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Bijan Cortes prepares to pass the ball to a teammate during the game against UTSA on Feb. 7.

Heartbreak in overtime: Men’s basketball loses against FAU

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor February 13, 2024

On Super Bowl Sunday, Wichita State men’s basketball was bested by Florida Atlantic in overtime, 95-82. After ending 74-74 in regulation, the Owls crushed the Shockers with an early six points in the...

Sophomore Alejandro Jacome and freshman Vanja Hodzic get together during their doubles match against Omaha on Jan. 26.

‘We’ll have a seat waiting for you’: Men’s tennis encourages fans to come out for spring season

Shelby DuVall, Reporter February 13, 2024

The men’s tennis team’s spring season is newly underway, with the team currently standing at 2-3 on the year. Head coach Darragh Glavin feels the team ended the fall on a good note and is looking...

Aaron Mariconda and Sean Fontes compete against eachother in a game of Super Smash Brothers.

‘I can’t do anything about this, but go team’: Announcers find new ways to experience esports

Sascha Harvey, Opinion Editor February 13, 2024

Tobin Hoshower has been playing video games since he could walk. With a dad in the tech field, gaming was a big part of his life growing up in Palmer, Alaska.  Announcing for video games, though, is...

Freshman guard Salese Blow drives to the basket during the first half of the game against East Carolina on Feb. 5.

Women’s basketball ends losing streak, wins first road game at FAU

Owen Prothro, Reporter February 12, 2024

Women’s basketball traveled to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Saturday, Feb. 10, and won its rematch against the Owls, 67-56. The win marks Wichita State’s first on the road this season, snapping...

Small forward Jordan Parks huddles together with the rest of his team during a timeout during the game against Heartfire. The AfterShocks lost, 76-53.

TBT to return to Charles Koch Arena this summer

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor February 12, 2024

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) announced on Monday morning that it will call Wichita its home for the regional and quarterfinal locations in July.  Charles Koch Arena has served as the tournament’s...

Austin Raetzel lifts a weight for the F45 class at the Heskett Center. Ratsel is a Wichita State alum who has been going to F45 for eight years.

Global fitness franchise F45 offered at Wichita State

Loren Amelunke, Reporter February 12, 2024

Typical memberships for F45 Training’s fitness classes cost around $155 to $175 monthly. At Wichita State, the classes are free for students and $40 each semester for faculty and staff.  F45 stands...

Madyson Espinosa dances on the field after a teammate hit a grand slam in a Wichita State game from April 2023.

‘We need Mady’: Shocker softball’s ‘hype-woman’ speaks on positivity, legacy

Allison Campbell, News Editor February 12, 2024

In the dust of the softball diamond, where the cheers and chants of Shocker softball fans and team members merge, there’s a player wearing a cowboy hat who stands out — and not just for her southern...

Graduate student Misha Kvantaliani goes up to serve in his match on Jan. 26.

Men’s tennis player Misha Kvantaliani reflects on his final season at Wichita State

Avery Gathright, Reporter February 9, 2024

Misha Kvantaliani’s tennis journey began when he was just 5 years old living in Ukraine. Now, in his last season of collegiate tennis, Kvantaliani is reflecting on his tennis career and looking to the...

The Wichita State softball team gathers together before the match against McLennan Community College on Sept. 16.

Softball gears up for a different season with conference newcomers

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor February 9, 2024

Wichita State softball has a long history of success in conference play. Now, the 2023 regular season champions are gearing up for their spring campaign, and this year’s new additions to the American...

A couple of Wichita Statestudents practice  a Brazilian jiu-jitsu technique.

WSU, say hello to jiu-jitsu

Genesis Merriett, Reporter February 9, 2024

Jiu-jitsu is an art that changes who you are as a person, according to Kael Laselva. “It brings out the person you really are, and then it fixes it,” Laselva, a freshman business major, said. “After...

Sami Hood (#14) runs past the bases to home plate after hitting a home run. The freshman is a common starting player, and hit her fourth home run of the season.

Sami Hood strives to improve her leadership skills as shortstop

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor February 8, 2024

Sami Hood has been around softball since she was born. With all her siblings playing baseball and softball, she was on the field as a baby. She started tee-ball at age 3. “Ever since then, I've never...

Quincy Ballard jumps for the starting tip off of the Feb. 7 match. Wichita State defeated UTSA, 84-64.

Men’s basketball runs away with win vs UTSA

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor February 7, 2024

Like its prior two games against Tulsa and Memphis, the Wichita State men’s basketball team built a double-digit lead over the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) on Wednesday night.  Unlike...

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