Dual sport standout Becker signs with Baker

By Steve Sell
January 08, 2014
Shane Backhus

Baker University is getting a 2-for-1 with the signing of versatile McPherson High senior Alisa Becker.

Not only will the Wildcat volleyball team benefit from her talent, but the track and field team will as well.

Becker signed her letter of intent Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at the MHS Library before numerous classmates and with family.

“I really liked the campus,” said Becker, who chose Baker over Bethel. “All the people there were really nice. I felt like it was a great fit for me, not too big but not too small."

Becker played a major role in the Bullpups’ current three-year run at the Class 4A State Tournament that included a runner-up finish in 2011, a state championship in 2012 and a state appearance in 2013 that ended in pool play after MHS had been ranked No. 1 in the state virtually the entire season.

“She plays bigger than her height,” MHS volleyball coach Christy Doile said. “That’s due to her work ethic and her discipline. She led our team in blocks. The swing blocking that we do, Alisa has always been a natural at the technique. For Alisa it was instinct and she really caught on to that and did a really good job.”

Baker is coming off a 23-9 season that included a 7-2 record in the Heart of America Conference. Coached by Kathy Allen, the Wildcats must replace four seniors for next year.

‘They were really good,” Becker said. “They ended up losing (in the HAAC tournament finals) to MidAmerica (Nazarene), who ended up winning (The Heart Tournament) overall. They’ve always had an excellent program.”

In track and field, Becker will be competing in the javelin and said the Baker coaches would like to see her try the hammer throw because of her strength. MHS track and field coach Jace Pavlovich said Becker is one of the top performers in the school in the SPS program and is only going to improve as she's just starting to scratch the surface. 

Becker qualified for state in the javelin last year and she’s expected to be one of the top throwers this year in Class 4A. 

“Their track program has been growing,” Becker said. “They actually had a girl in the javelin who won nationals (Stephanie Nelson in 2012) and then got second last year. She’s back this year.”

Becker, the daughter of Judy and Ken Becker, will major in nursing.