Baker sports roundup
Six Wildcats named to Don Hansen's All-American team
Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette released its 2003 NAIA All-American football team and six Wildcats were honored.
Record-setting junior running Jon Reeves of Palestine, Texas, and junior punter Karl Halamicek of Lucerne Valley, Calif., were named second-team offense. Reeves and Halamicek were both first-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selections.
Junior defensive end Luke Thompson of Olathe was named third-team defense, less than a week after the biology major received the NAIA's All-American Scholar-Athlete award.
Senior linebackers Karl Barron of Kansas City, Mo., Oliver Kurtz of Olathe and Jason Martinez of Wichita received honorable mention.
Basketball teams sweep
Special to the Signal
The Baker University mens basketball team followed up the women's 12-point victory over Graceland Saturday in Baldwin City with a 20-point victory of its own in the second part of the doubleheader.
Junior Gretchen Patty of Wichita led the women's team to a 75-63 victory with 16 points and seven rebounds and junior Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla., added 10 points.
The men's team led 23-22 in a low-scoring first half before exploding for 51 points in the second half. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by senior point guard Brandon McDonnell of Topeka. McDonnell made six of seven field goal attempts and had 13 points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds. Seniors Ryan Tenbrink of Meriden and Pedro Dos Santos of Goiannia, Brazil, added 12 points apiece. Tenbrink had a game-high seven rebounds and Dos Santos has seven blocked shots. Freshman Darin Redeker had 10 points.
Both teams had exciting games versus Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., on Thursday as both Lion squads hit dramatic long-range shots near the end of the game.
The Baker women's team dominated inside with Pontious racking up a season-high 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting and junior Kristin Crites of Junction City making all six of her field goal attempts. The women led 40-28 at halftime. However, the Lions stormed back and won the game on a fade-away 3-pointer from the baseline to win 69-68.
The men's team was nearly the opposite as Lindenwood led 41-33 at halftime only for the Cats to come back as Redeker, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, and Lindenwood's 6-3 sophomore guard Justin Shrake engaged in a shoot-out. Redeker shot 60-percent with six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points. Shrake was shooting almost as well and had 25 points and four 3-pointers with 11 seconds left when he tossed up a 30-foot fade-away with Baker leading by three points. The shot banked in and a foul was called on the shot. Shrake made the free throw to complete the dramatic four-point play and give Lindenwood an 80-79 lead.
The Wildcats pushed the ball up the floor quickly and put up a shot, which Dos Santos rebounded and put back in for an 81-80 victory. Dos Santos had 12 points, freshman guard DJ Watkins of Lawrence had 16 points and McDonnell had a season-high nine assists.
Neither team played on Monday. Baker's next game is Thursday against Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. The Cats host Missouri Valley College Saturday afternoon with the women's game at 2 p.m. and the men's game at 4 p.m.
Indoor track season begins Sunday
Baker will kick off the 2004 indoor track season at the Doane Pentathlon in Crete, Neb. The meet is only for multi-event athletes. The rest of the team will have its first meet at either the Iowa State Open in Ames, Iowa, or Nebraska Wesleyan Quadrangular in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 30 and 31.
Both squads finished third in the Heart of America Athletic Conference outdoor track championships in May and return several top athletes, including All-American racewalker Emma Carter of Overland Park.