Athletics highlights


MIAA Champions move into Top 20 for final poll

Women's basketballWomen's basketballAfter advancing to the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championship game, the Emporia State Lady Hornets are ranked #18 in the USA Today Sports/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Top 25. Emporia State finished the season 23-9 and is one of three MIAA teams in the final top 20.

The Lady Hornets won the MIAA Tournament Championship in their third straight trip to the title game. They advanced to the Regional Championship for the second straight year and the third time in senior Rachel Hanf and Jocelyn Cummings careers in 2013.

Emporia State has finished in the top three of the MIAA or have advanced to the MIAA Tournament Championship game in each of the last 11 years and 15 of the last 16 years.

Three starters and eight letter winners, including MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Regional All-Tournament Team member Merissa Quick, are set to return for the Lady Hornets in 2013-14. Regional and MIAA All-Tournament Teamer Laura Patrick and Regional All-Tournament Team member Rheanna Egli complete the returning starters.

Hornet baseball gets 13th straight winning season

A total of five Emporia State baseball players earned All-MIAA honors as voted on by the league coaches. The Hornets garnered three second-teamers and two honorable mention selections.

Emporia State finished the season 27-22 overall and 24-17 in the MIAA. It is the 13th straight winning season for the Hornets, the second longest active streak in the MIAA.

Dakota McKaskle, Eric Dawson, and Aaron Rea all earned second-team honors, while Blake Sturgeon and Jordan Slade were named honorable mention.

Big show at MIAA Track & Field; on to NCAA II Nationals

Emporia State’s track and field teams qualified 18 student-athletes for the Outdoor National Championships in Pueblo, Colo., May 23-25.

The Hornets took the largest group of men from the MIAA, and the 18 combined entries are the second most from the MIAA this year. Emporia State is the only league school to send at least eight athletes in both the men’s and women’s competition.

Emporia State women placed fourth and the men fifth at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 5 in Hays, Kan. There were a total of 12 combined top-three performances and 23 NCAA Provisional Qualifiers for the Hornets at the league meet.

Tenth consecutive NCAA Tourney for Hornet Softball

Softball vs. Ft. HaysIt’s become as regular as the sun coming up every morning.

Emporia State softball reached the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight time in 2013. The Lady Hornets finished second in the MIAA Tournament, losing to Fort Hays State. And the two teams were selected to pair off in the first round of the national tournament.

Things got cloudy in the NCAA Central Regional I Tourney, though, as ESU fell to Fort Hays, 5-3 at Hays. The Hornets were then eliminated by Minot State, 1-0.

Emporia State finished with a 38-20 overall record and was 18-10 in the MIAA.