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By the numbers: What’s going on with Erik Stevenson?

By the numbers: What’s going on with Erik Stevenson?

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 13, 2020

Sophomore shooting guard Erik Stevenson came out as a team leader early this season, carrying the Shocker offense. At one point, 16 games into the season, the Washington native was averaging 14.1 points per game. But since then, he’s struggled — specifically in the last seven games. As Stevenson...

‘No nights off’: Shockers look to snap 3-game losing skid against

‘No nights off’: Shockers look to snap 3-game losing skid against

Sean Marty, Reporter

February 13, 2020

After three straight losses, Wichita State has dropped to sixth place in the American Athletic Conference with a 5-5 conference record. The Shockers will have a chance to return Thursday as they travel to Orlando to face off with Central Florida. The Shockers are 4-0 all-time against the Knights....

‘You have to play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back:’ Dysfunction, lack of leadership, and a possible resolution. The Shockers are now fighting for their lives

‘You have to play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back:’ Dysfunction, lack of leadership, and a possible resolution. The Shockers are now fighting for their lives

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Within the past month, the Wichita State men's basketball team has run the gamut of highs and lows. The Shockers could seemingly do no wrong early in the season when they jumped out to a 14-1 start and defeated then-nationally ranked Memphis.  After the game against the Tigers, little to nothing has seemed ...

Darron Boatright: The man behind the scenes of Wichita State athletics

Darron Boatright: The man behind the scenes of Wichita State athletics

David Leon, Reporter

February 11, 2020

Darron Boatright took the reins of the Wichita State athletic department in August 2016. Since then, he’s been busy — negotiating WSU’s move from the Missouri Valley to the American Athletic Conference and transitioning the department to an all-inclusive apparel provider in Under Armour, am...

‘Wherever it takes me:’ Ben Smith returns to WSU to dive into coaching world

‘Wherever it takes me:’ Ben Smith returns to WSU to dive into coaching world

Sean Marty, Reporter

February 11, 2020

More than seven years after hanging up his Wichita State jersey, Ben Smith is back in Wichita. This stint as a Shocker is much different than Smith’s last.  The former Shocker guard has returned to the men’s basketball program as a graduate manager to learn the coaching ropes under Gregg Marshall...

How Marcus Wright paved his way into the creative media community at WSU

How Marcus Wright paved his way into the creative media community at WSU

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Because of his original love for photography, Wichita State Digital Media Coordinator Marcus Wright didn’t originally picture himself as a videographer. Today, Wright is a member of the GoShockers athletics team, helping produce social media content that has ended up reaching thousands of viewers. ...

WSU starts off season with .500 record in Texas Classic

WSU starts off season with .500 record in Texas Classic

Sean Marty, Reporter

February 10, 2020

Wichita State softball opened up their season over the weekend, leaving the Texas Classic with a 3-3 record. The Shockers were able to pick up wins against Maryland, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, and Lamar while falling twice at the hands of No. 6 Texas and once to Colorado State. In the six games,...

Houston flatlines Wichita State, marks worst loss in Gregg Marshall era

Houston flatlines Wichita State, marks worst loss in Gregg Marshall era

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 9, 2020

During last year's rough patch and a team full of freshmen, Gregg Marshall and the Shockers suffered the worst loss by point margin in the "Marshall Era," losing by 32 points to Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Now, with a team that has more experience, the Shockers have now set a new record with a 33 point...

Wichita State baseball unveils Phase V additions to Eck Stadium

Wichita State baseball unveils Phase V additions to Eck Stadium

Sean Marty, Reporter

February 9, 2020

On Friday, Wichita State unveiled its new baseball facilities at Eck Stadium called Phase V. The new upgrades will help the program compete with some of the best in the country, as a whole. With more than 100 of the donors and supporters in attendance, WSU introduced the 10,000 square foot facility...

‘He’s got the capabilities to do it every night:’ Longtime friend helping prepare Tyson Etienne for the future

‘He’s got the capabilities to do it every night:’ Longtime friend helping prepare Tyson Etienne for the future

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

Two hours prior to the Cincinnati game on Thursday, freshman guard Tyson Etienne was on the floor going through drills. It's not abnormal for the New Jersey native to get to the arena on a game-day early and get shots up before anyone else – it's becoming a game day ritual. But Thursday's pregame workout...

‘I’m not pleased with anything:’ Echenique urgent with collegiate career running out of time

‘I’m not pleased with anything:’ Echenique urgent with collegiate career running out of time

Sean Marty, Reporter

February 7, 2020

Despite Jaime Echenique and Wichita State’s greatest efforts, WSU was unable to get past Cincinnati in the final seconds, falling 80-79. In his senior season, Echenique has stepped when it has mattered most. The Colombian native has been carrying the load the last five games, but ultimately it hasn’t...

Cumberland’s game-winner breaks Shockers in second-consecutive game

Cumberland’s game-winner breaks Shockers in second-consecutive game

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

The game seemed to be sealed for the Shockers. Wichita State fought all the way back after being down six points with just over five minutes remaining. Down one with 16 seconds remaining, freshman point guard Grant Sherfield put the team on his back. After Cincinnati decided to double-team senior...