Baker athletes gain honors
Senior Elaine Meyer of Clearwater garnered yet another award when she was chosen as The Orange Sports Athlete of the Year by The Baker Orange.
The Baker Orange is the student newspaper for Baker University and has not given out awards in its recent past. Seven staff sports writers voted on the first-ever award.
Meyer had a stellar senior volleyball season in which she was named an NAIA All-American, All-American Scholar-Athlete, first-team NAIA All-Region V, first-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference, All-Region Scholar-Athlete, All-Conference Scholar-Athlete and the Baker student senate's female scholar-athlete of the year.
Ten other students were considered: senior Becki Cargo of Pomona for soccer and track; junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., for football and track; senior Matt Hallauer of Holton for cross country and track; senior John Henderson of Oklahoma City for tennis; senior Jason Martinez of Wichita for football; sophomore Pam Miller of Valley Falls for softball; senior Jason Patty of El Dorado for baseball; junior Davy Phillips of McKinney, Texas, for soccer; junior Jon Reeves of Palestine, Texas, for football, and junior Erin Robinson of Topeka for basketball. Miller was the youngest nominee.
Reeves was named The Orange Sports Newcomer of the Year. In his first season after transferring from the Virginia Military Institute, Reeves was named All-American and first-team all-conference. He tallied 1,550 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games and was at his best at the end of the season with 498 yards and seven touchdowns in the final two games.
Marty Johnston of Leawood was named The Orange Sports Freshman of the Year. Johnston led the nationally-ranked men's soccer team in points and goals as a freshman, then made all-conference in indoor and outdoor track as a middle distance runner.
After a record-breaking season, head women's basketball coach Susan Decker received The Orange Sports Coach of the Year. In just her fourth season as head coach, Decker became the career wins leader with her 66th victory. The Wildcats also set a record for conference victories with 16 and tied the record for victories in a season with 21, set the year before.