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Sports Brief: Wichita State golfer succeeds in Brazil

Sports Editor

July 11, 2012

Wichita State senior golfer Rafael Becker won the Brazilian Amateur Championship for the third-straight time on Sunday. Becker, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, led from the start of the tournament and ended with an 8-under 276 (69-66-67-74).  The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Golfer-of-the-Year helpe...

WSU’s track team is a hidden gem

Staff Reporter

July 11, 2012

After the Wichita State men’s basketball team fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, WSU fans quickly shifted focus to next season. This is a reoccurring theme—only showing love for the men’s basketball team, purchasing season tickets the second they become available, and packing up WSU T-sh...

Shockers attempt to qualify for Olympics

Sports Editor

June 27, 2012

Wichita State had three different former athletes compete at the 2012 U.S. Team Trials in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend. Chandra Andrews, Kellyn Johnson and Trent Mazanec all competed at the trials. Andrews finished 15th in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 63.02 meters. Andrews finished 24th in t...

Can we finally stop talking about Lebron James?

Sports Editor

June 27, 2012

The self-appointed “King,” LeBron James, has finally won his NBA title. I agree with James’ exact words when he explained how he feels about finally winning a ring: “about damn time.” It is about time James won a ring. I'm no fan of his and never will be. I didn't like the way he came into...

Campers get taste of collegiate athletics with Gregg Marshall’s basketball camp

Sports Editor

June 27, 2012

This past week Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall and his staff hosted their final Gregg Marshall Shocker Basketball Camp of the summer. The camp treated players between the ages of six and 16 to a variety of activities every afternoon last week. “We split the campers up into three differ...

Sport Management receives accreditation

Sports Editor

June 20, 2012

Wichita State’s Sport Management program has been working to receive accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation for more than a year.  Starting this fall, the program will be one of only nine schools in the country to be accredited by COSMA. “When COSMA was first formed, Wic...

Track and field star Tuliamuk leads numerous Shockers to All-America status at Nationals

Sports Editor

June 13, 2012

The Wichita State track and field team ended its season this past week at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.  The Shockers sent eight athletes to the meet and were led by junior Aliphine Tuliamuk. The junior from Kapenguria, Kenya, placed in two different ev...

WSU baseball players named All-Americans

Sports Editor

June 13, 2012

The Wichita State baseball team saw its season end earlier than the team had wished. The Shockers lost two games in the Valley tournament against Missouri State and Southern Illinois. The two losses ultimately ended the Shockers chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament, and their season. Even with the...

PBA event brings the best out of Wichita State bowlers

Staff Photographer

June 13, 2012

Wichita State junior Blake Demore wanted to know how good of a bowler he is compared with others. He and other WSU bowlers attended the Professional Bowlers Association  Southwest/Midwest Region Wichita Open this past weekend.  “It’s a chance to get to see how you match up to everyone else,”  Demo...

Bowling coach inducted into Hall of Fame

by Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

Wichita State University bowling coach Gordon Vadakin started his summer off by being selected as one of the members of the 2012 Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to be selected, but more than anything to me it’s a reflection of how we do business here in the RSC,” Vadakin said of...

Track team prepares for strong finish at NCAA Championships in Iowa

by Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

At this time last year, J’Lynn Ledesma was not with her Wichita State track and field teammates at the NCAA Championships. She did not qualify, and finished her freshman year on a disappointing note.  But that was a year ago. Now, Ledesma is preparing to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NCAA Championships ...

Shocker baseball blasts Wildcats behind Coy’s five hits

by Staff Reporter

May 3, 2012

Johnny Coy is no stranger to impressive statistics during his 3-year playing career at Wichita State. His streak continued Tuesday night with a personal best. Coy went 5-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Shockers (28-20) to a 10-3 win over the Kansas State Wildcats (19-27). It was Coy's first five-hit ga...