Baker University roundup
Two Wildcats crowned NAIA All-Americans
Two Baker University wrestlers were crowned All-Americans after qualifying for the championship round on March 4-5 at the NAIA National Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Wildcat sophomore Jarell Price, a 149-pounder from Las Vegas, advanced to the quarterfinal round before being knocked out by Notre Dame College’s Jefferey Pelton (Notre Dame College). Senior Levi Calhoun, a heavyweight from Moore, Okla., placed fourth after falling in the semifinals to Notre Dame College’s Orlando Scales.
“Our whole team had a great season,” Baker head coach Jimmy May said after the Wildcats’ second year of wrestling. “The All-Americans will forever go down in the history of this program. Jarell (Price) will definitely have something to build on heading into his junior year.”
The Wildcats closed the season ranked No. 16 in the final Top 20 NAIA wrestling coaches’ poll.
“This was just the beginning of what we hope to continue to build upon in the coming years,” May added. “These guys are hungry, and we’ll already be preparing for next season.”
Wildcat wrestlers Jason Schweer (Waverly, Iowa) and Adam Lackey (Lindsborg) were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. A student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
Thrower places third at NAIA Indoor
Two Wildcats competed on Saturday, the final day of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Geneva, Ohio.
Jeremiah Korn ended his freshman campaign with a third-place finish in the men’s shot put. Korn’s best throw came on his last attempt, a toss of 16.33 meters to edge Cody Weber of Hastings College by .09 meters for the bronze medal.
Jeremy Gathright placed 11th in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 14.58 meters.
As a team, the men finished tied for 32nd with six overall points.
The Wildcat track and field teams will kick off the outdoor season on Saturday, March 26 at the 70th Annual Baker Relays.
Softball squad splits weekend
Baker University rolled to two victories on Saturday after opening with two setbacks on Friday at the CBC Meltdown in Conway, Ark.
Baker (4-6) popped Bacone College 8-1 and Southwestern College 8-0. Erin Greenwood went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Wildcats over Bacone. Brooke Allen added two RBIs. Freshman Renata Dill and Greenwood both homered against Southwestern.
Baker’s losses at the tournament were 3-0 to Southern Nazarene and 2-1 to Oklahoma Christian.
The Wildcats’ home opener was scheduled for Wednesday against Southwestern. Baker is scheduled to play at William Penn University on Sunday in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Its next home doubleheader is 2 p.m. March 16 against Friends at Cavaness Field.
Baker women fall in opening round
Lindenwood eliminated Baker University from the Heart of America Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament with a 65-59 first-round victory on Thursday in St. Charles, Mo.
Brooke Sanders scored a career-high 17 points, including four three-pointers, with five assists and two blocks to pace Baker. Brittany Hines was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 10 points.
The Wildcats failed to score a field goal in the first seven minutes of the second half.
“If we could have played the first seven minutes like we did the final 10 minutes I think we would’ve had a different ballgame,” Wildcat head coach Susan Decker said.
Baker (15-16 overall) shot 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.