Archive for Thursday, December 8, 2011

Baker University sports roundup

December 8, 2011

Pep rally planned for Baker men

Baker University has scheduled a pep rally for its men's soccer team today. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Collins Gym.

Baker captured a regular-season HAAC championship on its way to a NAIA 'Fab Four' appearance and 20-2-1 season record.

The 'Cats NAIA Fab Four appearance marks the deepest national tournament run in the men's soccer program's history, and we would like you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion.

Four soccer players named scholar-athletes

Baker University’s women's soccer teams placed four student-athletes on the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete list.

Junior Jordan Dolbin (La Mirada, Calif.), senior Maggie Dupes (Fallbrook, Calif.), seniorAshley Ukena (Topeka, Kan.) and senior Kylie White (Emporia, Kan.) were selected from Baker.

“Our women continue to set a very high level with their efforts in the classroom,” Wildcat head coach Nate Houser said. “It is truly amazing and inspiring to see these young women be so successful in all of their scholastic and athletic endeavors.”

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 and have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the honor.

Soccer program sets school-record with five NAIA All-Americans

In a year that saw the Baker women’s soccer team advance to its second consecutive NAIA National quarterfinal and the Baker men’s soccer team advance to its first ever NAIA National semifinal, the teams set another record on Monday afternoon when the NAIA announced that five players from the Wildcat soccer programs had been named NAIA All-Americans.

Seniors Alix Schiraldi (Lenexa) and Maggie Dupes (Fallbrook, Calif.), along with junior Jordan Dolbin (La Mirada, Calif.) were all named NAIA All-Americans on the women’s side. Schiraldi and Dolbin were named to the third-team, while Dupes was an honorable mention.

Schiraldi finished the season as Baker’s leading goal scorer with 14 tallies and 49 points. Dolbin was right behind her with 47 points and eight tallies. Goalkeeper Maggie Dupes finished the season with a 1.15 goals against average and a record of 8-3.

On the men’s side, junior Nate Byarlay (Olathe) becomes only the second first team NAIA All-American in the history of the Baker soccer program. Byarlay was consistently one of the top technical and physical defenders in the nation during the ‘Cats run to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Semifinals. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bickley (Olathe, Kan.) was named to the honorable mention squad after finishing the season ranked sixth nationally with a .67 goals against average.

“Each of these players is a perfect representative of the Baker soccer program,” said head coach Nate Houser. “They embody the hard work, passion and commitment each team brings to each game and everyday to training. Each of these players honors the hard work of their teammates with this recognition. It’s a great day for Baker soccer!"

Wildcat men pop Missouri Valley

Stingy defense and hot shooting lifted the Baker men’s basketball team to its second conference victory of the season on Saturday evening, defeating Missouri Valley College, 64-47, in Marshall, Mo.

Junior Corey Anderson was stellar again, scoring 18 points while connecting on 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 2 of 5 from three-point range. Senior Jack Shortell was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 12 points.

“Corey Anderson is playing with good rhythm on offense,” Wildcat head coach Brett Ballard said. “I thought we really played well defensively in the second half. The guys did a good job of following the scouting report.”

Baker (9-2 overall, 2-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) trailed 30-29 at halftime before outscoring the Vikings 35-17 in the second half on 56 percent shooting from the field.

Baker played host Wednesday to Evangel University. Baker will have off until the San Diego Classic Dec. 29-30. Baker will play Point Loma on Dec. 29 and San Diego Christian on Dec. 30.

Baker women fall to Vikings

Baker’s women’s basketball team dropped another heartbreaker on Saturday, falling 72-71 to Missouri Valley.

Baker (1-10 overall, 0-2 Heart of America Athletic Conference) held a 41-37 lead at halftime. The Vikings, though, managed to erase that deficit early in the second half when they went on an 11-6 run the first six minutes out of the break.

Trailing 72-71 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, the Wildcats got the ball to Shelbi Petty, but Sami Jackson of Missouri Valley blocked the potential game-winning shot as time expired.

Gloria Atanmo and Alisha Fanshier led the Baker scoring attack with 15 points apiece. Atanmo also pulled down 10 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season. Shelbi Petty (12 points), Avery Vogts (11 points) and Rae Lynne Stewart (10points) rounded out the Baker scoring.

Baker played host to Evangel on Wednesday. The Wildcats will have off until the Tabor Holiday Classic Dec. 30-31 in Hillsboro. Baker will play Sterling on Dec. 30 and host Tabor on Dec. 31.

Wrestlers shine at tournament

Baker University produced seven top-eight placers over the weekend at the Maryville-Kaufman Brand Open in St. Louis, competing against NCAA, junior college and other NAIA teams.

“We had a strong showing at this tournament,” Wildcat head coach Jimmy May said. “Our kids worked hard and we were pleased with the number of Baker fans out there showing support. It’s great to see our athletes, coaches and fans getting excited during these matches. Baker wrestling definitely made its presence known this weekend in St. Louis.”

At 125 pounds, Baker freshman Bo Newport came away with a third-place finish after starting with a 4-0 decision in his opening match with a pin over Purdue’s Dominique Price in the quarterfinals before falling to the University of Missouri’s Alan Waters in the semifinal. Newport bounced back with a second pin over Missouri Valley’s returning NAIA All-American Paulie Hansen, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA preseason coaches’ poll. Newport finished the tournament with a 4-0 decision in the consolation finals to secure a third-place finish.

Senior Jarell Price finished with a sixth-place finish at 149 pounds. Juniors Jacob Nowak(197 pounds) and Dylan Berg (heavyweight) all came home with fifth-place finishes. Juniors Nathan Sommer (165 pounds) and Jarid Price (197 pounds) finished inseventh place in their respective weight classes.

Junior heavyweight Brandon Gebhardt closed the day with a second-place finish after falling to the University of Missouri’s top heavyweight by decision. Gebhardt recorded two falls on his way to the finals, along with 3-1 and 9-4 decisions.

The Baker wrestling team returns to action on Jan. 7 at the NWCA-Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill. Baker will also be sending wrestlers to the Hastings Quality Hotel Open that same weekend.

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