Baker sports roundup
Baker Univeristy received the 14th seed when the NAIA released the Mens Soccer National Championship bracket Sunday and the Wildcats will play No. 19 Bethel (Ind.) College at 7:45 p.m. today in Olathe.
Baker is the host team for the 20-team tournament, with all games being played at the Olathe District Activity Complex. If the Cats win today, they will play Hastings (Neb.) College at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Bethel has a 14-5-3 record and Baker is 13-7-0.
The Wildcats feature a balanced team utilizing both young and old. Freshman Marty Johnston of Leawood leads the Cats in points with 26 (10 goals and six assists) while playing in all 20 games. Senior Barry Cummings of Glasgow, Scotland, leads the Cats in points per game at 1.77 with 23 points (10 goals and three assists) in 13 games.
Baker senior Matt Hallauer of Holton will make his third appearance at the NAIA Cross Country National Championship at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, but in a different locale which could result in a faster time.
The national championship has been held in hilly Kenosha, Wisc., since 1981 but was moved to Tom Sawyer National Park in Louisville, Ky., for 2003. The Kenosha course was graded a 3.0 on the NAIA's 5-point scale, while the course in Louisville is a 2.0. Hallauer has broken the 26-minute mark in each of his last two races on 2.5 courses and is the only runner in Baker history to ever run faster than 26:12 in an 8-kilometer (5-mile) race.
The Baker mens basketball team faced tough competition in the Nebraska/Kansas Classic in Blair, Neb., but exhibited an explosive offense in two weekend games. Freshman Darin Redeker and Ross Thompson had 16 points in a loss to Midland Lutheran University Friday night, and Thompson also had 10 rebounds. Redeker dropped in another 16 points Saturday in a loss to Dana College, but was outshone by senior Luke Harris' 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Cats play Washburn University, a NCAA Div. II school, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Topeka.
Juniors Erin Robinson and Gretchen Patty were named to the Ottawa Classic All-Tournament team with their outstanding play in two close losses.
Robinson, a guard from Topeka, had 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals during Baker's 79-75 loss to Park University Friday. Patty added 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla., had 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior Cory Shoaf of Bonner Springs also scored in double figures.
The Wildcats made 23 of 27 free throws for an 85.2-percentage, narrowly missing the team record of 89.5-percent when Baker made 17 of 19 free throws against Sterling College during the 1999-2000 season.
Patty and sophomore Ashley Ohlman of Emporia led Baker with 16 points and four rebounds apiece in an 89-79 loss to Ottawa University Saturday. Shoaf added 13 points and Robinson had nine points, three assists and three steals. Patty made eight of nine field goal attempts as the Wildcats nearly shot 50-percent (32 of 68).
The women's team will play their home opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they host Tabor College.