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Dance team takes third at nationals

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 16, 2017


Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The Baker University Dance team took third place at the inaugural NAIA Competitive Dance National Championships on March 11 in Oklahoma City. Baker was just 0.85 points behind second-place Aquinas and 5.6 points behind the first-place Midland team. The NAIA’s recent decision to consider dance and...

Women’s basketball takes conference championship

Women’s basketball takes conference championship

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women’s basketball team captured the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship for the first time Monday by defeating Benedictine College 64-51 in the Collins Center. This marks the 16th-straight victory for the Wildcats, as they will head into the NAIA National Championship...

Women’s basketball heads to Heart tournament finals

Women’s basketball heads to Heart tournament finals

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

March 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women’s basketball team is moving onto the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament finals after taking down MidAmerica Nazarene University 63-56 Friday. Sydnie Hanson led the Wildcats in scoring for the second consecutive game with 15 points. As a team, the Pioneers were held...

Men’s basketball falls in Heart conference quarterfinals

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

March 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Baker men’s basketball team ended its season Thursday, falling to No. 2 William Penn University 95-85 in the quarterfinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. The Statesmen started out the game on a 17-2 run, but the Wildcats were able to respond with a 20-7 run of their...

Indoor track and field athletes miss out on nationals

Indoor track and field athletes miss out on nationals

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Track and Field

Five Baker track and field athletes qualified for the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. However, due to a missed deadline, those athletes will not be competing at nationals. An official release from the Baker University Athletic Department said, “Our track and field coaches...

Baker women advance to Heart semifinals

Baker women advance to Heart semifinals

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women's basketball team has advanced to the Heart semifinals after defeating the Grand View Vikings 84-52 inside the Collins Center on March 1. The Wildcats faced Grand View for the second time in a row after defeating the Vikings to end the regular season 77-59 on Feb. 25. Junior Sydnie...

Men’s basketball advances to Heart tournament quarterfinals

Men’s basketball advances to Heart tournament quarterfinals

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Baker men’s basketball team is moving on to the second round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament after defeating Peru State College 95-77. Tyrome Parker led the Wildcats with 27 points on a terrific scoring effort, going 9-9 from the field and hitting all three of his 3-pointers....

Tennis teams look to build on success of last season

Tennis teams look to build on success of last season

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Sports, Tennis

The Baker tennis teams took on McPherson College on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence. The No. 20 ranked McPherson women defeated the Wildcats 6-3, and the No. 18 ranked McPherson men defeated Baker 9-0. On the women’s side, the Wildcats took three singles matches. At the No. 2 spot,...

Women’s basketball earns conference title

Women’s basketball earns conference title

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though the Baker women’s basketball team finished as the NAIA national runner-up in 2016, junior Sydnie Hanson and the Wildcats felt like they came away empty-handed. “Last year we accomplished a lot but didn’t get any banners, since we didn’t win conference or nationals,” she said. As...

Men’s basketball prepares for Heart tournament

Men’s basketball prepares for Heart tournament

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Baker men’s basketball team showed plenty of talent, taking down a top five team in William Penn University. But eight one-possession losses throughout the season had the Wildcats wondering about their ability to perform in tight games. “We...

Softball goes 3-1 over the weekend

Softball goes 3-1 over the weekend

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under Softball, Sports

The Baker Wildcats' softball team improved to 3-5 over the weekend after earning their first two wins of the season at McPherson. The Wildcats then faced Concordia in their home-opener doubleheader at Cavaness Field, going 1-1. The ‘Cats defeated the Bulldogs 9-6 in the first game and 6-5 in the...

1-on-1 with Javeion Gray

1-on-1 with Javeion Gray

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As a four-year starter, Javeion Gray has seen the Baker men’s basketball team evolve from a basement-dweller in the Heart of America Athletic Conference into a legitimate competitor, beating No. 4 William Penn earlier this season and taking the Statesmen to double overtime on the road last month. As...