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‘My parents would not be coming home:’ Winterbone reflects on the day her world changed

A Wichita State hat displaying a pin honoring the WSU football head coach, Ben Wilson, sits on a piece of metal from the crash at the sitee near Silver Plume, Colorado. Wilson died in the crash along with 30 other passengers.
October 2, 2020

Elizabeth Wilson Winterbone’s life changed on Oct. 2 1970 when, at age 10, she lost both parents in the tragic WSU football team plane crash that killed 31 people.  At the time of the crash, Winterbone...

‘It’s sad at a whole ‘nother level:’ Journalists reflect on the impact of WSU football’s plane crash 50 years later

An overlook view of the plane crash site.
October 2, 2020

Fifty years ago, tragedy struck the Wichita State football program. A plane carrying 26 student-athletes, athletic officials and some fans traveled to Logan, Utah for a game against Utah State. The group...

PHOTOS: 50 years after the Wichita State plane crash in 1970, remains still lie on the mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado.

A Wichita State flag sits atop a pile of twisted metal remains from the 1970 WSU plane crash near Silver Plume, Colorado.
On Oct. 2, 1970, two planes carrying Wichita State football players, fans, family members, and crew took off from the Denver airport to fly to the Utah State for an away game. The pilot flying the gold plane, carrying 40 passengers and crew, decided to take a more scenic route through the Dry Gulch mountains near Silver Plume, Colorado, when the plane crashed into the side of Mount Trelease. 29 passengers were killed in the initial crash and two more died from injuries later under medical care. Plane parts, twisted metal, and memorial pieces left by Wichita community members still remain at the site.
October 2, 2020

Events for the 50th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash

A wreath is placed on Football Memorial '70. Family members of those who died in the plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970, place a wreath on the memorial each year to memorialize the 31 lives lost in the crash.
October 1, 2020

As the 50th anniversary of the tragic WSU football team plane crash that killed 31 nears, here are some of the events that WSU will be hosting on Oct. 2 as part of the remembrance.  50th Remembrance...

Tennis program to host three ITA Fall Circuit events

Wichita State sophomore Lingwei Kong swings for the ball during their set against Oklahoma State's Lisa Marie Rioux at the Wichita Country Club tennis complex on Sunday, March 10. (Photo by Easton Thompson/The Sunflower)
September 29, 2020

The Wichita State men’s and women’s tennis programs announced that they will be hosting three ITA events through their Fall Circuit.  The first of the three events took place this past weekend...

Frank Thomas arrives at WSU after NCAA gives him another shot

Frank Thomas arrives at WSU after NCAA gives him another shot
September 28, 2020

Just like many others throughout this summer, Wichita State men’s golfer Frank Thomas has had to adjust on the fly.  This past season, Thomas was at Southern Illinois looking to graduate before the...

NCAA releases new healthy and safety guidelines for college basketball

NCAA releases new healthy and safety guidelines for college basketball
September 25, 2020

The NCAA Sport Science Institute along with the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has released its latest health and safety guidelines with these guidelines focused more on the upcoming college basketball...

‘We’ve got to walk the walk:’ Wichita State looks to regain team chemistry as they return to the court

Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall responds to a question during a press event before the team's first practice of the season on Sept. 24, 2019 at the south Koch Arena Concourse.
September 24, 2020

Following an unprecedented offseason for Wichita State basketball, Head Coach Gregg Marshall was left searching for answers.  According to Marshall, last season’s team was the first time in his coaching...

WSU Athletic Department forms Shocker Pride Fund to help replace losses in revenue

Darron Boatright has been the Athletic Director at Wichita State since 2016. He also serves as a member of the President’s Executive Team and reports directly to the President.
September 21, 2020

Through the first four weeks of the school year at Wichita State, both fall sports of cross country and volleyball have been delayed until the spring semester.  With the lack of sports, there remain...

WSU golf programs return to the course with the Shocker Cup

WSU golf programs return to the course with the Shocker Cup
September 20, 2020

As uncertainty faces the collegiate sporting world, the men’s and women’s golf program took matters into their own hands to help keep both teams ready for the upcoming season.  For the first time...

NCAA announces start date for 2020-21 basketball season

Freshman Tyson Etienne speaks to his teammates in a huddle during the game against Tulane on Feb. 16 inside Charles Koch Arena.
September 16, 2020

Nov. 25 will be the new start date for the 2020-21 basketball season, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The original plan was for the season to begin on Nov. 10 but the NCAA pushed that date back three weeks. Originally,...

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