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May 2011 Archives

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Also See: Baseball Earns Third Straight NCAA Regional Bid

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

By Mark Janssen

The calendar says it's the last day of May, which was to mean the book would close on the 2010-11 chapter of Kansas State's "Sports Extra."

BUT, because of the response from you folks, we're going to stay around this summer (June and July) on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule as the Wildcat athletic department heads into the summer months; and then we'll pick back up in August on a daily basis for 2011-12.

BATH LEAVES LEGACY OF BEING 'TRUE TO K-STATE'

BATH LEAVES LEGACY OF BEING 'TRUE TO K-STATE'

By Mark Janssen

A Kansas State institution, a behind-the-scenes Wildcat treasure of an icon, will soon retire and step down from her administrative assistant position to the athletics director.

Rita Bath, who has served within the Wildcat athletic department for 40-plus years, will box up her office belongings next month and not report for work for the first time since 1970.

WINNERS OF THE 'EXTRYS' OF 2010-11

Also See: Baseball's Run Ends at Big 12 Championship;
Nine Track Athletes Advance to NCAA Championships

WINNERS OF THE 'EXTRYS' OF 2010-11

By Mark Janssen 

The end of the 2010-11 Kansas State academic/athletic year means it's time to hand out the "Sports Extrys."

A time to recognize the best of so many great team victories, to those individual heroic games or moments ... and don't forget the coaches.

We encourage you to make your own list and let us know who your all-star Wildcats are for the soon to be completed sports year. 

CURRIE EXCITED ABOUT K-STATE'S PLACE IN 'NEW' BIG 12

Also See: Baseball Advances at Big 12 Championships;
Seven Wildcats Advance on Day 2 of West Regional

CURRIE EXCITED ABOUT K-STATE'S PLACE IN 'NEW' BIG 12

By Mark Janssen             

John Currie is quick to the point: "The Big 12 Conference is good for Kansas State and Kansas State is good for this league.  But most importantly, the Big 12 Conference is great for our fans, and we are in a position in the Big 12 that gives us an advantage over a lot of schools around the country."

Oh, and there's this that also comes from the Wildcat athletics director.

K-STATE FALLS TO TEXAS A&M AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

Also See: Wildcats Battle Rain to Advance at West Regional

K-STATE FALLS TO TEXAS A&M AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

Staff Reports

Texas A&M right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha threw eight strong innings, helping the second-seeded Aggies post a 4-1 win over K-State in a winner's bracket game at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

With the loss, K-State (35-22) falls to an elimination game on Friday night against No. 12 Oklahoma (41-16) at 7 p.m.  The winner would have to defeat Texas A&M (40-18) twice on Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., to advance to Sunday's championship game.

Wacha (7-3) allowed just one run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in his eight innings.  After a Jason King RBI double in the first inning, Wacha went on to retire 19 of the next 21 batters and faced just one over the minimum until Dan Klein double with one out in the eighth inning.  After a ground out moved Klein to third, Wacha rebounded to strike out Ross Kivett to keep the Aggie lead at 3-1, which proved to be his final batter faced.

"It was pretty simple," said head coach Brad Hill.  "Michael Wacha pretty much dominated tonight.  We never could string together at-bats.  We would get a couple of doubles and need a two-out hit to score them and never got it done.  He made pitches when he had to make pitches.  He would drop his breaking ball in for a strike.  We didn't even swing at it, and he continued to drop it in for a strike.  Once he was ahead 0-1, he would start going in and out on us. He was outstanding and dominated us today."

A&M's Nick Fleece worked around an infield single in the ninth to record his third save of the season.

Texas A&M strung together three two-out hits in the second inning off K-State starter Matt Applegate (5-4), including a RBI single by Brandon Wood and a run-scoring double off the right-field wall by Kenny Jackson to take a 2-1 lead.

In the third inning, Jacob House drove home a run and Texas A&M loaded the bases with one out, which prompted the 'Cats to turn to Justin Lindsey.  The right-hander came in to record a strikeout and a fielder's choice to get out of the inning.  Lindsey threw five scoreless frames after that to keep K-State in the game.

"He gave us a chance," said Hill of Lindsey.  "He held it to 3-1 and forced them to throw up a lot of zeroes.  Unfortunately, they did, but you couldn't let them extend the score there knowing their pitching staff.  Justin was outstanding tonight.  He had great command.  He made big pitches when he had to.  He really matched Wacha for that period of time."

Lindsey allowed just four hits in 5.2 innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts.  He recorded the longest relief outing by a Wildcat since Thomas Rooke went 7.1 innings at Texas Tech in 2008.

King collected three of K-State's six hits against the Aggies.  His first-inning double extended his hitting streak to a career-long 14 games, the longest by a Wildcat since Carter Jurica end his career on a 14-game hitting streak last season.  He also registered his 48th career double to tie for fifth in school history.

King is 6-for-8 in his two Big 12 Championship games to rank second in the league in both average and hits.

Adam Smith led Texas A&M with a 2-for-3 effort.  Charlie Curl drove in the final Aggie run in the ninth inning on a two-out infield single.

The Wildcats will battle the Sooners for the fifth time on Friday, looking to improve their resume for a possible bid to a NCAA Regional.  The squad has won three of four meetings this season, the most vs. Oklahoma since 1990, including a 5-4 win in the opening day of the championship on Wednesday.

"It won't be very easy at all," said Hill.  "The winner gets to survive.  For us, it may be for next week (NCAA Regionals).  It's going to be really important for us tomorrow to do everything we can to stay here, get one more win and keep hopes alive not only for this tournament but for next week."


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17 WILDCATS OFF TO WEST REGIONAL

Also See: Baseball Opens Big 12 Championship vs. OU

17 WILDCATS OFF TO WEST REGIONAL

By Mark Janssen

The world of track and field confuses its own at times.
 
With meets measured by the metric system, coaches often times give guesstimates on what the distance is in feet and inches.

WILDCATS FACE SOONERS IN TOURNEY OPENER

Also See: K-State Scores Record Marks in Latest APR Report

WILDCATS FACE SOONERS IN TOURNEY OPENER

By Mark Janssen 

"I hope so. I hope we'll have some," said K-State head coach Brad Hill when asked about the momentum gained from sweeping Kansas entering the Big 12 Tournament opener at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma.  "We had one bad inning of defense, but we pitched it pretty well and we swung the bats really well.  We were consistent and had some gutty performances."
 
With the three-game sweep of the Jayhawks, the Wildcats climbed to 34-21, which includes a 12-14 Big 12 record.  The 34 overall wins and 12 league wins both tie for fourth-most in school history.

KING HELPS LEAD WILDCATS TO BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

KING HELPS LEAD WILDCATS TO BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

By Mark Janssen

Jason King says this week's pressure will be a tad different than that of last week.
 
A week ago, Kansas State faced must-win games against Kansas to reach the Big 12 Baseball Championship.  The team that won at least two games of the three-game series would advance.

"HOOT" STILL PLAYING FOR THE GOLD

Also See: Baseball Sweeps Kansas; Earns No. 6 seed at Big 12 Championship

"HOOT" STILL PLAYING FOR THE GOLD

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State's run for a national basketball championship may have ended in March, but that's not true for former Wildcat John "Hoot" Gibson.
 
Gibson was a forward for Jack Gardner's Wildcats from the 1948-49 season through the 1951-52 campaign when K-State won a pair of Big Seven titles, plus advanced to the NCAA title game in 1951 when the squad lost to Kentucky, 68-58.

'TEX MESSAGES' SALUTES FORMER WILDCAT COACH

Also See: Martin Remembers Recruiting Mavs' Guard J.J. Barea;
'Cats Continue Series with Kansas

'TEX MESSAGES' SALUTES FORMER WILDCAT COACH

By Mark Janssen

Larry Weigel laughs at some of the responses he's received to his new book, Tex Messages.
 
Attempting to get reflections from former Wildcat players, Weigel chuckled as he repeated the response that came from more than one former K-Stater: "I don't text message," some of the old-timers responded.  "I don't even use e-mail."

HILL PLAYED ROLE IN PUTTING K-STATE BACK ON THE MAP

Also See: 'Cats Open Series with Kansas

HILL PLAYED ROLE IN PUTTING K-STATE BACK ON THE MAP

By Mark Janssen

Dalonte Hill called it a "... very tough decision.  It took several days to get my appetite back."
 
The decision came early this week with the K-State associate head men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator deciding to leave the Wildcats to become Mark Turgeon's lead assistant at Maryland.

K-STATE VS. KU: IT'S ALL ON THE LINE

K-STATE VS. KU: IT'S ALL ON THE LINE

By Mark Janssen

When it comes to Big 12 baseball, 10 is normally the magic number of league wins that it takes to get a team to the Big 12 Tournament.

But that's normally.

WILDCAT SUMMER CAMPS FOR ONE AND ALL

WILDCAT SUMMER CAMPS FOR ONE AND ALL 

So do you think K-State's sports teams shut down during the summer?  Well, think again.  Oodles of summer camps are available starting the first week of June.
 
More information can be received through each team's website, but here are some of the particulars of this summer's collection of camps.

NIEDERMAYEROVA NO. 1 IN BIG 12, NOW ON TO NATIONALS

Also See: Athletics To Phase-Out University Funding;
Baseball Takes On Wichita State

NIEDERMAYEROVA NO. 1 IN BIG 12, NOW ON TO NATIONALS

By Mark Janssen 

Kansas State tennis coach Steve Bietau sums up the season of freshman Petra Niedermayerova like this: "So many times this year she took on a good player and made it look like a relatively easy win."
 
After being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and International Tennis Association Central Region Rookie of the Year, and Big 12 Player of the Year and the ITA Central Region Player to Watch, the native of Brno, Czech Republic, is now set to enter next week's NCAA Tennis Championships in Stanford, Calif. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 18

Good morning Wildcats!

It's exactly two years to the day since I was introduced as your athletics director. Our family loves living in Manhattan and being part of the K-State nation!

This week has been just like the last 104 ... busy! I've enjoyed being in Dodge City for the Catbacker tour kickoff event, attending an alumni association event last night before our baseball game in Wichita and am currently making a quick trip (thanks to one of four daily flights by American Airlines out of MHK) to see a few donors, a bowl partner and attend to some other long-range planning business before returning for the Kaw Valley Catbacker event and our baseball home finale against KU Friday night.

K-STATE CREATED THE SCHULTE OF TODAY

K-STATE CREATED THE SCHULTE OF TODAY

By Mark Janssen

"Captain" just seems to fit with the name Jason Schulte.
 
This year the Kansas State senior was "captain" of the Wildcat men's golf team.  By the time the calendar flips to 2016, the Kansas City native hopes to be a "captain" in the United States Marines.

WILDCATS BEGIN TOUR OF KANSAS

Also See: Baseball Sweeps New Orleans;
Track Wraps Up Big 12 Championships

WILDCATS BEGIN TOUR OF KANSAS

By Mark Janssen

On your mark, get set, go, and go, and go, and go some more.
 
The annual Kansas State Catbacker Tour begins today in the western Kansas community of Dodge City, and won't end until six weeks later on June 30 in Independence, located in the southeastern corner of the state.

SNYDERS - BILL AND SEAN - WORKING AS ONE

Also See: 36 Student-Athletes Earn Degrees;
Erik Kynard Wins Big 12 High Jump Title 

SNYDERS - BILL AND SEAN - WORKING AS ONE

By Mark Janssen

Some say not to mix family matters with business.
 
Some say that a father-son relationship in the work force is a recipe for disaster.
 
To Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder, and his son Sean, that's a bunch of baloney. 

HAYES ADDS MULTITUDE OF EXPERIENCE TO K-STATE STAFF

Also See: Wildcats Open Series with New Orleans;
Track Competes at Big 12 Championships

HAYES ADDS MULTITUDE OF EXPERIENCE TO K-STATE STAFF

By Mark Janssen

Tom Hayes has multiple memories of Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder.

Now the first-year secondary coach of the Wildcats, Hayes first encounter came in 1986 at the Rose Bowl: "I was at UCLA and all I know is that he caused me some late nights preparing for his offense at Iowa."

ALLEN 'STOPS' THEM ALL

Also See: 'Cats Conclude Homestand vs. New Orleans

ALLEN 'STOPS' THEM ALL

By Mark Janssen

On the mound, his 6-foot, 197-pound frame is not that imposing.

Oh, he has a tuft of a blondish goatee, but it's hardly of Jacob Pullen "Fear The Beard" caliber.

BIG 12 TRACK AND FIELD LOADED

Also See: Lawrence Looks for Fresh Start at K-State

BIG 12 TRACK AND FIELD LOADED

By Mark Janssen

It was back in late-February that Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto said, "In my opinion, the Big 12 Indoor Championships was the best meet the Big 12 has ever had in terms of quality and NCAA qualifiers.  Right now, the league is just loaded with outstanding athletes, and future Olympians."

Starting Friday in Norman, Okla., Rovelto fully expects another Big 12 track and field extravaganza that will rank as one for the ages.

CLEVE, KOKOT GIVE DEFINITION TO 'STUDENT-ATHLETE', PART 2

CLEVE, KOKOT GIVE DEFINITION TO 'STUDENT-ATHLETE', PART 2

Editor's Note: Kansas State's athletic department celebrated the academic side of being a student-athlete last week with the second annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.  Winners of the 2010-11 Scholar Athlete Awards - Nina Kokot of Slovenia and Moritz Cleve of Germany - both came from the Wildcat track and field program, and both happen to be international student-athletes.  Sports Extra sat down with the two K-State honorees to learn their view on being a stellar student, and an Olympic caliber athlete.  Yesterday, our Q&A focus was on the academic side; today's conversation is on adjusting to life in America and their future in track and field.

By Mark Janssen

When roll calls are announced for the elite of the elite women's long jumpers and male multi-athletes in the nation, the names of Kansas State's Nina Kokot and Moritz Cleve are among the first to be involved in any track and field conversation.
 
Kokot currently ranks third on the NCAA charts in the long jump at 21-2½, which is bettered only by Nebraska's Mara Griva (21-7¼) and Clemson's April Sinkler (21-6¼).  Take a moment to visualize, or even walk off just how far seven yards is that Kokot is sailing.

CLEVE, KOKOT GIVE DEFINITION TO 'STUDENT-ATHLETE'

CLEVE, KOKOT GIVE DEFINITION TO 'STUDENT-ATHLETE'

Editor's Note: Kansas State's athletic department celebrated the academic side of being a student-athlete last week with the second annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.  Winners of the 2010-11 Scholar Athlete Awards - Nina Kokot of Slovenia and Moritz Cleve of Germany - both came from the Wildcat track and field program, and both happen to be international student-athletes.  Sports Extra sat down with the two K-State honorees to learn their view on being a stellar student, and an Olympic caliber athlete.

By Mark Janssen

Let's play the pretend game for a bit.
 
Let's pretend you come to the United States for the very first time.  You come from ... let's say Germany, or maybe Slovenia.

HILL, UNDERWOOD TO ATTEND VILLA 7

Also See: 'Cats Drop Series to Tigers, 12-8

HILL, UNDERWOOD TO ATTEND VILLA 7

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State assistant basketball coaches Dalonte Hill and Brad Underwood have received invitations to attend the Villa 7 Consortium, sponsored by Nike and Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Sport Leadership.
 
The purpose of the event is to bring athletic directors and the country's elite assistant men's and women's basketball coaches together to prepare both for the next generation of college basketball leaders.

AFTER SPRING COMES SUMMER ... FOR THE WILDCATS

Also See: K-State Evens Series with Missouri, 8-5;
Wildcats Dominate Home Meet, Break More Records

AFTER SPRING COMES SUMMER ... FOR THE WILDCATS

By Mark Janssen

In the fall, you play the games; then comes the winter off-season program; next is the 15-practice spring season; and then summer time when sessions are organized, but without the watchful eyes of the coaches.
 
Following last Saturday's spring game, head coach Bill Snyder addressed the summer goals:  "There needs to be continued continuity and a drawing together ... unification.  We've taken a great stride, but we can draw closer.  We'll continue trying to do that through some summer with some team activities."

MARTIN ADDS HALF-DOZEN TO 2011-12 ROSTER

Also See: K-State Settles Lawsuit with Former Football Coach

MARTIN ADDS HALF-DOZEN TO 2011-12 ROSTER

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin has bolstered his 2011-12 roster with the addition of four new signings to the class of 2011.
 
The newest Wildcats are junior college transfers Jeremy Jones (Chicago, Ill./Seward County [Kan.] Community College) and James Watson (Atoka, Okla./Cowley [Kan.] College), Division I transfer Omari Lawrence (Bronx, N.Y./St. John's), and high school standout Angel Rodriguez (Miami, Fla./Krop) are the recent signees.  

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 6

Good evening Wildcats!

It's a gorgeous spring day in Manhattan and as I look outside my office window, preparations are underway for tomorrow's Ward Haylett Invitational track meet, while just a few hundred yards away Tointon Stadium is ready to host Missouri beginning tonight for a critical Big 12 baseball series.  We encourage all our fans to come out to support your Wildcat student-athletes in these exciting contests. I also want to congratulate personally freshman Petra Niedermayerova on her selection this week to the NCAA women's tennis championships!

On this busy afternoon I would like to share with you details of an important announcement we are making today regarding a legal settlement in the two-year-old dispute with former head coach Ron Prince.  All of us at K-State are pleased to bring closure to this matter and we are especially grateful to our general counsel's office for its hard work.  You can read our entire press release by clicking
here.

NEWS AND NOTES

K-STATE VS. IOWA STATE MOVED TO DEC. 3
There will be no turkey weekend football for Kansas State, as the Nov. 26 game against Iowa State has been moved to Dec. 3, to facilitate television coverage.
 
"Moving the Iowa State game to the first weekend in December presents us with several opportunities," said Athletics Director John Currie.  "Not only will this date enhance our television exposure for Big 12 football, but it also affords our team with an additional bye week during the regular season."
  

WIN-OR-ELSE TIME IN THE BIG 12

WIN-OR-ELSE TIME IN THE BIG 12

By Mark Janssen 

Talk about a pack, that's exactly what the Big 12 Conference has become with its lower six baseball teams.
 
Kansas State enters Big 12 play against Missouri this weekend with an 8-12 record.  That's good for only eighth place in the current standings, but also just one-half game in back of the three-way tie for fifth, sixth and seventh where Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas stand with 9-12 marks.

HAYLETT MEET TO FEATURE K-STATE, NEBRASKA

Also See: Baseball Wraps Up Cal State Bakersfield Series

HAYLETT MEET TO FEATURE K-STATE, NEBRASKA

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State will host the Ward Haylett Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, which will feature the Wildcats, Nebraska, plus several other at-large entries from regional schools.
 
"It's the last big opportunity for several of our athletes to make the (Big 12) conference squad," said K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto.  "Nebraska has quality athletes, but if nothing else, fans can see a high level of competition within our team."

AN EVENING OF WILDCAT SUPPORT

Also See: Krais Performs Well at K-State (Philadelphia Inquirer)

AN EVENING OF WILDCAT SUPPORT

By Mark Janssen

A crowd of nearly 600 gathered in Bramlage Coliseum Friday night, not to cheer the Wildcats on to another hoop victory, but instead to open their pocketbooks to support the winning cause of all of Kansas State's athletics teams.

The 27th annual Powercat Auction raised over $250,000 that will go toward the Ahearn Fund, which supports all student-athlete scholarships, plus any other needs of the athletics department.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 3

Good afternoon Wildcats!

All of our spring sports are gearing toward postseason play and our student-athletes are beginning preparations for final exams. At K-State, we take great pride in our goal of providing a world-class student-athlete experience and the total development of our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom.

In that regard, last night was our second annual Powercat Choice Awards at Bramlage Coliseum, an ESPY-like show that is put on by our student-athletes. Be sure to check out k-statesports.com to see all of the winners plus photo and video features. Also, we recently held our annual Career Cats luncheon in the KansasStateCars.com Club at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as many student-athletes dressed in business attire to participate in practice interviews with nearly 30 employers. All our fans should be proud of these young people and we appreciate the many employers who took time to participate.

WILDCATS WALK THE PURPLE CARPET

Also See: Baseball Begins Homestand Tuesday

WILDCATS WALK THE PURPLE CARPET

By Mark Janssen
 
The purple carpet was rolled out and the Wildcats walked it in elegant pastels to shocking colors for the ladies, while spiffy shirts and ties were the rule for the men, as Kansas State's student-athletes gathered in Bramlage Coliseum Monday night for the 2nd Annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.
 
"It's a great time to have an evening to see what everyone looks like all dressed up," said Victoria Ayers of the equestrian team.

RUOFF: K-STATE'S UNKNOWN COACH

RUOFF: K-STATE'S UNKNOWN COACH

By Mark Janssen

Dani Ruoff likes to first off clear the air.
 
One, cheerleading is a sport.

THOMAS GOES IN ROUND 2 TO MIAMI

THOMAS GOES IN ROUND 2 TO MIAMI
 
By Mark Janssen

Daniel Thomas admits that the wait was "long and frustrating at times," but he quickly added, "While I thought I would go higher, everything happens for a reason and I'm in a beautiful situation in Miami."
 
K-State's No. 2 all-time leading rusher was drafted as the 30th selection in the second round by the Miami Dolphins in Friday's edition of the 2011 NFL Draft. 

PURPLE WINS IN LAST FIVE SECONDS (sort of)

Also See: K-State Drops Game 2 at Oklahoma State

PURPLE WINS IN LAST FIVE SECONDS (sort of)

By Mark Janssen

In reality, the Purple team had no problems in handling the White squad Saturday in the Spring Game staged at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Purple 59, White 16.