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April 2011 Archives

BROWNS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE SATURDAY

Also See: Baseball Takes On Oklahoma State

BROWNS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE SATURDAY

By Mark Janssen

The most ballyhooed brother combination in Kansas State football history will dig their cleats into the Bill Snyder Family Stadium turf today at 1:10 p.m. for the Annual Purple-White Spring Game.

Wearing No. 4 will be 6-0, 220-pound sophomore running back Bryce Brown, while No. 46 will be the jersey number of 6-1, 223-pound junior linebacker Arthur Brown. 

ROWERS SET FOR FIRST OF 'TWO' CONFERENCE MEETS

ROWERS SET FOR FIRST OF 'TWO' CONFERENCE MEETS

By Mark Janssen

Coming off what coach Patrick Sweeney called "a pleasant weekend," Kansas State heads into the Big 12 Rowing Championships this weekend at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City.

The Wildcat rowing team reclaimed the Kansas Cup from rival Kansas on Saturday, winning the final two races of the day to post a 13-6 victory after claiming both Varsity 8 races.

FINNEY IN THE CENTER OF O-LINE SUCCESS

FINNEY IN THE CENTER OF O-LINE SUCCESS

By Mark Janssen

BJ Finney fits the image of that 1950s lineman that would totally accept wearing the leather helmet and going to battle in the trenches.
 
Chuckling at the notion, the 6-foot-4, 292-pounder ... topped with an old-fashion crew cut, said, "Everybody tells me I'm old fashion and maybe too mature for my age.  My dad and uncle were in the Marines and I had two uncles in the Navy, so I was raised in a disciplined home and had an old-fashion upbringing.  Yeah, I consider myself old fashion." 

WILDCATS FACE JAYHAWKS IN BIG 12 OPENER

Also See: Basketball Announces Year-End Awards

WILDCATS FACE JAYHAWKS IN BIG 12 OPENER

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State's women's tennis team will be out to make a great season even greater today in Waco, Texas, as the Wildcats face archrival Kansas in the opening round of the Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships.

Not only are the Wildcats playing to better their record-setting season, and not only are they playing for a Big 12 title, but also to get into the NCAA Championships as a team.
 

 

TO SNYDER, SATURDAY IS THE '15TH PRACTICE'

Also See: 'Cats Continue Series with Cal State Bakersfield

TO SNYDER, SATURDAY IS THE '15TH PRACTICE'

By Mark Janssen

To the K-State fan, Saturday is the Wildcats' Purple-White "Spring Game," but to coach Bill Snyder it's looked at as the Wildcats' 15th organized practice.
 
When the Purples line up across from the Whites Saturday at 1:10 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Wildcat coach says, "The purpose is to try not to have 14 practices and a showcase game, but to be able to have 15 practices.  I want there to be coaching and teaching, so our players can gain something out of it."
 

ADAMS AWAITING NAME TO BE CALLED

Also See: Baseball Battles Cal State Bakersfield

ADAMS AWAITING NAME TO BE CALLED

By Mark Janssen

You're 22 years old, in a college setting, but already a Kansas State University graduate.
 
Your college career is over, but you're anxiously awaiting the 2011 National Football League Draft.
 

PRAIRIE DUNES AWAITS BIG 12 GOLFERS

Also See: K-State Cheer Squad to Hold Spring Camp

PRAIRIE DUNES AWAITS BIG 12 GOLFERS

By Mark Janssen

Don't be upset with Tim Norris' thinking.  There's some reasoning to his hoping for windy conditions, and, even throw in some droplets of rain for this week's Big 12 Men's Golf Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

"Poor weather can be a great equalizer," said the K-State golf coach.  "Good players can still play good golf, but this course can wear on you.  It's all about damage control."
 

THOMAS ANXIOIUSLY AWAITING THE CALL

Also See: Baseball Completes 1st Sweep of Texas Tech;
Tennis Ties Wins Mark in Win over KU;
Rowing Retains Kansas Cup

THOMAS ANXIOIUSLY AWAITING THE CALL

By Mark Janssen

If you think college recruiting is stressful, how about NFL recruiting?
 
"No comparison," said former K-State running back Daniel Thomas.  "This process is a lot more stressful because they're picking you instead of you picking a school or a team."
 

SNYDER LIKES ATHLETICISM ON DEFENSE

Also See: K-State Continues Series With Texas Tech;
Improvements Continue at Bill Snyder Family Stadium


SNYDER LIKES ATHLETICISM ON DEFENSE

By Mark Janssen

Bill Snyder says he thinks K-State's defense is "... making some headway.  I think the effort is getting better and better.  You find them around the ball more frequently than before.  There is still a long ways to go, but I think that we are moving in the right direction."

Speaking of the collective defense, the K-State coach says, "As a group, we run better and I think we will be a bit more physical.  I think we'll be better defending the pass because we'll be a little more athletic than we were."
 

'CATS HEAD TO BIG 12 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Also See: Baseball Opens Crucial Big 12 Series with Texas Tech

'CATS HEAD TO BIG 12 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Mark Janssen 

Kansas State women's golf coach Kristi Knight admits, "On paper, it doesn't look like we have much of a chance, but the game's not played on paper."

Instead, the Big 12 Women's Golf Championships will be played at the Club At Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., starting today and concluding on Sunday.
 

K-STATE TO FACE CHINA IN VOLLEYBALL EXHIBITION

K-STATE TO FACE CHINA IN VOLLEYBALL EXHIBITION

By Mark Janssen

Calling it a "tremendous opportunity," Kansas State's volleyball team will be entertaining China's Bridgestone Tianjin professional team this afternoon at 5 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

"It will be some of the fastest, yet most controlled volleyball that you're going to see," said K-State coach Suzie Fritz.  "Teams from China are very well known for their efficiency.  Their game is built on timing, yet their offense is very fast developing."

 

WILDCATS IMPROVING, BUT WITH INCONSISTENCIES

Also See: Wildcats Battle Missouri State in Baseball

WILDCATS IMPROVING, BUT WITH INCONSISTENCIES

By Mark Janssen

Bill Snyder's update on his spring football camp on Tuesday was no different this week than it was seven days ago.
 
Yes, the Wildcats are improving, but in Snyder's words, that forward movement is "consistently inconsistent."
 

"GOIN' COUNTRY" FOR ONE AND ALL K-STATERS

Also See: K-State Drops Finale To Nebraska, 5-4

"GOIN' COUNTRY" FOR ONE AND ALL K-STATERS

By Mark Janssen

This is you!

Whether headed to the feed yard or the country club, just think of doing so in a 1962 Buick Invicta!  Make that a purple, topped in white customized 1962 Buick Invicta!

It's guaranteed that you'll be the only one on your block, or square mile, to have one as it truly is a one-of-a-kind car.
 

K-STATE READIES STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR THE FUTURE

Also See: King, Allen Help K-State Tie Series with Nebraska,
Novice 8 Wins Gold at SIRAs

K-STATE READIES STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR THE FUTURE

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State's student-athletes are prepared to succeed in competitions by their coaches, but the athletics department also has a goal to prepare those Wildcat players for their life after the final buzzer sounds on their career.

One step toward that mission happens on Thursday with the Career Cat Luncheon that will be staged at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with a luncheon, followed by mock interviews by roughly 40 potential employers that will come in from Manhattan, Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City.

 

INCONSISTENCIES IN THE K-STATE SPRING CAMP

Also See: Equestrian Repeats As Reserve National Champion;
Baseball Drops Opener to Nebraska

INCONSISTENCIES IN THE K-STATE SPRING CAMP

By Mark Janssen

The first third of the K-State spring practices are in the books with head coach Bill Snyder saying that he has seen progress, but, "I also see the inconsistency of making improvement one day in a certain area and then the next day it levels off, or drops off a little bit."

It's just a part of coaching, especially in the spring when a host of first-timers dot the field on offense and defense, that leaves Snyder antsy about the present, not to mention the future.

CLASSY CATS CLASSY AT NATIONALS

Also see: Equestrian Advances At National Championships

CLASSY CATS CLASSY AT NATIONALS

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State's Classy Cats get a charge out of performing with the K-State Marching Band in front of 50,000 fans, and in front of the sold-out Bramlage Coliseum frenzied crowds, but the Wildcats' dance team earned a bonus last weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Competing in the National Dance Alliance championships, the Classy Cats earned a fifth-place performance, which is believed to be the highest finish for the squad in school history.  The previous best was a seventh-place finish in 2008.

HILL CONCERNED ABOUT LACK OF BASE RUNNERS

Also See: Equestrian Competes at National Championships

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Scoring runs wins baseball games, but to score runs one first needs base runners.

In Wildcat coach Brad Hill's eyes, that's been one of the problems for Kansas State this spring as the 175 runs scored for the total season ranks eighth in the Big 12, and its 47 runs scored in the 12 league games only averages to just under four runs per game.

WILDCAT TRACKSTERS TOURING KANSAS

Also See: Long-Term FOX Deal Further Ties Big 12 Together

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's runners, jumpers and throwers continue to tour the State of Kansas in the next two weeks with the K.T. Woodman Classic on the Wichita State campus on Friday and Saturday, followed by the Kansas Relays at Kansas' Memorial Stadium next weekend.

The Wildcats competed in the Emporia State Relays last weekend bringing home 10 event titles.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 13

Good afternoon Wildcats!

Today is a great day for Kansas State University and the Big 12 Conference!  Earlier this afternoon, the conference announced that it has agreed to a new 13-year television contract with FOX Sports that will run through the 2024-25 season. I am grateful for the leadership of the Big 12 Board of Directors, Commissioner Beebe and our conference administration as well as the FOX Sports team in partnering together on this significant agreement.

So what does this mean for K-State and all 200,000-plus alumni and friends across the country?

BROWN THRILLED TO BE A WILDCAT

Also See: Wildcats Hand Out Awards at Banquet

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Arthur Brown spoke for the first time as a Kansas State Wildcat on Tuesday at the opening press conference of the spring season.

It was an all you need to know, and some not need to know, about this 6-foot-1, 233-pound junior linebacker, who played his prep ball at Wichita East High School where he was a Parade All-American as a senior in 2007.

DYKES CALLS SNYDER "A BREATH OF FRESH AIR"

Also See: K-State Garners Two Big 12 Weekly Awards

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes doesn't hold back his feelings when asked about the coaching talents of Kansas State's Bill Snyder.

"He's astonishing. The most difficult thing that a coach can do is change the entire culture of a program, and that's what Bill did," said Dykes. "A lot of people can change a record, but it takes a special breed of cat to change the culture, and he did it.

"Bill has a real passion for what he does, and a real passion for where he is," continued Dykes. "That's unusual these days. Everyone is looking for a better deal, but he has the deal that he wants."

AWARD WINNING WEEK FOR WILDCATS

By Mark Janssen    

CHAMPIONS IN TEXAS: Wildcats Erik Kynard and TiAra Walpool were the Kansas State highlights over the weekend at the prestigious Texas Relays.

Kynard posted the highest NCAA outdoor mark of the year at 7-5.75 for the victory. Among those that Kynard defeated was professional jumper Andra Mason.

Also posting a win was Walpool with a triple jump of 42-1.25. Walpool was only in sixth place heading into her final jump when she popped the winning distance.

SPRING FOOTBALL STORY LINES

Also See: Kynard Jumps NCAA Top Mark of Season at Texas Relays

By Mark Janssen    

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State spring football drills are under way with each session pointed to the Annual Purple-White game scheduled for 1:10 p.m. on April 30 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Here are a handful of points of interest, if not areas of emphasis, as the season concludes its first week.

STARTING AT QUARTERBACK WILL BE...
At each and every position, coach Bill Snyder says spring camp has opened as the regular season concluded with the returning players.

SNYDER FINALLY GETS WISH

Also See: K-State Opens Series with Oklahoma

Also See: Wildcats Stampede Past Buffaloes


By Mark Janssen

MANHATAN, Kan. - You've heard of 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, but when it comes to coaching staffs, Kansas State has gone to a 4-4-1 system as opposed to last year's 5-4 look.

In 2010, K-State sent five offensive coaches to the practice field and four on defense. This year's look will have four on offense, another quartet on defense, plus a new special teams coordinator in Sean Snyder.

NEW BATS CHANGING COLLEGE BASEBALL

Also See: Bovaird Named Honorable Mention All-American

By Mark Janssen    

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Collegiate baseball fans are well aware of the initials of RBI, ERA, K's and BB's.

But what about BBCOR?

It's the hot topic of the collegiate game in 2011 and stands for Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution.

WILDCAT HOOPS TEAM GOES TO ITS FANS

Also See: Wildcats Begin Spring Football Practice

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It will be the pupil versus the teacher when Frank Martin's Kansas State Wildcats and Bob Huggins' West Virginia Mountaineers collide during the upcoming basketball season.

Mark, circle and star your calendars for Dec. 8, 2011, as the two collegiate basketball powers will meet in the Wichita Wildcat Classic in the INTRUST Bank Arena.

K-State will also play in Kansas City's Sprint Center on Dec. 17, 2011, against NIT runner-up Alabama.

BIETAU, K-STATE HAVE GROWN TOGETHER

Also See: Jordy Nelson to Throw First Pitch Friday

By Mark Janssen    

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Steve Bietau is the first to admit, "When I started, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I wanted to coach. I was highly motivated, but vastly inexperienced."

Bietau was 28 years of age when K-State athletics director Dick Towers made the hire in 1984. A native of Rockford, Ill., and graduate of Doane College in Nebraska, Bietau's only coaching experience were three years at the Prairie Dunes Tennis Club in Hutchinson, and at Hutchinson Community College.

WINTER TO ENTER NAISMITH HALL OF FAME

Also See: Spring Game Details Announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State head basketball coach Tex Winter was among 10 individuals announced Monday to the 2011 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Winter, who led the Wildcats to 261 wins and eight conference titles from 1954-68, was joined in the 2011 Hall of Fame induction class with former four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; European star Arvydas Sabonis; eight-time NBA champion Tom Sanders; former Harlem Globetrotter Reese Tatum and four-time NCAA women's coach of the year Tara VanDerveer.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 4

Good afternoon Wildcats!

I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful weekend in Manhattan than sitting at Tointon Family Stadium cheering on the Cats. Sunday's weather was tremendous as Coach Hill's team knocked off No. 5 Texas A&M, 9-4, behind a big day at the plate from reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Nick Martini. Not only did Nick go 3-for-5 in the game, but he set a new NCAA record for consecutive games reaching base safely at 87!

Also on Sunday, our women's rowing team finished third in the top collegiate race of the weekend in San Diego and our 31st-ranked tennis team improved to 12-4 and 3-3 in conference play with a 5-2 win at Iowa State. The Wildcat netters are now 4-1 in road matches and have reached the 12-win mark for the first time since 2003.

MARTINI SETS RECORD; PLUS OTHER K-STATE NOTES

Also See: Rowers Finish 3rd at San Diego Crew Classic

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. --  K-State junior Nick Martini was the record-setting news out of the weekend where the Wildcats went 1-2 versus Texas A&M in baseball action at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State dropped the first two games, 6-3, 4-3, but thumped the Aggies 9-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Martini reached base safely in each of the three games running his NCAA Division I record total to 87 consecutive games where he has reached base via a hit, walk or being hit-by-pitch.

SNYDER'S WILDCATS SET TO OPEN SPRING CAMP

Also See: Wildcats Edged by No. 5 Texas A&M in Ninth

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Whether on offense, defense or special teams, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder offers this as to his goal for the Wildcats' spring camp that opens on Wednesday.

"We want to become a more disciplined football team," he said. "We want to become stronger finishers, and we want to create greater consistency position-by-position."

85 AND COUNTING

Also See: Pullen, Kelly Earn Bids to Portsmouth Invitational

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It was May, 31, 2009, at the NCAA Regional against Rice that Nick Martini was last skunked at the plate and from the bases when he went 0-for-4 with a pair of ground outs, a strike out and a fly out.

Had one told the Wildcat outfielder that he was going to start a string of games the next day that would number 85 where he would reach base at least once by hit, by walk or by hit-by-pitch ... well, he would have exclaimed, "Yeah, April Fools."

ARMS SET TO BE THE STORY WITH 'CATS, AGGIES

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Will it be the first team to two that wins?

Don't think the notion is too far-fetched when Kansas State welcomes in No. 6 Texas A&M this weekend for games at 6:30 tonight, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.