Baker University Sports Roundup
FOOTBALL The Wildcats set season-bests in points scored, rushing yards, and passing yards in a 43-19 win over Culver-Stockton at Liston Stadium on Oct. 14. Levi Schuck, senior from Peoria, Ariz., earned Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the game. Schuck rushed for 50 yards and three touchdowns, and also had 249 yards passing with two touchdowns.
Mackie Valentin, senior from Overland Park, pulled in six catches for 172 yards and back-to-back touchdowns in the second quarter. Terence Spencer, senior from La Puente, Calif., had 145 yards rushing and a touchdown. Brant Brittingham, senior from Rose Hill, made all four extra-point attempts and a 41-yard field goal.
The Baker defense had another strong game, with eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, three interceptions, and allowed just 46 yards passing. Eric Moore, sophomore from Independence, Mo., sacked Culver-Stockton for a 20-yard loss and continues to lead the conference in sacks. Mark Emry, senior from Peculiar, Mo., had a 15-yard interception return and leads the conference in that category. Mickey Ramsey, junior from Garden City, and Carlos Grace, senior from Detroit, Mich., led the team with seven tackles apiece. Ramsey also had an interception and one tackle for a loss. Grace added a fumble recovery and a sack.
MEN'S SOCCER The Wildcats dominated Hastings (Neb.)6-0 in Baldwin City on Oct. 8, then trounced William Jewell in Liberty, Mo., 5-1 on Oct. 10. Erik Jones, junior from Olathe, scored five goals in the two contests and is tied with Joe McArdle, sophomore from Lenexa, for the team lead with 11. McArdle scored three goals in the two games. Jones and McArdle are second and third in the conference in goals per game. Sean Brown, junior from Maplegrove, MN, was goal keeper during the Hastings shutout and is allowing just 1.40 goals per game.
The team traveled to Florida for Fall Break to take on Lynn at Boca Raton and Palm Beach Atlantic. The Wildcats fell to Lynn, the 12th-ranked team in NCAA Division II, 1-0, and were defeated 2-1 by Palm Beach Atlantic. Baker is currently 9-4 and undefeated in conference play.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Baker's women soccer team improved their conference record to 4-2 with a 2-1 win over William Jewell on Oct. 10. Kathy Sobba, junior from Overland Park, scored both goals unassisted in the victory and is now just one goal behind Bobbi Timmons, junior from Piedmont, Okla., for the team lead with five. Sobba leads the team with six assists.
The Wildcats lost to the College of St. Mary's 4-0 on Oct. 15 at home. Baker is currently 8-7 and fourth in the conference with two conference games remaining.
CROSS COUNTRY The women's cross country team fell just shy of a top-three finish at the Mid-State Championships, at the Baldwin City Golf Course on Oct. 13. The Wildcats finished fourth, just three points shy of 11th ranked Oklahoma Baptist. The meet featured nearly every team from the Great Plains, Kansas Collegiate, Sooner, and Heart of America Athletic Conferences.
Liesel Kirk, junior from Topeka, finished second in 18:21, breaking her own Baker 5K record. Jenny Schultz, sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., medaled with a 19th-place finish in 19:43. Morgan Ouimette, junior from Grandview, Mo., finished six seconds behind Schultz in 21st.
The men's team was led to a 10th place finish by Scott Nelson, junior from Carbondale. Nelson medaled with an 18th-place finish in 26:50. The Wildcats' next meet will be in Winfield at the Southwestern Invitational on Oct. 28.
VOLLEYBALL The Baker volleyball team won three out of four matches against a tough field at the Missouri Baptist Invitational in St. Louis on Oct. 13-14 to improve their record to 15-11. Baker lost their first match to Union College, then defeated Robert Morris University in three sets. The Wildcats also beat Indiana University - Southeast in five sets and Trinity Christian University in three sets.
TENNIS The Wildcat tennis teams competed at the ITA Rolex Tennis Tournament on Oct. 6-8. Four men and one woman made it to the round of 16 in singles play. Rob Kennedy, sophomore from Leavenworth, Chad Glover, junior from Baldwin City, and Akiba Medina, senior from Eudora, made it to the quarterfinals where Medina lost and Glover defeated Kennedy. Glover fell to eventual champion Patrick Cote` of Graceland in the semi-finals. Amy Rodriguez, sophomore from San Antonio, Tex., made it to the quarterfinals to lead the womens team.
Baker also fared well in the doubles tournament. Kennedy and Medina reached the finals before losing to William Jewell, while John Henderson, freshman from Oklahoma City, and Glover made it to the quarterfinals. Anthony Nguyen, freshman from Beverly Hills, Calif., and Blake Glover, freshman from Baldwin City, won the consolation tournament.