Sports Editor Jim Joyner previews the Baker football team on offense.
Conference football coaches have picked Baker to finish third in the South Division. Poll results were announced at the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s football media day. Newcomer Grand View University was picked to finish first in the North, and MidAmerica Nazarene was picked to finish first in the South. Baker opens the season at No. 6 Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 29.
Assistant Sports Editor Nathalia Barr analyzes why fans are criticizing the gender pay gap in 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 of Nebraska.
The third head coach vacancy in the Baker Athletic Department has been filled. Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar named Ryan Pitts the new head track and field coach. Pitts will serve as the head coach and will work with Time Byers, who will be the director of cross country and track and field.
The sixth season of wrestling at Baker University will feature the program’s third head coach. Coy Garcia, formerly the head coach at Bethany College, will take over for Pete Di Pol.
For the first time since the turn of the century, someone other than Phil Hannon will coach the Baker baseball team. Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar has announced that Ryan Goodwin will take over as head baseball coach effective July 1.
Baker alumna Madison Kristofferson, in an e-mail interview, talks about her experience trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading team.
The men’s golf team hosted the 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship May 4-5 at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence and took fifth place out of seven teams to end the year. Culver-Stockton College took first place overall.
Adding to her long list of awards, Mateer won the individual HAAC title on April 27-28 at Indian Foothills Golf Course in Marshall, Missouri.