Baker sports roundup
A grueling early season schedule put Baker at 0-2-1 going into last weekend. The Wildcats emerged from the weekend 2-2-1 after stomping foes in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday and Sunday.
The Wildcats used a balance attack to beat Morningside College 4-1 Saturday. Four different Wildcats scored and two others had assists. Morningside was held scoreless in the second half.
Senior Luke Parrott of Olathe had two goals and two assists to lead Baker to a 7-0 thumping of Si Tanka University Sunday. Si Tanka was ranked No. 27 nationally before the loss. Sophomore Marty Johnston of Leawood also had two goals. Freshman Derek Doerfler of Lee's Summit, Mo., freshman Shaun McNamara of Eudora and freshman Travis Moore of San Diego also scored. Doerfler also had an assist. Senior Pat McNamara earned the shutout in goal.
The Wildcats will open the Heart of America Athletic Conference portion of their schedule by hosting Central Methodist University at 2 p.m. Saturday. Baker has not allowed a goal in the last 150 minutes of play.
Senior Libby Lewis of Syracuse led off the 2004 fall season with a win at the I-80 Fall Classic Friday and Saturday in York and Hastings, Neb.
The Wildcats finished third in the seven-team field, just 16 strokes behind Midland Lutheran College with 765 strokes.
Lewis led the tournament with a 77 at York Country Club, besting the rest of the field by seven strokes. She followed with an 85 at Lochland Country Club, fighting extremely windy conditions with gusts topping 40 mph on the 6,000-yard course.
Senior Leslie Bowerman of Derby tied for 21st. Sophomore Laura Baker was close behind with a tie for 23rd. Freshman Ashley Johnson of Garden City finished 27th in her first collegiate meet.
The Wildcats have next week off, then travel to the Missouri Valley College Fall Invitational on Sep. 23-24 in Marshall, Mo. The tournament will also be played on two different courses - Indian Foothills Golf Course on the first day and Stone Hedge Golf Course on the second.
Outside hitter Brooke Glenn and setter Jennifer Koelzer made the all-tournament team as Baker won three games at the Baker Invitational Friday and Saturday in Baldwin City.
The Wildcats won their first three matches, setting up a championship bout between undefeated teams with William Jewell College on Saturday afternoon. Baker won the first game 31-29, dropped the second game 30-28, then fought back to win the third game 30-23. They lost a hard-fought fourth game 30-28 and a controversial fifth game 15-11.
Ottawa University, Avila University and Kansas Wesleyan University were the other participants.
WJC def. OU 30-22, 26-30, 32-30, 30-25 AU def. KWU 30-21, 30-28, 30-26
BU def. AU 30-23, 30-22, 20-30, 30-23 BU def. OU 31-29, 31-33, 33-31, 30-28
WJC def. KWU 30-24, 22-30, 30-20, 17-30, 15-8 OU def. KWU 30-28, 30-16, 25-30, 34-32
BU def. KWU 30-18, 30-21, 31-29 WJC def. AU 30-20, 30-26, 30-20
OU def. AU 30-24, 30-25, 30-25 WJC def. BU 29-31, 30-18, 23-30, 30-28, 15-11
FOOTBALL :: Cats fall victim to upset weekend
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Baker could not recreate its season opener magic on the road, falling 30-6 to Central Methodist University Saturday in Fayette, Mo.
Junior quarterback Brian Sheppard of Destrehan, La., passed for 140 yards, with Ryan Pitts and Keenan Ganz again emerging as go-to receivers. Pitts, a junior from Carson, Calif., had four catches for 50 yards. Ganz, a senior from Ozark, Mo., had three catches for 52 yards. Senior John Reeves of Palestine, Texas, had 66 yards on 12 carries despite limited playing time.
Junior linebacker Bruce Rogers of Palestine, Texas, led the Wildcat defense with 12 tackles and broke up a pass. Senior linebacker Tyler Hibler of Bates City, Mo., had 11 tackles.
The Wildcats are still considered a top contender in the topsy-turvy Heart of America Athletic Conference that saw stunning upsets again in Week 2. The only remaining unbeaten teams, Central Methodist and Lindenwood University, were picked to finish at the bottom of the conference. The teams expected to finish first and second, Benedictine College and MidAmerica Nazarene University, are still looking for their first conference victory. Baker is in a six-way tie for third place.
Sheppard continues to lead the conference in passing yards by a wide margin. He is averaging 234 yards per game, leading MidAmerica's Jimmy Werbin by 49 yards. Pitts is tied for the league lead in receptions per game with 6.0, and Pitts and Ganz are second and third in receiving yards per game.
The Wildcats face Missouri Valley College (1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at home.
SCHEDULE :: Full slate set for Family Day on Saturday
Tennis vs. William Jewell College, time to be announced at Liberty, Mo.
Cross Country in Woody Greeno Invitational, 10 a.m. in Lincoln, Neb.
Women's Soccer vs. Avila University, noon at home
Men's Soccer vs. Central Methodist University, 2 p.m. at home
Volleyball vs. Pittsburg State University, 2 p.m. at home
Football vs. Missouri Valley College, 7 p.m. at home
Men's Soccer vs. Culver-Stockton College, 1 p.m. in Canton, Mo.
Women's Soccer vs. Culver-Stockton College, 5 p.m. in Canton, Mo.
Volleyball vs. Central Methodist, 5:30 p.m. at home
Tennis vs. Johnson County Community College, 3 p.m. at Overland Park, Kan.
Women's Soccer vs. William Jewell, 5:30 p.m. in Liberty, Mo.
Men's Soccer vs. William Jewell, 7:30 p.m. in Liberty, Mo.