Wildcat basketball teams ready for start of seasons
Though fall sports are still winding down, the Baker University basketball teams begin their season next week on the road.
The Baker men's basketball team will see its first action of the season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lawrence against Haskell Indian Nations University.
Coach Rick Weaver said the team's practices have been going well thus far.
"We've got about three or four guys that we are trying to work in the system," Weaver said. "We've had about four or five weeks of good practices so far. We need a game to determine where we are at."
The Wildcats return 13 players to this year's roster. They were picked 10th in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
"I think we are definitely better than we were last year," Weaver said. "It should be one of the stronger years from top to bottom in the conference. There should be some good basketball this year."
The women's team begins its season Nov. 4 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Grand View Classic.
"You get to a point where you play against each so long," coach Susan Decker said. "In another week they will be ready to play."
The Wildcats will have many new faces on the team as they lost four seniors from last year's team.
"I have so many new faces this year, but I feel like it's gone fairly well," Decker said. "I am pleased with where we are at right now, with getting all of the new kids learning what are doing."
The women were picked fourth in the HAAC.
Both teams play their first home games on Nov. 8 against St. Mary's College.