Baker sports roundup
Baker women set more records
Records continue to fall to the 2003-04 Baker University Wildcat womens basketball team as Baker picked up its 14th conference victory with a 75-66 defeat of Central Methodist College Tuesday in Fayette, Mo.
The Wildcats have won nine of their last 11 games and hold a 14-5 record in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The 2003-04 edition now shares the Conference Wins in a Season record with the 2001-02 squad, which finished 14-8, and are guaranteed to exceed the 2001-02 team's record for Conference Win-Loss Percentage in a Season. With only one game remaining before the HAAC tournament, Baker is assured of a first-round bye and at least a tie for third place in the conference standings.
Baker defeated Central Methodist with a very balanced scoring attack, as four Wildcats scored between 13 and 15 points. Sophomore Ashley Ohlman of Emporia had a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Amber Koblitz of Paola and junior center Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla, added 14 points apiece. Senior Cory Shoaf of Bonner Springs made three 3-pointers and tallied 13 points.
Shoaf led all scorers with 20 points as Baker defeated Graceland 89-65 on Saturday in Lamoni, Iowa. Shoaf picked up her points from everywhere on the court, with two 3-pointers and eight free throws, and also had three steals. Pontious added 14 points and Ohlman tallied 12 points with a perfect six-for-six on free throws. Junior point guard Erin Robinson had five assists and two steals with no turnovers. Baker made 50 percent of its field goals and six of nine 3-pointers.
Pontious led the way to victory with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats broke the single-game rebounds record in a 72-57 defeat of Lindenwood Thursday in Baldwin City. The Wildcats grabbed 55 rebounds, breaking the old record of 52 the 1999-2000 squad set against Metro State University.
Junior center Kristin Crites of Junction City added 14 points and eight rebounds. Ohlman chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Watkins' scoring burst leads Baker
Freshman guard DJ Watkins of Lawrence has increased his share of the scoring load with 52 points in the last three games for the Baker University mens basketball team.
Versus Central Methodist College on Tuesday in Fayette, Mo., Watkins had a game-high 18 points with 12 points coming from behind the arc in a 61-51 loss. Senior guard Brandon McDonnell of Topeka had a game-high seven assists and a team-high eight rebounds with just two turnovers. Senior center Pedro Dos Santos of Goiannia, Brazil, blocked four shots and grabbed two steals to go with his six points and five rebounds.
Watkins also led all scorers in Baker's 80-73 loss to Graceland University Saturday in Lamoni, Iowa. Watkins scored 19 points and Dos Santos added 13 points. Eleven of Dos Santos' points came in the second half as Baker tallied 46 points to outscore the Yellowjackets. Freshman guard Darin Redeker of Olpe had his seventh consecutive game with three or more 3-pointers and scored 15 points.
In a rematch of two of the conference's top young shooters on Thursday, Baker emerged with the clear cut winner. Redeker made five 3-pointers for 15 points and Watkins added another 15 as Baker defeated Lindenwood 70-58 in Baldwin City.
In the previous match-up between the two teams on Jan. 15 in St. Charles, Mo., Lindenwood sophomore guard Justin Shrake scored 29 points in a shoot-out with Redeker, who had 26 points and six 3-pointers. Baker emerged victorious on a last-second offensive rebound and put-back by senior center Pedro Dos Santos.
Shrake, the Heart of America Athletic Conference's leading scorer (19.5 points per game) and long-range shooter (3.23 3-point field goals made per game) before the Thursday game, was held to just three points in the rematch.
Senior forward Ryan Tenbrink of Meriden had a game-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. McDonnell added eight points and a season-high 10 assists. Dos Santos blocked three shots.
Baker had a break from Heart of America Athletic Conference competition to host Haskell Indian Nations University Wednesday night, and will conclude the regular season by hosting Culver-Stockton College at 4 p.m. Saturday in Collins Center.
Four more records set by track athletes
With one week before the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, the Baker mens and womens teams proved their readiness at separate meets on separate days.
At the Missouri Southern Invitational Saturday in Joplin, Mo., freshman Brent Randle of Dallas broke Joel Thornton's decade-old triple jump record with a leap of 47-feet, 0.75-inches. The mark broke Thornton's record by 4.25 inches and vaulted Randle to 11th place in the national rankings. Randle then tied a much younger record with a 7.33-second finish in the 60-meter dash, tying the mark set by sophomore Aaron Wright of Blue Springs, Mo., a week earlier.
Sophomore Brett Weir of Topeka broke his own record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46, bettering his old mark by eight-hundredths of a second and moving him up to 19th among NAIA athletes. He also had a personal record in the long jump with a leap of 21-10. Weir is also nationally ranked in the pentathlon.
For the women's team, junior Jana Collins of Highland broke the 400-meter dash record at the Prairie Wolf Invitational Friday in Lincoln, Neb. Collins finished the quarter-mile race in 1:03.02, breaking the mark Molly Humphries set in 2000 by a quarter-second.
Junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., exceeded the 46-foot mark in the shot put in Joplin. Freshman Marty Johnston of Leawood won his 800-meter run section in Lincoln with a time of 2:01.58, and sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma won her 3,000-meter run section with a time of 11:35.89 in Joplin.
Spirit squad places fifth at conference championships
Boosted by a second-place finish in the co-ed cheer category, the Baker spirit squad finished fifth at the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship Saturday in Canton, Mo.
The Wildcats also placed sixth in the small dance category and seventh in the mascot category.
Spring season about to begin
The Baker University tennis, baseball and softball teams are all planning to play their season-openers in the next six days.
The tennis teams open the season at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Invitational at 9 a.m. Friday at Woodside Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. The mens tennis team is ranked No. 26 in the NAIA preseason poll.
The baseball team was supposed to play Emporia State University on Sunday, but the game was canceled. The Wildcats will now open against Cameron University at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawton, Okla., and play Cameron again at 11 a.m. Sunday in Lawton.
The softball team opens the season by hosting a scrimmage with Allen County Community College at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Regular season action begins on Feb. 27 with the MidAmerica Nazarene Tournament in Olathe.