Baker Sports Roundup
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Baker won both the Heart of America Athletic Conference and Region V women's cross country championships on Saturday at Lindenwood University. As conference champions, the team will now run at the NAIA National Meet on Nov. 18 in Parkview, Wisc. Interim head coach Rob Mallinder was named Revion V Coach of the Year by opposing coaches for his success this season.
Baker's Liesel Kirk, Morgan Ouimette, and Jenny Schultz were named to the All-Region team. Those three and Molly Humphries were also named to the All-Conference team. Kirk, a junior from Topeka, finished second with a time of 18:57. Ouimette, a junior from Grandview, Mo., finished fifth in 19:46 and Schultz, a sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., finished eighth in 20:23. Humphries, a sophomore form Topeka, finished 13th with a time of 20:50. Joining those four at Nationals will be Kelly Weir, a senior from St. Louis, Mo.; Jan Meyer, a sophomore from Jefferson City, Mo.; and Moira Ozias, a senior from Downs.
MEN'S SOCCER The Wildcats fell 4-2 to Lindenwood University in the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship on Saturday in Baldwin City. The loss ends Baker's season with an 11-9 overall record and 9-1 in conference games. Jason Belisle, freshman from Garland, Texas, and Daniel Knop, sophomore from Munich, Germany, scored for Baker.
VOLLEYBALL - Baker fell to Lindenwood in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday in St. Charles, Mo., in three sets. The loss ended the Wildcats' season with 21 wins and 15 losses.
Sarah Osterhaus, sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 30. Osterhaus is a 5'8" outside hitter for the Wildcats.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - The Wildcats finished the season with a fifth-place finish at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Meet. Scott Nelson, junior from Carbondale, led the team with a 19th place finish in 27:59. Brock Stumpff, senior from Wellsville, finished 23rd in 28:29. It was the last collegiate cross country race for Stumpff and Brent Larson. Larson, a junior from Topeka, finished 62nd with a time of 31:19.
FOOTBALL Baker lost to the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers 28-2 on Saturday in Olathe. The Pioneers are the seventh-ranked team in the NAIA. Baker now has a 7-2 record and will play defending conference champion Missouri Valley at home to finish out the regular season. Athletic Director Dan Harris says the Wildcats still have a chance to get an at-large bid into the playoffs or will play in the KWOC Bowl on Dec. 2 in Bolivar, Mo.
Eric Moore, sophomore from Independence, Mo., led the team defensively. Moore recorded 17 tackles, nine unassisted, and returned an interception 20 yards. He also had four tackles for negative yards. Mickey Ramsey, junior from Garden City, had 13 tackles, a 22-yard interception return, and two tackles for a loss.
Dax Barker, senior from Blue Springs, Mo., recorded seven pass deflections against Benedictine on Oct. 28, shattering the old school record. Barker also held the old record of three with Brad Scott and John Saunders.
Defensive back Mark Emry, senior from Peculiar, Mo., was named National Player of the Week by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette on Oct. 7 for his performance against William Jewell.
Emry recorded eight tackles in the 17-0 victory. He also had a quarterback sack, broke up a pass, and returned an interception 70 yards to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown run that sealed the win. He also blocked a field goal that helped lead the Wildcats' to a shut-out victory.
Emry recorded his 15th pass deflection of the year against Benedictine on Oct. 28th, tying the school record set in 1996 by Troy Anderson.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - The Wildcats opened their season with an 83-64 win over Haskell Indian College on Nov. 4. Tasha Gentry, junior guard from Raytown, Mo., led Baker in scoring with 17 points. Leading rebounder for the 'Cats was Keri Zimmerman, senior forward from Nickerson, with six.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Baker opened the season with an 85-67 defeat of Haskell Indian College on Nov. 4. Aaron Schwerman, junior from Beloit, led the team with 18 points. Adam Glenn, sophomore from Topeka, led the team in rebounds with eight and added 10 points. Brandon Scarborough, junior from Kansas City, Mo., had 11 points and seven rebounds.