Category: Athletics

Barnwell leads team to national title game

Newman University alumnus Luke Barnwell ’13 has experienced a “once in a lifetime” spring — or maybe it is just the start of a new normal. After being named the national 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith ...

Spence departs, search for new women’s basketball coach begins

Newman Athletics Director Joanna Pryor has announced the resignation of Head Women’s Basketball Coach Darin Spence. A national search will begin immediately to fill the open position. “We would like to thank Darin for his ...

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Alumnus wins Naismith Coach of the Year

Luke Barnwell '13 honored with national 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Boys' High School Coach of the Year award. ...

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Unfinished business: Kameron Frame returns to NCAA national championships

Frame will open the completion at America’s Convention Center in St. Louis, Mo. Friday. ...

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A full week of homecoming fun up ahead

Newman University’s homecoming week will begin Feb. 15. The week is always jam-packed with fun activities and opportunities to celebrate Jet pride and this year is no different. Homecoming week events are as follows: Monday, ...

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Athletics department strives to meet fundraising goals

The Newman University athletics department relies on support and funding from generous Jets fans to keep each team in play throughout the year. The athletics budget doesn’t include things like new uniforms or technology so ...

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Newman Jets ready for spring competition

The fall 2020 sports season for Newman University student-athletes was abruptly put on hold due to a national pandemic. But the Jets are looking to end their 2020-2021 season on a high note with a ...

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Basketball alumna finds success as volleyball coach

Alumna Melissa (Brockleman) Holle ’10 played basketball during her time at Newman University but has found success as a high school coach in another sport. Her Hanover High School team took home the Kansas 1A ...

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Alumnus named first-ever head coach of collegiate soccer program

Alumnus Antonio Ledesma ’05 has been named head men’s and women’s soccer coach for Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) in his hometown of Athens, Texas. Ledesma is the first soccer coach for the college’s new ...

Four Jets from cross country team qualify for nationals

Two athletes from the Women's Cross Country team and two from the Men's qualified for the Lubbock Christian National Invite. ...

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Newman alumnus Jeff Topping puts family first

(Above photo: Jeff Topping poses with his wife and daughters) Jeff Topping ‘98 has led a long and successful career in coaching and recently made a big change so he could coach his own daughters ...

Basketball teams prepare for upcoming season

As the season approaches, both basketball teams are getting ready to give each game their all. ...

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Cross country performing well at competitions

Cross country is the only sport so far this semester that has been able to take part in competitions. The women’s and men’s teams have competed twice this semester, first Sept. 26 in the Cottonwood ...

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Newman to host 2024 NCAA Division II wrestling championship

by Collin Loutensock Newman University and Hartman Arena have been selected to host the 2024 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor said, “Newman University is excited to serve as host of ...

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MIAA task force chooses three Newman representatives

The MIAA has recently appointed a fourteen member task force to uphold its values of inclusion and diversity, and three of the members selected come from Newman. ...

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Newman purchases new vans for student travel

Newman University recently purchased three new vans for student travel. The vans boast a large Newman Jets logo on the side and elements of the Wichita flag. The vans will primarily be used for athletic ...

Cross-country student gets creative during pandemic

Freshman Austin Fullerton was unable to run track for his last year of high school, inspiring him to band together with other runners to stay active. ...

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Newman athletics plan alumni golf tournament

Newman University Athletics is organizing its second annual alumni gathering in the form of a golf tournament, which will start at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, at the Derby Country Club. The four-man scramble tournament is ...

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Student-athletes earn high marks, MIAA recognition

Newman University carried the fourth-highest number of student-athletes to earn Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) academic achievement recognition out of 14 schools. A total of 86 Jets earned a 2019-20 Academic Achievement Award from the ...

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Newman alumnus returns as new head women’s soccer coach

Newman University Athletics has chosen alumnus Jay Holmes ‘89 as the new head women’s soccer coach effective Aug. 20. He returns to Newman with a long history in the sport, both as a well-known player ...

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Fall athletics competitions postponed until Jan. 1

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) has announced the postponement of all fall sports until at least Jan. 1, 2021. Newman University Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor said teams are allowed to practice but no ...

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2020 Jet Open boasts great weather and high turnout

Newman University Athletics hosted its 36th annual Laurie Bell Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Aug. 3. Planning for the Jet Open this year proved to be challenging, as does planning for any large event in ...

Jet Open returns for another day of giving and golfing

Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Maureen Rohleder explains what attendees have to look forward to for this year's Jet Open. ...

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Newman Alumni Rodney Tafoya continues to rewrite baseball history

Written by Sports Information Director Collin Loutensock and Graduate Assistant Alex Mead Rodney Tafoya, who graduated from Newman in 1989, continues to dominate on the diamond.  At the age of 55 and the author of ...

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Newman wrestler reflects on juggling college and type 1 diabetes

Through hard work and determination, senior Thor Balavage has been able to pin down the responsibilities of being a nursing student, a student-athlete as a wrestler and a resident assistant. He juggles all these roles ...

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MIAA suspends spring sports, championships canceled

The NCAA announced late Thursday afternoon that all remaining winter and spring championships have been canceled. A second announcement was made that evening that all MIAA practices and athletic competitions are to be halted until ...

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Two Newman wrestlers qualify for NCAA Championships

*Update: NCAA announced Thursday at approximately 3:15 p.m. that all remaining winter and spring championships have been canceled. Jets wrestlers and coaches will return home Friday, March 13. Congratulations to Tyler Lawley and Kameron Frame ...

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Alumnus plays two roles in the community

Alumnus Steven Hamersky ‘15 is juggling two careers — as an officer for the Newton Police Department and a goalie for the Wichita Wings — although his police work comes first, he said. During his ...

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Alumnus takes on pro basketball dream in Germany

Alumnus Kevin Bryant’s basketball career at Newman was impressive, and due to his competitive nature, he couldn’t let his career end there. Bryant grew up in Germany and found his way to Newman through a ...

Homecoming 2020 – intense games and a royal ceremony

Newman University celebrated homecoming with a week full of activities and on Thursday night, Feb. 20, the homecoming games began. The women’s basketball team kicked off the night by taking on tough competitor Emporia State ...

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Newman athletics starts Aviator Club

In order to improve communication and involvement with alumni and other fans, the Newman Athletics department has launched the Aviator Club. Zane Ehling, associate athletic director for external operations, explained the features of the Aviator ...

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New app helps Jet fans stay connected

Newman University athletics recently launched its new app to help fans stay up to date with game details, live updates and more. The app can be found in the App Store or on Google Play ...

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What a difference a decade makes

As the year 2019 comes to an end, a new decade begins. We took a look at all that we accomplished during the past ten years. ...

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Newman student starts baking on the side

Freshman David Moss, a basketball player majoring in psychology, is quite the Renaissance man. In addition to his adeptness in athletics and his affinity toward academics, he is also a skilled baker; so skilled, in ...

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National champion trains for the Olympics

Newman University’s one and only NCAA DII national champion is back on the wrestling mat — this time in a different country. Noel Torres ’18 competed in the 2019 Mexican National Championship Dec. 7 and ...