RUTGERS USED Geo Baker primarily as an off-the-ball guard last season, when he averaged 10.8 points per game and finished third on the team in scoring. Although he became the team’s full-time point guard this season, his scoring hasn’t suffered.
Baker, a Derry resident who played at Pinkerton Academy before he transferred to Proctor Academy in Andover, entered Saturday’s game at Penn State averaging 13.1 points per contest and 34 minutes per game for the Scarlet Knights. He scored in double digits in all but three of the team’s first 18 games this season.
Baker’s biggest basket of the season may be the jump shot he sank with 10 seconds to play in Rutgers’ 64-61 upset of Ohio State, which was ranked No. 16 at the time. Baker’s hoop extended Rutgers’ lead to three points and capped the scoring.
“‘I’ve got to take the big shot at the end of the game,’” Baker said in the press conference that followed that victory. “That’s my job.
“We came here to win games — to win big games. I think that’s why we all came here.”
Baker, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, has scored a season-high 20 points twice this season, once against Drexel and then against Eastern Michigan. He entered the weekend ranked fifth among Big Ten players in assists (5.1 per game) and tied for sixth in steals (27).
Baker saw limited time at point guard as a freshman, when he started 29 of 33 games and scored in double digits 20 times. He averaged 14.3 points per game in the Big Ten tournament to help Rutgers advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round for the first time.
Lebanon’s CeCe Telfer, a senior on the Franklin Pierce University women’s track and field team, was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Jan. 20 after she won three events at the Bates Invitational. Telfer prevailed in the 200-meter dash (24.84), 400 meters (56.50) and the long jump (5.27 meters). Telfer’s times in the 200 and 400 are both program records and are among the top 10 times in the country. It was her third straight selection as NE10 Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.
Litchfield’s Hannah Neild became the newest member of the 1,000-point club at Gallaudet University when she scored 27 points in a 95-82 victory over Penn State-Abington earlier this month. Neild, who transferred to Gallaudet from Merrimack College following the 2016-17 season, entered the game nine points shy of 1,000. Gallaudet, which is located in Washington D.C., is one of the country’s premier schools for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Neild, a senior who attended Campbell High School, also scored 415 points in her two seasons at Merrimack. She entered the weekend leading the North East Athletic Conference in scoring (25.3 points per game). She was named to the NEAC First Team and led the conference in scoring last year. She also plays softball and soccer for Gallaudet, and is a member of the Team USA Deaf Olympic team that will compete in Poland this summer.
University of New Hampshire senior track athlete Brett Hoerner was named the America East Track Performer of the Week for his efforts against Holy Cross on Jan. 20. Hoerner, a Manchester resident, took first in the 1,000-meter run at UNH’s Paul Sweet Oval, finishing in 2 minutes, 29.08 seconds, which is a conference-best time in that event this season. Hoerner also competed in the first-place 4-by-800 team as the Wildcats ran past the Crusaders by a team score of 244-178. The 4-by-800 team finished in 8:09.27.
Bedford resident Brianna Purcell, a junior point guard on the Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team, was named to the Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll for the week ending Jan. 20 after she averaged 11.5 points, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds as the Purple Knights split two games. She collected seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with three offensive rebounds, eight assists (two turnovers) and four steals in a 69-57 loss at regionally-ranked University of New Haven on Wednesday, and then had 16 points, three rebounds, six assists (no turnovers) and four steals in an 83-81 win over Adelphi University on Saturday.
Berlin High School graduate Holly Sullivan scored the first goal of her career to help the Saint Michael’s women’s ice hockey team defeat Anna Maria College, 3-1, in a non-conference game played Jan. 18. … Milford’s Zoe Daudier and Windham’s Bethany Fennessey are among the five Colby-Sawyer College swimmers who were named to the 2018-19 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Fall All-Academic Team. In order for a swimmer or diver to make the All-Academic Team, the student-athlete must have a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. … Windham’s Connor Hopkins posted five victories and two second-place finishes for the Saint Michael’s swimming and diving team last week. He leads the men’s squad in overall (23), individual (13) and relay (10) victories this year. … Newmarket’s Niall Foster, a sophomore on the Saint Michael’s men’s hockey team, earned a spot on the Northeast-10 weekly honor roll for the period that ended Jan. 20 after he recorded a goal and an assist and won 8 of 18 faceoffs during a 3-3 tie against Stonehill. The two-point game gave Foster a career-high seven points this season.
Andover’s Reilly Walsh scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Harvard’s 4-3 victory over No. 10 Clarkson on Friday night. It was the sixth goal of the season for Walsh, a sophomore defenseman out of Proctor Academy.