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.
TOP 10 MAGICAL MOMENTS OF 2010-11:
JACOB PULLEN'S dipsy-do lay-in against Wisconsin for points Nos. 2,115 and 2,116 breaking Mike Evans' all-time scoring mark in K-State history was perhaps his niftiest field goal of his four-year career. On a semi-contested break-away, Pullen cupped the ball on his right hip, and then kissed it off the glass for a lay-in on his way to a 38-point NCAA Tournament performance.
ERIK KYNARD cleared 7-7 in the high jump multiple times, which included an NCAA best of 7-7 ¾ performance during the indoor season when he also became a Big 12 champion.
JACOB PULLEN burned the nets for 38 points against No. 1 Kansas in an 84-68 Wildcat victory. The Wildcat guard was 9-of-17 from the field and 15-of-19 from the foul line.
PETRA NIEDERMAYEROVA, a freshman, defeated 19th-ranked Sona Novakova of Baylor to lead the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory over No. 10 Baylor.
BRITTANY CHAMBERS poured in seven 3-pointers and scored 35 points in a 71-67 K-State win over Texas A&M, which was a team that would go on to win the women's NCAA Championship.
4 X 100 RELAY of Mantas Silkauskas, Jeffrey Julmis, Jason Coniglio and Martynas Jurgilas broke the 20-year-old record at the Ward Haylett Invitational. The quartet zoomed around the track in 39.46 seconds, which broke the track record and the school record of 39.79 set in 1991.
DANIEL THOMAS galloped for 269 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns in a 49-41 victory over North Texas.
JAMES ALLEN set a K-State record by saving all three games in a baseball sweep of Texas Tech. Allen enters a possible NCAA Regional appearance with a single-season record of 17 saves and career record of 31 saves.
RYANN KRAIS posted only one heptathlon score going into the NCAAs of 5,848 points, which ranks third in the nation and second only to former Olympian Austra Skujyte in K-State history.
NICK MARTINI actually did not get on base on April 29 in a 9-2 loss to Oklahoma State ... and that was a story in itself. It ended an NCAA record run of 93 consecutive games of getting on base at least once via hit, being hit, or by walk.
TOP 5 TEAM WINS OF THE YEAR:
Kansas State's men's basketball team rolled No. 1 ranked Kansas, 84-68, on Feb. 14, 2011, as Jacob Pullen poured in 38 points, which included five treys and 15-of-19 from the foul line. K-State had lost to the same Jayhawk team by 24 points 15 days earlier.
K-State's women's basketball team knocked off No. 5 Texas A&M, 71-67, when Brittany Chambers netted 35 points, which included seven extra-long treys. Making the win even more significant is the fact that the Aggies went on to win the national championship.
Bill Snyder's Wildcats blistered Texas, 39-14, on Nov. 6, marking K-State's third straight win over the Longhorns. Quarterback Collin Klein rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
K-State's tennis team set the tone early in the year with a 4-3 victory over No. 10 Baylor. No Wildcat tennis team has ever defeated a higher ranked team.
The Kansas State equestrian Western team rode its way through the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships where the Wildcats earned a Reserve National Championship for the second straight year as they fell to Texas A&M, 5-3.
WILDCAT TEAMS OF THE YEAR:
The K-State women's tennis team scored an all-time high of 16 victories, three over Top 30 teams, and was ranked No. 44 in the nation. Rookie Petra Niedermayerova became only the fourth K-State player to ever advance to the NCAA Tournament, as she earned both Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors.
Women's basketball was picked ninth in the preseason Big 12 poll, but ended the season tied for third and earning an entry into the NCAA Tournament. K-State opened the Big 12 year with a 6-2 record, and closed with a pair of wins giving the Wildcats a share of third place in the standings. There were milestone wins for K-State's women's basketball program as the team recorded its 800th all-time win with a victory over Nebraska on Feb. 19, and then head coach Deb Patterson notched her 300th career win against Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship.
The women's cross country team ran its way into the NCAA Championships for the first time in 10 years. Led by Martina Tresch and Sydney Messick, the team went on to place 25th at nationals. The Wildcat runners placed sixth at the Big 12 Championships.
Picked No. 3 in the nation to start the year, head coach Frank Martin managed his team through suspensions, injuries and a 3-4 month of January to finish the year with 23 wins, which included eight of nine games in the month of February that lifted the Wildcats into a tie for third place in the final Big 12 standings and its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four seasons.
Head coach Bill Snyder moved his club back into postseason play with a 7-6 record and appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which resulted in a loss to Syracuse.
MALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Erik Kynard cleared 7-7 ¾ indoors and 7-7 outdoors with both heights being the best in the nation. The sophomore became the school-record holder indoors, a Big 12 champion and an NCAA All-American. Kynard will attempt to become an NCAA All-American outdoors next month in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jacob Pullen... The school's all-time leading scorer in men's basketball, first-team All-Big 12 and the school's third Wooden All-American.
Daniel Thomas... became second all-time leading rusher in K-State history, first-team All-Big 12
James Allen... set school records for saves in a single-season and career, first-team All-Big 12
Jeffrey Julmis... set school record in the 110-meter hurdles and ran a leg on record setting 4x100 relay
FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Petra Niedermayerova became only the second player in school history to be named the Big 12's Freshman and Player of the Year. In her rookie season, Niedermayerova went 9-2 in No. 1 singles action in the Big 12 and became only the fourth Wildcat to advance to NCAA Championships.
Ryann Krais... recorded second-highest score in school history in heptathlon and set school record in intermediate hurdles
Nina Kokot... school record holder in the long jump
Brittany Chambers... first-team All-Big 12 selection and shot 3-pointers like no one since Laurie Koehn
Kelly Bovaird... honorable mention All-American in equestrian
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
MALE: Ty Zimmerman switched from quarterback to safety and became an immediate impact player earning Freshman All-American honors. The Junction City, Kan., native had 74 tackles, six pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.
FEMALE: Petra Niedermayerova stepped off the plane from Czech Republic and not only earned No. 1 honors on the K-State team, but was also named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and the Big 12 Player of the Year. With a first-round loss at NCAAs, Niedermayerova finished the year ranked No. 50 in the nation with a record of 24-10. She was only the fourth player in K-State history to reach NCAAs.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
STEVE BIETAU, who is second in the longest tenured coach in K-State history with his 27 years of service, guided his women's tennis team to an all-time high of 16 match wins, which included three over Top 30 teams - No. 10 Baylor, No. 25 Texas A&M and No. 30 Iowa. The Wildcats entered the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 44 team in the nation.
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