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Lovvorn becomes Baker’s first back-to-back wrestling national champion

Lovvorn becomes Baker’s first back-to-back wrestling national champion

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

Junior Lucas Lovvorn won, for the second year in a row, the NAIA wrestling national championship on March 3. Lovvorn is Baker’s first ever two-time national champion and first undefeated wrestler, with a 38-0 record. Lovvorn was named NWCA NAIA wrestler of the year. The 174-pound championship match ...

Watson becomes race walk national champion

Watson becomes race walk national champion

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

March 18, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

The indoor track and field team traveled to Brookings, South Dakota Feb. 28-March 1 where they competed in the 54th annual NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Junior Moses Watson became Baker’s third ever track national champion in the 3,000-meter race walk while also capturing the school...

Grossner terminated as head football coach: Thoren set to lead through interim role

Grossner terminated as head football coach: Thoren set to lead through interim role

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

February 15, 2019


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Head Football Coach Mike Grossner will no longer serve as the leader of the Baker football program. President Lynne Murray and the athletic department announced the termination of Grossner on Jan. 22. Murray states the reasoning behind Grossner’s notice of termination is due to “violations of the Univer...

The championship fate of a coin flip

The championship fate of a coin flip

Story by Justin Toumberlin, Photo Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Sports, Voices

"Heads.” This one word was the deciding factor between the Kansas City Chiefs first AFC Championship title in 50 years. The Chiefs found themselves facing the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game Jan. 20 at Arrowhead Stadium. The game would ultimately come down to a coin flip that decided...

Women’s basketball continues strong tradition with new coach

Women’s basketball continues strong tradition with new coach

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team is off to a 10-1 start under the new direction of first-year Head Coach Justin Rees. The ‘Cats are ranked No. 23 in the first NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll. The strengths of the squad rely on the highly experienced seniors according to Rees. The ...

Dance team welcomes only male member

Dance team welcomes only male member

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

Dance helps freshman Stephen Long express his sexuality and embrace his personality. Dance also gave him the confidence to try out for the dance team at Baker. The multiple-time, NAIA-National-Championship-qualifying dance team welcomed Long as its only male dancer. The dancers see him as just another...

Wildcats dominate Missouri Valley Vikings

Wildcats dominate Missouri Valley Vikings

Story by Justin Toumberlin, Assistant Photo Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Football, Galleries, Showcase, Sports

The Wildcats run through the Missouri Valley Vikings Nov. 3 at Liston Stadium with a 73-14 victory. Sophomore JD Woods ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns and sophomore Marco Aquinaga collected 219 total yards and two touchdowns. The 'Cats defense was led by seniors Indie Allen and Kegan Schumann,...

Hedrick accredits Baker to his success

Hedrick accredits Baker to his success

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Tom Hedrick made the decision to be a sportscaster on his walk home from school after being cut from his high school baseball team his junior year. Over the course of his five-mile walk back, he planned what he was going to do with his life now that he lost hope of playing professional baseball. The...

Women’s soccer wins with two last minute goals

Women’s soccer wins with two last minute goals

Story by Alex Fortuna, Photo Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Women's Soccer

The Women's soccer team were able to secure the win against Mount Mercy University on Oct. 2o at Liston stadium. The Wildcats trailed 1-0 late in the game, but goals by Maria Jose-Echeverry  and Jenna Lattimer in the last ten minutes of regulation was enough to get the Cats' sixth win this season....

Men’s golf finishes 3rd at Baker Invitational

Men’s golf finishes 3rd at Baker Invitational

Story by Alex Fortuna, Photo Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Galleries, Golf, Sports, Uncategorized

The men's golf team entered their last tournament with a strong finish at the Baker Invitational. The Wildcats had great performances from Juniors Payton Ruder and Dawson Dykes helping the Wildcats finish 3rd at the Baker Invitational on Oct. 17-18. The Wildcats would post a team score of 629, falling...

Mitchell breaks school record in opening invitational

Mitchell breaks school record in opening invitational

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

October 15, 2018


Filed under Golf, Showcase, Sports

“I knew I was piecing together a good round so I kept telling myself ‘you don’t know what you’re capable of until you do it.” These were the thoughts going through senior Samantha Mitchell’s mind as she put together a round of 71, one under par, to become the women’s golf school record...