Baker football squad picks up win in France
Thirty-two Baker University football players returned from a trip to Paris, France, which included a game against the French National Team. By all reports, the Baker team won, but there were no scoreboards, no timers and no official scorekeeper.
"We played well and won the game," said Baker Athletic Director Dan Harris, who accompanied the team. "But this game wasn't about winning or losing. It was about the student-athletes experiencing a culture very different from their own and being able to see one of the world's most beautiful cities."
Harris said the team members spent a lot of time hanging out with the French players, before and after the game on May 27. Head coach John Frangoulis also accompanied the team, which left May 23 and returned May 30.
While in Paris, the athletes got a chance to experience French life. Their activities included a sightseeing cruise along the Seine River, a walking tour of the Eiffel Tower and a visit to the Museum d'Orsay.
Those from Kansas who made the trip were: Baldwin City, Aaron Anderson and Bryan Williams; Claflin, John LaMatsch; Derby, Eric DePriest; Eudora, Matt Spring; Garden City, Mickey Ramsey; Goodland, Wesley Hatcher; Larned, Todd Hitchcock; Lenexa, David Seibolt; Newton, Tony Hein; Olathe, Ryan Costello, Adam McProud and Matt Snowbarger; Topeka, Jason Montgomery and Justin Pike.
Those from other states were: Levi Shuck, Peoria, Ariz.; Kyle Ellifritt, Covina, Calif.; Manny Duran, Hacienda Heights, Calif.; Terence Spencer, La Puente, Calif.; Scott Rieger, Arnold, Mo.; J. Dax Barker, Blue Springs, Mo.; Brock Bult, Grain Valley, Mo.; Eric Moore, Independence, Mo.; Matt Neal and Eric Sherpy, Kansas City, Mo.; Gib Vinson, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Jason Filbeck, Liberty, Mo.; Anthony Ward, Oak Grove, Mo.; Mark Emry, Peculiar, Mo.; Monte Sparkman, Burkburnett, Texas; Scott Lane, Palestine, Texas; and Tom Woodcock, Scurry, Texas.