Baker University sports roundup
CROSS COUNTRY Three Baker University Wildcats qualified for the NAIA National Cross Country Meet with their performance at the Region V Championships on Saturday at the Baldwin City Golf Course.
Liesel Kirk, senior from Topeka, will get a chance to repeat as an All-American. She finished second with a time of 18:11. Jenny Schultz, junior from Sun City, Ariz., finished sixth with a time of 19:00. Matt Hallauer, sophomore from Holton, became the first Baker male since Ryan Strong in 1998 to qualify for nationals when he finished ninth in 26:42.
The womens team finished third at the meet, just four points away from William Jewell College, the champion. The mens team finished fifth.
FOOTBALL (5-5, 5-4) A 41-yard touchdown pass from Martin Updike, sophomore from Muskogee, Okla., to Ryan Costello, senior from Olathe, with five seconds remaining won the game as Baker overcame a 24-3 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Central Methodist University 30-24 at Fayette, Mo., on Saturday.
Updike completed 14 of 19 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and finished with 310 passing yards total. Costello, despite a broken toe, caught eight passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Eight Wildcat seniors have been nominated to play in the National All-Stars Bowl College Football Classic: Linebacker Brock Bult of Grain Valley, Mo., wide receiver Todd Hitchcock of Larned, punter Marcel Matthews of Fresno, Calif., offensive lineman Joey
Paneitz of Lufkin, Texas, linebacker Mickey Ramsey of Garden City, tight end Scott Rieger of Arnold, Mo., running back Terence Spencer of La Puente, Calif., and running back Howard Verdell of Dallas.
VOLLEYBALL Baker swept MidAmerica Nazarene 3-0 Saturday in the Collins Center to advance to the second round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament. The Wildcats faced Benedictine College Tuesday in Atchison. Results weren't available by press time.
MENS SOCCER The Wildcats qualified for the four-team Region V tournament. Baker will play Columbia College at 7 p.m. Thursday in Columbia, Mo. If the Cats win, they will play in the championship on Saturday.
MENS BASKETBALL Aaron Schwerman, senior from Beloit, reached a double-double in Baker's 75-68 season-opening victory over Haskell Indian Nations University on Saturday in Lawrence. Schwerman had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. Point guard Scott Johnson, junior from Tulsa, Okla., had 11 points and a team-high three assists. Brandon Scarborough, senior from Kansas City, Mo., added 10 points on 5-6 field goal shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Baker will host Ottawa University Tuesday in the
Collins Center. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.
WOMENS BASKETBALL Newcomers Gretchen Schroeder,
freshman from Wichita, and Gayla Brown, junior from Grandview, Mo., led the Wildcats to a 69-44 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence in Baker's season opener on Saturday. Schroeder had a team-high 13 points with five rebounds and four steals in 16 minutes while Brown shot a perfect 5-5 from the field and scored 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds. Baker shot 51% from the field.
The Wildcats will host Hannibal-LaGrange College Tuesday in the Collins Center. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m.