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The Sunflower’s Top-10 sports moments from the 2019 school year

The Sunflower’s Top-10 sports moments from the 2019 school year

Marshall Sunner and Sean Marty

May 16, 2019

With the 2019 school year officially ending on Thursday, The Sunflower sports staff put together a list of the top-10 sporting moments of the past year. 1. Josh Cable's remarkable comeback Wichita State freshman Josh Cable has defied the odds. On May 3, a year after being caught in a house fire that burned him severely, Cabl...

Former walk-on named grad assistant for East Tennessee State University

Former walk-on named grad assistant for East Tennessee State University

Marshall Sunner, Reporter

May 15, 2019

Former Wichita State walk-on Zach Bush will be a graduate assistant for the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team. Bush will join former Shocker assistant coach Steve Forbes, who is the head coach for the Buccaneers. During his time at WSU, Bush appeared in 64 games, scoring 16 career points in 154 ...

Vadakin retires, Steelsmith new bowling head coach

Vadakin retires, Steelsmith new bowling head coach

Marshall Sunner, Reporter

May 15, 2019

Wichita State’s bowling program will get a new look for years to come. Head coach Gordon Vadakin announced his retirement on Tuesday, marking the first time since 1978 that the team will have a new head coach. Vadakin released a statement saying, “It’s just time.” He also said the retiremen...

Wichita State hires Easterling to succeed retired golf coach

Wichita State hires Easterling to succeed retired golf coach

Marshall Sunner, Reporter

May 13, 2019

Judd Easterling has agreed to become Wichita State's next golf coach. Easterling will succeed long-time coach Grier Jones, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Jones led the golf program for 24 years. Previously an associate coach, Easterling coached at Missouri and Arizona State. He ...

Wichita State extends Adams’ contract through 2024

Wichita State extends Adams’ contract through 2024

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

May 8, 2019

Wichita State agreed to add a two-year extension to Keitha Adams' contract, making her the coach of the women's basketball team through 2024. "I appreciate the support and commitment from the administration as we continue to work hard to build this program," Adams said in a release. With the addition,...

From Bohm to Tyler: What’s up with last year’s MLB draft picks?

From Bohm to Tyler: What’s up with last year’s MLB draft picks?

Sean Marty, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Nine players left Wichita State last year for the Major Leagues. The Shockers sent the second-most players, behind Kentucky, of any team in Division-I baseball to the MLB Draft. This draft class included former Shocker third-basemen Alec Bohm, who was taken the No. 3 pick in the draft by the Philadelph...

Shocker baseball scores JUCO pitcher with a 16 strikeout average

Shocker baseball scores JUCO pitcher with a 16 strikeout average

Sean Marty, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Jake Hamilton, a top junior college transfer, announced his commitment to Wichita State last week. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher. He’s currently boasting a 6-1 record with a 2.08 ERA through 61 ⅓ innings at Rose State College. Hamilton leads the NJCAA with 129 strike outs — a 16...

Softball locks No. 4 seed in AAC Conference Championship

Softball locks No. 4 seed in AAC Conference Championship

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

May 5, 2019

Wichita State has earned the No. 4 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship in Houston. The Shockers will open play against No. 5 seed Central Florida at 12:30 p.m. CST on Thursday. The AAC Championship is a three-day, single-elimination tournament. Wichita State won two out of three ...

Through fire, flames and perseverance, Josh Cable is still running

Through fire, flames and perseverance, Josh Cable is still running

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

May 3, 2019

Josh Cable is like most college freshmen at Wichita State. He’ll spend the second-to-last Friday before finals week cramming through assignments and projects. He wants to finish these early so he can go be among the crowd at INTRUST Bank Arena Friday night and listen to country music superstar ...

Baseball’s reported attendance is a far cry from actual attendance numbers

Baseball’s reported attendance is a far cry from actual attendance numbers

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

April 29, 2019

Wichita State hasn’t sold out Eck Stadium in years. In 24 home games this season, Wichita State has filled just 5 % of Eck Stadium’s 8,153-person capacity. Information obtained by The Sunflower this week indicates ticket scan numbers, which would reflect real attendance, represent just 26...

Shamet’s rookie season was full of positives

Shamet’s rookie season was full of positives

Marshall Sunner, Reporter

April 27, 2019

Landry Shamet left Wichita State with two seasons of eligibility remaining. His rookie season, which came to a close in the first round of the NBA Playoffs on Friday, proved his decision was a good one. Shamet came on the scene when the Philadelphia 76ers surprisingly selected him with the 26th pick...

Former Shocker golfer lands Newman head coaching position

Former Shocker golfer lands Newman head coaching position

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

April 27, 2019

Newman University has named Taryn Torgerson as the next coach of its women's golf team. Torgerson is a four-year veteran of the Wichita State's golf team. Her crowning achievement came at the close of her college career when she won the 2018 American Athletic Conference individual title. She led the...