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February 7, 2018

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Baker Football Announces 2018 Signing Day Class

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Entering his 15th season as Baker University head football coach, Mike Grossner and his coaching staff is excited to announce the signing of 47 new players as part of their 2018 Class on National Signing Day.

 

The new class hails from nine different states and will join and Wildcat squad coming off of its third-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship and fifth appearance in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs in the last six years.

 

Baker has eight or more wins in six-straight seasons and is second all-time in wins in the history of NAIA football.

 

In the last two seasons, Baker has featured eight NAIA All-Americans, the NAIA National Player of the Year and the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer.

 

“We appreciate all that were involved in assembling this great recruiting class!” said coach Grossner. “Our coaching staff, student-athletes, admissions staff, faculty, tour guides and all others were instrumental in the recruiting process. This is an impressive group of young men that have accomplished great things on and off the field of play early in their careers. We had a few needs in some areas and feel this crew will help us to a championship! A few more student-athletes will follow in the upcoming weeks, but the core is on board! Go Cats!”

 

To view the entire list of future Wildcats and a quote on each from coach Grossner, please see below.

 

Caleb Addington | WR | 5’10 | 170 | Shawnee Mission Northwest HS | Lenexa, KS

 

“Caleb is a good football player who catches the ball in traffic. His mother in a Baker alum!”

 

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Gabriel Armendariz | OL | 6’4 | 260 | Vuctor Valley College | Elsa, Texas

 

“Gabriel is an athletic, strong OT. He has played both sides of the ball in his college career.”

 

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Devion Bethea | RB | 5’11 | 185 | Ottawa HS | Ottawa, KS

 

“Devion was a little banged up his Senior year. He is a real solid football player.”

 

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Jacob Bradshaw | WR | 6’0 | 180 | Rossville HS | Olathe, KS

 

“Jacob is a really good athlete. Was a Kansas Super 11 player at Rossville HS”

 

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Dawson Bruce | OL | 6’4 | 270 | Ottawa HS | Ottawa, KS

 

“Dawson will develop into a very good offensive lineman. He has a good frame and footwork.”

 

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Seth Burroughs | QB | 6’0 | 180 | Central Heights HS | Williamsburg, KS

 

“Seth will develop into a serviceable QB. Speed of the game will be important in his progress.”

 

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Tanner Cobb | DB | 6’0 | 190 | Free State HS | Lawrence, KS

 

“Tanner can really run and we will play him at DB.”

 

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CJ Christensen | LB | 5’9 | 175 | Belton HS | Belton, MO

 

“CJ spent a year away from football, we are glad he is with us this Spring for development.”

 

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Austin Cornwell | LS | 6’0 | 200 | Jenks HS | Jenks, OK

 

“Austin is real special at his craft! We are happy he chose our program!”

 

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Brody Flaming | QB | 6’2 | 205 | Mill Valley HS | Shawnee, KS

 

“Brody is a big strong QB that led his team to a State Championship.”

 

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Gage Foster | LB | 5’11 | 185 | Free State HS | Lawrence, KS

 

“Gage is a really good football player. His leadership and nose for the football will get him on the field.”

 

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Colton Gleghorn | LB | 6’1 | 205 | Paola HS | Paola, KS

 

“Colton has a chance to be another great LB at BU! Coach Dumpert raves about his toughness.”

 

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Mark Golubski | DL | 6’4 | 270 | Emporia State University | Kansas City, KS

 

“Mark will give us an athletic interior defensive presence. He can switch to the outside if needed.”

 

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Trevor Gress |  DL | 5’10 | 260 | De Soto HS | Lenexa, KS

 

“Trevor will move down to play defensive line, weight room development will be key for him.”

 

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Darion Griffin | RB | 5’8 | 185 | Highland CC | Kansas City, KS

 

“Darion played at Highland CC in 2013 and has matured and developed since HS.”

 

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Mitchell Grissum | OL | 6’3 | 265 | Mill Valley HS | Shawnee, KS

 

“Mitchell has a huge upside. Great frame and feet and was a Shrine Bowl selection.”

 

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Parker Guffey | OL | 6’3 | 290 | Gardner-Edgerton HS | Gardner, KS

 

“Parker has played all five positions up front. He has a chance to play early.”

 

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Andrew Harris | DB | 6’0 | 175 | Oak Park HS | Kansas City, MO

 

“Andrew is an athletic, physical corner. He fits in our style of defense.”

 

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Daequan Harrison | DB | 5’11 | 175 | Coastal Carolina University | Kissimmee, FL

 

“Daequan is a dynamic athlete. He will line up at corner for us.”

 

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BJ Harvey | DB | 5’10 | 175 | Shawnee Mission Northwest HS | Shawnee, KS

 

“BJ has a chance to be a real good DB for us. BJ is a great student/athlete and a Pre Med major.”

 

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Josh Honea | K/P | 6’0 | 190 | Adairsville HS | Rydal, GA

 

“Josh could be the next great kicker we have had a BU! Great athlete!”

 

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Michael Hughes | OL | 6’4 | 340 | SW Minnesota State | Mason City, IA

 

“We recruited Michael out of junior college and we are glad he is with us!”

 

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Reece Jarvis | WR | 5’8 | 175 | Rock Bridge HS | Columbia, MO

 

“Reece is a special dude! He reminds us of a great one in Damon Nolan!”

 

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Harrison King | DB | 5’11 | 175 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, KS

 

“Harrison will stick his nose in there and hit you! He will throw the javelin in track for us as well.”

 

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Brandon Lewis | LB | 6’0 | 215 | Glendale CC | Avondale, AZ

 

“Brandon will provide instant depth and experience at the inside linebacker position.”

 

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Tyjuan Lewis | WR | 6’1 | 185 | Olathe East HS | Olathe, KS

 

“Tyjuan is a big and fast WR that will fit well within our offense.”

 

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Jamal Lyles | DL | 6’1 | 255 | Lakewood HS | St. Petersburg, FL

 

“Jamal has a chance to develop into a quality defensive lineman. He will put on some size.”

 

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Tanner Matthias | OL | 6’0 | 260 | Topeka HS | Topeka, KS

 

“Tanner is a good technician and has a great motor. He was also a Shrine Bowl selection.”

 

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Andre McCollop | DB | 5’11 | 180 | Garden City CC | Kansas City, KS

 

“Andre can play both positions in the secondary. He will provide good depth for us.”

 

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Brett Meyer | WR | 6’4 | 190 | Smith Center HS | Smith Center, KS

 

“Big, athletic receiver that has a lot of upside! Brett comes from a great program!”

 

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Jackson Minick | TE | 6’4 | 195 | Aledo HS | Aledo, TX

 

“Jackson is a project that has a nice frame. We hope to develop him into a big TE.”

 

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Cameron Mitchell-Johnson | DB | 6’0 | 160 | Olathe East HS | Olathe, KS

 

“Great cornerbacks are difficult to find. Cameron has a chance to be great! He is very fast and physical.”

 

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Zac Morgan | DB | 5’10 | 170 | Tonganoxie HS | Tonganoxie, KS

 

“Zac is a really good football player and he is the State record holder in powerlifting.”

 

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Aaron Mosher | OL | 6’0 | 250 | Wellsville HS | Wellsville, KS

 

“Aaron will play either center or guard for us. Needs to develop physically.”

 

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Danny Murphy | WR | 5’8 | 150 | Bishop Miege HS | Kansas City, MO

 

“Danny is a guy we had identified out of high school and we are glad he decided to join us.”

 

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Drake Nelson | OL | 6’2 | 300 | Richland HS | North Richland Hills, TX

 

“Drake is a big strong young man! He can play the two positions inside for us.”

 

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Matt Nicholson | WR | 6’3 | 190 | Rejoice Christian HS | Owasso, OK

 

“Matt is a big special athlete that can really stride out!”

 

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 Nick Oliver | TE | 6’5 | 250 | Emporia State University | Overland Park, KS

 

“Nick and a couple of other players will allow us to line up with an athletic TE group this year.”

 

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Zachery Pickens | QB | 5’11 | 180 | Watervliet HS | Coloma, MI

 

“Zachery was responsible for 60+ touchdowns his Senior year. He is a special, athletic QB.”

 

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Angelo Plakio | RB | 5’4 | 170 | Highland Park HS | Topeka, KS

 

“Angelo is a small but really tough RB!”

 

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John Rincon | LB | 5’11 | 220 | Glendale CC | Peoria, AZ

 

“John was the Arizona Player of the Year at RB out of HS. He will be an impact player for us!”

 

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Jalen Rogers | WR | 5’10 | 175 | Lakewood HS | St. Petersburg, FL

 

“Jalen will fit our offensive system well. He can play both inside and outside WR.”

 

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Ashkon Saravi | LB | 5’11 | 195 | Blue Valley HS | Overland Park, KS

 

“Ashkon missed playing the game of football after a year away, we are glad he joined our program.”

 

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Nathan Spain | DL | 6’0 | 230 | Free State HS | Lawrence, KS

 

“Nathan is cut out of the mold of players we have been winning with at BU!”

 

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Jesse Wallen | LB | 6’0 | 205 | Harrisonville HS | Harrisonville, MO

 

“Jesse is a guy that can line up in all three LB positions. He will need to develop.”

 

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Trevor Watts | RB | 5’6 | 165 | De Soto HS | De Soto, KS

 

“Trevor is an exciting and dynamic football player. Both of his parents are Baker alums!”

 

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Cole Zade | DE | 6’2 | 215 | De Soto HS | De Soto, KS

 

“Cole is a quality DE that plays with great technique.”

 

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Daryl Davis – A Black Race Relations Expert Journeys into The KKK

February 6 | 9pm

Rice Auditorium

https://www.npr.org/2017/08/20/544861933/how-one-man-convinced-200-ku-klux-klan-members-to-give-up-their-robes

He is not white. He’s not even light-skinned. Make no mistake about it; he is black. Yet, Klan-Destine Relationships author and Accidental Courtesy star, Daryl Davis has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks — short of being on the wrong end of a rope. What’s more? He continues to do so, making him one of the most unique lecturers on the speaking circuit today.

Over the last twenty-five years, Daryl Davis has walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice. His stories of setting up surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color and attending KKK rallies, has the suspense of Hitchcock, keeping audiences riveted to their seats in disbelief. He is one man successfully taking on the oldest (150 years) and most racist and organization in the United States, by himself.

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January 17, 2018

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No. 13 BU Bounces Back For Win Over Rival No. 6 MNU

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 13 ranked Baker University women’s basketball bounced back with an upset victory over rival No. 6 MNU, 80-67, on Wednesday night inside the Collins Center.

 

BU improves to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while MNU falls to 14-3 and 6-2 in Heart action.

 

The Wildcats have won four-straight against the Pioneers, including a three-game sweep last season.

 

BU is now in a three-way tie for second-place in the Heart South and travels to Oskaloosa, Iowa this Saturday, Jan. 20 to take on William Penn who is in first-place in the Heart North with its 7-1 conference record.

 

In the first quarter, MNU held a 22-18 advantage before Baker went into the break leading, 44-43.

 

The second quarter was highlighted by Anna Hignight who recorded 14 points in the frame and knocked down four, three-point field goals.

 

The Wildcats’ best quarter came in the third, as they outscored the Pioneers 20-10, before closing the game out in the final period for the victory.

 

Five ‘Cats scored in double-digits including Hignight with 20, Sydnie Hanson and Caitlin Modesett with 15 each, while Courtney Hoag scored 12, and Taylor Smith netted 11.

 

Tristin Wicks was the leading scorer for MNU with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line.

 

Baker shot 45.3-percent from the field and 37.5-percent from behind the arc.

 

The Wildcat defense forced 12 Pioneer turnovers, and held MNU to 37.3-percent shooting from the field and MNU shot just 21.1-percent from three-point land on 4-of-19 shooting.

 

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December 20, 2017

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JD Woods, Nate McLaurin Selected AP All-Americans

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After stellar 2017 seasons, freshman running back JD Woods and senior defensive back Nate McLaurin have been selected 2017 Associated Press (AP) Second Team NAIA All-Americans.

 

The selection committee is comprised of a group of media members and Sports Information Directors from across the country.

 

Woods was named the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division Player of the Year in just his first season with the Wildcats.

 

He finished the year third in the NAIA in total scoring with 162 points and broke the Baker single season record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 25.

 

He also broke BU’s single game rushing record with 313 yards against Central Methodist on October 28 on 28 carries and he had four rushing TD’s.

 

The Lawrence, Kansas product finished the year with 1,618 yards rushing and averaged 6.9 yards per carry.

 

McLaurin was not only one of the top defensive backs in the country but one of the top punt returners in the NAIA in 2017.

 

He finished the season with 265 total punt return yards, which ranked No. 2 in the NAIA. He also had a team-high five interceptions to lead the ‘Cats this season and finished with 49 tackles, ranking fifth on the squad.

 

The Phoenix, Arizona native also had 21 pass defended and was impressive off the edge with four blocked kicks in 2017.

 

The Wildcats wrap up the 2017 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA and is coming off of its third-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division championship and has appeared in five of the past six NAIA-FCS Playoffs.

 

To view the entire list of 2017 AP NAIA All-Americans, please click here.

 

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December 19, 2017

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Baker Football Ends 2017 Ranked No. 9

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After capturing its fourth Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship in the last five seasons and third-straight, the Baker University football team officially ends the 2017 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Poll, announced on Tuesday.

The ‘Cats appeared in its fifth NAIA Football Championship appearance in the last six seasons in 2017 and went 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Heart South.

Freshman running back JD Woods was named the 2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year and for the third-straight season, senior defensive lineman Josh Kock was named the Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the 2017 NAIA-AFCA First Team All-America.

Baker earned 18 Heart South All-Conference award winners and five Wildcats were selected Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Of those 18 All-Conference award winners, nine will return for Baker in 2018 including First Team All-Conference linebacker Indie Allen, First Team All-Conference linebacker Kegan Schumann, First Team defensive back Nate McLaurin and First Team All-Conference safety Grant Elston.

Daniel Ofa returns for his junior season, he too was named a First Team All-Conference selection at offensive line. Also returning on offense is freshman wide receiver Nick Snider and Cornell Brown will be back for his final season. Brown was a 2015 AFCA-NAIA All-American.

Also ranked in the Top 25 from the Heart includes No. 11 Grand View, No. 12 Benedictine and No. 25 Evangel. Baker went 3-0 against all three of those opponents in 2017.

To view the entire Top 25 Postseason Poll, please click here.

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December 15, 2017

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Football Claims Five Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University football team garnered five 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards announced on Friday.

 

The five Wildcats to earn the honor include Logan Brettell, Jacob Tompkins, Dalton Brinegar, Camden Wheatley and Zach Hipsher.

 

The five ‘Cats are amongst a group of 379 NAIA football players from across the country to be selected for the honor.

 

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.

 

To view the entire list of 2017 Football Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, please click here.

 

 

 

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December 11, 2017

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Kock Selected to AFCA-NAIA First Team All-America

 

BALDWIN CITY, KANSAS – Baker University senior defensive lineman Josh Kock became a two-time AFCA-NAIA All-American on Monday, as he was selected to the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA First Team All-America.

 

The Concordia, Missouri native was fourth on the team in tackles this season with 59 and led the team in tackles for loss with 15 and added seven more sacks to his illustrious career total.

 

He ends his impressive Baker career with 29 career sacks, just four behind the school record of 33 by former NAIA All-American Andre Jolly.

 

Kock also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown this season and ends his BU career with 55 tackles for loss, one interception and 243 total tackles.

 

He was named the Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year in three-straight seasons from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, he earned a spot on the AFCA-NAIA Second Team All-America as well.

 

To view the full list of 2017 AFCA-NAIA All-Americans, please click here.

 

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December 7, 2017

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Baker University to Add Two New Varsity Sports

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University athletics department is excited to announce the creation of two new varsity sports starting in the fall of 2018.

 

Baker will increase its varsity sports to 22 with the addition of women’s wrestling and men’s bowling programs.

 

The men’s and women’s wrestling programs will be led by current head wrestling coach Cody Garcia and his staff, while the men’s and women’s bowling programs will be continually led by head coach Cheryl Keslar.

 

“The opportunity for Coach Garcia to start our women’s wrestling program is something we are excited about,” said Baker Director of Athletics, Nate Houser. “We know he will take his success that he has already garnered for us on and off the mat and mold that same success into both of our programs.”

 

Garcia is currently in his third year as the head men’s wrestling coach at Baker and has produced two NAIA National Champions in his tenure with the ‘Cats.

 

Baker previously sported a men’s bowling program from 1963 until 1982. 2018 will mark the first time a collegiate bowler has competed for the BU men’s bowling program in 36 years.

 

“It’s very exciting to restart men’s bowling,” said Houser. “To have Coach Keslar move into a full-time position and become a bigger part of our athletic department will be a benefit to everyone. We look forward to growing her continued passion and success.”

 

The sport of women’s wrestling is in emerging sport status within the NAIA. It currently isn’t recognized as a varsity NAIA sport, as men’s wrestling currently stands.

 

The Baker women’s wrestling program will compete against fellow NAIA programs as well as NCAA institutions under the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) umbrella.

 

“It is an honor to continue to lead the growth and impact of Baker Wrestling with the addition of the women’s program,” said Garcia. “As exciting as it is to see the surge of so many programs recently, I am even more encouraged and thankful to see it happening at a school that believes in the vision of the program, recognizes its value, and that understands the resources needed to develop champions. Our purpose, our brand, and the sport shouldn’t be limited when the need is there for everyone to benefit from it.” 

 

The wrestling team will compete inside the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus and will practice in the wrestling room inside Mabee Hall.

 

“Women’s wrestling at Baker University will serve as a tremendous opportunity for passionate student-athletes to chase their bold aspirations in an environment that cultivates and strengthens those expectations. This program will look to immediately align and match the prestige and standard of success associated with Baker University. We believe we can create an elite training center for high caliber wrestlers and prepare them for success on the mat as they first represent us in Baker orange in hopes of one-day donning the red, white, and blue. More importantly though, we can prepare them for their greater impact beyond the mats as they move on to the next phase in their lives.”

 

The men’s bowling team will compete alongside the women’s program in its training facility at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Similar to women’s bowling, men’s bowling is an emerging NAIA sport and will compete in the same tournaments as the women’s program. Keslar is in her seventh season leading the Wildcats.

 

“This is an exciting time for Baker Athletics!” said Keslar. “We have been waiting for this day and we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the creation of a men’s bowling program!”

 

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November 29, 2017

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Men’s Basketball Continues Winning Streak with Win over Avila

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men’s basketball team kept its winning streak alive on Wednesday night, as they defeated Avila University, 85-65, to move to a perfect 6-0 on the season and opened Heart of America Athletic Conference play with a win.

 

Avila falls to 6-2 overall and 0-1, as they too played in its Heart opener on Wednesday night.

 

This marks the Wildcats’ best start since 2006-07 when they began that season, 5-0, under former head coach Rick Weaver.

 

Baker shot 35-of-65 from the field, good for 53.8-percent and went 7-of-12 from three-point range on 7-of-12.

 

They were also nearly perfect from the free-throw line on 8-of-9 shooting and threw down six dunks.

 

The Wildcats were also all over the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 37-22, and recorded an assist on 17 of their 35 field goals.

 

The Baker defense forced 13 turnovers and held the Eagles to just 39.7-percent from the field.

 

Nathan Guscott led the team in scoring with 18 points and Brett Elifritz added 17, Vandy Hopson scored 14 and Stephen Edwards scored 13.

 

Tyree Peter led the ‘Cats in rebounding with eight on the night and Guscott supplied the squad with six, he also led the team in assists with six.

 

11 different Wildcats scored on the night and they grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, with five from Peter.

 

The ‘Cats will next hit the road on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 4 p.m. in Canton, Missouri.

 

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November 29, 2017

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No. 10 Baker Opens Heart Play with 68-61 Win over Avila

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 10 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team opened up Heart of America Athletic Conference play with a 68-61 win over Avila University on Wednesday night inside the Collins Center.

 

The Wildcats move to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the Heart, while Avila falls to 1-4 and 0-1.

 

Courtney Hoag had a big night in the paint for the ‘Cats with eight points and eight blocks, along with eight rebounds.

 

Jodi Adkins led Baker in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and Caitlin Modesett had a team-high four assists.

 

Also in double figures was Jessica Zweifel with her 15 points and she was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line and she hit a late three-point field goal with a minute to go in the game to ice the contest for BU.

 

Avila led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, then Baker responded with a 26-12 second quarter.

 

After the break, Avila put together another strong effort in the third, outscoring BU, 21-15, before a 17-17 fourth quarter.

 

Defensively, Baker caused 13 turnovers and held the Eagles to just 36.5-percent shooting and 4-of-19 from three-point range, good for just 21.1-percent.

 

The Wildcats went 14-of-17 from the free-throw line and outrebounded Avila, 31-30. Eight of those were offensive rebounds for Baker, with four coming from Hoag.

 

The ‘Cats will next hit the road on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m. in Canton, Missouri.

 

 

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