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Clark trades soccer past for football future

Clark trades soccer past for football future

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

September 15, 2017


Filed under Football

Clark’s passion for football comes second to his childhood love for soccer. Clark was able to find success as a kid in the sport long before he was opened up to football, which would eventually lead him to Kansas and Baker University to play football. While growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Clark’s parents threw...

No. 2 Wildcats hold on to defeat No. 23 William Penn 31-27

No. 2 Wildcats hold on to defeat No. 23 William Penn 31-27

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker Wildcats came from behind in an explosive fourth quarter to win 31-27 in the season-opener over No. 23 William Penn on Saturday. The Wildcats took an early lead with a 4-yard touchdown pass from senior Logan Brettell to freshman Nate Pauly. The Statesmen tied the game to end the first...

Wildcats fall to Saint Francis in national title game

Wildcats fall to Saint Francis in national title game

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

December 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Baker’s run at its first national championship in program history ended on Saturday night in the NAIA-FCS championship game. The Saint Francis Cougars beat Baker 38-17 for their first national championship in program history after three failed trips in the title game from 2004 to 2006. The Wildcats...

Championship trip serves as homecoming for three Baker players

Championship trip serves as homecoming for three Baker players

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

When Baker punched its ticket to the NAIA-FCS national championship game in Daytona Beach, Florida, it was a chance for most of the players to take a trip to a new place with an ocean view. For linebackers Akim Francis and Mikeice Adams and running back Naz Brown, it was a chance to return to their home...

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...