The Baker Orange

HAAC inks TV deal with ESPN

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

July 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Heart of America Athletic Conference signed a television deal with Niles Media, Mediacom, and ESPN3 that will broadcast 13 games throughout the 2015 football season. Baker will have two of its games put out on the network in each state that the conference has teams represented, with the exception...

Grossner honored with community award

Grossner honored with community award

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Mike Grossner, Baker University's head football coach, was recently named as a recipient of the Kansas City Sports Commission’s Community Champion award. Grossner is to receive this award on April 15 in Kansas City. Although the award will don his name, Grossner believes the entire program is responsible...

Football ends with senior day loss

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Baker University football season officially ended when the Wildcats finished the final NAIA poll outside the top 16. The 'Cats fell 27-24 to Missouri Valley College on Saturday, 27-24, losing three out of their last four games after starting the season 7-0. “In the first four minutes we threw...

Football wins crucial road game

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Baker University football team went back to its winning ways Saturday, defeating the Central Methodist University Eagles 28-14 following two consecutive losses. Head coach Mike Grossner believed that the Wildcats’ mentality heading into the game was a big factor in the win. “We had a good...

Football suffers second straight loss

Football suffers second straight loss

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The seventh-ranked Baker University football team suffered its second straight setback on Saturday, losing to the Culver-Stockton College Wildcats, 38-24. Head Coach Mike Grossner was not impressed with his team’s effort, calling the performance "average" on multiple occasions. “I’m being...

Football suffers first loss at MNU

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Missed opportunities and unfortunate injuries spelled doom for the Baker University football team at the Olathe District Activity Center on Saturday, as the Wildcats suffered their first loss at the hands of the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers. In overtime, Baker fell, 34-27, bringing its...

Clark, Marra forced to watch from sideline

Clark, Marra forced to watch from sideline

Story by Kallie Fischer, Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite being ranked second in the county, the Baker University football team has faced some adversity due to the injuries of at least two key players. All-American sophomore wide receiver and kicker Clarence Clark and sophomore quarterback Nick Marra have been watching recent games from the sideline. “I...

Football dominates Avila in road victory

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Baker University football team recorded its largest margin of victory of the season on Saturday, defeating the host Avila University Eagles 45-3. The Wildcats made a change at quarterback toward the end of the first quarter, putting in freshman Logan Brettell from Blue Valley High School. Brettell,...

Grossner leads Wildcats despite cancer

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

October 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Judging by the way he looks, you wouldn’t expect Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner to be in the final stages of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for stage-four cancer. No hair loss, little weight loss, and he still has a commanding presence over a room when he speaks, despite his...

‘Cats win at Arrowhead, remain undefeated

‘Cats win at Arrowhead, remain undefeated

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

October 12, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker University football team pulled off a 27-21 win over the Benedictine College Ravens on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge. Senior Camren Torneden relished the opportunity to play in an NFL stadium but refused to let the stage affect his play. “For a lot...

NAIA Gridiron Challenge Preview

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker University football team will take on the No. 19 Benedictine Ravens in the first NAIA Gridiron Challenge at 7 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wildcats have won seven of their last eight games against the Ravens. “We’ve gotten to this point, exactly...

Football survives road test at Peru State

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The No. 2 Baker University football team spoiled the homecoming of the Peru State College Bobcats, scoring 24 unanswered points en route to a 24-10 victory. Despite losing starting quarterback Nick Marra in the first quarter, Baker picked up over 100 yards more than the Bobcats. Junior Jake Heller...