Thanks to Emerson Elementary (Amarillo ISD) music teacher Kay Boyd for sending us the picture of her class proudly wearing Baylor green and gold. Another special thanks goes to Associate AD for Marketing John Garrison for sending the shirts to Emerson Elementary.
The students are so proud of their shirts and "wear them all the time," according to Kay Boyd. And many of them say they plan to become a Baylor Bear one day.
Sic 'Em, Emerson Elementary!
Baylor, No. 49 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, was named Golfweek's 'Team of the Week' Monday after beating Georgia in a playoff to earn the South Central Regional's fifth and final spot to the NCAA Championships. It is Baylor's first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2002 and fifth in program history.
Photo Gallery of Kenya Mission Trip
After Icelandic volanic ash cancelled their first flight out of Houston to London, the Baylor Sports Ministry team finally arrived in Kenya late Tuesday. In their first day in Nairobi, the Sports Ministry team is scheduled to visit the Mukuru Slums, play basketball at Strathmore University and volleyball against the Junior National team.
Baylor junior golfer Payne Gniewek shot a 3-under 69 to share top honors in a U.S. Open local qualifier at Austin Country Club Monday. Gniewek shared the day's best score with Australian Jarrod Lyle to secure two of the five qualifying berths that were up for grabs in a field of 80 hopefuls.
Eight players tied at 1-under 71 for the fifth qualifying spot. Jamie Amoretti of San Antonio got the spot by sinking a 30-foot birdie on the second playoff hole. Texas freshman Cody Gribble made birdie on the third playoff hole to becme the first alternate and Texas A&M's Conrad Shindler earned the second alternate with a birdie on the eight playoff hole.
The five qualifiers advance to one of 13 sectional tournaments June 7 in hopes of earning a berth in the U.S. Open which will be June 17-20 at Pebble Beach.
Seven former Baylor men's golfers return to Twin Rivers Golf Club for this week's Jamie Hilton's Hillcrest Childrens Golf Classic, which is one of the stops on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. Jeremy Alcorn and Bill Allcorn have made the cut in each of their four tournaments to start the season; Alcorn posted four top-15 finishes, including a pair of sixth-place showings at the Southwest Louisiana Open and Victoria Open. Allcorn's best finish this season came earlier this month at the East Texas Open where he tied for seventh overall. Joining Alcorn and Allcorn are Ryan Baca, Will Doughtie, Jeremy Frye, Jason Hill and Jeff Hughes.
The Hillcrest Childrens Golf Classic will tee off Wednesday with an 8 a.m. CDT shotgun start. The second round will also feature an 8 a.m. CDT shotgun start Thursday. Tee times and pairings will be determined following the conclusion of the second round. The field will be cut to the top 40 players and ties after 36 holes; any participant shooting 86 or higher during the first round Wednesday will automatically be cut from the field.
Jeremy Alcorn won the inaugural event in 2009 with a final score of 9-under 279.
With great support from the spirit squads, the courtside player band, and Baylor fans, Gregg Ortiz from Houston, TX was named the 2010 AT&T mascot challenge winner on Saturday.
Ortiz competed against Sooner from Oklahoma, The Tree from Stanford, and Johnathan from the university of Connecticut. Bruiser competed in three rounds: hula hoop, dance competiton, and correctly answering questions about women's college basketball.
Not only was he crowned the champion he and the San Antonio boys and girls club received a $1,000 check to their organizations.
Future Baylor Softball player, Shelbi Redfearn was recently named one of the top-25 recruits in the country, ESPNU announced on Friday. Redfearn, who is ranked No. 21, is an outfielder from Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Okla.
Redfearn is a four-year letterwinner from Stillwater High School. She was named 2009-10 first-team all-state and first-team all-region as well as Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year. She was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2008-09, and first-team all-conference in 2007-08. The Pioneers were regional champions during her freshman and sophomore campaigns, making the state tournament. This past summer, with Tulsa Elite Gold, she hit .443 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Bunn Takes the Reins at NC State
As we all saw this past fall and early winter with its Sweet 16 appearance, Baylor's volleyball team has made the leaps necessary to enter the upper echelon of the NCAA. And one of the key ingredients in helping build that team was now-former associate head coach Bryan Bunn. Bunn was officially announced as the new head coach at North Carolina State on Feb. 19. So, you can understand that it will take a little getting used to no longer seeing Coach Bunn in Green and Gold.
"I'm looking forward to working at NC State," said Bunn. "I thank (Athletic Director) Lee Fowler and (Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator) Michelle Lee for giving me the opportunity to get this program headed in the right direction. Baylor was a great place, but I think NC State is the place for me and my wife, and I'm looking forward to getting this program going."
Also serving as Baylor's recruiting coordinator during his three years with the program, Bunn helped head coach Jim Barnes sign some of the highest-ranked recruiting classes in Baylor history, including the second-highest ranked recruit (No. 30 Torri Campbell) and the second-highest ranked class (14th) in 2008. Campbell went on to earn Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors this season.
"NC State made a great hire because they are going to get a coach that treats players the right way and teaches them how to win," Barnes said. "It's really simple. He's a proven coach and he's someone that came in and helped my program advance and move forward, and it's because of his knowledge of the game and the way he treats people."
The 2009 Bears went 24-10, including the second-best Big 12 record in school history at 11-9, finishing in a tie for fourth in the conference. Baylor also had its first two All-Americans in seniors Anna Breyfogle and Taylor Barnes.
Congratulations, Coach Bunn.
Baylor freshman Brittney Griner tallied 26 points and blocked eight shots to singlehandedly overwhelm Kansas State defensively, lifting Baylor (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) to a 65-47 victory over the Wildcats Wednesday night.
It was the fourth time this season Griner has thrown one down, including two dunks against Texas State.
In the game, Griner broke the Big 12 single-season record for blocks in a season with 122, blowing past the Big 12 record of 119 set by Oklahoma's Courtney Paris in 36 games during the 2005-06 season. Griner also broke the Bramlage Coliseum record with her seventh block midway through the second half and had at least eight blocks for the ninth time this season.
The Manhattan Mercury was able to get video of last night's dunk. Check it out.