Category: Athletics

Delaney Hiegert
Newman alumna named NCAA Woman Of The Year Top 30 Honoree

by David Rung Months after her graduation from Newman, alumna Delaney Hiegert continues to showcase just how much she exemplifies the term student-athlete. On Thursday, Hiegert was named as one of the Top 30 honorees for the ...

The Balavage brothers: Is wrestling in their DNA?

Newman University has its own special connection with Scranton, Pennsylvania. It’s not the students’ love for TV’s hit show “The Office,” but Thor and Ivan Balavage, brothers on the Newman wrestling team who call Scranton ...

Marilyn Nguyen
The history of Newman University’s mascot

From different names to a changing campus landscape, Newman University has had many changes in its history — including that of the university mascot. Before Johnny Jet, Newman University’s mascot was the Jet Bird beginning ...

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34th annual Jet Open success

Newman University athletics recently hosted the 34th annual Laurie Bell Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. The fundraiser began with its traditional kickoff party, which was held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Crestview Country Club. Donors, supporters ...

Lori Bradley
Wichita Gladiator Dash holds special meaning for one Newman alumna

The Wichita Gladiator Dash, which is organized by Newman University, has become one of the most anticipated and popular obstacle-course races in the city with nearly 900 participants registering for the big day. The 5k ...

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MIAA excitement is building with still another year to go

Newman University will enter the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) beginning fall 2019 as an affiliate member — and the excitement is building. Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., has called for a task force, which ...

Austin Lavin
Newman math major wins local half-marathon

Recent Newman graduate Austin Lavin has been training for months to prepare for the local Prairie Fire Half Marathon — and his dedication and determination paid off. Lavin won the race, which took place May ...

Jetspy Awards
Student-athletes honored at annual ‘Jetspys’

by David Rung The Newman athletics department celebrated its student-athletes at the 4th Annual Jetspy Awards May 1, to cap the 2017-18 sports season. The yearly awards gala featured 26 awards presented to individuals or ...

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Newman’s bowling coach receives honor

Newman University Head Bowling Coach Billy Murphy has been named the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. This year’s women’s bowling team has achieved great new heights. Throughout ...

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Notre Dame’s Lou Holtz speaks at Newman

Lou Holtz is a name that can be recognized for multiple reasons. Many of those reasons are likely sports related. Now retired from a long career as a head football coach, Holtz has taken to ...

Samantha Rader
Samantha Rader is always looking for the next challenge

“Leave things better than you found them,” is a  saying that sophomore Samantha Rader takes to heart. Though Newman University has no shortage of highly involved and highly motivated students, Rader runs with the best ...

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Newman Jets women’s bowling team head to national tournament

The women’s bowling team finished third at the sectional qualifier, which means the team will attend the Intercollegiate Team Championships tournament for the third year in a row. The national tournament will take place April ...

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‘March Madness’ comes to Newman

March is when the weather warms up, flowers begin to bloom and summer is right around the corner. It is also the time when the 68 team bracket that is March Madness begins. This year, ...

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Wichita Sports Hall of Fame inducts two of Newman’s finest

Director of Athletics Victor “Vic” Trilli and Volunteer Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach Mike Pelfrey will each be inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame. ...

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Noel Torres first Newman Jet to become NCAA national champion

Senior Noel Torres is the first Newman student to become a national champion in the NCAA Division II. Torres won the 184-pound national championship at the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship in Cedar Rapids, ...

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R.J. Allen named Heartland Coach of the Year

The game of basketball is nothing new for Head Men’s Basketball Coach R.J. Allen. For six years, Allen held the position of assistant men’s basketball coach at Newman. The 2017-18 season is Allen’s first as ...

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Heartland Conference honors first-year head coach

R.J. Allen came to Newman as the assistant men’s basketball coach in 2011. When he was named the new head men’s basketball coach in April 2017, he had one thing on his mind — continuing ...

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Alumnus Adam Sawyer hired for technology support

Having technology issues? No problem. Meet Adam Sawyer, the new help desk and classroom technology coordinator. He may be recognizable due to the fact that he is a December 2017 Newman graduate. The transition from student to ...

Kevin-Bryant
Kevin Bryant finds success in the classroom and on the court

Graduate student Kevin Bryant is in his fourth year of basketball at Newman University. Last semester he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and he is now in his first semester of ...

Wichita's Littlest Heroes
Little heroes with lots of heart

Newman University partnered with Wichita’s Littlest Heroes (WLH) Saturday, Feb. 10, to provide a fun day for children who are battling a life-threatening medical condition. The athletic department hosted a free breakfast and free basketball and ...

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Newman University to compete in the MIAA as associate member in 2019-20

Newman University has accepted an invitation from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) to participate as an associate member in all 14 NCAA sports the university sponsors beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. Associate membership ...

SOFTball
Newman Jets softball team looks forward to solid season

Softball season started last week for the Newman Jets and continues through May. Head Softball Coach Janice Esses is hard at work conditioning her team to build upon the successes of last season. She said the ...

Mike Pelfrey
Professional baseball player joins Newman coaching staff

Lack of experience is no issue for the newest member of the Newman baseball coaching staff. Mike Pelfrey played professional baseball for 12 years before returning to his hometown of Wichita. Pelfrey graduated from Wichita ...

Wrestling team making a name for themselves

The Newman wrestling team has had great success on the mat this season — but it’s not over yet. The team recently turned out four champions and two runner-ups at the 9th Annual Kansas Cup hosted ...

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Big changes to the Jet Open Golf Tournament

The annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open Charity Golf Tournament is seeing a big change this year. Previously held in recent years at Rolling Hills Country Club, the tournament will now be held at Crestview Country ...

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Professional basketball player holds strong ties to Newman

Former Newman basketball player Gavin Thurman has been playing professional basketball since 2016 and is looking forward to continuing for many years to come. He attended Wichita Southeast High School for his freshman through junior ...

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Newman bowlers are going strong mid-season

The men’s and women’s bowling teams at Newman University have been playing hard during the first half of their season. ...

2017 in review
2017 Year in Review

Newman University has experienced many new beginnings and celebrated numerous achievements with staff, faculty, students and alumni. Take a look back at our Year in Review with the most popular stories from student stories, athletics, alumni and ...

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Exhibition game between NU and WSU raises money for Red Cross

The Newman University men’s basketball team went head-to-head with Wichita State University on Monday, Nov. 6, in an exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief. Proceeds from the game went to the American Red Cross ...

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Newman alumnus uses entrepreneurial education to start nonprofit

Newman alumnus Jason Prideaux is the founder of a new nonprofit in Wichita, Kansas — K12 Sports USA. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and management from Newman University in 2005. He also holds ...

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Men’s basketball signs 11-year-old Julian Randle

On Friday evening, the Newman University men’s basketball team signed their youngest recruit ever. ...

Women’s soccer: Sights set on conference tournament

The women’s soccer team scored the title of Turnaround Team of the Year at the 2016-2017 Jetspy awards, and this year they’ve proven that they plan to go nowhere but up. The lady Jets continue ...

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Newman 360Five: Women’s soccer mini-interviews

On this week’s episode, we meet the very talented and very “tall” women’s soccer team! Make sure to come out and support the girls at their home game this Thursday night! Check out more videos ...

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Newman triathlon coach is recognized with wellness award

Newman Triathlon Coach Heidi Coble was recognized with the Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award sponsored by Meritrust Credit Union during a summer conference. The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita held its 13th ...

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Swim, Bike, Run — Meet the Triathlon Jets

Swim! Bike! Run! Newman University is excited to welcome 12 new members to its triathlon team. The first team put together in 2016-2017 had four students. Now, incoming freshmen are looking at Newman University to ...

Change is on the horizon for Newman Athletics

By David Rung Shifting membership in the Heartland Conference has put the Newman athletics program in a position to seek an NCAA Division II conference affiliation with member schools that more closely align with its ...

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Success at the 33rd annual Jet Open

The 33rd annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open golf tournament was once again a success, thanks to the help of staff, volunteers, golfers and sponsors. The two-day event started with the traditional kickoff party that ...

Kevin Mangayi receives certificate
Newman alum and staff member becomes a U.S. citizen

Newman alumnus Kevin Mangayi recently celebrated a major change in his life — becoming a U.S. citizen. Mangayi has played the roles of both student and staff at Newman University. His current role is part-time ...

Jets partner with Rocking M Media

By David Rung Newman Athletics has reached an agreement with Rocking M Media to be the official broadcast partner of the Jets, allowing the university’s brand to be broadcast across the state of Kansas for ...

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Jet Open: auction, prizes, golf and more

Newman University Athletics is preparing for its 33rd Annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open Charity Golf Tournament. “The Jet Open is an annual golf tournament in its 33rd year to raise money for NU athletic scholarships and ...