Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2004

Baker sports roundup

September 30, 2004

VOLLEYBALL -- Glenn, Baker dominate MNU tournament

Senior Brooke Glenn and the Wildcats dominated the MidAmerica Invitational Friday and Saturday in Olathe, sweeping the championship match from the home team.

Glenn, an outside hitter from Topeka, was named tournament MVP. Sophomore outside hitter Barb Ludwig of Shawnee also made the all-tournament team. The Wildcats defeated McPherson College 3-1 in the first match of the tournament, then swept Friends University, Sterling College, St. Xavier University and MidAmerica Nazarene University to win the championship. The Wildcats defeated MNU, which is rated No. 2 in Region V, 30-27, 30-28 and 30-21 in the title match.

Baker sophomore Jenifer Koelzer of Topeka was named Heart of America Athletic Conference setter of the week. Koelzer averaged 11.4 assists per game and had a 3.70 kill percentage with 21 kills and only four errors. She tallied 46 assists twice during the week to go along with seven aces and seven blocks.

Baker will play in another tournament, the Newman Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Wichita. The Wildcats will host Lindenwood University at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

MENS SOCCER -- Wildcats roll to another victory

The Baker mens soccer team continued its hot streak with a 3-1 victory over Ottawa University Tuesday in Ottawa.

Sophomore Marty Johnston of Leawood scored Baker's first two goals and junior Shaun Nicklin of Wichita added the final goal.

The Wildcats are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, with the only tie coming to No. 9 Park University in double overtime Saturday at home. Baker defeated No. 19 William Jewell College 1-0 Wednesday in Liberty, Mo., with Johnston scoring. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 27-3 during the stretch dating back to Sept.. 11.

Baker challenged Missouri Valley College Wednesday in Marshall, Mo., but results were not available. The Wildcats host Avila University at noon Saturday for Homecoming, then host No. 3 Lindenwood University at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Statistics for Heart of America Athletic Conference players were released Sept.. 28 and four Wildcats are making a name for themselves. Senior Pat McNamara of Eudora and sophomore Bret Clark of Lenexa are first and third among goalkeepers in fewest goals allowed per game. Sophomore Marty Johnston of Leawood is fourth among conference players in goals and points, and senior Luke Parrott of Olathe is eighth in assists per game.

WOMENS SOCCER -- Baker wins two on road

The Baker womens soccer team defeated consecutive opponents 2-0 on the road Saturday and Tuesday.

Freshman Whitney Rinck of Lee's Summit, Mo., scored the winning goal in the first half and junior Britt Strick of Prairie Village added an insurance goal on a penalty kick in the second half as Baker handed Ottawa University its first loss of the season Tuesday in Ottawa.

The Wildcats also defeated Southern Nazarene University 2-0 Saturday in Bethany, Okla. Baker has won three of its last four games.

Baker took on Missouri Valley College Wednesday in Marshall, Mo., but results were not available at press time. The Wildcats' next competition will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Charles, Mo., versus Lindenwood University.

FOOTBALL -- Reeves scores three touchdowns

Senior John Reeves racked up 211 yards and three touchdowns as Baker fell to No. 12 MidAmerica University 61-28 Saturday in Olathe.

The Cats jumped to a 7-0 lead on the first play of the game when Reeves cut through the Pioneer defense for an 86-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Brandon Hubbard had 10 tackles to lead the defense.

After four weeks, several Baker players have emerged near the top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference statistics. Reeves is tied for third in scoring, fourth in rushing yards and fifth in all-purpose yards. Junior quarterback Brian Sheppard of Destrehan, La., is third in passing yards and fourth in total offense. Junior wide receiver Ryan Pitts of Carson, Calif., is tied for second in receptions per game. Baker is tied for third in the conference standings.

Baker will host Avila University at 2 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming. Ernie Alselmi, Dennis Tull and Kevin Alewine will be inducted into the Baker Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime.

CROSS COUNTRY -- Juniors lead Wildcats at home meet

Junior Jessica Barrand placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run and junior Aaron Jewell placed ninth in the 8,000-meter run to lead Baker at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday in Baldwin City.

The Wildcats placed second in both the mens and womens races. Baker will rest this weekend and prepare for the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Oct. 9.

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