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Baker community prepares for national championship trip

Baker community prepares for national championship trip

Story by Nathalia Barr, Sports Editor

December 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With finals, a national championship football game and graduation all in one week's time, Baker faculty, students, athletes and fans are adjusting their schedules. Although the NAIA-FCS National Championship game is not until Saturday, the whole week is full of celebrations and events for the Wildcats,...

Baker-Saint Francis national championship preview

Baker-Saint Francis national championship preview

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

December 12, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the first time in 30 years, the Baker Wildcats football team will be playing in the NAIA-FCS title game. Baker will play the University of Saint Francis at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Wildcats are a perfect 14-0 on the season after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the semifinals...

Clark serves as dual-threat for football team

Clark serves as dual-threat for football team

Story by Justin Toumberlin, Photographer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

A 50-mile drive to another soccer practice for a high school star. Alongside this decorated soccer player is his number one supporter, his father. That was the athletic life for Clarence Clark during his high school days. Despite Clark’s decorated football career at BU, football was not his favorite...

Late rally sends Wildcats to title game

Late rally sends Wildcats to title game

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

December 3, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

With 5:35 to play in the fourth quarter, Eastern Oregon took a 41-24 lead, and the game was apparently over. The Baker Wildcats' hopes for a perfect season were beginning to slip away. It would take a miracle for Baker to win the game. On Saturday, that miracle happened in Baldwin City. The Wildcats...

Wildcats reach NAIA semifinals for first time since 1993

Wildcats reach NAIA semifinals for first time since 1993

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After losing in 2013 and 2015 in the NAIA FCS quarterfinals, the No. 2 Wildcats finally crossed the bridge into the semifinals with a 42-27 win over No. 8 Lindsey Wilson on Saturday afternoon at Liston Stadium. Baker is into the semifinals for the first time since 1993 and the first time under head coach...

Wildcats win opening-round playoff game

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

November 19, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

For the third time in the last four seasons, the Baker Wildcats have won their opening-round game of the NAIA FCS Playoffs and will now advance into the quarterfinals. No. 2 Baker beat No. 13 Sterling College 44-21 on Saturday at Liston Stadium. “I like our football team and I’ve been saying it...

Nurse Ruth still one of BU’s most passionate fans

Nurse Ruth still one of BU’s most passionate fans

Story by Riley Swickard, Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After the Baker football team emerged victorious against Missouri Valley on Nov. 5, the BU players made their way to the center of the field for a post-game talk. Missouri Valley handed Baker its only conference loss during the 2015 season, but this year's win meant the Wildcats had clinched at least...

After perfect regular season, No. 2 Wildcats ready for playoffs

After perfect regular season, No. 2 Wildcats ready for playoffs

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

November 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Head coach Mike Grossner was splashed with Gatorade as the Wildcats celebrated their 46-13 win over Evangel on Saturday afternoon. Grossner is getting used to celebrations, but this one still held special significance. “How many times are you going to get to celebrate an undefeated season?” Grossner...

Second-ranked Wildcats score late for 10th-straight win

Second-ranked Wildcats score late for 10th-straight win

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

November 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Wildcats trailed No. 9 Missouri Valley 28-24, and their perfect season was on the line when the Baker offense marched out onto the field with 1:54 to play on Saturday. Junior quarterback Logan Brettell then led Baker 68 yards down the field in only six plays, and junior running back Cornell...

Football rolls CMU, ready for No. 9 Missouri Valley

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

After blowing out Central Methodist 73-26 on Saturday in Fayette, Missouri, the No. 2 Baker Wildcats are 9-0 and in prime position to win the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s South Division. The Wildcats have won 15 consecutive conference games and 19 of their last 20 in Heart play, dating back...

Wildcats win at MNU for first time since 1996

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker Wildcats went into the locker room on Saturday afternoon in Olathe trailing for the first time this season. MNU led Baker 17-14 at the end of the first half, and the Pioneers were looking for their 15th win in their last 17 football games against Baker. But the Wildcats exploded in the...

Wildcats win big on Maple Leaf weekend

Wildcats win big on Maple Leaf weekend

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 16, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker football team is off to a 7-0 start for the second time since 2014. The Wildcats beat the Avila Eagles 52-7 on Saturday night at Liston Stadium and improved to 15-0 all time against the Eagles. Even though the Wildcats scored 52 points and accumulated 429 yards of offense, Baker didn’t...