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Make your picks

Nominations for the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame are open. You can mail nominations and supporting materials to Larry Rankin in the media relations office by Saturday.

 How to submit: Larry Rankin, Assistant AD/Media Relations, Charles Koch Arena, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, Kansas, 67260-0018 or email at
Athletes who enrolled at WSU before the fall of 2004, or before, are eligible.

Wichita State’s top stories of 2012

  1. 1. Men’s basketball wins the Missouri Valley Conference title and returns to the NCAA Tournament. Losing to VCU ended the run on a disappointing note. That shouldn’t detract from the regular season – going 16-2 in the MVC is impressive. The 8-0 record in February is about as good a month of basketball as this program has seen. Read More »

Enter the Hall

Nominations for the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame are due by Saturday to Larry Rankin at WSU’s media relations office. As always, there are plenty of athletes with HOF potential to consider. Athletes enrolled by the fall of 2003 are eligible.

The biggest name to become eligible is volleyball player Sara Lungren (2003-07), who seems to own a strong case. Lungren is an honorable mention All-American (2007) and a two-time MVC Player of the Year (2006, 2007).

  • Several other volleyball players are eligible. Karen Augspurger, Elizabeth Meyers and Darci Vohs among those who merit a look.
  • Men’s basketball player Jason Perez remains the highest ranking member (No. 6) of WSU’s career scoring list not in the SSHOF.
  • Men’s basketball player Bob Elmore remains Bob Lutz’s top choice.
  • With pitcher Mike Pelfrey in last year, baseball might be in for a drought. Conor Gillaspie, not yet eligible, is the next player I would regard as an automatic selection. There are some big names – Koyie Hill, Todd Dreifort, Blake Blasi, Drew Moffitt among them – not inducted. While all can make a case, none of them own credentials that make them slam dunks. With Gillaspie (eligible in three years) comes pitchers Rob Musgrave and Aaron Shafer, both worthy candidates.
  • Paul Miller, the 2006 MVC Player of the Year, remains eligible. No men’s basketball player has been selected since Kelly Pete in 2007. Randy Burns and Jamar Howard also eligible.

WSU tied for No. 24

Wichita State is back in the national rankings, and you can see both polls here. The AP writers get the Shockers more than the coaches, and that doesn’t surprise me. I think AP voters had a chance to watch WSU play on Saturday and those who didn’t read about it on Twitter and national Internet sites. Coaches are less likely to be influenced by those factors, probably because they have games to play or prepare for on Saturday.

If you watched WSU dismantle a pretty good team, you saw a team that passes the top 25 eye test. If you look at the score on Sunday, and consider Creighton’s slump, you might not be so taken. On Feb. 6, WSU was ranked on 13 ballots, none higher than No. 18.

After beating Creighton, WSU appeared on 52 ballots, as high as No. 12 on one, and on 12 in the top 20. Clearly, playing so well on ESPN2, with national media members such as Seth Davis and Jason King praising the Shockers, helped a lot.

It’s not a huge disparity (No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 26 in the coaches), so it’s not as if the coaches are ignoring the Shockers. The coaches rank Murray State and Saint Mary’s higher than the writers, so it’s hard to scream about a BCS bias.

Some Shocker AP poll trivia:

  • First appearance: No. 11 (tie), Jan. 12, 1954
  • Highest rank: No. 1, Dec. 15, 1964
  • Total weeks ranked: 80
  • Most weeks ranked one season: 12 (1964-65)



Stutz double times it

WSU center Garrett Stutz made 7 of 16 shots and 10 of 12 free throws on Saturday to score 24 points.

WSU center Garrett Stutz scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on Saturday, a double-double performance that is no longer out of the ordinary. He has eight this season. Last season, the Shockers recorded seven, two by J.T. Durley, Gabe Blair and Toure Murry and one by Stutz.

Stutz is playing better this season. He is also playing more Read More »

X-Man speaks to Slam

Devoted reader, hockey afficiando and former Eagle sports writer Kollen Long passed along this interview with Xaiver McDaniel, done in September by Slam  magazine.

X always speaks his mind and there are some good items within.

  • He believes his reputation for fighting kept him off several All-Star games.
  • Dr. J was his favorite player.
  • He hated playing against Larry Smith and Dennis Rodman.
  • He admits that a game against the Clippers didn’t bring out his best efforts. Games against the Blazers and Lakers, naturally, inspired a different devotion.

Wichita State’s top stories of 2011

  1. Wichita State’s men’s basketball team turned a disappointing finish to the season into a triumph by winning the National Invitation Tournament. Blowing out Nebraska and Washington State and winning at Virginia Tech highlighted the run.
  2. On the flip side, WSU got that chance because of a regular season that didn’t always make sense. The Shockers became the first MVC member to play in the Maui Invitational. They will remember it  for a whistle-filled loss to Kemba Walker and Connecticut. The Shockers dominated on the road, going 8-1 in the MVC with seven double-digit wins. They lost three MVC home games, however, to finish second. A close loss at home to VCU in the BracketBusters also helped keep the Shockers out of the NCAA Tournament. Read More »

One last run at Joe Ragland’s big game

WSU senior guard Joe Ragland.

Here is my final bit of trivia/list-making with regards to Wichita State guard Joe Ragland’s 31-point performance against No. 18 UNLV on Sunday.

  • It is WSU’s 17th 30-plus game against a ranked opponent, according to my research. It is WSU’s first since Aubrey Sherrod scored 31 against No. 15 Tulsa in a loss during the 1984-85 season.
  • Dave Stallworth leads the list with four appearances, highlighted by his 46-point game against No. 1 Cincinnati during the 1962-63 season. Read More »

Wichita State’s banner king

WSU volleyball coach Chris Lamb.

Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb should negotiate a banner bonus.

On Friday, the 2010 NCAA volleyball banner rolled down from the Koch Arena rafters. That’s No. 10 for the volleyball program, all from teams coached by Lamb. No WSU coach is responsible for more.  Read More »

Back your Shocker favorites

Mike Pelfrey went 33-7 with a 2.18 ERA from 2003-05 for the Shockers. His 366 strikeouts rank second on the career list.

It is again nomination time for the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame. WSU media relations director Larry Rankin awaits information plugging your favorite former Shocker.

Athletes must have been enrolled in the fall 2002, or before. Some Shockers who are now eligible:

  • Pitcher Mike Pelfrey. He can start planning his speech. Read More »