The Baker Orange

Baker adds eSports team

Baker will add an eSports team to the list of scholarship eligible sports this fall.

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2019

The athletic department announced the addition of an eSports team to enter Baker’s Fall 2019 sports roster. eSports is a relatively new, up-and-coming sport where athletes compete against each other in video games. It will be offered as a co-ed varsity scholarship-eligible sport just like any other...

Track coach recruits California athletes

Head Track and Field Coach Ryan Pitts helps athletes at practice. Pitts has recruited numerous athletes from his home state of California to compete at Baker.

Story by Sydney Boaz, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

Going into his fourth season as the head coach of Baker’s track and field team, Ryan Pitts continues to successfully build and develop the program. His California background has attracted a significant number of athletes, creating a pipeline between his home state and Baker University. With Baker being his...

Football alumni continue careers in UK

Logan Brettell rolls out of the pocket during the Leicester Falcons preseason game against the Oxford Saints on March 24. Brettell, Quanzee Johnson and Clarence Clark are continuing their education and football careers at the University of Derby.

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

April 15, 2019

Baker University is well known for its football team and several star players. For most, the journey ends after senior year. However, graduates Logan Brettell, Clarence Clark and Quanzee Johnson are continuing their football career in the United Kingdom (UK). The British American Football Association i...

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

Junior Lucas Lovvorn matches up against Missouri Valley’s Dalton Tipton in the 174-pound class at Missouri Valley Dual on Jan. 25. Lovvorn remained undefeated the whole season and became national champion.

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

March 19, 2019

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

Junior Jessica Watson attempts to close in on junior Emilio Mancha of St. Ambrose University. Mancha placed fourth and Watson finished in sixth.

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

March 18, 2019

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

Assistant Coach Jason Thoren takes over as interim head football coach after 15 seasons with the Wildcats. Thoren is a contender in the national search for a permanent head coach.

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

February 15, 2019

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

"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

Senior Caitlin Modesett drives the ball against University of Saint Mary in the 2017 season opening game. Modesett is one of three key senior leaders on the team.

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

December 10, 2018

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

Freshman Stephen Long executes a jump on Taft Bridge on Nov. 30. Long is a member of the dance team including the competition team.

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

December 10, 2018

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

Defensive senior leaders (right to left) Clay Drouillard, Indie Allen, Landon Decker and Kegan Schumann cheer on the offensive unit as they march down the field on the first drive of the game.

Story by Justin Toumberlin, Assistant Photo Editor

November 7, 2018

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

Tom Hedrick, the voice of the Wildcats, continues to broadcast Baker football and basketball games on KNBU-FM 89.7 in Baldwin City. Hedrick, a graduate in 1956, was inducted into the Baker Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Image by Jenna Black.

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

November 5, 2018

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...