Defending national champion ends Baker’s season
November 30, 2015
Southern Oregon University’s football team entered Saturday’s NAIA quarterfinal matchup with Baker ranked second in the nation in third-down conversions at 52.2 percent. The No. 7 Raiders showed that the stat was not a fluke when they defeated the No. 2 Wildcats, 24-19, at Liston Stadium behind timely third-down conversions by quarterback Tanner Trosin. “There were multiple times where we could have made a play and decided the outcome,” Baker coach Mike Grossner said. “That’s a good football team, and they made about two more plays than we did. The opportunity was there, and our guys know that.” Trosin set the tone with touchdown drives to begin both halves. With Southern Oregon pinned at its one-yard line to begin its first possession, Trosin completed two passes on third-and-long to Jeremy Scottow on the way to a 99-yard scoring drive. “He’s done it all year,” Grossner said. “He’s a good quarterback. He’s kind of a gunslinger and makes those plays.” SOU running back Melvin Mason capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and added another score of 19 yards in the second quarter to help the Raiders to a 14-10 edge at the half. Mason rushed for 89 yards on 19 carries, but the Wildcats’ primary focus was to contain Trosin, who was SOU’s leading rusher going into Saturday. The BU defense did limit Trosin to 46 rushing yards, but the SOU quarterback’s best run did not show up in the box score. On third-and-13 from the Baker 40, Trosin eluded several BU defenders in the backfield before launching a 60-yard touchdown pass to Matt Retzlaff on the Raiders’ first drive of the second half. “I thought that was the biggest play of the day,” Grossner said. “I think about five or six guys had him wrapped up.” The Wildcats (11-2) kept Trosin and the SOU offense in check after that — holding the Raiders to three points the rest of the way — but enough damage had been done. Baker sophomore quarterback Logan Brettell rallied the Wildcats late, scoring on a six-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left to pull Baker within 24-19. The Wildcats had two shots at a two-point conversion after Brettell was hit late to draw a SOU personal-foul penalty, but BU fullback Alex Stebbins was stopped on the second attempt. “We finally got a late-hit call, which we had been waiting for all game.Since the trainers came out on the field, I had to come off the field,” Brettell said. “We just got stuffed on that play (Stebbins’ run), and that was a big turning point in the game.” The Raiders (10-2) were able to run out the clock after a defensive-pass-interference penalty on fourth-and-seven with 1:30 remaining. Baker did not have any timeouts remaining, so Southern Oregon went to victory formation. “We just didn’t have enough time on the clock,” senior linebacker Tucker Pauley said. “I think if we would have had more time on the clock, we would have had the chance to give the offense the ball back and win the game.” Trosin and Brettell finished with comparable numbers in the showdown of mobile quarterbacks. Trosin completed 19 of 30 passes for 261 yards, the touchdown to Retzlaff and first-half interceptions to Pauley, Darrian and Winston. Pauley and Winston both rank in the top 10 of the NAIA with six and seven interceptions, respectively. “We saw some tendencies with how they lined up their receivers,” Pauley said. “Coach (Jason) Thoren (defensive coordinator), he caught on to a couple of things, and he was yelling it from the sidelines and put in a very great call. It just happened that when I turned, the ball was in my face.” Brettell, who filled in for an injured Nick Marra for the second straight week, was 22-for-35 with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Quanzee Johnson and one interception. “They were really sound and disciplined and were really driving in on our slants all game, so we hit them with a double move,” Brettell said of his touchdown pass to Johnson. “I laid it out for Q, and he made a great play.” While the second home playoff loss in three years stung for the Wildcats, Grossner already has high hopes for 2016 with a large contingent of his roster returning. “We’ll learn,” Grossner said. “We have five, six seniors that were starting for us, but we have some guys who played behind them that have a lot of experience.” So. Oregon 7 7 7 3 — 24 Baker 0 10 3 6 — 19 SO — Melvin Mason 1 run (Marcus Montano kick) B — Abram Garcia 36 field goal SO — Melvin Mason 19 run (Montano kick) B — Quanzee Johnson 15 pass from Logan Brettell (Garcia kick) SO — Matt Retzlaff 60 pass from Tanner Trosin (Montano kick) B — Garcia 28 field goal SO — Montano 12 field goal B — Brettell 6 run (run failed)
Baker soccer men advance past opening round, play next in NAIA tournament in Florida
November 24, 2015
The No. 3 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team captured a 2-0 win over Wiley College in the ppening round of the NAIA Mens Soccer National Championship tournament and will now take on No. 14 Columbia on Tuesday in Delray Beach, Fla., at the final site of the NAIA National Championship.
Baker womens soccer team earns trip to NAIA national tournament
November 24, 2015
The No. 11 ranked Baker University women’s soccer team advanced past No. 20 ranked Viterbo with a 1-0 win in the opening round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship.
Baker to face defending national champion in 2nd round of NAIA playoffs
November 23, 2015
Baker University sophomore quarterback Logan Brettell and sophomore wide receiver Clarence Clark had historic days Saturday as the No. 2 ranked Wildcats defeated No. 17 Point (Ga.), 68-21, in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship series.
Baker football team finishes 10-1, open post-season at home
November 19, 2015
The No. 2 ranked and 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division Champion Baker University football team will begin NAIA post-season play at home against No. 18 ranked Point University (Ga.).
Baker mens soccer opens NAIA playoff Saturday
November 19, 2015
The No. 3 seeded and 2015 Heart regular season champion Baker University men’s soccer team will host Wiley College at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Opening Round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
Baldwin City Wrestling Club to start practices in December
November 12, 2015
The Baldwin City Youth Wrestling Club will start pre-season workouts in December.
Baker mens soccer advances in HAAC tourney
November 12, 2015
The No. 3 nationally ranked and No. 1 seeded Baker University men’s soccer team defeated No. 5 seeded Grand View University, 2-1, on Tuesday night in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals to advance to its third-straight Heart Championship tournament match.
Baker women start hoops season 3-0
November 12, 2015
The No. 23 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team scored 85 points for the second-straight game with its 85-31 win over Grace University (Neb.), on Saturday.
Baker football team improves to 9-1
November 12, 2015
The No. 3 ranked Baker University football team shut out Missouri Valley, 26-0, on Saturday afternoon to move to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division and earned at least a share of the Heart South Conference Championship.
Baldwin High School cross country team bring home 2 more state titles
November 4, 2015
The Baldwin High School cross country team’s post-meet activities Saturday say something about the school’s rich tradition in the sport.
Baldwin High School volleyball team falls short in bid to return to state
October 29, 2015
The Baldwin High School volleyball team went out swinging in Saturday’s 4A Division II sub-state at Santa Fe Trails.
Baldwin High School cross country teams claim regional titles, eye state
October 29, 2015
The Baldwin High School cross country teams shined in their final meets before home fans, winning 4A regional titles and qualifying full teams for Saturday’s state finals in Wamego.
Baldwin outplays, loses to Ottawa in regional soccer
October 29, 2015
The Baldwin Bulldogs boys soccer season ended with a 2-1 loss Tuesday in Ottawa that came a minute into the third extra-time period in opening round state playoff game for both teams.
Baldwin City man completes 100-mile ultra-marathon
October 27, 2015
Justin Hoffman stayed home Monday from his job as paraprofessional at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, soaking his feet and resting his tired muscles. “The body is not meant to run 100 miles,” he said.