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Wright State back on the boards; 5 more takeaways from win over Toledo

When Wright State was bludgeoned on the boards in a 19-point loss at Murray State on Saturday, coach Scott Nagy didn’t blame his frontcourt or any of his players. He put the onus on himself. “What’s always been important to me is rebounding, because I think it’s a ‘heart’ stat. It’s an indication of how hard you’re playing and how tough you are. And...
Matters leads Raiders to conference tourney in first season as coach

Matters leads Raiders to conference tourney in first season as coach

First-year Wright State women’s volleyball coach Allie Matters set ambitious goals this season, the biggest of which was qualifying for the six-team Horizon League tournament for the first time. Having taken over a downtrodden program that hadn’t produced a winning season overall since 2001, she didn’t expect an easy path. “The highs have been so high, and the lows have been...
Wright State loses one of its top players to likely season-ending shoulder injury

Wright State loses one of its top players to likely season-ending shoulder injury

Storming to the Horizon League title and reaching the NCAA tournament last season was a memorable experience for Wright State, but coach Scott Nagy believes his players need some reminders on what it took to reach those heights. He didn’t like what he saw during a 73-54 setback Saturday at Murray State, and he hopes they’re ready to dig a little deeper when Toledo visits on Wednesday...
Wright State vs. Toledo: What you should know about Wednesday’s game

Wright State vs. Toledo: What you should know about Wednesday’s game

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Nutter Center TV: ESPN+ Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Tied 6-6 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 46-23 in his third year at Wright State and 456-263 in 24 years overall. Tod Kowalczyk is in his ninth year Toledo and has a 280-233 overall record, including a 136-112 mark in eight years at Green Bay. Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 3.0 Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G...
Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney

Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney

The Wright State men’s soccer team had hoped it did enough to make the field of 48 in the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Raiders have an RPI rating of 35 and were ranked all season in the national polls until falling to UIC in the Horizon League championship. But despite a banner year under first-year coach Jake Slemker, they weren’t awarded an at-large berth when the bracket...
Wright State soccer upset by UIC in Horizon League title game

Wright State soccer upset by UIC in Horizon League title game

Having an historic season often loses some of its luster if a team doesn’t capture a title. That’s been a familiar story for the Wright State men’s soccer team. The Raiders have reached the Horizon League championship match four of the last five seasons only to be denied a championship and NCAA berth. Saturday night, UIC won its fourth straight league tournament crown with a 3-1...
Wright State falls in first road game of the season

Wright State falls in first road game of the season

Wright State’s first road game of the season Saturday night did not go well. The Raiders had a cold shooting night and got battered on the boards in a 73-54 loss at Murray State. Wright State shot 38.2 percent (21 of 55) from the field, including a frigid 3 of 18 from 3-point range. The Racers outrebounded the Raiders 41-25. “Murray State was prepared for the game,” Wright State...
Archdeacon: How Honor Flights brought ‘a sense of closure’ to longtime Wright State coaches, Vietnam vets

Archdeacon: How Honor Flights brought ‘a sense of closure’ to longtime Wright State coaches, Vietnam vets

After his return from Vietnam – where he flew 136 combat missions as a radio operator on an intelligence plane – he said he “put away” his war experience and didn’t talk about it for a good while. And when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, D.C. in 1982, he said he “avoided” it for a long time. But just 20 days ago Dave Brittingham found himself...

Wright State vs. Murray State: What to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Wright State at Murray State When: 8 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN+ Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 4-1 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 1-0 in his third season at Wright State and is 456-262 in his 24th year overall. Matt McMahon begins his fourth season at Murray State and is 59-37 in his career. »RELATED: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes...
Wright State basketball: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State

Wright State basketball: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State

As Wright State’s Bill Wampler and Skyelar Potter answered questions after Wednesday night’s season-opening victory over Western Carolina, they already knew who they would hear a lot about on the scouting report for Saturday night’s game at Murray State. Ja Morant. Both of them talked about how they’ve heard Morant could be a future NBA lottery draft pick. Morant averaged 12...
Five takeaways from Wright State’s season-opening win over Western Carolina

Five takeaways from Wright State’s season-opening win over Western Carolina

As debuts go, this one was a hit. And Bill Wampler was the star. The junior transfer from Drake had been struggling with his shot recently, but Wright State coach Scott Nagy knew that wouldn’t last. Wampler gave a strong opening-night performance with 26 points to lead the Raiders to a 96-73 victory over Western Carolina at the Nutter Center. Wampler made 9 of 15 shots including 5 of 9...
Wampler-led Wright State rolls in season opener

Wampler-led Wright State rolls in season opener

Junior transfer Bill Wampler scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers in his Wright State debut to lead the Raiders to a 96-73 victory over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at the Nutter Center in the season opener for both teams. Wampler scored 18 points in the first half as the Raiders rolled to a 52-26 lead. While Wampler and Loudon Love were leading the offense, the defensive end was strong...
Archdeacon: Raiders senior center on a rewarding journey

Archdeacon: Raiders senior center on a rewarding journey

Last Wednesday night – as he was crouched in front of the scorer’s table, waiting to go back into Wright State’s exhibition game against Notre Dame College at the Nutter Center – he said the guy keeping the official score book teasingly told him: “Hey, you’re gonna have to talk to Coach. An old man can’t play this many minutes.” And a week earlier, when...
Favored Raiders begin a new challenge

Favored Raiders begin a new challenge

Championship rings were given to the Wright State men’s basketball team two weeks ago. They like to look at the big green stone, the “Horizon League Champion” stamp and the engraved #believe reminder of Ryan Custer’s recovery. Wednesday night, just before they begin their season, they will look up as the NCAA Tournament banner takes its place in the Nutter Center rafters. The...
Wright State’s Wampler opens up about his struggle with depression: ‘It was just day by day, getting through’

Wright State’s Wampler opens up about his struggle with depression: ‘It was just day by day, getting through’

Nobody would have guessed Bill Wampler was struggling internally while leading Eau Claire Regis High School in Wisconsin to the state title game. How could he be? He was a high-scoring basketball star with college-scholarship offers and looked as if he had it all together. But he was going through the dark tunnel of depression and, except for his mother and maybe a few others, he hid what he was feeling...
Wright State basketball: Raiders not concerned with preseason hype

Wright State basketball: Raiders not concerned with preseason hype

When Wright State was picked to finish first in the Horizon League preseason poll , it wasn’t exactly a surprise. Five prominent college-basketball magazines and websites — Athlon, Lindy’s, Blue Ribbon, Midmajormadness.com and Three-man-weave.com — had already put the Raiders at the top of the heap in their projections. Ordinarily, third-year coach...
Wright State women’s basketball picked to finish 3rd in Horizon League

Wright State women’s basketball picked to finish 3rd in Horizon League

The Wright State women’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the Horizon League preseason poll released Thursday. The Raiders totaled 226 points in the voting behind Green Bay (286) and IUPUI (245). »RELATED: WSU men picked to win Horizon League Wright State lost Horizon League Player of the Year Chelsea Welch to graduation, but returns three starters — Emily Vogelpohl...
Wright State on being picked to win Horizon League: ‘It’s a pressure we love’

Wright State on being picked to win Horizon League: ‘It’s a pressure we love’

The Wright State men’s basketball team may have surprised some Horizon League foes last season by emerging as the conference tourney champ after being picked fifth in the preseason poll. But star center Louden Love and his cohorts won’t be able to count on that underdog status as a source of motivation this year. The Raiders were selected as the league favorite in a vote of coaches...
Wright State men’s basketball picked to win Horizon League

Wright State men’s basketball picked to win Horizon League

The Wright State University Raiders are the team to beat in the Horizon League. The Raiders were picked to finish first in the league’s preseason poll released today. Defending regular-season champion Northern Kentucky was selected No. 2, followed by UIC, Oakland, Green Bay, IUPUI, Cleveland State, Milwaukee, Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy. Wright State was the league runner-up last season...
Wright State golf: Raiders hope fall experience pays off in spring

Wright State golf: Raiders hope fall experience pays off in spring

The Wright State golf team has finished in the top half of the field in three of four fall tournaments, including a runner-up showing in the Valparaiso Crusader Collegiate last month. Although coach Brian Arlinghaus isn’t content with just respectable results — he was definitely hoping for more at the 13-team Valpo tourney, where the Raiders were defending champs — he believes the...
Springboro resident finds niche as college basketball analyst

Springboro resident finds niche as college basketball analyst

Mark Adams had a 17-year career as a college basketball coach, including a five-year stint at the Division-I level with Central Connecticut State. And while he had some success along the way, he mostly inherited rebuilding jobs that took their toll, and he figured there had to be a better way to make a living. “I hated losing — HATED it,” he said. “Psychologically, losing was...
Wright State Raiders: Five questions facing team entering new season

Wright State Raiders: Five questions facing team entering new season

A constant issue for Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy early last season was getting his players to believe they were as good as he thought they could be. They may have professed confidence, but the results conveyed something else. Nagy’s persistence finally paid off in a mid-December win at Toledo , which was also the debut of impactful point guard Cole Gentry...
Guard from Illinois commits to Wright State basketball

Guard from Illinois commits to Wright State basketball

The Wright State Raiders received a verbal commitment from Treyvon Calvin on Wednesday. Calvin is a 6-foot point guard from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. He also had a scholarship offer from Illinois-Chicago and interest from Winthrop, he told Scouts Focus Illinois in September. Calvin joins Andre Harris, a 6-2 guard from Brush High School (Ohio), and Noah Freidel, a 6-4 guard...
ESPN platform adds four WSU men’s basketball games

ESPN platform adds four WSU men’s basketball games

Four more Wright State University men’s basketball games have been added to ESPN’s channels for the upcoming season. »RELATED: Former HL player of year goes pro WSU’s Horizon League opener against visiting UIC on Dec. 28 and Wright State’s game at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 11 both will be televised on ESPN2 (7 p.m.). The return matchups also will be televised on ESPNU...
Former Wright State standout Welch signs with Portugal team

Former Wright State standout Welch signs with Portugal team

Former Wright State University women’s basketball standout and Fairmont High School grad Chelsea Welch signed with CAB Madeira (Liga Feminina) in Portugal on Wednesday. »RELATED: WSU men’s league schedule released A guard, she was the 2018 Horizon League player of the year. In just two seasons and 68 games at WSU, she averaged 19.6 points. Her 1,333 career points ranks No. 6 among...
WSU will host UIC in its Horizon League men’s basketball opener

WSU will host UIC in its Horizon League men’s basketball opener

The Wright State University men’s basketball team will open its Horizon League portion of the coming season against visiting UIC and end its 18-game HL schedule at Milwaukee. The Horizon League released its men’s basketball schedules for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday. Wright State previously announced it will host Notre Dame (Ohio) College at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in an exhibition...
First-year coach leading Wright State volleyball to new heights

First-year coach leading Wright State volleyball to new heights

Allie Matters always looked like head-coaching material to those around her while spending seven years as the top assistant at Seton Hall. Many thought she’d make the jump after having a major impact in helping her alma mater earn its first NCAA tourney berth in 2014. But the former All-Big East volleyball player was waiting for the right opportunity. »RELATED: Matters takes over WSU program...
Trip to Brazil with AIA team more than basketball for WSU’s Wampler

Trip to Brazil with AIA team more than basketball for WSU’s Wampler

Wright State junior Bill Wampler was part of an Athletes-In-Action basketball team that won the FISU America Games in July in Sao Paulo, Brazil, beating more seasoned squads from Mexico and South America. And getting a taste of competition after sitting out last season as a transfer player was a treat for the former Drake star, though he needed some time to adapt. »ARCHDEACON: ‘Billy Buckets&rsquo...
College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

A new ranking system will be used to determine NCAA Tournament teams. The NCAA has developed a new system to replace the RPI as the primary method for evaluation teams during the Division I men’s basketball season. »RELATED: NCAA rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) will rely on results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring...
NCAA basketball: Rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing

NCAA basketball: Rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing

The NCAA announced numerous changes to college basketball Wednesday.  Most noteworthy: College players (and potentially high school players eventually) will be allowed to hire agents, and players who enter the NBA draft but aren’t selected can return to school if they choose to do so by 5 p.m. on the Monday after the draft.  Additionally, the NCAA significantly changed the recruiting...
Raiders on a mission, headed to Dominican Republic

Raiders on a mission, headed to Dominican Republic

The good times rolled for the Wright State University men’s basketball program last season. There were 25 wins, a Horizon League tournament championship, lots of individual and coaching honors and a rare appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament. Now, as junior guard Cole Gentry confirmed, the hunter (Raiders) has become the hunted. There will be no surprise attack by WSU on unsuspecting...
Wright State men’s soccer team undergoes coaching change one month before opener

Wright State men’s soccer team undergoes coaching change one month before opener

Wright State announced the resignation of men’s soccer coach Bryan Davis and the hiring of Jake Slemker as head coach on Thursday. The change comes one month before the season opener. Davis, the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2016, coached the Raiders for 10 seasons. His final record was 86-88-15. According a press release, he stepped down to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. Slemker...
WSU men’s basketball to play road game vs. SEC school

WSU men’s basketball to play road game vs. SEC school

The Wright State University men’s basketball team will play Indiana State and Northwestern Ohio for the first time, area rivals Cedarville and Miami, and will visit Mississippi State of the Southeastern Conference in the 2018-19 season. WSU announced its remaining 13-game, non-league schedule on Tuesday. The Raiders’ four-game Cancun Challenge to begin the season was released last month...
Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil

Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil

Bill Wampler will make his debut with the Wright State University men’s basketball team this coming season after transferring from Drake and sitting out. But before he plays for the Raiders, he’ll represent the United States in the upcoming FISU America Games at Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound redshirt junior was among 10 players chosen for Team USA by Athletes in Action. Basketball...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

So what happens to Wright State University baseball now? If its recent trend continues, more good things. The Raiders are going on their fourth head coach since 2013 following Jeff Mercer’s jump to Indiana on Monday. That’s a lot of main-man turnover, following Rob Cooper (2005-13), Greg Lovelady (2014-16) and Mercer (2017-18). All shared in making WSU baseball a Horizon League power and...
Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Jeff Mercer, the head baseball coach at Wright State University the past two seasons and the Horizon League coach of the year in 2018, has been named Indiana’s head coach. An Indiana native, his hiring was announced by IU on Monday. WSU promoted Mercer to its head coach in 2016 after three seasons as an assistant to Greg Lovelady, who resigned to become the head coach at Central Florida. &ldquo...
Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee High School graduate and Wright State University baseball player Seth Gray may be spending his time at the beach this summer, but he hasn’t had much time to work on his tan. The Cape Cod League, a prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in Massachusetts, is all baseball, all the time, he said. “It’s an opportunity not a lot of people get,” Gray said. “I...
Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont graduate Jack Hendricks has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Wright State basketball team. A 5-foot-11 guard, Hendricks averaged 16.8 points while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season. He scored a school-record 52 points in a 117-64 victory at Indianapolis Washington, hitting 14 of 22 3-pointers. “I’m excited to announce that i have accept the preferred...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.  Quincy Simpson has the scoop.  Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.  That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be...
Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

On the bus ride to play two of the biggest games of his life, Malachi Smith had his mind – and his eyes – on another team. It was Thursday afternoon, March 15, and Smith and his Belleville West (Ill.) High School teammates were on the bus heading to Peoria for the state tournament. At the same time, Wright State was playing Tennesseein the NCAA tournament, and Smith was glued to the...
Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19. The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter...
Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after we played Fresno State, I think, that Coach (Jeff) Rutter came...
NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

The NCAA announced a potentially huge change to the transfer procedure that is set to take effect later this year.  Beginning in October, student-athletes will no longer be required to receive permission to transfer and go on scholarship at a new school.  This prevents the controversial process of coaches setting limits on where players can take their talents after deciding their current...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Former Wright State star Vitaly Potapenko is moving on and moving up in the NBA.  Multiple reports indicate he is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a new position with the Memphis Grizzlies.  He had been with the Cavs since 2013 as a member of the player development staff.  He’ll be on the coaching staff at Memphis.  Potapenko was Wright State’s MVP in 1995 and...
NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

Wright State coach Scott Nagy is finding the task of scheduling quality nonleague opponents tougher than ever after leading the Raiders to their first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years , so he said accepting a bid to the Cancun Challenge made sense for the program on several levels. “If you do get one of them scheduled, usually you have to play those people at their...
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