Monthly Archives: September 2009

Black dirt at Eck

The infield border and basepaths turf at Eck Stadium is black, as you can tell by the live camera shots. Up close, it’s a little better but still definitely too dark. Athletic director Eric Sexton has checked it out, and he knows some fans are concerned. He said that if Wichita State decides the turf isn’t the right color, a change will be made.

Stay tuned for more.

Wichita State’s schedule rambling

Shocker fans can plan their watch parties. The men’s basketball schedule is out. We’re still missing a few times and one opponent (other than the BracketBusters game). Read More »

No. 23 in the ICT

Michael Jordan is on his way into the Basketball Hall of Fame. One step along that path came at Levitt Arena in the 1981 McDonald’s All-American game. Jordan, in a hint of things to come, made the winning free throws with 11 seconds to play to give the East a 96-95 win over the West. Read More »

More basketball at Shocker Madness

In a world where playgrounds, restaurants and stuffed teddy bear stores are expected to distract fans from sports at stadiums, here is something refreshing: WSU is adding more basketball to Shocker Madness. Read More »

Too early to know

Wichita Heights junior Evan Wessel has one scholarship offer for basketball, from Wichita State. Needless to say, Wessel, a 6-foot-3 guard, is just starting to figure out his college plans. WSU coaches e-mailed Heights coach Joe Auer with the offer on Thursday.

“I’m honored that they offered me a scholarship,” he said. “I like the program. I’ve been to their games. I like what their program has to offer.”

Evan Wessel says staying close to home is something he will consider. He likes the idea of playing where family can watch. WSU coach Gregg Marshall is making his usual indelible impression with his passion.

“I like that,” Wessel said. “He is very enthusiastic and he knows what he’s doing.”

Ev Wessel, Evan’s grandfather, played for the Shockers on some of coach Ralph Miller’s early teams. Ev Wessel is deceased.

WSU basketball offers two Heights players

As first reported on The Eagle’s VarsityKansas blog (they get all the scoops), WSU has offered scholarships to Heights junior guard Evan Wessel and sophomore forward Perry Ellis. Read More »

WSU basketball schedule

UPDATE: WSU, Evansville,  UNI, Missouri State are the MVC schools holding their schedules. The other six are out, albeit with some TBAs.

I’ve told people at Wichita State to slap me next year when I ask “When’s the basketball schedule coming out?” It’s turned into one of those creeping  incremental stories where, through no fault of WSU or the MVC, readers feel incrementally more stupid with every meaningless update I spit out. Read More »

Coy drops basketball

Now I can cease my efforts to track down Ryan Minor. I wanted to talk to the former Oklahoma two-sport star about that life in college. However, Wichita State’s Johnny Coy is a  baseball guy after a meeting Wednesday with basketball coach Gregg Marshall. Coy quit the basketball team. Read More »