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January 14, 2004

Baker's Reeves named All-American

Special to the Signal

Baker University running back John Reeves, a junior from Palestine, Texas, was named an All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Monday.

Reeves was named second-team offense after having one of the finest rushing seasons in the 96-year history of Baker's football program. He tallied 1,550 yards and 15 touchdowns on 281 carries with rushing performances of 274 and 224 yards in the final two games of the season.

His 274-yard, three-touchdown performance in a come-from-behind victory against Graceland University on Nov. 8 in Lamoni, Iowa, was the seventh-best single-game rushing performance in Baker history. His 224-yard, 4-touchdown performance on just 24 carries against William Jewell College on Nov. 15 was 16th. He set the school records for rushing attempts in a season with 281, breaking Taylor Gill's 1981 record by 40 carries. His 96-yard run against William Jewell tied a school record for longest touchdown run.

Reeves was named first-team in the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference on Nov. 24. He is the first Wildcat to make first or second-team All-American offense since running back Cedric Colbert in 1997. He is the second Baker student-athlete to be named All-American this season, following senior Elaine Meyer of Wichita in volleyball.

Ten earn All-American

Scholar-Athlete honor

Ten members of the 2003 Baker University football team were named All-American Scholar-Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

To earn the honor, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater, be a junior or senior in academic standing and fulfilled a participation requirement.

Those named were offensive lineman Landon Brittain, a senior physics and math major from Medicine Lodge; linebacker Mark Foland, a senior biology major from Topeka; linebacker Tyler Hibler, a junior history major from Oak Grove, Mo.; offensive lineman Chance Nichols, a junior sports administration major from Palestine, Texas; defensive lineman Jarrod Steffens, a senior physical education major from Scott City; defensive lineman Nicholas Stillwell, a junior business major from Arlington; defensive lineman Lucas Thompson, a junior biology major from Olathe; quarterback Martin Updike, a senior business management major from Muskogee, Okla.; defensive back Joseph Vinduska, a junior mass communications major from Ellinwood; and defensive back Brett Wahlgren, a junior chemistry major from Indian Springs, Ohio.

Foland, Steffens and Updike also received the honor last season. No other school had more than seven athletes named.

Search continues

for football coach

Finalists for the head football coach position at Baker University were interviewed Monday and Tuesday and interviews may conclude today. Athletics Director Dan Harris said the committee hopes to make a decision by next week.

Freshman on tear

for Wildcat men

Freshman DJ Watkins of Lawrence has given the Baker University mens basketball team steady scoring production in the past three games, averaging 20.3 points per game.

Watkins' three-game stretch is the first time this season a player has led the team in scoring for three consecutive games. Freshman Darin Redeker of Olpe led the Cats in scoring in the two previous games.

Watkins started his burst with 26 points in an 80-76 near-upset of Central Methodist Thursday in Baldwin City. Twenty of Watkins' points came in the second half as Baker outscored CMC 40-38. The 6-foot-2 guard made five 3-pointers, just missing the season high set by Redeker three days earlier. Senior Brandon McDonnell of Topeka added 11 points and seven assists. Senior Pedro Dos Santos of Goiannia, Brazil, had nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

The trio of Watkins, McDonnell and Dos Santos came up big again in an 80-56 loss to Avila Saturday in Kanasas City, Mo. Watkins tallied 20 points and four three-pointers. Dos Santos had 12 points and McDonnell had five assists.

The Wildcats overcame a 15-point deficit in the first half to pull within one of Evangel Monday in Baldwin City, but fell 67-56. Watkins scored 15 points and made four 3-pointers. Dos Santos has 12 points and two blocked shots, and senior Luke Harris of Dodge City had 10 rebounds.

Baker will host Graceland Saturday at 4 p.m. for its next home game.

BU women climb

in HAAC standings

Victories on Thursday and Saturday boosted the Baker University Wildcat women to second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings.

The Wildcats defeated Central Methodist 66-54 on Thursday in Baldwin City behind the inside presence of junior Jessica Pontious. Pontious of Enid, Okla., had 16 points and three blocked shots.

Junior point guard Erin Robinson of Topeka had an all-around solid game as Baker defeated Avila 55-52 Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. Robinson charted the most steals, defensive rebounds and assists by a Wildcat this season with six steals, seven defensive rebounds and five assists and also scored 10 points. Senior Cory Shoaf of Bonner Springs had 13 points to lead the Cats in scoring. Baker had 17 steals, the most it has had in a game this season.

The winning streak was snapped by Evangel Monday in Baldwin City. Evangel remained undefeated in the conference with a 66-46 victory. Baker's two centers, Pontious and junior Kristin Crites of Junction City, combined for nine of 13 shooting and 21 points.

The Wildcats will host Graceland at 2 p.m. Saturday after traveling to St. Charles, Mo., to take on Lindenwood Thursday.

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