Baker sports roundup
Baker University nearly upset No. 18 Benedictine College Saturday at Liston Stadium, but a late fourth quarter turnover stopped a Wildcat rally and led to a 17-7 defeat.
Down 10-7, the Wildcats had driven into Benedictine territory with less than four minutes left in the game thanks to a strong running game and junior quarterback Blake Pearson's 35-yard completion to junior tight end Justin Bloomer of Wichita. Raven Brock Schwartz stopped the drive with an interception at the Baker 10-yard line and returned it 83 yards to the Benedictine 7. The Ravens scored on the next play to put the game out of reach.
Pearson passed for 89 yards and added another 63 yards rushing to lead the offense. Junior running back Jon Reeves of Palestine, Texas, had 76 yards rushing and a nine-yard reception.
Senior defensive lineman Karl Zubeck of Kansas City led the Wildcat defense with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops and a pass deflection. Another senior defensive lineman, James Reyes of Kansas City, Mo., added eight tackles.
The Cats travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to play Graceland University Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Baker will conclude it's season on Nov. 15 when it hosts rival William Jewell College at 1:30 p.m.
Four make all-conference,
Hallauer shatters own school record
Special to the Signal
Baker University senior Matt Hallauer of Holton broke his own school record and placed fifth overall at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday in Baldwin City.
Hallauer completed the 8-kilometer (5-mile) course in 25:48, breaking the Baker record he set at conference his sophomore year by 19 seconds. The fifth-place finish was the highest for a Baker male since 1997 and was Hallauer's third time on the all-conference team. Senior Jimmy Gillispie of Baldwin City broke his personal record by 13 seconds with a time of 27:25 and moved into 10th place on Baker's All-Time Fastest Male Runners list.
Three Wildcats made all-conference on the women's side. Sophomore Jessica Barrand of Topeka, junior Lindsey Christian of Atchison and sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. Barrand and Spencer were also all-conference in 2002.
Baker will compete in the NAIA Region V Championships Saturday in Fayette, Mo. All Heart of America schools and several independent schools will be at the meet vying for a bid to the NAIA National Championships Nov. 22 in Louisville, Ky.
Soccer teams earn regional bids
Both the Baker University mens and womens soccer teams have received invitations to the NAIA Region V playoffs which begins Monday and Tuesday.
The womens soccer team earned the bid with a 2-0 victory over Benedictine College at home Saturday. Junior Jenny Poppa of Kansas City, Mo., scored the winning goal for the Wildcats and junior Eugenia Rogers of Olathe tacked on another in the second half with an assist by sophomore Erin Blinzler of Shawnee. The opponent, location and time for the first-round playoff game on Monday will not be final until after the American Midwest Conference concludes its tournament Saturday.
The mens soccer team will host a first-round playoff game on Tuesday afternoon, but is also waiting on the results of the AMC tournament to set a time and opponent.
Basketball teams sweep Haskell in season openers
The Baker University Wildcats began the 2003-04 basketball season in the right direction with both the mens and womens team defeating Haskell Indian Nations University Nov. 1 in Lawrence.
The womens team overcame a late deficit to defeat Haskell 66-55. Junior Gretchen Patty of Wichita led the Cats with 11 points on just three field goal attempts and grabbed eight rebounds. Junior point guard Erin Robinson of Topeka added nine points and six rebounds.
Big men Josh Flett and Pedro Dos Santos led the mens team to an 83-69 victory of Haskell. Dos Santos, a 6-foot-9 senior from Goiannia, Brazil, had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Flett, a 6-6 junior from Wellsville, also had 17 points. Three guards, senior Brandon McDonnell of Topeka, freshman Evan Wright of Wellsville and freshman DJ Watkins of Lawrence, had 10 points.
The basketball teams hit the court again on Friday for tournament games. The womens team will travel about an hour to take on Southwestern College at 6 p.m. in William Jewell's Cardinal-Wildcat Classic in Liberty, Mo. The mens team will take part in the Heart of America Athletic Conference/Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Challenge hosted by Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. Opponent and tip-off time will be announced later in the week.