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Published on Nov 4, 2010
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. -- You wouldn't have known the 'Cats won on a buzzer-beater at first glance talking to coach Ballard. But that's exactly how it unfolded in his debut as head coach.
With two seconds remaining in regulation, Kansas Wesleyan tried to throw a deep pass, but Sam Kenney picked off the pass and hurled a half-court buzzer-beater that will go down as one of the best game-winning shots in Baker history.
The Baker athletics program is steeped in history, and its future is bright. The Wildcats sponsor 19 conference sports, as many as any other member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, and consistently challenges for the HAAC All-Sports award. The program dates back to the 1890s with a win over the University of Kansas in the state's first intercollegiate football game and boasts more than 100 All-Americans and nearly 100 conference titles.
The program also thrives in academics and philanthropic endeavors. Athletes are involved in campus organizations as officers. More than 50 Wildcats annually are named HAAC Scholar-Athletes for their success both on the field and in the classroom. Baker was one of the first NAIA schools to take part in the Champions of Character program, which emphasizes respect, servant leadership, integrity, sportsmanship and responsibility.