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Sports Highlights Football coach named Community Champion Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner's perseverance in 2014 did not go unnoticed. The Wildcats endured serious injuries and a death of a player while Grossner battled squamous cell carcinoma. Grossner overcame the hardships and will be honored as a 2015 Sprint Community Champion by the Kansas City Sports Commission. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15 at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Towers. Each year the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation salutes outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports. Other Community Champions to be recognized are Dayton Moore (Wadell and Reed Executive of the Year), senior vice president-baseball operations/general manager of the Kansas City Royals; Shane Ray (Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year), Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year for the University of Missouri; Bobbi Walden (Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year), drug-free national powerlifting champion; Mike Talamantes (Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year), Park University head men's and women's volleyball coach; and Nicholas Hibbeler (Sprint Community Champion), Park Hill soccer player. In 2014, the Wildcats went 8-3 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, tied for the highest ranking in school history. Under Grossner's leadership, Baker was also awarded with 12 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the most ever in the history of the football program. In 11 seasons at Baker, Grossner has a 73-47 record to rank fourth all time at BU for victories. The Wildcats have won one conference title and have made three NAIA playoff appearances under Grossner, who has guided Baker to eight consecutive winning seasons. First wrestling coach to be inducted into Nevada Hall of Fame Jimmy May, Baker's first wrestling coach, was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association High School Hall of Fame on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas. May helped start the wrestling program in the 2009-2010 season and turned the Wildcats into a national power in a short time. Seven members will be part of the Class of 2015, including recent baseball Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux. Follow Wildcat sports at Grossner leads the team at Arrowhead. Senior scores 1,000th career point Baker senior guard Kyrstie Ehm in February became the 10th player in women's basketball program history to score 1,000 points in her career when she scored nine points in a 61-47 victory over Culver-Stockton. Her point total put her at 1,004 points. Golf coach to serve on USGA committee Longtime Baker men's and women's golf coach Karen Exon has been appointed to a two-year term on the United States Golf Association Regional Affairs Committee. In this role she will provide stewardship in protection and preserving the game and will serve the region made up of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri and Iowa. State player of year coming to Baker Austin Halsey, a Baker soccer signee, was named the 2014 Gatorade Kansas Boys Soccer Player of The Year. As a senior at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, he scored 30 goals and had 10 assists to lead the Junior Blues to the 6A state championship game.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Baker Proud Spring 2015

Campus News
Alumni Faculty
Thirst for Knowledge
Mungano Momentum
Alumni Notes
Finding His Calling
Let Thy Praises Ring
Vietnam Documentary
Alumni Weekend
Prison Fellowship
Anatomy of a Student
100th Doctoral Graduate
Sports Highlights
Event Calendar

Baker Proud Spring 2015