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K-State Concludes Western Swing

From left to right: Wyatt Thompson, B.J. Finney, Lon Floyd, Dustin Yoder, Matt Giller, Mike Clark, Josh McCowan, Chelsea Lawrence, Jesse Johnson, Laton Dowling, Currie Sexton, D.J. Johnson,  Kelly McHugh, Cody Whitehair, Kara guy, Chad Weiberg and Alex Kringen after the Heartland Catbacker Banquet in Hays, Kansas, on May 23, 2014

May 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

HAYS, Kan. - Yesterday concluded K-State Athletics' and the K-State Alumni Association's five-day tour through Western Kansas. Beginning with events in Dodge City with the Dodge City Catbacker Club and ending in Hays with the Heartland Catbacker Club, this year's "Western Swing" was a success.

Johnson, Guy Represent Equestrian for First Time on Western Swing

K-State equestrian's senior Jesse Johnson and junior Kara Guy spend time with children at the Northwest Kansas Catbackers Kids Fun Zone on May 22, 2014

May 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

COLBY, Kan. - They laugh about it now, but on Monday morning, K-State equestrian reining riders Jesse Johnson and Kara Guy didn't quite know what they were getting themselves into.

Scott City Catbackers Remember Doornbos

K-State fans from all over Kansas and the Midwest gathered for good food and good times at the 2014 Scott City Catbacker Fry on May 21, 2014, in Scott City, Kansas
May 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

SCOTT CITY, Kansas - Last night K-State Athletics continued its tour of Western Kansas in Scott City. Taking place in a feedlot surrounded by livestock of nearly 25,000, the annual Scott City Catbackers Fry is among the Catbacker Tour's most unique stops.

Kids Funzone Provides Fun for Wildcat Fans

K-State football' B.J. Finney, Cody Whitehair, Curry Sexton and Laton Dowling team up with girls from Horace J. Good Middle School at the Finney County Catbakcers' Kids Clinic on May 20, 2014. (Kelly McHugh/K-State Athletics)

May 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

GARDEN CITY, Kansas - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shoot three pointers with Will Spradling? Or how about take on B.J. Finney on the football field?

Day One: Dodge City

May 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
DODGE CITY, Kansas - Before heading West for the week with K-State Athletics, Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson told me the best part about going out on the Catbacker Tour was meeting so many great people who simply love K-State.

Sports Extra Heads West

May 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Ready, set, go!

K-State Sports Extra is about to take you on a week-long 700-mile tour of Western Kansas as K-State Athletics heads west to kick off the 2014 Catbacker Tour.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 18

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation!

Today is a special day for K-State Athletics as we announced earlier this afternoon the hiring of Grant Robbins, a three-time coach of the year in two conferences who has guided six teams to NCAA Regional appearances, as our new men's golf coach.

Before I go into more detail about Coach Robbins and his family, I want to congratulate the 52 student-athletes who earned their K-State degrees over the weekend. We must never forget that the primary element of a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience is to give our young people the support they need to complete their degree requirements and be successful.

Of the 52 graduates, we awarded many of them with their senior K-State rings during our annual spring graduation reception Friday evening in the West Stadium Center. We will hold a special luncheon on Tuesday for our rowing and track and field team graduates, who were away at conference competition this past weekend.

It was great to meet many family members of our graduates at our annual graduation reception, which included a terrific message from B.J. Finney to his fellow classmates.

And, congratulations to our rowers (third-place finish at Conference USA Championships), track and field athletes (three individual Big 12 titles) and baseball team (walk-off win over Texas on Senior Night) for outstanding performances yesterday!

K-State Recognizes National Armed Forces Day

US Army Capt. Chris Lamar throws a ceremonial first pitch before the game against Texas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 17, 2014. Lamar recently returned from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Special Note: Today's Sports Extra is written in memory of U.S. Army Col. John M. McHugh who, on this day in 2010, gave his life while defending his country in Kabul, Afghanistan. A loving husband, son, brother, friend and fellow sports lover; this one is for you, Dad.
To my father and all who have served and continue to serve, thank you.
- Kelly McHugh
A mix of both purple and camouflage filled Tointon Family Stadium yesterday evening as K-State baseball celebrated National Armed Forces Day during the Wildcats' 5-4 win against the No. 18 Texas Longhorns.

K-State Baseball Celebrates Senior Day

K-State's Ross Kivett throws to first base against Baylor at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 17, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium, K-State baseball and its fans will celebrate the careers of four special players. 

Senior Spotlight | Tyler Norris

K-State's Tyler Norris drives off the 10th tee during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas on October 2, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are set to build their careers beyond college.