Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Number 13 Baker Advances to National Quarterfinals with 201 win over Number 4 William Carey

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – The number 13 Baker University women’s soccer team stormed back to win 2-1 on Monday evening over number 4 William Carey to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship.

The Wildcats improve to 16-3-3, while William Carey ends its season 16-5. It was the Katie Hibbeler and Keeley Atkin show for the ‘Cats, as each had a goal and assist on the day.

After a Savannah Carter goal for WCU in the 6th minute, Hibbeler knocked in a goal in the 57th minute with the assist going to Keeley Atkin, then Atkin scored the game-winner 19 minutes later with the assist going to Hibbeler.

Baker took 17 shots on the night with six on goal, while the Crusaders shot 15 times with nine on goal.

Rachel Hunt had a big game for the Wildcats with eight saves. Two-time defending Heart Defensive Player of the Year Krista Hooper led the squad in shots with five.

Baker will next compete on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. when they take on the winner of number 12 Benedictine vs. number 5 Mobile (Ala.).

This marks the first time Baker has advanced to the NAIA National quarterfinals since 2011, when they defeated Martin Methodist in the Second Round, 1-0, on November 28, 2011.

NAIA Women's Soccer Box Score

NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round & Final Site
William Carey (Miss.)101
Baker (Kan.)022

Baker University’s Logan Brettell Named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University junior quarterback topped the 2016 Academic All-America College Division Football Team as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as he was named the 2016 Academic All-American of the Year, announced on Monday.

Brettell becomes just the sixth athlete in Baker history to be named an Academic All-American and the first-ever to be awarded the Academic All-American of the Year.

He joins the elite list of Wildcats that includes Jordan Dolbin (2012, Women’s Soccer), Josh Rydberg (2012, Men’s Soccer), Katie Thurbon (2013, Women’s Track & Field), Aaron Caldwell (2013, Men’s Track & Field) and Lindsey Mateer (2016 Women’s Golf).

 The 2016 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year has produced a 3.82 cumulative GPA at Baker and is part of the Academic All-America College Division football team that spotlights student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

The Overland Park, Kansas native has turned in one the best offensive seasons in Baker history, leading the Wildcats to a perfect 13-0 record and the number 2 ranked Wildcats will next compete this Saturday, Dec. 3 in the NAIA-FCS Semifinals against number 9 Eastern Oregon at 1:06 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

This marks the first Baker football team to compete in the national semifinals since 1993. The game will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN 3, the Watch ESPN App and locally on KSMO-TV.

“Logan is the epitome of a college student-athlete,” said Baker head coach Mike Grossner. “His dedication to the classroom and football field are superior! He will not leave the practice field until he has mastered his craft for the day.

He has all the great leadership qualities that allow him to excel as our field general. His film study and classroom study are second to none; and he demands perfection or close to it from his peers. We are proud of him and all he has accomplished!"

Brettell leads the nation in passing yards this season with 4,404 and total yards with 4,678, both are school records.

His 45 passing touchdowns this season are also a school record and his 5,876 career yards passing are third most in program history.

He now has 56 passing touchdowns in his career, just four shy of tying the school record held by former Baker quarterback and current QB coach Jake Morse who had 60 in his outstanding BU career.

He has also run for a career-high 274 yards this season and six touchdowns. The BU offense ranks number 2 in total scoring with 653 points, averaging 50.2 points per game.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Number. 2 Baker Football Advances to NAIA National Semifinals with 42-27 win over Number 8 Lindsey Wilson

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – With a 42-27 win over number 8 ranked Lindsey Wilson College, the number 2 ranked Baker University football team advanced to the NAIA-FCS Semifinals for the first time since 1993 on Saturday inside historic Liston Stadium.
Baker will now face number 9 Eastern Oregon next Saturday, December 3 inside Liston Stadium in the NAIA-FCS Semifinals. Time is TBA. This will mark the first-ever meeting between EOU and Baker.

The Wildcats scored twice in the first three minutes of the game, as Logan Brettell hit Ladai Shawn Boose for a 19-yard touchdown in the opening possession.

Darrain Winston then forced a Lindsey Wilson fumble on the Blue Raiders’ first play from scrimmage, and Cornell Brown followed with a rushing touchdown to put the Wildcats up 14-0.

After a Blue Raider field goal, the Wildcats answered with another touchdown from Boose, giving the Wildcats a 21-3 lead.

Avery Parker had two interceptions on the game, one in the second quarter that led to Brettell’s third touchdown pass of the game that gave the Wildcats a 28-3 lead.

Lindsey Wilson came back to score, but the Wildcats blocked the extra point and maintained a 28-9 lead.

Both the Wildcats and the Blue Raiders scored before halftime to make the score 35-16 at the break. Lindsey Wilson’s first drive of the second half was stopped by Parker’s second interception at the two-yard line.

The Blue Raiders scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to bring the game to within one possession at 35-27, but fumbled at their own 11-yard line, where Brettell scored on a third-down scramble on an impressive 9-yard run as he dove into the pylon to take a 42-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Wildcats capitalized on six Lindsey Wilson turnovers, turning four interceptions and two fumbles into 21 Baker points. The Wildcats improved their turnover margin on the season to +28.

Two-time Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock finished the day with four sacks and tied a Baker record for sacks in a game. The senior tied his teammate Nick Becker who set the mark last week against Sterling and his also tied with alum Andrew Patch who set the mark in 2006 and current BU assistant coach Josh Saunders did it in 1994. Kock earned the NAIA-FCS Defensive Player of the Game award.

Brown now has a Baker school record with 23 rushing touchdowns in a season, he surpassed alum Ritchie Bryant who set the mark in 2008.

Following the Wildcats’ final touchdown, they were able to stop the Blue Raider offense from scoring on four occasions, two drives being stopped by Baker interceptions. Winston’s interception with less than 2:00 to go was his NAIA-leading 10th of the season.

Brettell finished the day going 18-of-30 for 254 yards and three touchdowns and he also ran for 43 yards. The junior earned the NAIA-FCS Offensive Player of the Game award.

Boose led all receivers with 116 yards, while Damon Nolan finished with eight catches for 109 yards.

Akim Francis led the squad with 14 tackles and as a unit, the ‘Cats collected 10 tackles for loss.

This marked the first-ever meeting between the Blue Raiders and Wildcats.
 NAIA Football Box Score

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)31311027
Baker (Kan.)21147042

Area Happenings - November 27

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 26, 2016. To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to

November 28, 2016
Mobile Food Bank will be in Baldwin at the Assembly of God Church
this is the food giveaway normally held on the 4th Thursday, but due to Thanksgiving, it was moved to the last Tuesday, this month only.
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St
Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through

December 1, 2016
4 P.M .- 6 P.M.
Ribbon Cutting
LMH Baldwin City Therapy Services
820 Ames

Decembr 3, 2016
9 A.M. - Breakfast with Santa   (Intermediate Center) 100 Bullpup Drive
9 A.M. - Festival of Wreaths and Trees (Lumberyard Arts Center) 718 High
10 A.M. - Santa Claus Express
10 A.M. - Vintage Park Open House and Bazaar
12 P.M. - Holiday Homes Tour
12:30 P.M. - Gingerbread House Party (Lumberyard Arts Center) 718 High
1 P.M. - Santa Claus Express
3 P.M. - Gingerbread House Party (Lumberyard Arts Center) 718 High
5 P.M. - Victorian Carolers (Lumberyard Arts Center) 718 High
5 P.M. - Holiday Shopping at Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice
6 P.M. - Festival of Lights Parade (Downtown - outside post office) 
6:30 P.M. - Tree Lighting Ceremony(Downtown - outside post office) 
6:30 P.M. - Fireworks Display (Downtown 700 block of High)
6:30 P.M. -Reception for Tammy Michael, Lucretia Carlson, Allen Craig, and Gary Browne
6:45 P.M. - Baldwin City Recreation Commission Raffle
6:45 P.M. - Pictures with Santa Claus

December 10, 2016
4 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Ribbon Cutting
Executive Title
816 Ames

December 10, 2016
German Christmas Celebration
4 P.M. - 6 P.M. - Bratwurst Dinner and Crafts
4:30 - 7 P.M.    - Tree Lighting and Music
Clearfield United Methodist Church
597 E. 2200 Road (C. R. 1061)
Eudora, KS 66025

December 11, 2016
Baker University's Christmas Vespers
Rice Hall
2 P.M. and 5 P.M. 

December 14, 2016
Baldwin City Community Senior Mix
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
 Christmas Party
in Fellowship Hall of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church  
seniors attending are asked to bring a container--basket, bag, or decorated shoe box with an entree. The items will be delivered to the Baldwin City Community Food Pantry from the Senior Mix. There will be singing of carols accompanied by Becky McMillen on the guitar and other fun activities. 
Seniors are asked to bring a "Christmas goodie" for the common table to enjoy at fellowship time. 
All seniors in the Baldwin City Community from 55 to 105 are invited and welcome.

Every 4th Thursday of the Month

10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St
Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through

Every Tuesday through October
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays 
 through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS. 
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods. 
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Wednesdays through October 2016 
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
 Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

 Every Thursday through October
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm through September at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot - 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS. Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!  

 Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market 
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Obesity Rates Among Young Children from Low-Income Families Declined in 31 States

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) - Obesity rates showed a statistically significant decrease in 31 states and three territories and increased significantly in four states among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from 2010 to 2014, according to a study published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a new data visualization showing how state-by-state obesity rates have changed among 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants since 2000 and a series of maps highlighting states' efforts to help promote nutrition and physical activity in early child care settings.
"These data are encouraging because kids from lower-income families are especially vulnerable and often face higher risk for obesity," said Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA, vice president, RWJF. "We must continue to track and analyze child obesity and the programs that aim to reduce rates, especially among our nation's youngest kids. This is critical for informing efforts to address disparities and ensuring that all children—no matter who they are or where they live—have a healthy start from their very first days."
Utah had the lowest rate of 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants who were obese at 8.2 percent, while Virginia had the highest rate at 20.0 percent, according to today's findings.
Additional data on obesity rates among young children:
18 states have obesity rates at or above 15 percent among 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants (in 2014). In 2010, 26 states had a rate at or above 15 percent.
While obesity rates among this population have declined in recent years, they remain high – with a national average of 14.5 percent. The national average was 8.4 percent in 1992.
These new data for young children from low-income families reflect the significant inequity in obesity and health related to income—the national obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds across all economic levels is 8.9 percent (from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2014).
"It is heartening to see evidence of progress after decades of work," said Rich Hamburg, interim president and CEO, TFAH. "However, this doesn't mean we've accomplished our goal. We need to keep the momentum going to ensure young children and families have the support they need -- through programs like WIC -- that help improve access to healthy, affordable food, quality healthcare, home visiting programs and health and nutrition education programs."
Last month, CDC released a new Early Care and Education State Indicator Report, tracking state policies that aim to prevent obesity in child care settings. Some key findings include:
38 states and Washington, D.C. have Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for child care programs, and, of those, 29 have included obesity prevention in their state standards;
41 states and Washington, D.C. offer online professional development training for early childhood education (ECE) providers that cover obesity prevention topics;
42 states and Washington, D.C. include ECE settings in their comprehensive plans for addressing chronic disease or nutrition and physical activity; and
28 states and Washington, D.C. encouraged enhanced nutrition standards in their Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) as of 2015.
In September 2016, RWJF and TFAH released State of Obesity 2016: Better Policies for a Healthier America, which included a detailed policy analysis of WIC and other related childhood nutrition and obesity prevention initiatives, noting that:
WIC provides benefits — direct food assistance as well as counseling and education support — to approximately 8 million low-income individuals, including around 2 million pregnant and post-partum women, 2 million infants and 4 million children under age 5;

  • For every dollar spent on pregnant women enrolled in the WIC program, up to $4.21 is saved in Medicaid spending; Around 15 million U.S. children live in "food-insecure" households, where they have limited access to adequate food and nutrition due to cost, proximity and/or other resources; and
  • Food insecurity among families is particularly concentrated in different areas around the country — in 321 counties, the average food insecurity rate is 23 percent, while in the other 2,821 counties, the average rate is 15 percent. Fifty percent of the high food-insecurity counties are in rural areas, 26 percent are metropolitan and 90 percent are in the South.

  • The State of Obesity report includes recommended strategies and policies to help ensure all young children have the opportunity to maintain a healthy weight. Some key areas of emphasis include:
    Ensuring access to quality healthcare and family home visiting programs for at-risk families, which includes supporting early screening for health, nutrition and social service needs and connecting families directly to programs and resources;
    Nutrition assistance and education programs and healthy food financing initiatives to make healthy choices affordable and available for all families in all neighborhoods;
    Active living initiatives in communities that support places that are convenient and safe to be physically active; Supporting healthy nutrition and physical activity in all child care settings, including limiting screen time, eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages and implementing the updated standards from the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Child Care and Development Block Grant; and
    Prioritizing early childhood education opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Data released today are from the WIC Participant and Program Characteristics Study (WIC PC) as reported in an analysis of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review. WIC PC summarizes the demographic information of WIC participants and is based on measured height and weight data. Women, infants and children in families with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) who are at nutritional risk are eligible for the WIC program (FPL is $24,250 for a family of four); some participants become income eligible for WIC through participation in other programs based on income or other economic variables programs. Further analysis of the WIC program and changes in participation levels could provide additional evidence on the factors that helped contribute to the decline in obesity rates.
    Follow the conversation at #StateofObesity.
    Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. For more information, visit
    For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook.
    Based on an analysis of new state-by-state data from the WIC Participant and Program Characteristics Study (WIC PC), obesity rates for children ages 2-4 by state from highest to lowest were:

  • 1. Virginia (20.0)
  • 2. Alaska (19.1)
  • 3. Delaware (17.2)
  • 4. South Dakota (17.1)
  • 5. Nebraska (16.9)
  • 6. (tie) California (16.6)
  • - and -
  • Massachusetts (16.6)
  • 8. Maryland (16.5)
  • 9. West Virginia (16.4)
  • 10. (tie) Alabama (16.3) - and -
  • Rhode Island (16.3)
  • 12. (tie) Connecticut (15.3)
  • -and-
  • New Jersey (15.3)
  • 14. Illinois (15.2)
  • 15. (tie) Maine (15.1) and 15. 
  • New Hampshire (15.1)
  • 17. (tie) North Carolina (15.0) and 
  • Oregon (15.0); 
  • 19. (tie) Tennessee (14.9)
  • -and-
  • Texas (14.9)
  • 21. (tie) Iowa (14.7)
  • -and-
  • Wisconsin (14.7)
  • 23. Mississippi (14.5)
  • 24. (tie) Arkansas (14.4)
  • -and-
  • North Dakota (14.4)
  • 26. (tie) Indiana (14.3)
  • -and-
  • New York (14.3)
  • 28. Vermont (14.1)
  • 29. Oklahoma (13.8)
  • 30. Washington (13.6)
  • 31. Michigan (13.4)
  • 32. (tie) Arizona (13.3)
  • -and-
  • Kentucky (13.3)
  • 34. Louisiana (13.2); 
  • 35. Ohio (13.1)
  • 36. (tie) District of Columbia (13.0)
  • -and-
  • Georgia (13.0)
  • Missouri (13.0)
  • 39. Pennsylvania (12.9)
  • 40. Kansas (12.8)
  • 41. Florida (12.7)
  • 42. (tie) Montana (12.5)
  • -and-
  • New Mexico (12.5)
  • 44. Minnesota (12.3)
  • 45. (tie) Nevada (12.0)
  • -and-
  • South Carolina (12.0)
  • 47. Idaho (11.6)
  • 48. Hawaii (10.3)
  • 49. Wyoming (9.9)
  • 50. Colorado (8.5)
  • 51. Utah (8.2)
    Note: 1 = Highest rate, 51 = lowest rate.
    SOURCE Trust for America's Health
  • NAIA Football Teams Look Forward to Warm Holiday Fun in Daytona Beach

    Press release submitted by Tonya West, Daytona Beach Area CVB Communications Coordinator

    Football Teams Look Forward to Warm Holiday Fun in Daytona Beach
    NAIA Football Championship Game, Municipal Stadium, 6 p.m. December 17

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 21, 2016) As the competition narrows, eight teams are hoping to qualify to compete in Daytona Beach for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Football Championship Series (FCS) title. The NAIA Football Championship Game will be at Municipal Stadium Saturday, December 17, at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN-3. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Ticketmaster.

    The 2016 quarterfinal pairings were announced Sunday, November 20 and teams will play each other Saturday, November 26 to see who advances further:
    2016 NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinal Pairings
    Saturday, Nov. 26 | Campus Sites | Times TBA
    Game 1 – Eastern Oregon (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (11-0)
    Game 2 – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (11-1) at Baker (Kan.) (12-0)
    Game 3 – Montana Tech (10-1) at Reinhardt (Ga.) (12-0)
    Game 4 – Morningside (Iowa) (10-1) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-1)
    NAIA fans and families can book their stays now at the official fan hotels by calling each property and requesting the NAIA rate: Bahama House and Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn. The official host hotel for the teams is the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, selected for its convenient access to the city’s key visitor areas.

    “For the third consecutive year, the NAIA Football National Championship will travel to Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach,” said Alan Grosbach, NAIA manager of communications and sports information. The championship game, hosted by the City of Daytona Beach, the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (DBACVB), and Waste Pro, will stream live beginning at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.”

    The 10,000-seat facility, also known as Larry Kelly Field, was named after a beloved mayor.  It has had more than $2 million in recent renovations, including state-of-the-art field turf, locker rooms, press box, lighting, bleachers and a large video scoreboard.

    “Congratulations to the eight teams vying for a chance to compete in Daytona Beach!” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s such a festive time of year to be here and it’s our hope the fans, teams and families spend an extra day or two with us to enjoy some warm holiday fun. We can’t wait to have these folks back for another exciting game – and great vacation!”

    For ticket information, visit Visitor Guide to the National Championship.
    For destination information, visit
    For social sharing, connect with the event on Facebook and Twitter.

    WOMEN'S SOCCER: Number 13 Baker to Clash with Number 4 William Carey in Orange Beach, Alabama

    Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After its 1-0 overtime win over Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), the number 13 Baker University women’s soccer team has advanced to the NAIA Final Site and will take on number 4 William Carey (Miss.) on Monday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    This marks the second-straight season Baker has advanced to the NAIA Final Site and brings with them a 13-match unbeaten streak, as they haven’t lost a match since Sept. 21.

    The Wildcats are 15-3-3 on the season, while the Crusaders enter the match with a record of 16-4.

    All four of William Carey’s losses have come to a ranked team, all four of those teams have also advanced to the NAIA Final site this season, including number 14 Reinhardt (Ga.), number 3 Keiser (Fla.), number 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and number 5 Mobile (Ala.).

    The Wildcats’ three losses this season have also come against ranked teams, and all three competed in the NAIA Opening Round with two of them advancing to the NAIA Final site, including number 10 Westmont (Calif.) and number 12 Benedictine.

    Fellow Heart of America Athletic Conference foe number 12 Benedictine is on the same side of the bracket as Baker and will take on number 5 Mobile (Ala.) on Monday after the Wildcats match against William Carey at 6:30 p.m.

    With a Baker win and BC win, both Heart teams would face off in the NAIA Quarterfinals on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m.

    Baker now ranks number 25 in the NAIA in total goals scored with 54 and Kady Dieringer leads the team in goals scored with 12.

    Dieringer scored the game-winner in the NAIA Opening Round against OLLU in the second minute of overtime to send the ‘Cats to the Second Round.

    The Crusaders have scored 58 goals this season and Jamie Holfield leads the squad in goals scored with 14. William Carey has allowed just 12 goals this season in 20 matches and ranks number 24 in the NAIA in total shutouts with 10.