Paul Suellentrop

hunter gibson

How Wichita State’s Hunter Gibson Learned to Make Baseball Fun Again

People see Hunter Gibson and tell him to hit home runs. Gibson listened and swung away. Of course. It is a great feeling to blast the baseball over the fence and jog around the bases to collect high fives at home plate. “Every player wants to go up there and hit the hardest ball, hit the...

American Athletic Conference Basketball Teams Plan for Return to Campus

While there is no action on the basketball courts around the American Athletic Conference, important things are happening. NCAA football and basketball athletes can return to campus for voluntary workouts beginning June 1. Schools are working on the COVID-19 health guidelines for that return – precautions that could include steps such as small groups in weight rooms, closed locker rooms, face coverings for coaches and no high fives.
alex jackson

Shockers Focus on Self Improvement, Leadership & Hope for Summer Ball

Eric Wedge learns from John Wooden and Vince Lombardi. Alex Jackson takes inspiration from ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary, "The Last Dance". Different eras. Same themes. “I watched it and I watched it with my dad again," said Jackson, third baseman at Wichita State. “The thing with me is his leadership and the sacrifices he had to...
Ron Baker

Shockers Video Staff Turns Recruiting Strategy into History Lesson for Fans

As COVID-19 ended recruiting visits – and with Wichita State needing to restock its roster – the Shockers basketball staff increased its video work to highlight the program and connect with recruits. Director of player development Nick Jones and video coordinator Jeff Chapman produced highlight clips of former Shockers such as Fred VanVleet, Landry Shamet, Ron Baker and others.
Jaime Echenique

Shockers Goal is to Take Lone Senior to the NCAA Tournament

Wichita State center Jaime Echenique, who grew up in Colombia, is a late-comer to the joys of the NCAA Tournament. He learned more about when he came to the United States to play basketball at Trinity Valley Community College four years ago. Now the Shockers are close to getting him into the NCAA Tournament in...

Shockers in a Good, but Not Great Position to Earn NCAA At-Large Spot

Wichita State (20-7, 8-6) owns an NCAA-worthy resume entering Thursday's game against Temple (14-13, 6-8) at Koch Arena (7 p.m., ESPN). However, the Shockers are nowhere close to securely in the field of 68.
Noah Fernandes

Noah Fernandes Taking Advantage of Opportunity in Starting Role

Profile of Wichita State freshman guard Noah Fernandes. The Shockers have won their past two games with Fernandes in the starting lineup.
eric wedge

Wedge Puts Team Focus on Pitching, Defense and Daily Improvement

Wichita State baseball coach Eric Wedge looking for a season of improvement and playing winning baseball in 2020 and beyond.
baily lange

Return of Bailey Lange Gives Wichita State Softball Deep Pitching Depth

One of Wichita State's softball practice routines is a pitching circuit. It simulates throwing a seven-inning game, except that throwing a seven-inning game is easier in some ways. “In the first inning, you throw as many pitches as you can in 90 seconds," senior pitcher Bailey Lange said. “In the last part of the first...
wichita state basketball

Shockers Gear up for Crucial Conference Game at Tulsa

Wichita State knows that good passing often means good shooting. It knows that to stay in the American Athletic Conference race, it needs to combine those two factors often in the season's final month. The 23rd ranked Shockers (17-3, 5-2 American) play at Tulsa (14-6, 6-1) on Saturday. Wichita State is in fourth place, a...