Sunday, November 19, 2017

Number 12 Georgetown Ends Number 6 Baker Football's 2017 Season

Press Release: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number 6 ranked Baker University football team ended its 2017 season on Saturday in a 36-33 loss against number 12 Georgetown (Ky.) snapping Baker’s 14-game home winning streak.

The Wildcats end the year, 10-2, while Georgetown improves to 9-1 overall and will play in the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals next Saturday, November 25.

This marked Baker’s fifth appearance in the NAIA-FCS in the past six years and 16th overall appearance.

The Georgetown offense held Baker to 282 yards of offense, its lowest of the season, while the Tigers accumulated 354 yards.

2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year JD Woods began the game with a bang, as he took a Logan Brettell pass 83-yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Baker the 7-0 lead.

Then Clarence Clark nailed a 38-yard field goal to give BU the early 10-0 lead. NAIA-FCS Offensive Player of the Game Daric Pugh then scored on a 20-yard TD with 7:39 to go to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 lead.

Quarterback Riley Hall then ran a 1-yard TD in for a score with 6:09 to play in the first half to give GC its first lead at 14-10.

Clark knocked in another field goal from 36-yards out and Abram Garcia followed that up with a 43-yard field goal to give BU the lead back with 11:32 to go in the second quarter.

On Baker’s next possession 2017 Heart First Team All-Southern Division QB Brettell threw a pick-six to Gernell Jenkins and he took it 15-yards for the score to give the Tigers a 20-16 lead, as Nate McLaurin blocked the PAT.

Woods then ran a TD 20-yards to give the ‘Cats a 23-20 lead and Garcia nailed his second field goal of the day from 35-yards out to give Baker the 26-20 lead at halftime.

In the first possession of the second half, Georgetown pieced together a strong drive and Bart Bell received a pass from Hall from 17-yards out and skirted into the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-26 lead.

With 6:23 to go in the third quarter, McLaurin blocked his second kick of the game, this time a field goal and Grant Elston took it the distance for a 79-yard TD to give the ‘Cats a 33-27 lead.

But the Tigers would score the final nine points of the game on a Kyle Longworth 8-yard TD run and a safety to capture the 36-33 victory.

This marked the first time these two teams had ever met in the history of their storied programs.

Brettell started for the ‘Cats at QB for the first time since October 21 and went 8-of-19 for 142 yards and a TD. He will go down as arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the program. As he holds school records in nearly every major offensive category.

Clarence Clark ends his illustrious career as the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer and the Wildcats’ top wide receiver in the history of the Wildcat football program.

Clark had four catches for 50 yards on Saturday and earned First Team All-Conference in all four years as a Wildcat.

Pugh finished the game with 30 carries and 172 yards to lead the way for the Tigers and Hall threw for just 69 yards on 8-of-25 passing.

Indie Allen led all players on the field with ten tackles and Hayden Jenkins picked off the third pass of his BU career.

Three-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock ends his career with 27 career sacks. 

NAIA Football Box Score
Football National Championship
Georgetown (Ky.)14614236
Baker (Kan.)13137033

Friday, November 17, 2017

Obituary: Earle Brown

Earle passed away on 11/14/2017 due to complications from throat cancer. Though Earle never smoked, he had two kidney transplants, and that weakened his immune system and made him more susceptible to other ailments.
Earle appreciated every day and was a joy to all around him. He was always cheerful and had an amazing sense of humor.
Earle Brown

Earle graduated from Washburn University then moved to Wichita in 1980 to become a sportscaster for KWCH Channel 12. After three years with Channel 12, Brown entered the business telephone equipment industry with Tele-Systems Inc. While continuing to work part-time in the media for 14 years, including seven years for The Wichita Eagle, Brown became President of Tele-Systems.
Earle had two careers in Wichita: his first was in the sports media for 20 years and he was in the business telephone equipment industry for 20 years.
Earle had a passion for sports, especially golf and KU basketball. He was an avid KU fan as well as loving the Royals and the Chiefs. Earle also loved dancing with his wife, Steph. They met dancing and spent many years taking lessons.
He is survived by, as he always liked to joke, his three “much older” sisters, Camilla, Cathy, and Ellen as well as many nieces and nephews.
Earle has two beloved children, Reed (Abbygail) Brown, 32, who lives in Wichita and works in the aircraft industry, and Kelsey Brown, 29, a traveling nurse currently in Connecticut.
Earle also has a wonderful spouse, Stephanie Davis, and loved her many pets. He also leaves behind two step-children, Ariel Davis and Maeson Davis.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
The gathering will be held Friday, November 17 from 5-6:30pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church a short service will follow. Graveside services will be held Monday, November 20 at 11am at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stephanie Davis Donation Account via Skyward Credit Union, 4 Cessna Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67215, for medical expenses. The family encourages everyone to attend in KU attire.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Steve Watkins Calls on Democrat Paul Davis to Refuse & Return All Donations Tied to Nancy Pelosi

Press Release

Photo Courtesy of Watkins Campaign
Topeka, KS - Steve Watkins, veteran and conservative Republican candidate for Kansas’ second Congressional District, today called for Democrat Paul Davis to put his money where his mouth is and refuse any and all campaign donations tied to Nancy Pelosi. After promising Kansas second district voters that he will not vote for Pelosi for Leader, Davis is set to welcome Pelosi’s deputy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, to town this week for campaign activities.

“Paul Davis claims he’s going to oppose Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader, but then why will he be campaigning with her number two, Steny Hoyer, in Kansas this week? Voters in Kansas’ second Congressional District are tired of politicians like Paul Davis who will say anything to get elected. If Paul truly opposes career obstructionist and radical Leftist Nancy Pelosi, he should have no problem refusing any and all campaign donations tied to her,” said Steve Watkins.

Watkins continued, “Paul Davis has had no problem taking over $170,000.00 in donations from PACs tied to Nancy Pelosi in the past. We need to know where he stands now once and for all. It’s either with the voters of Kansas’ second Congressional District or Paul Davis stands with liberal California elites like Nancy Pelosi. He should immediately return all funds from those PACs.”
In addition  to refusing all future contributions tied to Nancy Pelosi, Watkins called on Davis to return contributions made by Political Action Committees whose puppet strings are controlled by Pelosi and Democrat House Leadership, including: 
  • ActBlue Conduit Committee - $118,958.00
  • American Federation of Teachers Cope-Voluntary A/C - $2,500.00
  • AmeriPAC - $5,000.00
  • Blue Dog PAC - $2,500.00
  • Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee - $5,000.00
  • Drive Committee - $10,000.00
  • End Citizens United - $5,000.00
  • Hoyer for Congress - $2,000.00
  • I.B.E.W. PAC Educational Fund - $10,000.00
  • People for Ben - $1,000.00
  • Pipefitters Local 533 Volunteer Political Fund - $10,000.00

Number 5 Baker Mens Soccer to Host Grace (Ind.) in NAIA Opening Round

Press Release: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – For the fifth-straight season, the Baker University men’s soccer program has qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round, as they will host Grace College (Ind.) on Saturday, November 18 at 7 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats finished the 2017 regular season and Heart postseason, 15-4-2, and qualified after becoming Co-Regular Season Champions and Conference Tournament Runner-up.

The Lancers qualified for the NAIA National Championship after upsetting number 21 ranked Spring Arbor in the Crossroads League Conference Tournament Championship, 4-3, in overtime on November 11. They come in with a record of 12-4-4 overall.

This marks Baker’s 10th all-time appearance in the NAIA National Championship, while this is the Lancers first time in the event.

Baker features a team with seven Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference award winners, including the Heart Freshman of the Year, Alberto Ciroi.

The ‘Cats have nine shutouts this season and have outscored its opponents, 47-22. Ciroi has only surrendered 14 goals this season and ranks number 14 in the NAIA in goals against average at .780.

Blake Levine continues to rank near the top of the NAIA in assists with 14, as that ranks number four nationally.

Levine and Joseph Houlihan are tied for the team lead in goals with nine and 10 different Wildcats have at least two goals scored this season.

The Grace defense has seven shutouts in 2017 and keeper Kurt Hamlin ranks number 26 in the NAIA in saves with 95.

Offensively, Grace has 36 goals scored, with seven coming from Damon Binkley. Seven different Lancers have scored two or more goals this season.

The winner of Saturday’s game will qualify for the NAIA Men’s Soccer Final site in Delray Beach, Florida.

They will take on either number 12 Columbia or Northwestern Ohio on Monday, November 27 at Seacrest Soccer Complex.

Also in the tournament from the Heart of America Athletic Conference includes number three Missouri Valley and number 13 MNU.

Missouri Valley hosts Olivet Nazarene and the Pioneers will host Wayland Baptist.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Janice Wells Rice, 82, of Baldwin City, KS, passed away November 13, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.  Cremation.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements by Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.    Condolences may be left at
Janice was born May 26, 1935 in Myrtle, AR to Edger Lee and Leona (Dennis) Wells. She grew up in Monett, MO and moved to the Kansas City area in the late 1950’s.  She was living at Vintage Park, Baldwin City, KS. She married William Lewis Rice on February 11, 1978 in Avondale, MO.  Janice worked for 29 ½ years at North Kansas City Hospital as a Unit Secretary.  She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edger and Leona and husband, William.  Janice is survived by children: Kerri Buckley, Portland, OR, Jami Buckley, Kingsville, MO, and Stacy Buckley, Baldwin City, KS; siblings: Newton Wells, Carolyn Evans, Barbara Porter, Joann Nelson, Dennis Wells, Bruce Wells and Barry Wells; four grandchildren: Matthew Boinski, Kellie Beverly, Aleah Romer and Alex Romer and four great grandchildren: Kylee, Randi, Lindley and Matteo and former husband, James Buckley.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Driver’s License, Wildlife Checkpoints Planned in Northeast Kansas

Press Release

Joint effort will check drivers’ licenses and possession of wildlife

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Game Wardens, Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) Troopers and county sheriff’s officers will conduct joint highway checkpoints at various locations on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Upland bird, deer and migratory bird seasons will be underway, and these checkpoints are intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state’s driver’s licensing laws.   

Depending on the location, KHP Troopers, or county sheriff’s officers, will operate the first stage of the checkpoints to be sure drivers are properly licensed to be driving. If a driver does not have a valid license, appropriate enforcement actions will be taken. Travelers should not expect major delays from this portion of the checkpoints.

Occupants of vehicles in the first check lane will be asked if they are hunters, or are transporting wildlife. Travelers answering yes, in either case, will be directed to a nearby KDWPT check lane where Game Wardens will check for required licenses and permits, count the game and gather biological, harvest, and hunter success information. This portion of the checkpoints should also cause minimal delay.

The following locations may be used if weather conditions and manpower allow:

Northeast Kansas – Game Wardens and KHP Troopers
  • Kansas 7 Highway near White Cloud
  • US-73 Highway near Atchison
  • US-59 Highway near Nortonville
  • US-36 Highway near Sabetha

Additional wildlife checkpoints will occur around the state during the fall and winter hunting seasons.

Number 6 Baker to Host Number 12 Georgetown (Ky.) in NAIA-FCS First Round

Press Release Tyler Price, Sports Information Director 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number six ranked Baker University football team has qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series for the fifth time in the past six seasons, as the NAIA announced the 16 teams that will be competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS Playoffs on Sunday.

Baker will host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) next Saturday, November 18 at 1:07 p.m. inside Liston Stadium in a game that will be produced by Niles Media and will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN App/ESPN 3 and locally on KSMO-TV.

This year’s field includes 12 automatic qualifiers – one from each conference – and four at-large selections. Automatic berths were given to teams that won their conference regular-season title and were ranked within the top 20 of the final regular-season NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Sunday.

This will be the first-ever match up between Baker and Georgetown on the gridiron. The Wildcats are 10-1 and captured the 2017 Heart South Division Championship for the third-straight season this past Saturday in a 26-6 win at No. 23 ranked Evangel

Georgetown is 8-1 this season and went 5-1 in the Mid-South Conference, their only loss came at number four Lindsey Wilson on November 4, 37-14.

The Tigers feature the No. 8 ranked scoring defense in the country, as they allow just 18.1 points per game.

They also rank No. 6 in the NAIA in yards allowed per game at 286.1. Offensively Georgetown College is No. 22 in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 36.2 points per game.

Kishawn Walker leads the defense with five interceptions, ranking No. 9 in the NAIA in that category.

Quarterback Riley Hall leads the Tigers in passing with 1,618 yards and 12 TD passes with four interceptions. He has also rushed for five TD’s.

The Tigers are plus three in the turnover margin and this marks their 21st appearance in the NAIA-FCS and are 24-17 in the playoffs all-time. Their 21st appearance is more than any other team competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS.

This is Baker’s 16th appearance in the NAIA-FCS, as they have a 16-15 record and have appeared in five of the last six ( 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) including a trip all the way to the 2016 NAIA-FCS National Championship game.

The Wildcat offense is No. 2 in the NAIA in passing yards with 3,587 and is No. 3 in the NAIA in scoring with 523 points, good for 47.5 per game.

JD Woods still ranks No. 1 in total scoring with 150 points and is the nations second leading rusher with 1,592 yards.

Nate McLaurin now has five interceptions on the season and ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in pass deflected per game at 1.9.

Clarence Clark has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the third-straight season, as he now has 1,085 yards this season with 58 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

In five games this season at QB, Marco Aguinaga has thrown for 891 yards on 90-of-134 passing and four TD’s with just one pick.

Indie Allen has now eclipsed the 100-tackle mark in 11 games, as he has 103 tackles, with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. Two-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock, leads Baker in sacks with seven.

2017 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule
Saturday, November 18 | Campus Sites
Game 1 – Benedictine (Kan.) (9-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-0)
Game 2 – Concordia (Mich.) (9-1) at Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-0)
Game 3 – Sterling (Kan.) (9-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (11-0)
Game 4 – Southeastern (Fla.) (8-1) at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (10-0)
Game 5 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (9-1) at Southern Oregon (10-0)
Game 6 – Georgetown (Ky.) (8-1) at Baker (Kan.) (10-1)
Game 7 – Northwestern (Iowa) (9-1) at Langston (Okla.) (10-0)
Game 8 – Grand View (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1)

Possible Council Vacancy Discussion Takes up Nearly Half the Meeting Time

Kevin Surbaugh

The November 7, 2017, city council meeting was called to order by Mayor Marilyn Pearse promptly at 7 P.M.  On a night when the Mayor and two council seats were up for election, the council had business that needed to be conducted.
The meeting started with approving of the agenda. However, this involved a debate on whether or not an item from new business should actually be considered as old business. Council-member David Simmons thought that a proposal that he made at the previous Council meeting should be considered as the first reading. Many of the others on the council, including the Mayor, felt that because it had not been in the previous packet, Simmons had blind sighted them, as Mayor Pearse put it.
Council-member Kathy Gerstner said that in the interest of moving forward, she is not in favor of voting on charter ordinance twenty-five tonight. With that, she moved that the agenda be approved as printed with Tony Brown seconding. The motion carried on a vote of three to two, with Simmons and Council-member A. J. Stevens casting the dissenting votes.
Council-member Tony Brown shares his thoughts about how to
appoint a replacement in the case of a vacancy.
photograph by Kevin Surbaugh
When the council did take up the issue of Charter Ordinance 25, discussion ensued the best way to implement the updated policy. The ordinance is a policy to govern how to fill a vacancy on the council. Simmons said that he patterned this idea after what the school board had done when they had a vacancy.  The basic concept is to put out requests for those who are interested in the seat to apply. However, how to do that, how to narrow down the candidates and ultimately chose one to appoint.
The bulk of the discussion centered how all the candidates would come in and be interviewed by the council. Several members of the council wondered how other communities made such appointments. A quick look, online finds that the city of Topeka accepts applications with each of the applicants going through a public interview at an upcoming city council meeting, with a decision by the council in the said meeting after the interviews.

In other business the council:
  • received one bid from Laird Noller, however, rejected that bid on the recommendation of Cheif  Neis in favor of better deals through Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). 
  •  unanimously approved amending the water and sewer rates measurement.
  • discussed the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), deciding to have a special work session at 6 P.M. before the next council meeting. 
  • unanimously approved Resolution 2017-17, Buckeye Wind Project agreement.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daniels Presents an Intriquing Presntation on Railroad History

Kevin Surbaugh

On a chilly November night, approximately twenty people showed up to hear Randolph "Rudy" Daniels.  As we mentioned in our previous article about Daniels, he is a retired college professor, who is employed part-time by the Iowa Humanities Council, to give talks around Iowa about railroads and railroad history.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
In the meeting room at the Baldwin City Library, Daniels began a slide show, showing several pictures from World War One. He showed one picture in particular,  that showed troops loading a train as they departed to go to war. The stark contrast of the picture is the amount of luggage that was stacked up to go onto the train with them.  Until late 1917, the U.S. Government allowed soldiers to bring their own luggage and many of them brought way to much.  Daniels relayed one story of a guy that even brought his canary with him.
Railroads, Daniels said, was required to buy new locomotives with interchangeable parts. All the locomotives inside the United States had U.S. on them, per government guidelines. The name of the railroad was painted in smaller above the big U.S. letters.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
 In France however, the name of the railroad was absent and the lettering was simply U.S.A.  Many of those trains tripped over real easy and had hand brakes to stop the train, which could only about seven full cars.
During hs slideshow, Daniels had pictures of then Secretary of the Navy, Theodore "Teddy" Rosevelt inspecting a switching station about twenty miles from the frontline in France.
During World War One America operated railroads on three contenients while during World War Two it was on four contenients. All these tracks and equipment was left behind after the war.  However, Daniels pointed out that all the trains were an intriqual part of the war effort on both sides to move troops and supplies.
Daniels signs a book for Rob Clark.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
After the presentation and a short question and answer period, there was a book signing.  Profits from the sale of Daniels books sold that night were given to the Baldwin City Library to support it's vital role in the community.

Steve Watkins Officially Announces Candidacy for Kansas' Second Congressional District Seat

Press Release

Topeka, KS - Today, Steve Watkins is officially announcing his candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat.

“New people and ideas are needed to restore respectability and integrity to public service, as well as solve the complex domestic and international problems of tomorrow,” said Steve Watkins.

Photo Submitted by Watkins Campaign

A sixth generation Kansan, Steve Watkins learned his values from his parents. His father, an Air Force veteran and well-respected doctor, and mother, a retired public school teacher, instilled values of hard work, service to country, and integrity at a young age. 

Steve Watkins served his country heroically in war out of a sense of duty. He fought fraud, waste, and abuse as a defense department contractor and would fight for Kansans in Congress. Steve believes in smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and ending illegal immigration. A patriotic leader with strong family ties and faith, Steve believes peace comes from military strength and a secure border.

Steve studied engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

“Great leaders fight. I’ve spent my career fighting for America, but great leaders also bring people together. That’s what I did in Iraq and Afghanistan—and I will do it in Washington,” said Steve Watkins. 

Steve Watkins is not a politician or lawyer. Steve is an entrepreneur, conservative problem-solver, leader, family-man, and patriot. 

Steve Watkins added, “My campaign slogan is 'Kansans Can Do Anything.' A unifying message that also pushes back against the so-called 'New England liberal elites' who see Kansas as nothing more than a ‘flyover-state.’ I’m proud to be a Kansan and I hope to make everyone proud as their Congressman — I won’t let you down.”

In a press releaseto the Gazette,Watkins included the following video statement.