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Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 3

Good Morning K-State Nation,

It has been a few weeks since I have last written, and certainly we have had a lot going on during that time.  I would like to start today by congratulating Coach Hill and the baseball team on a big 8-2 series-opening win over West Virginia last night at Tointon Family Stadium.  We had a terrific crowd for a cool Thursday evening and our "Blackout" promotion.  Be sure and head out to Tointon this weekend, and best of luck to the squad in the final two games of the series - tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 a.m.

I also would like to commend Casie Maxwell and our equestrian team on a runner-up finish at last week's Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth.  It has been a busy week for Coach Maxwell as she was named Big 12 Coach of the Year following the team's performance last weekend while yesterday she and her husband, Bailey, celebrated the birth of their second child.  In addition, sophomore Henley Adkins was named Big 12 Rider of the Year in Equitation on the Flat at the championships, and we wish them the best as they prepare for the NCEA Championships next weekend.

Last Thursday was also a special day in our continued trajectory of achieving our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program as we took a few moments to celebrate the ceremonial "topping out" of the steelwork for the new Vanier Football Complex.  While the crews were back hard at work within 30 minutes of the ceremony, it was a great time to stop for a moment and again recognize not only the 200-plus construction workers who have spent nearly 20 hours a day for the past 90-plus days working diligently on the project, but also the many Ahearn Fund members, friends, alumni and staff who have contributed in numerous ways to make this project a reality.  Click here for a video feature on the event.

I was able to walk through the facility following the ceremony, and I cannot wait until August - it is going to be a world-class facility for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff!  Click here for Kelly McHugh's K-State Sports Extra piece on the event, which includes a nice photo gallery, and click here for our live webcams of the project.

Here are a few more updates from around the department, beginning with an update on our spring football game.

Thomson Proven Durable When Tested

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April 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

It takes a lot to come back from a season-ending injury, but to come back from two season-ending injuries? That takes not only patience and a lot of hard work, but it also takes heart. 

Maxwell Receives Big 12 Coach of the Year Honors

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K-State's head coach Casie Maxwell watches the Reining competition against South Carolina at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on September 19, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 1, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell has had her plate full this year, there's no doubt about that. 

Along with guiding the Cats to an impressive performance at the Big 12 Championship last weekend, the coach has had something else on her mind - she's in her third trimester, nearing the end of her pregnancy and expects to deliver Baby Maxwell any day now. 

Top 10 Moments of March 2015

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K-State's Haley Texada celebrates after the game against West Virginia at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on March 3, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 31, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The month of March was a month filled with exciting team wins and numerous individual achievements for the Wildcats. It marked a month to remember for K-State fans nation-wide.

With that being said, here are a few of moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as March's greatest:

Catching Up with Tyler Lockett

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K-State's Tyler Lockett scores a touchdown against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 30, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

After his historic career at Kansas State, Tyler Lockett has been enjoying his football-focused life as he prepares for the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Lockett Receives Fourth Annual Jet Award

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March 28, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Being on special teams is tough. It takes a person who is willing to do what others' aren't always willing to do - a person who wants to make a difference.

K-State Athletics Celebrates Vanier Complex Topping Out

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Mortenson Construction workers raise the final beams during a topping out ceremony for the Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 26, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 27, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Yesterday marked an exciting day for K-State Athletics. 

Pose by Pose, Wildcats Embrace Yoga

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K-State's Shane Conlon fields a throw to first base against Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 4, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 25, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Yoga for athletes - while it might be a somewhat new revolution in the sports realm, the benefits are anything but ordinary.

Q&A With K-State Track and Field's Akela Jones

March 24, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Each month, K-State Sports Extra highlights a student-athlete through the monthly Q&A special. This month's featured athlete is Wildcat track and field junior Akela Jones of St. Michaels, Barbados. 

Women's Basketball Season Comes to an End

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K-State's Haley Texada competes for a loose ball against Missouri's Jordan Frericks during the Women's NIT at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on March 22, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 23, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The Wildcat women's basketball season came to an end yesterday in Bramlage Coliseum as Kansas State (19-14) fell, 67-48, to the Missouri Tigers (19-13) in the second round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT.