Category Archives: Washburn

Washburn linebacker dies in car accident

BEN MUIR

BEN MUIR

A sad story out of Topeka:

TOPEKA, Kan. — Senior Washburn Ichabod football player Ben Muir passed away from injuries suffered in a single-car accident early Saturday morning south of Topeka.

“Our coaches and players are very saddened by the news,” head coach Craig Schurig said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Ben was an outstanding young person and the ultimate teammate and did everything he could do for the team. He was a great young man to his family and his teammates. He will be missed.”

Muir played in 16 games in his Ichabod career after returning from a knee injury. This past season, he played in all 11 games starting eight recording 29 tackles with five solo stops.

He leaves behind his mother Marion Muir, grandmother Elsie Muir and brothers Fabian Valverdie and Dillon Buras.

Funeral arrangements will be announced as they become available.

Here’s a link to his player page.

Sad stuff.

-TA

Football signings, MIAA edition

So there’s a lot of small colleges in Kansas, which means a lot of football teams which means … a lot of dudes going to play college ball. Which means that hopefully I’ve got everybody here — for sake of space and not making you sift through everything I’m putting links to the school’s specific web sites and recruiting lists and in the cases where that doesn’t exist, I’ve just typed the names in. With a few thoughts of my own added, of course. Today is a breakdown of the MIAA schools, tomorrow (hopefully) we’ll take a look at the KCAC and then this weekend sometime, the Jayhawk.

Enjoy:

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Watch them fall

It was upset after upset in MIAA women’s basketball on Saturday night, and some of the games kind of blew me away. It’s not that I thought No. 2 Washburn or No. 9 Emporia State was going to run the table in the MIAA this season, or even come close. But to lose this early? At home? Maybe it’s more wide open than I thought?

Here’s a modified release from the MIAA on the big upsets, with C. Mo handed the Blues their first loss of the year (despite another big game from Janice Bright) and Southwest Baptist rallying to beat the Hornets, who seem to be having a bit of a post-Michelle Stueve hangover.

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How good is Washburn?

DEANDRE EGGINS

DEANDRE EGGINS

This isn’t going to be about the Washburn women — I think I know how good they are. Ranked No. 2, 10-0 … yeah, you get the picture. They’re nice.

This is about the Washburn men and what I think could be one of the best in the MIAA.

And, just one question before I get into all of this: How are the Ichabods not ranked yet? 7-3 and 3-0 in the MIAA with that schedule? Come on!

TWO REASONS WHY I THINK THE WASHBURN’S MEN’S TEAM IS GOING TO BE PRETTY DARN GOOD AND ONE REASON (IN TWO PARTS) WHY THEY MIGHT NOT:

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Roll Call: WINTER BEGINS IN EARNEST

Hello all. Roll call is definitely back in the house.

Let’s get this rolling. Not as much to deal with as in the fall … but just as important.

No players of the week to speak of — yet — in the KCAC but I’ll get into that in a minute. And the Jayhawk won’t start putting them out, apparently, until after the new year. Bummer.

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Hornets are MIAA VB champs

Emporia State clinched its first-ever MIAA title in high fashion tonight, defeating No. 10 Washburn in front of a record crowd at William Allen White Auditorium. Props to the Hornets, because this league is no joke and there are a couple of teams who have had a stranglehold on the title in the past. The MIAA had at least four teams in the Top 25 all season long so to win it … is pretty incredible. And of course there’s Eagle Karma involved, because we did a feature on ESU All-American Arica Shepard just over a month ago.

ESU 2008 MIAA VB CHAMPS (ESU PHOTO)

Here’s the release from ESU sports info director Donald Weast:

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No. 9 Washburn ends No. 10 ESU’s winning streak

This just in from ESU athletics. Looks like Washburn dominated this one:

HORNETS SEE 19 MATCH WINNING STREAK END

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Volleyball madness is spreading

There is no shortage of potent volleyball matches and great storylines headed into the weekend, with the Wasbhurn-Emporia State tilt Friday in Topeka getting top billing.

ARICA

ARICA

Where to start with this one? Two top ten teams squaring off (Washburn is No. 9, ESU is No. 10)? The MIAA

ASHLEY

ASHLEY

title on the line? Or the sister vs. sister battle between Emporia State All-American hitter Arica Shepard and twin sister Ashley, the top hitter for Washburn?

I’ll take ‘em all.

The Hornets are on a 19-match winning streak, and are 8-0 in MIAA play. They’ve never won an MIAA title. Washburn’s two conference losses were on the road to ranked opponents Truman State (No. 12) and Central Missouri (No. 14). I’m otherwise occupied, otherwise I’d be up the Turnpike to see this one. Go if you can and let me know about it. Will all of Rossville be there? I hope so.

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