Good Morning Wildcat fans!
I hope everyone has had a safe week so far and managed to stay warm during the frigid weather that a majority of the country has endured these last few days. Here are a few updates as we work towards getting back to our normal routines.
Nebraska Basketball Game Tonight
Thanks to the best fans in America we have had terrific crowds for both our men's and women's games. It will be very, very cold outside tonight and with the ice and snow on area roads we ask that you use extra caution and allow for additional time in traveling to Bramlage. For your convenience and the safety of our parking lot staff, parking for tonight's game with Nebraska will be free although we will have our normal reserved space system in place.
We are reminded constantly how difficult and challenging a league the Big 12 is. I know Bramlage will be packed and loud tonight in support of Coach Martin and our student-athletes. In consideration of the travel situation we have put a limited number of general admission tickets on sale for tonight's game which can be purchased at k-statesports.com or by calling 1-800-221-CATS.
If you cannot safely come to Bramlage, tonight's game is available on the Big 12 Television Network, ESPN Full Court (for those outside the states of Kansas and Nebraska) and ESPN3.com, as well as on the radio across the K-State Sports Network and online at k-statesports.com.
Women's Basketball on a Roll
Coach Patterson and the women's team are receiving votes in this week's national polls following wins over Colorado and KU. The women have won four Big 12 Conference games in a row and currently stand in fourth place in the league standings. Following a trip to Missouri on Saturday, the squad will return home Wednesday to host Texas. Great seats are still available so make plans now to come and be part of the excitement - it is a group that is full of energy and fun to watch.
Track Team Has Big Weekend
The track and field teams traveled to College Station this past weekend to team up with several other league schools in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The meet brought some of the nation's top track and field performers to one venue and several Wildcats made a big impact. The men's high jump saw the nation's two top performers go head-to-head with Wildcat Erik Kynard taking the title with a school-record-tying clearance of 7-06.00. Sydney Messick took home top honors in the 5,000m, while Ryann Krais won the pentathlon with 4,021 points. Numerous other Wildcats set new personal-bests on the weekend as the Big 12 took wins over the SEC on both the men's and women's side.
Baseball Radio Network Expands
It's hard to think about spring with the current weather conditions outside, but our outstanding indoor facilities have enabled Coach Hill and the baseball team to begin preparations for the 2011 season. Looking to build on two straight NCAA Regional appearances, Coach Hill recently announced the hirings of John Szefc and Josh Reynolds to the staff.
Part of providing a world-class student-athlete experience and the best fan experience in the Big 12 is increasing exposure and coverage for all our teams, and we are also pleased to announce that for the first time ever live audio of ALL Wildcat baseball games will be available this spring - either on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN in Manhattan, along the K-State Sports Network or online at k-statesports.com. We appreciate the efforts of Rich Wartell at KMAN, Ben Boyle of Learfield and members of our staff in making this happen.
Besides a full slate of basketball games, our tennis and track teams will be on the road competing this weekend. The tennis squad will take its 2-0 spring record to Miami (Ohio) and Iowa this weekend, while the track team will be in Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational. The baseball team opens its season on the road at Pacific February 18, while the equestrian team, coming off a show at Oklahoma State, hosts Texas A&M at home February 26. Both golf teams will also be back in action in the coming weeks.
Also be sure to check out Coach Snyder's 2011 recruiting class online at k-statesports.com and get a first look at our newest Wildcats.
That's it for today. Please be careful and safe tonight!