Payne Named Heart of America Coach of the Year as Baker Dance Wins Heart of America Conference Championship
Dance – Sat, Feb. 15, 2020 at 9:40 PM
OLATHE, Kan. – After qualifying for finals in first place, the Baker dance team has won the Heart of America Conference Championship on Saturday with a score of 84.31.
“This was a goal that we set for ourselves and worked really hard for,” head coach Lynsey Payne said. “I am really excited that the team was able to achieve this goal, especially in such a competitive conference. We made a few changes from prelims to finals that payed off for us. I’m so proud of the team and all of the hard work they have put in.”
The Wildcats were able to post a score of 82.03 in prelims to start the day, heading into finals in first place. After watching all of the other teams compete, the Baker dance team took the floor once again. With a score of 84.31, the Wildcats went on to win a conference championship.
Grand View was able to finish in second with a total of 81.88, with Mount Mercy finishing in third with a score of 77.84.
Along with winning their first conference championship since 2013, the Baker dance team had six student-athletes named All-Conference. Those dancers include, Keirstyn Reynolds, Cheleia Marshall, Stephen Long, Gracie Chambers, Payton Johnson and Jaila Randle.
“We have such an amazing team, and everyone plays such an important role,” coach Payne said. “Today, Keirstyn, Cheleia, Gracie, Stephen, Payton and Jaila were recognized for their roles. They are all great teammates, leaders and role models and are all very deserving of this honor.”
The accolades did not stop there as head dance coach Lynsey Payne was named the 2020 Heart of America Dance Coach of the Year.
“I was definitely surprised to be named the Heart of America Dance Coach of the Year,” coach Payne said. “I am very honored that my fellow coaches would choose to recognize me in this way.”
The Baker dance team will compete again on Feb. 23, when they travel to Fayette, Mo., to compete in the Central Methodist Classic. Baker will then host the Midwest Regional Qualifier on Feb. 28th, inside the Collins Center.
Published at Sun, 16 Feb 2020 03:40:00 +0000
Men’s Basketball – Sat, Feb. 15, 2020 at 5:45 PM
Mount Mercy University
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After dropping their last two games, the Baker men’s basketball team got back into the win column after defeating Mount Mercy, 85-80.
The Mustangs played Baker tough all the way down the stretch but timely shots by Jalen Patterson and Colby Bullock, along with excellent free throw shooting, the ‘Cats were able to come away with the victory.
It was a group effort for the Wildcats as nine players scored in the game with four ‘Cats finishing in double figures. Brandon Clifford led the team finishing with 21 points going 8-14. Brett Elifritz finished with 18 points after shooting 6-8 from the field and collected seven rebounds. Jalen Patterson finished with 15 points and Braden Wiggs ended the game with 13 points going 5-7 from the field.
The Wildcats hit 14-16 free throws which was critical in the late minutes of the game. Baker never trailed by more than three points and would hold the lead for the final 10 minutes of the contest.
“There was not a lot of separation either way today, it was a tough game”, head coach Sean Dooley said, “In the first half I thought we executed well but couldn’t get the shots to fall, in the second half we were hitting those shots and were much more efficient… It was a good team win and we have to continue to improve as we have another tough week ahead of us”.
The Baker men’s basketball team is now 13-13 with a 11-9 record in the Heart of America. With only four games remaining in the regular season, the team will take on Missouri Valley College Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. inside the Collins Center.
Published at Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:45:00 +0000