Baker University sports roundup
Weaver to be honored before tonight’s game
Baker University men’s basketball coach Rick Weaver will be honored before the Wildcats’ final home game at 7:30 p.m. tonight against MidAmerica Nazarene at the Collins Center.
Weaver, who will retire from coaching at the end of the season, has compiled 357 victories in 25 years leading the Wildcats.
After the game, Baker will host a reception for Weaver from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Lodge, 502 Ames.
Baker women capture four titles at HAAC meet
Baker University captured four individual titles at the weekend Heart of America Athletic Conference indoor track and field in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Wildcats finished fourth in the men’s meet with 74 points and the women’s team placed fifth with 87 points.
Individual champions for the Baker women were freshman Corinna Papps (1,000-meter run), junior Carrie Lister (shot put), senior Kayla Irwin (pole vault) and freshman Shay Mangiaracino (pentathlon).
Senior Brian Korn was the Wildcats’ top performer for the men’s team. He was second in the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 3 inches.
The Wildcats return to action March 4-6 at the NAIA indoor national championships in Johnson City, Tenn.
Wildcats fifth at wrestling regional
Baker, compiling 79 points, placed fifth out of nine teams at the NAIA central region qualifying wrestling tournament on Saturday in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Next for the Wildcats is the NAIA national championship March 3-5 in Oklahoma City.
Baker’s national qualifiers are:
125 — Alan Callahan, fr., Baldwin City; Jordan McGuire, fr., Edmond, Okla.
149 — Andrew Hurla, jr., Edwardsville
157 — Nathan Sommer, fr., Parker
174 — Joe Pace, fr., Platte City, Mo.; Clarence Jordan, jr., Waterloo, Iowa
184 — Cody Hanel, fr., Beloit
197 — Jacob Nowak, fr., Overland Park; Brandon Gebhardt, fr., Sparks, Nev.
Hvt. — Levi Calhoun, sr., Oklahoma City
Wildcats fall in closing seconds
Missouri Valley's ShaTeah West follow shot with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Vikings to a 59-58 women’s basketball victory over Baker University on Saturday in Marshall, Mo.
Wildcat junior Emily Gibson scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to pace Baker. She ranks No. 1 in the NAIA with 16 double-doubles.
On Thursday, Baker lost 66-52 to William Jewell at the Collins Center. Brittany Hines scored 14 points and Aubree Gustin added 13.
The Wildcats, who lost junior Jenna Brantley to a knee injury, shot 29 percent (14 of 49) from the field and committed 18 turnovers.
The Wildcats (16-11, 12-5) played a make-up game at Avila on Monday. Baker’s last home game of the regular season is 5:30 p.m. Thursday against MidAmerica Nazarene. It will wrap up the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Graceland.
Missouri Valley tops Baker
Senior Brock Entner poured in a team-high 14 points while Malcolm Greer and Jaris Wommack both chipped in 13 in a 62-54 men’s basketball loss to Missouri Valley on Saturday in Marshall, Mo.
Missouri Valley’s bench outscored Baker 20-2.
On Thursday, Baker lost 76-57 to William Jewell at the Collins Center. Three Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Andre Strozier, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds to record his seventh double-double of the season.
The Wildcats (9-18 overall and 2-15 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) played Monday at Avila. Baker will wrap up the season with a 7:30 p.m. home game Thursday against MidAmerica Nazarene and a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Graceland.
Baseball team drops two opener
The Baker University baseball team dropped two one-run games in its season opener on Saturday at Rogers State in Claremore, Okla. The Wildcats lost both contests by 2-1 decisions.
In the first game, Baker had four hits with Steven Stewart and Jose Orozco both doubling. Lefty Chris Cummins held Rogers State hitless through five innings. Rogers State scored both runs in the bottom of the seventh.
In the second game, Baker produced six hits, including a double by Jeremy Wright.
Baker (0-2) is scheduled to play host to Park University at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sauder Field.