Baker sports roundup
It's the halfway point of the semester for Baker University students, but it's nearing the end of the season for many fall student-athletes.
The regular season for soccer ends in October. For cross country and volleyball, there are no guarantees after the first week of November. Only the football team is guaranteed to be playing a month from now. In all, there are less than seven home games left for the fall sports teams.
Wildcat fans ready for winter sports can get a preview tonight as the Baker womens basketball team hosts a scrimmage with Allen County Community College and Haskell Indian Nations University. The Wildcats have one-hour scrimmages at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Collins Center.
Wildcat fans at the Maple Leaf Festival Saturday can escape the traffic downtown to see the womens soccer team host Missouri Baptist College at 3 p.m. at the North Park Soccer Complex immediately north of Baldwin High School.
In out-of-town action, the cross country team will take on the NAIA's toughest teams in the area at the NAIA MidStates Championship Friday in Winfield. The volleyball team will be fighting for another tournament title at the St. Mary's Invitational Friday and Saturday in Leavenworth, Kan. The football team, tied for third in the conference, will travel to Canton, Mo., to take on Culver-Stockton College.
Mens soccer team upsets No. 3 Lions
The Baker Wildcats upset No. 3 Lindenwood University 2-1 on Oct. 6 in a battle between the Heart of America Athletic Conference's top two teams.
Senior Luke Parrott scored in the 10th minute to give Baker the early lead, then Michael Garven scored off an assist by Matt Trumpp just 30 seconds into the second period. Lindenwood's Ignacio Novas, the conference's leading scorer, scored in the 70th minute to close the gap.
Baker is ranked No. 20 in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll and has won nine of its last 10 games. The other game was a 1-1 tie with ninth-ranked Park University. The win also moved Baker into the No. 2 spot in Monday's NAIA Region V rankings, just ahead of Lindenwood. The Wildcats' record improved to 9-2-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
Koelzer again named Setter of the Week
Baker University sophomore Jenifer Koelzer of Shawnee was again named the NAIA Region V Setter of the Week on Tuesday. It was her second time in three weeks.
Koelzer played in nine games during the week and led her team to a five-game victory over No. 19 Lindenwood University. She recorded 114 assists, averaging 12.7 a set. In addition, Koelzer tallied two service aces, 36 digs, four assist blocks and nine kills.