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Kropp, right, was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1975 and played a season each with the Bullets and Chicago Bulls. Courtesy Photo

Kropp leaves a lasting Loper athletic legacy

Jon Willis April 26, 2024 After 43 years as a player, coach and professor at UNK, Tom Kropp is retiring at semester's end.  It all began in 1971, when Kropp came to Kearney State College to play football...

Isaiah Harris, right, transferred to UNK this spring after spending four seasons at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Photo by Jon Willis / Antelope Staff

Offensive additions highlight spring practice

Jon Willis April 19, 2024 Spring football symbolizes the start of a new season, and after a 3-8 record last season, the UNK football team is ready to turn a new page  UNK has practiced 13 times with...

Rylan Basart is now the UNK record holder in the javelin, breaking his uncles record with a toss of 212 feet, 9 inches. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Southpaw shatters special school record

Jon Willis April 12, 2024 Every week it seems a record is being broken for the UNK track and field team. At the Central Nebraska Challenge, it was the javelin throw record broken by sophomore Rylan Basart.  Basart,...

UNK junior Tyler Slechta served as varsity boys basketball coach at Lexington last season. Here he draws up a play for the Minutemen during a timeout. Photo courtesy of Paul Pack

Junior leading the way for Lexington boys basketball

Jon Willis April 5, 2024 For many young college students wanting to get into coaching, they often only get volunteer or assistant coaching opportunities. However, for junior Tyler Slechta, he spent the...

This new scoreboard at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium was approved and will begin construction this spring and will be completed in the fall of 2028. Photo illustration by Jon Willis / Antelope Staff

New scoreboard brings old tech into modern era

Jon Willis April 1, 2024 The University of Nebraska at Kearney revealed its design for the new scoreboard that will be built at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium. The new scoreboard features flippable scores...

UNKs Halle Duft and Shiloh McCool get set on defense during the Lopers 85-57 loss to Pittsburg State Saturday.

Pittsburg State spoils Senior Day

Jon Willis February 24, 2024 The Loper basketball teams honored their seniors on Saturday afternoon, welcoming in Pittsburg State for Senior Day. The women fell 85-57, while the men lost 90-64. The Pittsburg...

Shiloh McCool lofts a shot over a Newman defender. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Senior leaves lasting impact on young Lopers

Jon Willis February 23, 2024 Shiloh McCool enters her final home weekend as a Loper. She has put together a memorable career in her five years as a Loper.  The redshirt fifth year forward has moved into...

UNKs Alex Gorake poses after breaking UNKs weight throw record that stood for 23 years in Lincoln. Courtesy Photo

23 years of history shattered twice in 24 hours

Jon Willis February 15, 2024 It was so nice that he had to do it twice. In Lincoln on Feb. 2 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite, redshirt senior Alex Goracke broke the school record in the weight throw,...

Underclassmen step up while Lopers battle injuries

Jon Willis February 9, 2024 Injuries are a part of sports, and for the Loper women’s basketball team, it’s something that they are trying to navigate in the middle of conference play. Fifth year guard...

Lopers rebound after abrupt coach change

Jon Willis December 1, 2023 On Friday, Nov. 17, it was announced that long time Loper men’s basketball head coach Kevin Lofton had resigned from his position effective immediately, just one game into the...

UNK freshman DAundre Samuels tries to break free from a Southern Nazarene defender. Photo by Jon Willis / Antelope Staff

New look men’s team ready to begin season

Jon Willis November 17, 2023 After posting the worst record under coach Kevin Lofton throughout his time at UNK a season ago, eight new faces hope to turn the tide for the Loper men’s basketball season...

UNK linebacker Parker Wise winds up to try and knock the ball loose from a Lincoln player during the Lopers 38-6 win. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Football snaps four-game skid on Senior Day

Jon Willis November 10, 2023 For the final time, the senior class of UNK football players had a chance to put on a show for their home crowd and did just that with a 38-6 win over Lincoln. UNK honored...

Quarterback Sean Johnson Jr. evades a defender. Photo by Treaton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Third-straight loss comes in walk-off fashion

Jon Willis October 27, 2023 After two losses on the road, the Loper football team returned home Saturday afternoon to take on Missouri Western, and dropped a close game 20-17.  UNK had a ten point lead...

UNKs Tamicus Napier goes to the ground after getting tripped up against Washburn. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Football falls to top-ranked passing attack in the MIAA

Jon Willis October 13, 2023 The Loper football team hit the road to take on the No. 1 ranked passing offense in the MIAA on Saturday, Central Missouri. The UNK defense kept the Lopers in it in the first half,...

Washburns Tyce Brown runs a route against UNKs Jabea Tilong during the Lopers 27-21 win over Ichabods. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Football bounces back with homecoming victory

Jon Willis October 6, 2023 After two straight losses, the Loper football team bounced back on a warm and windy afternoon, beating Washburn on Homecoming 27-21.  It was a sluggish start for both teams...

UNK football players hold a meeting with their coach on the sidelines. Photo by Kosuke Yoshii / Antelope Staff

Pitt state uses big second half to down Lopers

Jon Willis September 29, 2023 The UNK defense kept the Lopers in the game throughout the first half, but 30 points after intermission from third-ranked Pittsburg State helped propel them to a 33-14 victory...

Quarterback TJ Davis looks on as Missouri Southern runs out the clock during the final possession of Saturdays game. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Offense struggles in first loss to Lions since 2016

Jon Willis September 22, 2023 It was a day to forget for the UNK football team as the Lopers hosted Missouri Southern on Saturday. Offensive miscues and penalties hurt UNK in an 18-13 loss. The Lopers also...

Defensive lineman Tell Spies (92) celebrates with teammates Quillan Felton (4) and Delonte Dickey (17) after a sack. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Football outlasts Northeastern State in home opener

Jon Willis September 15, 2023

After a week one defeat at the hands of Central Oklahoma, the Lopers bounced back in their home opener on Saturday, winning 31-17 over Northeastern State. It was an uneasy feeling throughout the game,...

Emersen Cyza and Abby Rose combine for the block against Wayne State. Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Volleyball day in Nebraska about more than results for Lopers

Jon Willis September 8, 2023

The UNK Volleyball team participated in Volleyball Day in Nebraska, taking on Wayne State in an exhibition match.  While the match ended in a 3-0 victory for the Wildcats, it was a day that ended up...

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