You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Wright State basketball program loses its biggest fan


One day after falling to Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Horizon League championship game last week, the Wright State men’s basketball team suffered another loss with the passing of 79-year-old super fan Andy Winchek, who was known around the Nutter Center simply as “The Legend.”

One of the first WSU graduates after the school was founded in 1967, Winchek never missed a home game from the time the Nutter Center opened in 1990 until his health started failing a couple of years ago.

“He was always there, always waving his sign,” former WSU coach Jim Brown said. “There was a time when we didn’t have a mascot and there was all this talk about what exactly is a Raider, so he started coming to games dressed as what he perceived a Raider to be. He was in full costume with a sword and a helmet. It was hilarious. He was very, very passionate about the basketball program.”

Winchek’s devotion began when the team was playing at Stebbins High School and later at the physical education building on campus.

“In fact, the day his daughter (Nicole) was born he still made it to the game that night,” said Kevin Krejny, Winchek’s son-in-law and Nicole’s husband.

“He and his wife (Vera) went to every game,” Krejny added. “They never missed one. It got to the point where the ushers didn’t even take their tickets, they just waved them in. Everyone knew who they were.”

Dressed in his green coat with the same “Go Raiders” sign he carried to every game for 15 years, Winchek would always leave his seat at some point in the game and head over to where the students and pep band were to lead them in a cheer.

About five or six years ago, the band members started chanting “Le-gend, le-gend” when Winchek started his stroll their way.

The name, and the chant, stuck.

Baseball: The weekly honors continue to roll in for the WSU baseball team as Kieston Greene was tabbed the Horizon League Batter of the Week and Joey Hoelzel won his second conference Pitcher of the Week award of the season.

Meanwhile College Sports Madness tabbed Jason DeFevers as its HL Player of the Week.

Greene hit .500 in a three-game sweep of Illinois-Chicago, collecting three hits and two RBIs in the first game and four hits and two RBIs in the second contest.

Hoelzel earned the win in the first game of last Saturday’s doubleheader, striking out five over seven innings.

And DeFevers had a 5-for-5 day that included two doubles, six RBIs and three runs scored in the final game of the doubleheader.

Men’s soccer: The Raiders recently announced the signing of seven players to national letters of intent.

Joining the program in 2014 will be Peguy Ngatcha, AJ Paterson, Jalim Bayo, Blake Damato, Devin Collins, Austin Polster and Anthony Flowers.

WSU opens the spring schedule March 25 as the Raiders host the Dayton Dutch Lions at 7:00 at Alumni Field. WSU will also host Cedarville, Northwestern Ohio and Urbana during the spring.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday. Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate. On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings...
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch

Kenton Ridge’s chances of a No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament draw are likely gone due to a 9-0 loss to Tippecanoe on Saturday at Tom Randall Field. That didn’t upset Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer, though. Instead, Shaffer is confident his team will learn from Saturday’s mistakes and be ready for a rematch against...
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

A familiar name has returned to Ohio Heritage Conference football. But instead of continuing a successful run at Triad, Payton Printz will be hoping to do the same at Southeastern High School. Printz recently was approved by the Southeastern Local School District to be its football coach. He succeeds Greg Bonifay, who resigned earlier this spring to...
Family leaves heartwarming note after sitting behind NFL receiver on flight
Family leaves heartwarming note after sitting behind NFL receiver on flight

You never know who is watching or how you can influence them. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu learned that after getting a note from someone who sat behind him on a flight. Sanu tweeted a photo of the note saying, "This definitely put a smile on my face." The note reads: "Hi! You don't know us, but we wanted to thank you....
Powell looking to “move forward” after being renewed as Dunbar coach
Powell looking to “move forward” after being renewed as Dunbar coach

Darran Powell has been renewed as the Dunbar High School football coach. His status as coach had been under scrutiny since a series of events last season ultimately led to one of the harshest penalties in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. Powell, a Dunbar graduate, told his returning players on Thursday his coaching contract for the upcoming...
More Stories