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A bittersweet end to a banner season for women’s basketball

Just like that, it was over.Less than 24 hours after the women’s basketball team advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals, Kent State’s hope for an NCAA Tournament bid vanished.“I...

Jon Fleming, Kent State mens basketball director of player development, poses for a portrait in the M.A.C. Center on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Walk-on to coach: How Jon Fleming moved from one seat on the bench to another

Ian Kreider Sports reporter March 26, 2020

In May 2013, Jon Fleming lay in bed in Fishers, Indiana, wondering if his dreams to play college basketball were exhausted. He had set records for assists in a game and a season at Fishers High School,...

Head coach Todd Starkey swings from the net after he cuts it down on Mar. 4, 2020 to celebrate Kent State Womens basketball becoming the MAC East champions. Kent State University womens basketball beat Ohio University 81-77.

Women’s basketball tops Ohio University, clinches MAC East title

Kent State 81, Ohio 77, the scoreboard read.Redshirt senior guard Megan Carter climbed up the ladder beneath the basket, grabbed the scissors and cut a piece of the net down.“I’m so happy,” Carter...

Junior Tim Rooney wrestles against Central Michigan at the Beauty and the Beast match on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

McNally, Rooney punch ticket to NCAA wrestling tournament

Brandon Lewis March 10, 2019

Last year at the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships, Andrew McNally and Tim Rooney finished fifth.A year later, they’re both headed to the NCAA Championships.McNally advanced to the finals...

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OPINION: Tourney before the tourney

Tanner Castora February 24, 2019

When it comes to college athletics, I swear the word I hear most is some form of the word “fair.” “These college athletes should be paid, it’s not fair!”“The college football playoff leaves...

Kent State athletics finish respective seasons strong, multiple NCAA appearances

Jenna Kuczkowski May 15, 2017

Baseball team to play their final home game of the seasonThe Flashes (33-14) play their final home game of the season against Youngstown State University (15-36) Tuesday night at 6 p.m.Kent State is 67-21-1...

Kent State senior forward Jimmy Hall and senior guard Jon Fleming embrace after Hall fouled out against UCLA during the first-round of the NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, California on Friday, March 17, 2017. Kent State lost 97-80.

UCLA dashes Kent State’s NCAA hopes

Henry Palattella March 18, 2017

When Jimmy Hall picked up his fifth foul in the waning moments of Kent State’s NCAA Tournament battle against UCLA, he paused for a moment before walking towards the Kent State bench for the final time...

Kent State junior guard Desmond Ridenour and junior guard Kevin Zabo walk off the court after losing to UCLA, 97-80 during the first-round of the NCAA Tournament at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, on Friday, March 17, 2017.

UCLA ends Kent State’s season in NCAA Tournament

Henry Palattella March 17, 2017

The Kent State men’s basketball team’s season came to an end Friday night at the hands of the boys from Westwood, as the UCLA Bruins beat Kent State 97-80 to knock the Flashes out of the NCAA Tournament.Both...

Kent State president Beverly Warren enters Fat City Bar and Cafe in Sacramento, California on Friday, March 17, 2017. The Kent State alumni and fan pregame party was held there.

KSU fans, alumni, gather at Sacramento bar ahead of game

Henry Palattella March 17, 2017

While Fat City Bar & Grille in Sacramento, California, may be 2,400 miles from the Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center in Kent, Ohio, the Kent State Alumni Association did its best to bring...

Novice fans still support basketball

Sarah Heber March 17, 2017

With Kent State men’s basketball team making it into the NCAA Tournament, fans are popping up all over campus — some for the first time.Students like Kaitlyn Bober, a freshman psychology major, said...

NCAA Tournament: Professors hype for Friday’s game

Addie Gall March 17, 2017

Some professors who give little attention to Kent State sports were drawn in by the hype of the men’s basketball team making it to the NCAA Tournament.“I normally don’t get into basketball too much,...

Jimmy Miller is a journalism major and managing editor of The Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: The Huskies are great for basketball

Jimmy Miller March 27, 2016

The University of Connecticut has a stellar women’s basketball program.This is hardly a surprising statement to anyone who’s ever heard of the Huskies. The Huskies are undefeated this season, haven’t...

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