Shiner's Chris Baer will continue his football career next season at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Shiner's Chris Baer, who was named Player of the Year in Class 1A for the 2004 football season, has received an academic scholarship to Trinity University and will play football for the NCAA Division III school. photos by Kerri Besio, Advocate Staff Photographer
Baer has accepted an academic scholarship to study engineering at the Division III school and is also expected to play running back for the Tigers.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Baer earned a number of honors during his senior season. He was selected as the Class 1A Player of the Year by Texas Football Magazine; the Offensive Player of the Year and the co-Defensive Player of the Year on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State team, and the Most Valuable Player on the Advocate's all-area team.
Baer helped lead the Comanches to a 16-0 record and the Class 1A state championship with his performance at running back and linebacker.
Baer rushed for 2,120 yards and 40 touchdowns, returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the state final and had 144 tackles and two interceptions.
Baer played catcher for Shiner's 2002 Class 1A state championship baseball team, and was selected as the Newcomer of the Year on the Advocate's all-area team. Baer moved to center field last season and Shiner won the 2004 Class 1A state championship. Baer was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the state championship game.
The Trinity Tigers have won the SCAC Conference championship for 12 consecutive years and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the past 8 years in a row. In 2002, the Tigers played in the NCAA D-III championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.