OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. – The Baylor men’s golf team is in a three-way tie for first place after Friday’s first round at the Fighting Illini Invitational. The Bears carded an even-par 280 at Olympia Fields Country Club, matching Oklahoma State and Alabama atop the 15-team field.

No. 4 Baylor (E), No. 1 Oklahoma State (E) and No. 19 Alabama (E) lead a field that features 10 of the nation’s top 20 teams in the GCAA Preseason Coaches Poll. No. 16 Texas A&M (+1) is one shot back in fourth.

Sophomore Cooper Dossey and junior Garrett May led the team and are tied for sixth place individually at 2-under-par 68, four shots back of the lead held by Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou (-6). Junior Braden Bailey is tied for 11th place at 1-under 69, while freshman Ryan Grider posted the Bears’ final counting score at 5-over 75 to sit in a tie for 54th place. Senior Matthew Perrine is tied for 64th place at 7-over 77.

Baylor equestrian to ride against SMU in exhibition

Baylor’s equestrian team will face its first competition under new coach Cassie Maxwell when it goes up against SMU in an exhibition meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Dallas Equestrian Center.

Baylor will officially open its season on Sept. 22 when it hosts West Texas A&M.

Baylor cross country back in action at UNT

The Baylor cross country teams will stretch their legs for the first time since the season opener when they run at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton on Saturday.

Both the BU men and women won their season-opening Baylor Twilight Invitational two weeks ago. For the women, four of the team’s top scoring runners from that meet (Gabby Satterlee, Brooke Gilmore, Alison-Andrews Paul and Hana Marsheck) will compete at North Texas while Lindsey Bradley and Anna West will be held out of the meet.

The Baylor men should have their full complement of runners, including sophomore Devin Meyrer, who will make his season debut.

The women’s 5,000-meter race is set for 8:30 a.m. at Denton’s Discovery Park, while the men’s four-mile race will follow at 9 a.m.

Staiger, Baylor dispatch Bobcats, 3-1

Katie Staiger smacked a season-high 24 kills as the Baylor volleyball team defeated Texas State, 25-27, 25-10, 25-13, 25-21, on Friday night in the Jason’s Deli Baylor Classic.

Baylor (8-3) neutralized any hope of a Texas State win after the opening set by cranking up its defense at the net. The Bears finished with 12 blocks. Shelly Fanning had eight block assists and Staiger added six, while also helping out with 14 digs.

Fanning had 12 kills in 20 swings.

The Bobcats (8-4), who were led by Megan Porter’s 10 kills, put the Bears on their heels early by stealing the first set behind a .318 kill percentage. But Baylor rallied thereafter, thanks to its net play and service line efficiency. Staiger and Jana Brusek each tagged two aces.

Baylor finishes the tournament against St. John’s and UTSA on Saturday.

BU tennis players Smith, Frantzen win season debuts

NAPA, Calif. – Baylor tennis players Roy Smith and Constanin Frantzen both won their opening matches at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Friday.

Smith, a freshman from New Haven, Conn., was making his BU debut and opened with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over USC’s Tanner Smith. Frantzen, meanwhile, also picked up a three-set win in his season debut. The German went 23-16 for the Bears in singles action last year.

That duo also teamed up to win their doubles match over Oklahoma, 6-4.

BU’s Sven Lah and Akos Kotorman both lost in straight sets.

Wilkerson, former Midway star, gets

call up to Brewers

Aaron Wilkerson is headed to “The Show.”

The Milwaukee Brewers called up the right-handed pitcher from Double-A Biloxi (Miss.) on Friday. Wilkerson, 28, is a former high school standout at Midway.

This season at Biloxi, he tallied an 11-4 record with a 3.16 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 142.1 innings. He has a 35-17 career record in the minors, but hadn’t made it to the big leagues before Friday. He’ll become the sixth former Midway player to play in the majors, joining Andy Hawkins, Brian Barkley, Zach Duke, Casey Fossum and Thomas Field.

No. 1 UMHB to battle familiar foe in Linfield

Who needs cupcakes at the start of the season? The No. 1-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders will again sink their teeth into another fierce non-conference foe when they face No. 6 Linfield College at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in McMinnville, Ore.

UMHB (1-0) and Linfield (1-0) are familiar foes, and the Crusaders have had the Wildcats’ number of late, winning each of the past three meetings. That includes a 27-10 win in Belton last November in the Division III playoffs.

UMHB coasted to a 27-10 win over Sul Ross State last weekend in the team’s opener. Quarterback T.J. Josey passed for a pair of touchdowns and added 91 yards rushing in the Crusaders’ victory. Linfield, meanwhile, also got off to a winning debut, picking up a 27-12 road win over Chapman University.

Longtime NFL writer John McClain named MCC Distinguished Alumnus

John McClain, longtime NFL writer for the Houston Chronicle, was honored as McLennan Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus this week.

McClain graduated from MCC in 1973 before going on to study journalism at Baylor. He worked for MCC’s Highlander Herald, the Baylor Lariat and the Waco Tribune-Herald before joining the staff of the Chronicle in 1976.

In 2006, McClain was honored with the Dick McCann Memorial Award for his long career in covering the NFL, earning him a plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the foundation in journalism I received from the Highlander Herald and my years at MCC,” McClain said.

Volleyball club to

hold tryouts

The Texas Legends Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season on Sept. 24 at the Lorena High School gym.

Players ages 12 and 13 should attend the 2-3:30 p.m. tryout, while players ages 14 and 15 will work out from 5:30 to 7. The cost is $40 per player.