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Senior Jazmin Zamorano returns a ball against Missouri Western.

Lopers down the Griffons on Senior Day

Traeton Harimon, Sports Editor April 14, 2024

BY TRAETON HARIMON harimont@lopers.unk.edu The No. 30 Loper women’s tennis team rallied back after falling behind early to defeat No. 36 Missouri Western, 4-3, on Senior Day. UNK would begin...

UNKs Ivana Siles tracks down the ball during the match against Northeastern J.C. Siles finished her day with four goals. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Rain delay doesn’t put a damper on Loper scoring

Traeton Harimon April 12, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu UNK soccer is coming off a 3-13-2 campaign where they won its first game since 2021. Now, the Lopers enter the spring with a simple goal.  Goals.  “Last [spring] we...

Under the new policy, students will be required to attend every home sporting event. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

UNK introduces mandatory athletics attendance

Traeton Harimon April 1, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu Beginning with the 2024-2025 sports season, UNK will require students to attend all home Loper athletic events. The idea for the new policy came from seeing how Loper athletes...

Melisa Becerra and Adam Palecek during the matches against Newman Thursday.

Lopers down Jets after a delayed takeoff

Traeton Harimon March 28, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu The UNK men’s tennis team were the first ones in and the last ones out after they defeated Newman, 4-3, in their first outdoor match of the season. Before the dual could...

Loper golf ready to let talent shine in 2024

Traeton Harimon March 6, 2024

By Traeton Harimon harimont@lopers.unk.edu After the first appearance in the NCAA championships in school history last spring, the Loper golf team isn’t quick to put expectations on themselves...

UNKs Melissa Becerra serves during her singles match against Wayne State (MI) Sunday.

Lopers get statement win at Indoor Championships

Traeton Harimon February 25, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu The UNK women’s tennis team finished sixth as the host school of the ITA DII National Team Indoor Championship. Including a victory over No. 4 ranked Flagler on Saturday, 4-2. A...

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

[Photo] Pittsburg State spoils Senior Day

Jon Willis February 24, 2024

UNK's Halle Duft and Shiloh McCool get set on defense during the Loper's 85-57 loss to Pittsburg State Saturday.

To end the day, campers got to form a tunnel for UNK players to run through as they were introduced against Newman. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Alumni help host camp for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Traeton Harimon February 10, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu UNK women’s basketball coach Drew Johnson sent out a message earlier this week. He was looking for volunteers for a camp in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. He...

Loper softball reloaded and ready for 2024

Traeton Harimon February 9, 2024

harimont@lopers.unk.edu After a MIAA tournament appearance during the 2022 season, Loper softball seemed primed to take the next step in their 2023 campaign. Which made the pain of a 16-34 season...

[Video] Lopers rebound after abrupt coach change

Jon Willis December 1, 2023

willisj@lopers.unk.edu 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...

Cordelia Harbison boosts a celebrating Lexi Stephens during the Lopers 3-1 victory over Washburn. The win was UNKs first over the Ichabods since 2019. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Volleyball struggles, soccer wins and more Loper athletics

Traeton Harimon October 27, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu Volleyball Loper volleyball started the week off with a bang, defeating rival Washburn, 3-1, for the first time since UNK’s national runner-up season in 2019. After that,...

The UNK womens tennis team holds up Jazmin Zamorano after her finals win Sunday. Courtesy Photo

Mindset change helps senior capture coveted title

Traeton Harimon September 29, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu A year after falling in the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regionals, Loper senior Jazmin Zamorano walked away from the courts in Edmond, Oklahoma,...

Jordan Renard congratulates Corynne Olsen after scoring her second goal of the year against Washburn. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Late goal can’t overcome frustrating miscues

Traeton Harimon September 22, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu The Loper soccer team couldn’t down Washburn at Foster Field Sunday, falling 2-1 in a non-conference matchup between MIAA foes. For the Lopers, it was the third straight...

4,003 fans filled the Health and Sports Center for the Lopers victory over Peru State. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Volleyball breaks regular season attendance record

Traeton Harimon September 15, 2023

After taking part in Volleyball Day in Nebraska the week prior, the Loper volleyball team was out to set an attendance record of its own.  The Lopers were out to retake the NCAA division II attendance...

Loper players go through drill work during Mondays practice. Photo by Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Accountability key to turning Loper soccer program around

Traeton Harimon August 21, 2023

Coming off of a losing season a year ago and having not posted a winning record since 2012, the Loper soccer team opened fall camp motivated to turn the tide. Something that is apparent in their accountability...

Loper football enters a new chapter under coach Ryan Held. The Lopers finished 8-3 record a season ago, just missing out on the postseason. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Lopers plan to skip rebuild year under new staff

Traeton Harimon August 21, 2023

The Loper football team was picked to finish fifth and sixth in the MIAA coaches and media polls this preseason, under the assumption that this year will be a rebuild under a new staff.  An assumption...

The Pronghorns held their first meeting on April 25. Traeton Harimon / Antelope Staff

Organization starts to boost student support for athletics

Traeton Harimon May 17, 2023

A new student organization, The Pronghorns, wants to boost school spirit at UNK athletic events in the future.  With the support of the UNK athletic department, the organization looks to improve upon...

Ben Arens holds the indoor school record at 3,000 meters. Photo by Kolton Maturey / Antelope Staff

Medical student finds structure running with track team

TRAETON HARIMON April 27, 2023

For Ben Arens, maintaining a 4.0 GPA is an impressive task. Add in being on the track and cross-country teams majoring in biology while working toward medical school.  Now it’s not just...

Tennis player regains rock solid confidence on the court

Tennis player regains rock solid confidence on the court

TRAETON HARIMON April 12, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu Usually, college athletes dedicate more time to their sport at the college level than ever before. For UNK tennis’s Jazmin Zamorano, this was not the case. In fact,...

Avery Wood went 2-2 against Pittsburg State and scored two runs in UNKs 3-0 victory. Leads the team hitting .362 this year. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Softball ends eight-game losing streak with weekend win

TRAETON HARIMON April 6, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu Loper softball picked up a win in their final weekend contest, defeating Pittsburg State  2-0 to end an eight-game losing streak. Prior to the win, UNK scored only...

Natural grass is back at Foster Field following turf backlash

Natural grass is back at Foster Field following turf backlash

TRAETON HARIMON April 1, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu UNK is saying goodbye to the plastic grass and welcoming back the natural way of things, as Foster Field will be resurfaced with natural grass this summer.  It’s...

Drews has been the head equipment manager since 2017. Photo by Kolton Maturey / Antelope Staff

Loper equipment more than gear to manager Tanner Drews

TRAETON HARIMON March 23, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu  When it comes to being the equipment manager for a college athletic department, there is much more to it than just handing athletes their jerseys. Granted, UNK equipment...

Sarah Schmitt had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in UNKs 65-43 win over Northwest Missouri State. Photo by Matthew Hicks / MSH Visual

Lopers’ 15-game win streak snapped in MIAA semifinals

TRAETON HARIMON March 9, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu The UNK women's basketball team’s 15-game win streak and quest for an MIAA tournament championship came to an abrupt end Saturday, as the Lopers lost to Missouri Southern...

UNK tennis players compete at the ITA Division II National Womens Indoor Championships. Photo by Traeton Harimon

Tennis hosts national indoor tournament in new facility

TRAETON HARIMON March 2, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu  The Lopers played host to the ITA Division II National Women’s Indoor Championships at the Ernest Grundy Tennis Center, where they were unable to record a win in...

Shane Stock graduated in 2017 from UNK. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Loper alumnus to spearhead strength and conditioning

TRAETON HARIMON February 16, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu After waiting in the wings for more than five years, Shane Stock is getting his shot to lead UNK strength and conditioning. While UNK athletes can anticipate change,...

Redshirt senior Teontae Wilson picked up his 14th win of the year against Clint Herrick of Fort Hays State at 157 pounds winning the match 4-1. Photo by Grant Tighe / Antelope Staff

Lopers win 22nd straight over Fort Hays on senior night

TRAETON HARIMON February 9, 2023

harimont@lopers.unk.edu The No. 3 UNK wrestling team gave a cold welcome on Friday to rival Fort Hays State for senior night. The Lopers handed Fort Hays a 33-6 defeat, their 22nd straight victory...

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