Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Javeion Gray, Daniel Young Earn All-Conference Honors

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Two members of the Baker University men's basketball team were named to the 2016-17 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All-Conference teams announced on Monday.

The two Wildcats to garner the award include senior point guard Javeion Gray who was named to the Second Team All-Conference and Daniel Young earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-Conference squad.

Gray began his career at BU as the Conference's Freshman of the Year in the 2013-14 season and has now followed that up with a spot on the Heart All-Conference team in three-straight seasons.

He also eclipsed the 1,000-career point total this season and leads the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game this season.

Young had a solid junior season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and led the team in blocks with 24.

Baker will now serve as the number 8 seed in this week's Heart Conference Tournament Championship.

Kansas Hometown Showdown Contest

The city of Baldwin City is participating in a Kansas Hometown Showdown contest conducted by the League of Kansas Municipalities. In a statement from the city,  the voting has begun for this contest. 
Baldwin City's entry is of the council pushing the cities newest firetruck into the fire station.
In order for Baldwin City to move up in the bracket, the city needs to have a lot of votes. At the time this article was being typed up, the cities entry was in with place with 28 votes (likes).  The city with the most votes was Assaria, with 106 votes.  This is March madness!!  To vote follow this link and click "like" on our hometown photo.  Round 1 is open now through March 5. 

Musical This Weekend

Please join Baker University Department of Music & Theatre, for their Musical Production of "Ernest in Love", based on "The Importance of Being Ernest".

Location: Rice Auditorium

Date: March 2-4
Time: 7:30p.m

March 5
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Admission:  Free

Monday, February 27, 2017

Baker Softball Splits Home Opening Series Against Concordia

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

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University softball team split its home opening series against Concordia (Neb.) on Sunday afternoon, as they won game one, 4-3, before falling in game two, 5-3.

Olivia Brees earned her third-straight win for Baker, as she went seven strong innings, while striking out seven Bulldogs.

Concordia jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with two runs in the first and one in the third. Then Baker scored four unanswered runs, with one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the bottom of the sixth.

Savannah Bellem supplied Baker with a home run and Caitlin Hardgrove had a team-high three hits. Lexie Korte also had a multi-hit game with two hits.

In game two, Teagan Louthan got the start and threw 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs and then was replaced for the final 1.2 innings by Korte.

Michaela Woodward threw a complete game against the 'Cats and allowed just three hits. One each from Hardgrove, Riley Swickard and Jamie Haden.

Baker moves to 3-5 on the year, while the Bulldogs now sit at 6-3 on the season. Baker will next take on the Friends Invitational on March 3-4 in Wichita, Kansas for five games.

NAIA Softball Box Score Game 1

Team1234567 RHE
Concordia (Neb.)2010000
Baker (Kan.)001102X

NAIA Softball Box Score Game 2

Team1234567 RHE
Concordia (Neb.)0001130
Baker (Kan.)0000120

Baker Baseball Splits Home Series with St. Ambrose

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

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University baseball team bounced back after dropping the first two games of this weekend's series against St. Ambrose, with two wins on Sunday to split the four game series.

On Saturday, St. Ambrose won 2-1 and 5-3, then Baker won, 5-4 in nine innings and 5-2 in the finale.

Baker is now 5-11 on the year, while St. Ambrose moves to 3-5 overall.

In game one, the game went scoreless for four innings until the Bees scored one run each in the 5th and 6th innings off of starter Lake Johnson.

The Wildcats cut the lead to 2-1 in the 6th inning off of an RBI by Wes Summers that scored Sam Marks.

Both teams combined for just nine hits, as Baker had five and SAU had four. Jordan Brown threw the final 1.2 innings for the 'Cats and didn't allow a hit.

In game two, Baker outhit SAU, 9-7, but the Bees were able to score three runs in the Top of the 7th inning off of Bennett White to overcome the Wildcats, 3-2, lead and won the contest, 5-3. Max Taulbee went 3-for-4 and Marcus Jones went 2-for-2.

In the third game, the Wildcats led 4-2 early with three runs in the first inning and added another in the second.

Then with the score tied up, 4-4, Baker's Cody Gregory came up and hit a single that scored Summers to give Baker the walk off win, 5-4.

In the finale, Baker put together a big fifth inning, by scoring four runs and Gage Kiesling got the start for the 'Cats and earned the win after throwing 5.2 innings while allowing just two earned runs.

Kekai Rivera-Albeso shut the door on the game with a 1.1 inning save, and allowed just one hit in his appearance.

Baker will next take on Park University at Sauder Field on Saturday, March 4 at 12 p.m.

NAIA Baseball Box Score Game 1

Team1234567 RHE
St. Ambrose (Iowa)0000110
Baker (Kan.)0000010

NAIA Baseball Box Score Game 2

Team1234567 RHE
St. Ambrose (Iowa)2000003
Baker (Kan.)1020000

NAIA Baseball Box Score Game 3

Team123456789 RHE
St. Ambrose (Iowa)200002000
Baker (Kan.)310000001

NAIA Baseball Box Score Game 4

Team1234567 RHE
St. Ambrose (Iowa)0000020
Baker (Kan.)100040X

NHRA and Shelby Development, LLC Announce Acquisition of National Trail Raceway

Jeff Lacina,  Director of Marketing, Communications & Road Course Operations

KANSAS CITY, MO –– Shelby Development, LLC and its affiliated company Monopoly Acquisitions, LLC., CEO Chris Payne, and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), announced today that the Companies have entered an agreement for Shelby to acquire National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.
The acquisition of the historic National Trail Raceway adds to the existing stable of motorsports assets owned by Shelby Development, LLC., which also includes Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kansas. That property was purchased in December 2015.
"The opportunity to add an additional property allows us to accelerate our growth plans within the industry. We have been aggressive with acquisitions in the past couple of years," notes Payne. "The plan is to continue to improve Heartland Park Topeka while completing the acquisition of National Trail Raceway by identifying and completing specific areas for facility improvements and introducing new event and racing content.”
“We’re excited that historic National Trail Raceway will be in the hands of an experienced track group committed to continuing to invest in the facility,” says Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “Chris Payne and his team have done a great job at Heartland Park and we’re looking forward to what they will do at National Trail Raceway, which they’ll operate as an NHRA Member Track.”
Scott Gardner, President of Heartland Park Topeka will expand his role as the Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the operational staffs of both facilities. “It’s important that we approach this opportunity to learn as much as we can about National Trail Raceway, it’s staff, racers and sponsors and build a plan to improve on what we have.” says Gardner.
National Trail Raceway is situated on 245 acres east of Columbus, Ohio and opened in 1964. The facility has a rich history in drag racing and has featured some of the biggest names in the sport, including Shirley Muldowney, Don Prudomme, Bob Glidden, Tony Schumacher and many more. In 1972 the facility began hosting the NHRA Spring Nationals which continued through 2006.
An aggressive schedule of events continues in 2017 with such events that include but not limited to; the Spectacle of Speed, NMRA Ford Super Nationals, McLaughlin Oil Night of Thunder, Super Chevy Show, Mopar Nationals, the Buckeye Fuel Wars NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chrysler Power Classic and many more.

Area Happenings - Week of February 26

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  February 25, 2017.
To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

March 2-4, 2017

Please join Baker University Department of Music & Theatre, for their Musical Production of "Ernest in Love", based on "The Importance of Being Ernest".
Location: Rice Auditorium
Date: March 2-4
Time: 7:30p.m
 Admission:  Free

March 5, 2017
Town Hall Meeting with
Senator Tom Holland
Representative John Wilson
Sunday, March 5, 2017  
1-2 P.M.  
Lumberyard Arts Center 
718 High Street

March 5, 2017

Please join Baker University Department of Music & Theatre, for their Musical Production of "Ernest in Love", based on "The Importance of Being Ernest".
Location: Rice Auditorium

 March 5
Time: 2:00p.m.

Admission:  Free

March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday Free Community Meal        

Serving 6 to 7 pm       

 Ives Chapel UMC  
1018 Miami   
Baldwin  City

Free community meals are the last Thursday of the month

 April 8 and 9, 2017 

Easter Egg Express

 Midland Railway
1515 High St Baldwin City, KS 
 more information:  785-594-6982

 April 15, 2017 

Easter Egg Express

Midland Railway
1515 High St Baldwin City, KS 
 more information:  785-594-6982

 May 13, 2017 

Baldwin High School Graduation
Time:  2pm – 3pm

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!

Baker Men Upsets Number 24 Grand View on Senior Day, 93-88

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men's basketball team sent seniors CJ Bolton, Tyrome Parker, Taylor Johnson, Kelvin Bramble and Javeion Gray off with an impressive, 93-88, win over number 24 Grand View on BU's Senior Day.

The win moved Baker to 16-14 overall and 13-13 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, guaranteeing them the number 8 seed in next week's Heart Conference tournament.

Thus, the Wildcats will host the Heart First Round on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. against a team to be announced later.

Grand View falls to 20-9 overall and 18-8 in Heart play. Baker has now won two-straight and has scored 90 or more points in three-straight games.

Gray and Parker both scored in double figures for the 'Cats, as Parker had a team-high 17 points and Gray scored 12.

Also in double figures for Baker were Daniel Young with 15 and Tyree Peter with 12. The Wildcats outrebounded the Vikings, 38-33.

Bolton, Brett Elifritz and Nathan Guscott all led the team with five rebounds and Gray, Parker and Guscott all led the way in assists with three.

Baker shot 50.8-percent on the day from the field and 20-of-26 from the free-throw line, good for 76.9-percent.

NAIA Men's Basketball Box Score

Grand View (Iowa)345488
Baker (Kan.)464793