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MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Nearly 50 years ago, Shockers made run at history

Published on -4/5/2013, 10:14 AM

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Jerry Reimond remembers the captain coming on over the speakers in the airplane cabin, asking a bunch of wide-eyed kids from Wichita State to gaze out the windows.

On one side, Mount Rainier climbed to the clouds. On the other, snow-capped Mount Hood.

They were on their way to the school's first Final Four, played that year in Portland, Ore., and a date with John Wooden and his powerhouse program from UCLA. They'd made it without their two best players, and a team featuring five blacks in an era of segregation, oblivious to exactly what they had overcome -- something that would take the Shockers nearly 50 years to repeat.

"We had a police escort to the airport, and I remember that was the first time we'd had a police escort," said Reimond, a backup forward on the team. "It was a beautiful flight, and then Portland was so green. Everything about it opened our eyes.

"Then I remember stepping on the court that first night," Reimond said, "and what struck me as a kid at that time was that it was sort of a rarified or electric feeling in the air. The sounds were louder, they were sharper, the colors were more vivid, brighter, more intense. It was just an atmosphere, and it's a cliche and overused, but it was just indescribable."

The surprising Shockers are finally back in the Final Four this year, facing Louisville on Saturday night in their first national semifinal since 1965, and you can bet they'll be feeling many of the same sensations on the elevated floor of the Georgia Dome.

But while this year's team has been a longshot from the start, the Shockers of yesteryear were title contenders from the beginning of the season, returning nearly everybody of consequence from a team that lost to Kansas State in the previous year's regional finals.

Then, everything threatened to unravel in a few short weeks.

Their best player, two-time All-American Dave Stallworth, exhausted his eligibility at the semester, and senior center Nate Bowman was declared academically ineligible in late January.

The Shockers started five Kansans the rest of the season, none over 6-foot-5.

"We anticipated Dave was going to lose his eligibility, and when Nate had some personal problems, it was a shock," said John Criss, who played guard. "We had to start all over again, but that last semester was probably the best team basketball we had ever played."'

The Shockers managed to win their first outright Missouri Valley Conference championship, and that automatically qualified them for the NCAA tournament. But they were no longer the sure bet to make it to Portland, just one of 23 teams trying to survive and advance.

"We had the best team that year, if we had a complete team," said Mohamed Sharif, a guard then known as Kelly Pete. "Others did step up real good, and we were able to accomplish more than most people thought we would. I still hear guys we played against back in that time, they're still amazed that we were able to go that far with the kind of talent we lost."

The Shockers began their tournament run by beating SMU, and then used the trademark press that they learned under former coach Ralph Miller and honed under Gary Thompson to baffle a team from Oklahoma State that was led by another icon of the game, Henry Iba.

"That," Criss said, "was my greatest thrill of the tournament."

The result was a trip to the Final Four, even back then a big deal, where they were to meet a Bruins team that featured Gail Goodrich and Edgar Lacy. The Bruins were well-respected by then, the defending national champions, but had yet to earn the mystique of Wooden's later teams.

"They were very well-coached, and a wonderful unit," said Dave Leach, would have 12 points and 10 rebounds in the game. "They certainly weren't all that big. I think Lacy was their biggest player at 6-7, but they had a very good press and it ended up being a fast-paced game."

Even without Stallworth and Bowman, the plucky Shockers held their own at first, their game at Portland's old Memorial Coliseum tight until midway through the first half.

"That last 20 percent of the game, we broke the press but our shooting went stone-cold," Reimond recalled. "We just fell off a cliff, and it demoralized the guys."

Goodrich and Lacy were too much for the Shockers, who lost 108-89.

The Bruins would go on to beat Cazzie Russell and Michigan for the championship, while the Shockers were relegated to the third-place game.

There, they watched helplessly as a future senator named Bill Bradley scored 58 points and the Shockers were routed by Princeton.

"It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life," Sharif said of that Final Four odyssey. "For someone 21 years old, it's something that you really cherish."

Wichita State would go into a long period of morass during the 1970s, only to rebound behind guys like Xavier McDaniel and Antoine Carr in the early 1980s.

But despite all their success, they never made it to the Final Four, losing to LSU in the 1981 regional finals.

It wasn't until this year's team, led by Gregg Marshall, that the Shockers have finally made it back to college basketball's biggest stage. After stringing together upsets over the likes of Gonzaga and Ohio State, they'll make their their long-awaited return Saturday night.

You can bet those players from that '65 team will be watching.

"This program has a great history. I mean, it's not Duke, it's not UCLA, but there's been great players and a great program for a long time," Marshall said. "Those guys built the program. I'm just the steward of the program. One day, I might not be the coach here, but they will always be Wichita State greats, former players who did something special."

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