Baker University Sports
Baker University Sports Roundup
Volleyball The Wildcats fared well at a preseason volleyball tournament, winning three games in straight sets, but falling 3-1 and 3-2 in the other two games. Baker downed Missouri Valley, Lindenwood and Avila at the tournament in Iowa, but fell to MidAmerica Nazarene in four sets and Graceland in five.
Kathy Kern, a sophomore from Wamego, led the team with 5.2 kills and 1.4 blocks per game at the tournament. Jackie Sommer, a junior from Topeka, had 2.3 kills per game. The Cats also got help on defense from Casey McGinley, a junior from Topeka who transferred from Allen County Community College. McGinley led the team with 60 digs, followed by Elaine Meyer, a freshman from Wichita and Sarah Osterhaus, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., with 56 apiece.
Baker started the season on Sept. 5 at home with a dominating win over Avila College. Baker won the best-of-five series in just three matches, 15-1, 15-3, 15-3. Sommer hit .790 for the Wildcats, and Kern hit .700. Jen Markovich, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., added 6.5 blocks for the match.
Cross Country The cross country teams started the season on Sept. 2 at the Maple Leaf Invitational at Baldwin City Golf Course. The womens squad finished third out of six teams. The Wildcats had three top 10 finishers, led by Liesel Kirk, a junior from Topeka, who finished second. Morgan Ouimette, a junior from Grandview, Mo., finished fourth, followed by Jenny Schultz, a sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., in 10th.
The mens team battled a 98 degree temperature and extreme humidity during their race. In his first race for the Baker cross country team, Aaron Smith, a sophomore from Jefferson City, Mo., medaled with a 13th place finish. Brock Stumpff, a senior from Wellsville, the team's leading returner, finished 16th, one spot shy of a medal. The 13-member mens team finished fifth out of eight teams.
Women's Soccer After three games, new head coach Brandon Barkus is still undefeated as a women's soccer coach.
Baker traveled to South Dakota to start the season with two weekend games. They shut out Northwestern 4-0 in Saturday's game, with two goals coming from Jen Weigel, a sophomore from Kansas City, Kan. Jessica Beck, a sophomore from Olathe, and LaShon English, a senior captain from Overland Park, also scored.
The Cats didn't have it as easy in their Sunday match-up, but still beat Huron 2-1. Weigel and Julie Charay, a junior from Topeka, scored to lead Baker.
The Wildcats dominated the home opener on Sept. 6 against William Woods 4-0. Bobbi Timmons, a junior from Piedmont, Okla., scored the first three goals for the Wildcats before Charay kicked in the finale.
Football The football team selected four senior captains for the 2000 season. Levi Schuck, a senior quarterback from Peoria, Ariz., is the lone offensive captain. Other captains are defensive lineman Carlos Grace, Houston, a first-team All American last year, and defensive back Mark Emry, of Peculiar, Mo., a second-team All-American. Jason Montgomery, senior linebacker from Topeka, an All-American Scholar Athlete and the team's leading tackler last season, also was selected as a captain. Montgomery, however, suffered a season-ending injury prior to the team's first game and will watch from the sidelines this year.