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K-State's "All-Sesquicentennial" Team - Part 2

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October 24, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
 
This weekend Kansas State University celebrates its 150th birthday/anniversary, or its sesquicentennial. 

To help with the celebration, K-State Sports Extra has scoured the Wildcat record books and come up with the "All-Sesquicentennial Wildcat Team." Yes, the top 150 K-State athletes of all-time, which if nothing else, makes for great tailgating debate. 
 
Included were the sensational oldsters of Elden Auker and Elmer Hackney. Auker was All-Big Six in baseball, basketball and football, while Hackney earned All-Big Six honors in track, football and wrestling. 
 
Other more recent multi-sport stars are Steve Fritz (track Olympian, basketball), Terence Newman (football All-American and track Big 12 Champion), Percell Gaskins (NCAA high jump champion and football) and Kendra Wecker (basketball All-American and track Big 12 Champion). 
 
Athletes were selected from 11 different decades with the goal of only trying to distinguish greatness for their specific time rather than comparing eras. 
 
Automatic positions were awarded to members of the K-State Sports Hall of Fame, First Team All-Americans and Olympians, while other strong consideration went to other All-American recognition, NCAA champions and multi-year all-league status. 
 
Without further sesquicentennial-hype, here are K-State Sports Extras 150 greatest of the all-time great Kansas State athletes - the "All Sesquicentennial Wildcat Team."

 
BASEBALL:

James Allen, 2009-11:  All-American; All-Big 12; Ranks first in career saves with 31

Elden Auker, 1930-32: Hall of Fame; All-American; also starred in football and basketball at an All-Big Six level

David Chadd, 1987-88: Second Team All-American; All-Big 8; school record .388 career batting average

Daniel Edwards, 2005-08:   Third Team All-American; Ranks first in career appearances; 26 saves and nine wins

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Jared King, 2011-13 Seasons of hitting .307, .377, .355; helped the Cats to the 2013 Big 12 title; three-time All-Big 12

Nick Martini, 2009-11: Second Team All-American; 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year; .360 career average; reached base in all 59 games during the 2010 season

A.J. Morris, 2007-09:  All-American; Big 12 Pitcher of the Year; 22 career wins

Scott Poepard, 1994-97:  All-Big 12; Ranks first in career hits, extra-base hits, home runs, RBI

Bobby Randall, 1968-69:  All-Big 8; career average of .371 ranks second in school history

Andy Replogle, 1973-75:  Second Team All-American; school record 25 wins, 223 strikeouts; two -time All-Big 8

Craig Wilson, 1989-92: Hall of Fame; First Team All-American; 1992 Big 8 Player of the Year; two-time All-Big 8; played on USA National team

Jack Woolsey, 1967-69:  All-American; two-time First Team All-Big 8

 
BASKETBALL -  MEN:

Ernie Barrett, 1949-51: Hall of Fame; No. 22 jersey retired; All-American; All-Big 7; First round NBA draft choice; All-Century team

Michael Beasley, 2008: All-American; National and Big 12 Player of the Year; single-season scoring record; First round NBA Draft choice

Rolando Blackman, 1978-81: Hall of Fame; No. 25 jersey retired; two-time All-American; three-time All-Big 8; Big 8 Player of the Year; third in all-time scoring and fifth in career assists; First round NBA Draft choice; All-Century team

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Bob Boozer, 1957-59: Hall of Fame; No. 30 jersey retired; two-time All-American; two-time Big 8 Player of the Year; three-time All-Big 7/8; fifth in all-time scoring and fourth in all-time rebounds; First round NBA Draft choice; All-Century team

Clarence Brannum, 1947-50: Two-time All-Big Six

Norris Coleman, 1986-87: Two-time All-Big 8

Roy DeWitz, 1956-58:  Hall of Fame; member of the No. 1-ranked 1958 team

Mike Evans, 1975-78: Hall of Fame; No. 12 jersey retired; All-American; two-time Big 8 Player of the Year; three-time All-Big 8; second in all-time scoring; First round NBA Draft choice; All-Century team

Frank Groves, 1935-37:  Hall of Fame; Second Team All-American; three-time All-Big Six

Rick Harman, 1947-50:  All-American; All-Big 7

Steve Henson, 1987-90: Hall of Fame; All-Big 8; second in three-point field goals; all-time assist leader; second in career steals; All-Century team

Askia Jones, 1990-94: Fourth in all-time scorer; single-game record of 62 points; third in three-pointers; third in career steals

Dick Knostman, 1951-53: Hall of Fame; No. 33 jersey retired; All-American; two-time All-Big 7; fifth in all-time rebounds

Lon Kruger, 1972-74: Hall of Fame; No. 12 jersey retired; two-time Big 8 Player of the Year; two-time All-Big 8; All-Century team

Steve Mitchell, 1971-73: All-American

Willie Murrell, 1963-64:  All-American; No. 44 jersey retired; two-time All-Big 8

Ed Nealy, 1979-82: Hall of Fame; All-Big 8; all-time leading rebounder; All-Century team

Jack Parr, 1956-58: Hall of Fame; No. 33 jersey retired; Second Team All-American; three-time All-Big 7/8; second in all-time rebounds; All-Century team

Jacob Pullen, 2008-11: Third Team All-American; All-Big 12; all-time leading scorer, three-point field goals and steals; second in all-time assists

F.I. Reynolds, 1915-17:  All-American

Mitch Richmond, 1987-88: Hall of Fame; No. 23 jersey retired; Second Team All-American; All-Big 8; First round NBA Draft choice; All-Century team

Howard Shannon, 1948:  Hall of Fame; Second Team All-American; All-Big 7; NBA Draft choice

Chuckie Williams, 1973-76: Two-time First Team All-American; No. 10 jersey retired; two-time All-Big 8; First round NBA Draft choice; All-Century team

Mike Wroblewski, 1960-62: Second Team All-American; All Big 8
 

BASKETBALL - WOMEN:

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Brittany Chambers, 2010-13: Honorable mention All-American; three-time All-Big 12; third in all-time scoring; second in career three-pointers

Kimberly Dietz, 2005-08: Honorable mention All-American; All-Big 12; 12th all-time scorer

Priscilla Gary, 1982-83: First female inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame; All-American; two-time All-Big 8; No. 10 jersey retired; all-time scorer for two-year players

Nadira Hazim, 1988-91: Honorable mention All-American; All-Big 8; Seventh all-time scorer and top 10 in steals and assists

Andria Jones, 1994-97  Honorable mention All-American; All-Big 12

Laurie Koehn, 2002-05: Still holds all-time NCAA record for career three-pointers; fifth all-time scorer

Shalee Lehning, 2006-09: Honorable mention All-American; two-time All-Big 12; No. 5 jersey retired; all-time leader in assists, fourth in rebounds; Big 12 record five triple-doubles

Diana Miller, 1988-91: Big 8 Player of the Year; two-time All-Big 8; sixth all-time scorer; 10th in rebounds

Nicole Ohlde, 2001-04: Two-time All-American; three-time All-Big 12; jersey retired; two-time Big 12 Player of the Year; second in all-time scoring,                                                                               blocked shots and rebounding; sixth in assists; First round WNBA draft choice

Tammie Romstad, 1979-82: Hall of Fame; Third Team All-American; All-Big 8; No. 33 jersey retired; member of USA Select team; ninth all-time scorer ninth in rebounds

Ashley Sweat, 2007-2010: Two-time All-Big 12; fourth in all-time scoring

Kendra Wecker, 2002-05:  Two-time All-American; three-time All-Big 12; No. 53 jersey retired; Big 12 Player of the Year; all-time leading scorer and rebounder; fifth in assists; First round WNBA draft choice; and in track, Big 12 gold medal finish in the javelin and school record holder
 

FOOTBALL

Corey Adams, 2007-10: All-American long-snapper; never made an errant snap in his four-year career of 400-plus snaps for kicks and punts

David Allen, 1997-00: All-American punt returner; career total of 1,646 yards is a school-record by 801 yards; Seven punt-return TDs is four more than any other Wildcat

Michael Bishop, 1997-98 All-American; Second in Heisman Trophy voting

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Arthur Brown, 2011-12:  All-American; two-time All-Big 12 linebacker

Josh Buhl, 2000-03:  All-American; fourth in all-time tackles; single season record of 184

Chris Canty, 1994-96: Two-time All-American (Consensus); two-time All-Big 8/12; First round NFL draft choice

Tim Colston, 1992-95:  All-American; All-Big 8 defensive lineman

Henry Cronkite, 1929-31: Hall of Fame; All-American; two-time All-Big 6

Lynn Dickey, 1968-70: Hall of Fame; jersey retired; two-time All-Big 8; second all-time passing leader; top 10 in Heisman voting; voted No. 1 All-Time QB in Big 8 era

"Monk" Edwards, 1925-27: Hall of Fame

Mario Fatafehi, 1999-00: All-American; All-Big 12

Ralph Graham, 1931-33: Hall of Fame; Second Team All-American; three-time All-Big 6

Martin Gramatica, 1994-98: Consensus All-American; two-time All-Big 12; all-time field goal leader by 17 makes; Lou Groza winner

Steve Grogan, 1972-74:  Hall of Fame; jersey retired

Ralph Hahn, 1918-22:  All-American; All-Missouri Valley

Mack Herron, 1968-69: All-Big 8; 5-foot-5, 180-pound all-purpose offensive threat; Big 8 sprint champion in track

Darren Howard, 1997-99: Two-time All-Big 12

Dewey Huston, 1918-20: Three-time All-Missouri Valley

Jeff Kelly, 1997-98:  All-American; two-time All-Big 12

Collin Klein, 2009-12:  Two-time All-Big 12; third in Heisman Trophy voting

Danny Lankas, 1965-69:  Hall of Fame; two-time All-Big 8; sixth in all-time tackles

Nick Leckey, 2000-03:  Two-time All-American; two-time All-Big 12

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Kevin Lockett, 1993-96: Third Team All-American; two-time All-Big 8/12; all-time reception leader

Tyler Lockett, 2011-13:  All-American kickoff returner

George Maddox, 1932-34: Hall of Fame; All-American

Chad May, 1993-94: All-American; two-time All-Big 8; third in all-time passing yards; 11th in Heisman Trophy voting

Jaime Mendez, 1990-93: Hall of Fame; Consensus All-American; two-time All-Big 8; all-time leader in interceptions

Quincy Morgan, 1999-00: All-American; two-time All-Big 12; fifth in all-time receiving yardage

Jordy Nelson, 2005-07: Consensus All-American; All-Big 12; second in all-time receiving yardage

Terence Newman, 1999-02: Consensus All-American; All-Big 12; track; Jim Thorpe Award winner; First round NFL draft choice at No. 5; Big 12 Champion as track sprinter

Tom O'Boyle, 1951-53:   Two-time All-Big 7 lineman

H.M. Randels, 1919-20:  Second Team All-American; two-time All-Missouri Valley

Thomas Randolph, 1990-93: All-American; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American in track

Jamie Rheem, 1996-00:  All-American; two-time All-Big 12 kicker

Harold Robinson, 1949-50: Hall of Fame; All-Big 7; first black athlete at K-State and first to play in Big 7 Conference

Clarence Scott, 1968-70: Hall of Fame; All-American; All-Big 8; First round NFL draft choice

Mark Simoneau, 1996-99: Hall of Fame; All-American; three-time All-Big 12; third in all-time tackles

Reggie Singletary, 1980-83: Three-time All-Big 8 defensive lineman

Sean Snyder, 1991-92: Consensus All-American; All-Big 8; second in all-time punt average

Gary Spani, 1974-77: Hall of Fame; two-time All-American (Consensus); three-time All-Big 8; all-time tackle leader

Darren Sproles, 2001-04: All-American; two-time All-Big 12; fifth in Heisman Trophy voting; all-time leading rusher

Oren Stoner, 1933-34:  Hall of Fame; All-Big 6; track standout

Veryl Switzer, 1951-53: Hall of Fame; All-American; three-time All-Big 7; track jumper/sprinter; First round NFL draft choice; highest ever pick at No. 4

Daniel Thomas, 2009-10: Two-time All-Big 12; second all-time leading rusher
 

GOLF - MEN

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Jim Colbert, 1961-64:  Hall of Fame; 1964 NCAA championship runner-up

Richard Laing, 1990-93:  Big 8 Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993
 

GOLF - WOMEN

Christine Boucher, 2001-04: Big 12 Player of the Year in 2003 and 200
 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Yana Dorodnova, 1996-98: Hall of Fame; All-American; First Team All-Big 8; NCAA Tournament

Alena Jecminkova, 199-02: 2002 Big 12 Player of the Year; four-time Big 12 recognition; three-time NCAA tourney

Karina Kuregian, 1994-95:  All-American; NCAA tournament

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Petra Niedermayerova, 2010-13: Two-time All-American; Big 12 Player of the Year/Rookie of the Year; five-time Big 12 recognition (doubles/singles; Big 12 champion at No 1 singles; three-times in NCAA tournament
 
 

TRACK AND FIELD - MEN:

Thane Baker, 1951-53: Hall of Fame; two Olympics with four medals in the sprints; NCAA champion in the 200; four-time Big 8 Indoor champion; six-time Big 8 Outdoor champion

Ed Broxterman, 1993-97:  Olympics in the high jump

Mathew Chesang, 2001-04: Three-time Cross Country All-Big 12

Darius Draudvila, 2003-05: Olympics in the decathlon for Lithuania; Outdoor All-American

Steve Fritz, 1989-90:  Hall of Fame; Olympics, Fourth in the decathlon

Percell Gaskins, 1993-94: NCAA champion in the high jump; football

Elmer Hackney, 1938-40: Hall of Fame; two-time NCAA champion in the shot put; two-time First team All-Big 6 in football; three-time Big 6 wrestling champion

Kenny Harrison, 1984-88:   Hall of Fame; Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump; three-time NCAA champion in the triple jump/long jump; 7-time indoor All-American; 7 time outdoor Big 8 champ; 7-time NCAA Indoor All-American; school record 7-time Big 8 Indoor champion; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American; school record 8-time Big 8 Outdoor champion

Herb Hoskin, 1950-51:  NCAA champion in the long jump

Jerome Howe, 1969-71: Hall of Fame; Olympic alternate in 1500; two-time Cross Country All-American; two-time Cross Country Big 8 champion; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American

Jeffrey Julmis, 2010-12:  Olympics in the hurdles for Haiti

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Erik Kynard, 2010-13: Olympic silver medalist in the high jump; three-time NCAA champion in the high jump; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American; four-time Big 12 Indoor champion; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American; four-time Big 12 Outdoor champion

Kyle Lancaster, 2003-07: Three-time NCAA Indoor All-American; three-time NCAA Outdoor All-American

Nathan Leeper, 1998:  Olympics in the high jump; NCAA champion in the high jump

Doug Lytle, 1981-84:  Olympics, Sixth place in the pole vault; NCAA champion in the high jump

Conrad Nightengale, 1965-67: Olympics in steeplechase; NCAA champ

Don Payne, 1964-66:  NCAA champion in the mile

Rollin Prather, 1947-50: Three-time Big 7 Indoor champion; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American; six-time Big 6 Outdoor champion

Bob Prince, 1977:  NCAA champion in the 880; three-time Big 8 Indoor champion

Ivan Riley, 1921-23:  Olympic placer in 400-hurdles; NCAA champion in the 120 hurdles

Jeff Schemmel, 1972-75: Big 8 Cross Country champion; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American

Scott Sellers, 2006-09: Three-time NCAA champion in the high jump; four-time NCAA Indoor All-American; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American

Christian Smith, 2003-06: Olympics in the 800; NCAA champion in the 800; four-time NCAA All-American; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American

Rex Stucker, 1958-61:  Four-time Big 7 Outdoor champion

Ken Swenson, 1968-70: Hall of Fame; Olympics in the 800; NCAA champion in the 880; three-time Big 8 Indoor champion

Ray Watson, 1919-21: Hall of Fame; Three Olympic Games, two seventh-place finishes in steeplechase and 800; NCAA champion in the mile

Attila Zsivoczky, 1977-99: Three Olympic Games, sixth and eighth in the decathlon for Hungary
 

TRACK AND FIELD - WOMEN: 

Teri Anderson, 1972-76: Hall of Fame; NCAA champion in the mile; three-time Big 8 Indoor champion

Rita Graves, 1983-86: NCAA champion in the high jump; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American; four-time NCAA Outdoor champion

Nicole Green, 1991-95:  NCAA champion in the 400; school record five Big 8 Outdoor champion

Kim Hagger, 1981:  Olympics, eighth in heptathlon for England

Janet Haskin, 1989-91:  NCAA champion in the 10,000

Chantay Hill, 2002-05:  Four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American

Korene Hinds, 2000-01: Two Olympic Games for Jamaica in the steeplechase; three-time Cross Country All-American; three-time Cross Country All-Big 12; three-time NCAA Indoor All-American; three-time Big 12 Indoor champion

Vanitta Kinard, 1996-98: Four-time NCAA Indoor All-American

Ryann Krais, 2011-12:  NCAA Champion in the heptathlon

Angie Miller, 1988-91: Four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American; four-time Big 8 Outdoor champion

Amy Mortimer, 2000-03: Four-time Cross Country All-American; four-time Cross Country All-Big 12; school record five-time NCAA Indoor All-American

Deb Pihl, 1980-84:  Hall of Fame; school record four Big 12 Indoor championships

Beverly Ramos, 2007-10: Olympics in the steeplechase for Puerto Rico; two-time Cross Country All-Big 12

Renetta Seiler, 1996-99: Three-time NCAA Indoor All-American; three-time Big 8 Indoor champion; three-time NCAA Outdoor All-American; four-time Big 12 Outdoor champion

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Austra Skujyte, 2001-02: Hall of Fame; Four Olympic Games, second and fifth in heptathon for Lithuania; two-time NCAA champion in the heptathlon; three-time NCAA

Jacque Struckhoff, 1983-85: Hall of Fame; two-time Cross Country All-American; three-time Big 8 Indoor champion; four-time Big 8 Outdoor champion

Connie Teaberry, 1989-92: Olympics in the high jump; four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American

Gwen Wentland, 1991-95: Hall of Fame high jumper
 
 

VOLLEYBALL:

Dawn Cady, 1996-99:  Second team All-American; All-Big 12

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Kaitlynn Pelger, 2010-13: Two-time honorable mention All-American; two-time All-Big 12

Shawnee Call, 1985-88:  Three-time All-Big 8

Lauren Goehring, 1999-03: All-American; Big 12 Player of the Year in 2003; two-time All-Big 12

Gabby Guerre, 2001-04:  Honorable mention All-American; three-time All Big 12

Nataly Korobkova, 2005-08: Two-time third team All-American; two-time All-Big 12


 

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