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100-year-old Shocker fan sees WSU go 18-0

Published On: Jan 14 2014 09:38:42 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 06:58:49 AM CST
WICHITA, Kan. -

Of the ten thousand Shocker fans filing into Koch Arena, John Burchfield stands out from the crowd.

Mr. Burchfield has been coming to games probably longer than anybody.  He's almost as old as the game itself.  As Wichita State improves it's record to 18-0 with a win over Bradley, Mr. Burchfield is racking up some impressive numbers of his own--he's 100 years old.

"I love basketball," Burchfield says.  "I like to watch it!"

Burchfield has been a season ticket holder for 68 years.  He has faithfully followed the Shockers through many ups and downs.

"I came when Ralph Miller was the coach years ago," the centenarian recalls.

He says this may turn out to be the best season ever.  It is so far, anyway.

"Wonderful, wonderful," Burchfield says from his aisle seat during the game.  "It's like somebody gave me a candy stick!"

But, however it turns out, Mr Burchfield says there's always another season to look forward to--even at age 100.

"I'll be out here next year if I'm still alive," he says.

Burchfield usually goes to the games with his 95-year-old wife.  However, she stayed home this time and watched the game on TV.

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