian Football League, or the Arena Football League, or overseas football. This is a great way to finish their college careers."

The game will also be streamed live online, by clicking here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Football Earns 21 HAAC All-Conference Selections http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10485-football-earns-21-haac-all-conference-selections http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10485-football-earns-21-haac-all-conference-selections Mike Stevenson had six interceptions for the Wildcats in 2014

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 18 ranked Baker University football team earned 21 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference selections announced on Monday.

Highlighting the selections were four Wildcats who earned spots on the HAAC First Team including senior running back Camren Torneden who was one of three running backs selected to the HAAC First Team and he was honored with First Team All-HAAC defense as a kick returner.

For the second-straight season junior offensive lineman Sheldon Jacks was named to the All-HAAC Offensive First Team and for the first time in their career's senior defensive backs Mike Stevenson and Duane Sims earned spots on the All-HAAC Defensive First Team.

Torneden finished the year sixth in the NAIA in total punt return yards with 283 and averaged 12.9 yards per punt return good for eighth in the nation.

He also led Baker with 875 yards rushing along with eight touchdowns and 5.1 yards per carry.

Stevenson led all Wildcats with six interceptions and recovered a fumble, while Sims was fourth on the team in tackles with 60 and was second on the squad in interceptions with three.

Four members of the Baker defense were voted onto the Second Team All-Conference as, senior defensive end Andre Jolly, freshman defensive tackle Josh Kock, junior linebacker Tucker Pauley and freshman linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. were awarded the honor.

Two Wildcat offensive linemen were named to the Third Team All-Conference including senior Micheal Lisher and sophomore Ryan Powe.

Landing on the Third Team All-HAAC defensive team was again Torneden as a punt returner and safety Gunnar McKenna.

Baker filled up the HAAC Honorable Mention All-Conference Offensive team with five players freshman wide receiver Ladai Shawn Boose, running back Adonis Powell, full back Alex Stebbins, quarter back Nick Marra and kicker/quarter back Logan Brettell.

The final two 'Cats earning spots on the All-HAAC Honorable Mention Defensive team were sophomore defensive lineman Adam Novak and sophomore defensive back Avery Parker.



no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker Ends Football Season Ranked No. 18 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10457-baker-ends-football-season-ranked-no-18 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10457-baker-ends-football-season-ranked-no-18 Baker Ends Football Season Ranked No. 18

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team just narrowly missed out on its third-straight trip to the NAIA-FCS Playoffs this season, ending the 2014 season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats end 2014 with an 8-3 mark and 6-3 record in the HAAC good for second-place in the conference.

The HAAC ends the year with four teams ranked, including No. 5 Missouri Valley, No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene, Baker and No. 25 Benedictine.

For a look at the entire poll, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
No. 7 Missouri Valley Edges No. 12 Baker, 27-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10452-no-7-missouri-valley-edges-no-12-baker-27-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10452-no-7-missouri-valley-edges-no-12-baker-27-24 Camren Torneden had another 100 yard game for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 7 ranked Missouri Valley Vikings edged No. 12 Baker, 27-24, on Saturday to capture a share of the 2014 HAAC Championship with No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene.

The Vikings improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the HAAC, while the Wildcats fell to 8-3 and 6-3 in the HAAC and have lost 3 of its last four games.

Baker will now have to wait and see if it will qualify for the 2014 NAIA-FCS Playoffs, as the NAIA will host its selection show on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. You can view the show, by clicking here.

The Wildcat offense was efficient on the day with 335 total yards with 148 yards rushing and 187 yards passing. But Baker committed four turnovers with two interceptions thrown by Nick Marra and Marra fumbled twice.

NAIA All-American Ty Phillips had a big day for the Vikings with eight tackles, including three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception for a touchdown.

Baker trailed 14-0 in the first quarter after two pick-six's one by Phillips and the other by Ricky Williams.

But Baker bounced back with a TJ Holtrop 20-yard TD reception and the Torneden score.

The Wildcats then trailed again at 24-17, but Justice Berry scored on a TD reception from Marra. Then kicker Daniel Mouro knocked in a field goal with one minute remaining to give the Vikings the win.

Cam Torneden led the team with 107 yards rushing on 22 attempts and a score, while Justice Berry had one of his best games in a Baker uniform with five receptions for 50-yards and a score.

Senior Mike Stevenson picked off his sixth pass of the season on Saturday and Kharon Brown recovered the muffed punt recovery by the Vikings' Ricky Fuentes.

Duane Sims led the 'Cats with 10 tackles and Adam Novak had a team high two tackles for loss.



no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker Moves up a Spot to No. 12 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10444-baker-moves-up-a-spot-to-no-12 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10444-baker-moves-up-a-spot-to-no-12 Baker Moves up a Spot to No. 12

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a 28-14 road win at Central Methodist on Saturday afternoon, the Baker University football team moved into a tie with Northwestern (Iowa) for No. 12 in this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

The 8-2 Wildcats improved to 6-2 in the HAAC with the victory over CMU and moved up a spot in the poll from its No. 13 ranking a week ago.

Now the Wildcats will host No. 7 Missouri Valley this Saturday, Nov. 15 to keep its playoff hopes alive and still have a shot at a share of the 2014 HAAC Championship, with a victory over Mo Val and a loss by No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene at home against Avila, Baker would earn a share of its second-straight HAAC Championship.

Kickoff for Baker and Missouri Valley is 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium on Senior Day.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 17th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... The Mustangs have held the No. 1 ranking in 17 of the last 23 Coaches' Polls ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped on Oct. 13 at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 178, Missouri Valley with 113, Morningside with 96 and Saint Xavier with 86 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 45-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 37 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... On Oct. 6, No. 15 Valley City State (N.D.) became the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to crack the Top 25 ... No. 25 Webber International (Fla.) is the first team from The Sun Conference to receive Top 25 mention ... Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Grand View and Morningside have been ranked among the top-10 in every edition this season ... The Association of Independent Institutions is the only league not to have a team ranked at some point in the Top 25 this season.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Three Wildcats Named to Capital One Academic All-District List http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10438-three-wildcats-named-to-capital-one-academic-all-district-list http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10438-three-wildcats-named-to-capital-one-academic-all-district-list Micheal Lisher earned a spot on the 2014 Captial One Academic All-District First Team along with two other teammates

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Three members of the No. 13 ranked Baker University football team have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for their contributions on and off the field.

The three Wildcats are senior offensive lineman Michael Lisher (Lawrence, Kan.), junior offensive lineman Tanner Clark (Holton, Kan.) and senior safety Gunnar McKenna (Holton, Kan.).

All three are now in the running for the prestigious 2014 Capital One Academic All-America award presented by CoSIDA. No Baker football player has ever received the honor and only four Baker student-athletes have been awarded including women's soccer player Jordan Dolbin, men's soccer player Josh Rydberg, women's track athlete Katie Thurbon and men's track athlete Aaron Caldwell.

Lisher, Clark and McKenna were selected on the District Level out of a pool of NAIA football players from the states of (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Mont., N.D., Neb., S.D., Wisc.)

In order to be nominated for the award, an athlete must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA or above and play in at least 50-percent of the teams games.

All three have been vital to the Wildcats 8-2 record and 6-2 mark in the HAAC and are nearing a berth in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs for the third-straight year.

For a look at the entire list, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
No. 13 Baker Bounces Back for 28-14 win over CMU http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10431-no-13-baker-bounces-back-for-28-14-win-over-cmu http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10431-no-13-baker-bounces-back-for-28-14-win-over-cmu Nick Marra had four touchdown passes in his return for the 'Cats

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 13 ranked Baker University football team bounced back after two-straight losses with a 28-14 road win at Central Methodist University on Saturday.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the HAAC, while the Eagles fell to 4-6 and 3-5 in the conference.

Baker is now all-alone in second place in the HAAC standings, as MNU and Missouri Valley are tied for first place at 7-1. Baker will host No. 9 Missouri Valley next Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

Quarterback Nick Marra returned for Baker for the first time since the Peru State game on Oct. 4 and threw four touchdown passes and 218 yards.

Baker's scoring began when Marra threw a 45-yard pass to Dylan Perry with 13:58 left in the first quarter. The next score occurred just before the second quarter, when Marra connected with Ladai Shawn Boose for 11-yards.

The next two scores came on a Justice Berry 14-yard TD reception with 10:49 to go until halftime and the final score came on a Alex Stebbins 13-yard reception.

The Baker defense allowed only 243 total yards and caused one turnover. Keith Loneker Jr. had 14 tackles for the 'Cats and Andre Jolly had two more sacks. Byron Roath recovered the one turnover for Baker.

Baker's running game was led by Camren Torneden with his 14 carries and 50 yards and Adonis Powell added 22 yards on nine carries.



no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600