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January 2014 Archives

Back in the Saddle

K-State's Jacquelyn Bogstad competes in Equitation on the Flat against Oklahoma State at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on November 5, 2010. (Photo by Scott D. Weaver)
February 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

In November, K-State equestrian hunter seat Jacquelyn Bogstad went a perfect 3-0 in Equitation on the Flat.

K-State Athletics Top Moments | January 2014

January 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The Wildcats kicked off 2014 in style. 

From memorable wins to big-time freshmen performances to all-around team victories, January has been an exciting month for K-State Athletics. Here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as January's greatest.

Hall: A K-State Great On, and Off the Court

January 30, 2014
By Mark Janssen

It's hard to believe that it's been a bit more than 40 years ago this week that David Hall soared and snagged 27 rebounds against the Oklahoma Sooners.

Unlikely Heroes

January 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid last night in Bramlage Coliseum by defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 66-58.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 28

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

We have a busy week ahead of us beginning with tonight's key Big 12 men's basketball matchup with Texas Tech, which is set to tipoff at 7 p.m. We hope you can make it out to Bramlage tonight to contribute to the electric atmosphere in the Octagon of Doom that has been a key ingredient in maintaining our great homecourt advantage in the nation's No. 1 RPI conference!

For those who cannot make it tonight, you can watch it throughout the region on the Big 12 Network. Due to President Obama's State of the Union address, those in the Topeka market who normally watch the game on KSNT can see the game on Cox Cable Channel 675. It will also be available on ESPN Full Court, ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app for mobile devices. The Big 12 Conference notified us that the Presidential address was scheduled well after the television games had been selected and announced. We have been assured that all other markets throughout the state and the region will be carrying tonight's game. Click here for a full listing of Big 12 Network affiliates and viewing information for the game.

Fritz Enjoying New Coaching Gig

K-State's assistant coach Steve Fritz watches Ryan Hershberger compete in the men's shot put during the Kansas Relays at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas on April 20, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 28, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
It's funny how things work out sometimes. 

Foster Adapting to Added Attention

January 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

In a game where not much went right for K-State men's basketball, Marcus Foster stayed consistent.

New Rowing Facility is Everything K-State Hoped For

January 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While Pat Sweeney has seen his share of changes in his now 10 years as the head coach of K-State women's rowing, this season he has been happily celebrating the program's biggest change of all.

Freshman Force Leading the Cats

January 25, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Leti Romero is settling into her role on the K-State women's basketball team perhaps better than anyone expected.

K-State Tennis Great Comes Home

9633529.jpegK-State's Hall of Fame inductee Yana Dorodnova talks with Sports Extra's Kelly McHugh during a press conference at the West Stadium Center in Manhattan, Kansas on October 11, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 22, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Last fall, K-State women's tennis received a visit from one of the greatest tennis players in Wildcat history.

Wooldridge Changes Roles at Riverside

January 23, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
To Jim Wooldridge, he's still coaching. 

Wildcats Enjoy Dining Like Never Before

January 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
K-State student-athletes now have the opportunity to dine like never before with the opening of the much-anticipated Ahearn Fund Student-Athlete Performance Table at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

1964 Purples Won with Small-Town, Blue-Collar Players

January 21, 2014
By Mark Janssen 

Jeff Simons loves this story about Kansas State's 1964 Final Four team that was recognized this past Saturday at the half of the Wildcats' game with West Virginia. 

K-State Men's Basketball Takes Flight

January 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball team took a trip to Fort Riley on Jan. 15 to check out the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment's flight simulators.

K-State Celebrates its Wildcat Heroes

January 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

At K-State football's game against Oklahoma on Nov. 23, 2013, Overland Park, Kan., native Bob Bridgham, 67, suffered sudden cardiac arrest, and if it weren't for two special Wildcat fans and one very prepared K-State Event Staff member, Bridgham might not have made the successful recovery he did.

A Day Filled with Hoops for Bramlage Coliseum

K-State's Wesley Iwundu lays up a shot against Oklahoma's Ryan Spangler at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 14, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 18, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Bramlage Coliseum will see its share of action today as both the men's and women's basketball teams are set to continue Big 12 play at their home court.

The men's basketball team will tip off against West Virginia at 12:30 p.m., while the women's team is slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Iowa State.

Savatovic Making Strides with K-State Track and Field

K-State's Sara Savatovic competes in the women's weight throw during the KSU Winter Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 17, 2013 
By Kelly McHugh

There is no off day, no offseason, when you're working to be the best.

Henson a K-State Star From Day-One

Lon Kruger helps Steve Henson into his jacket during the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas on October 11, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 16, 2013
By Mark Janssen

The name of Steve Henson is littered over the pages of the Kansas State basketball record book:

Suttner a 7-Footer, Who Played Big

Januar 15, 2014
By Mark Janssen

Roger Suttner was a Kansas State first.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 14

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

It has been a few weeks since my last update, and I hope you have managed to stay safe during the recent winter weather that has affected most of the country. It's certainly been warm inside Bramlage Coliseum, and I appreciate the terrific crowds that have played a huge role for both our men's and women's teams.

Coach Weber and the Cats, winners of 10 of their past 11, will host another big game tonight as K-State Athletics Hall of Famer Lon Kruger and his No. 25 Sooners visit Bramlage. The game can be seen nationally at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, while fans can listen to Wyatt and Stan along the K-State Sports Network and FREE online at k-statesports.com.

Coach Patterson and the women's squad will also be in action at 7 p.m. tonight as they face Texas Tech in Lubbock. That game can be seen live on FOX Sports Southwest and heard along the K-State Sports Network and also for FREE online at k-statesports.com.

Let's jump into a few updates from around the department.

Heroic Efforts Honored During Halftime Recognition
Last month I shared with you the story about one of our football fans suffering cardiac arrest at the Oklahoma game and the heroic efforts of nearby fans, staff and emergency personnel who helped save the individual's life. During our recent men's hoops game against Oklahoma State, we recognized both the individual recovering from the heart attack as well as those involved in the rescue effort. It was an emotional and inspirational time for everyone and illustrated how the K-State Family looks out for one another. Click here for a recap of the event that aired on Kansas First News.

Home Sweet Home

Oklahoma's head coach and former K-State head coach Lon Kruger, talks with Steven Pledger during a timeout against K-State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 28, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

For Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, being back at his alma mater is always special.

Q&A with K-State Men's Basketball Senior Shane Southwell

January 13, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra will highlight a K-State student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month we have featured K-State men's basketball senior forward Shane Southwell.

"Put This Game Behind Us"

January 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Regardless of where you play, winning on the road in the Big 12 is tough.

Wildcats Look Forward to Sunflower Showdown

K-State's Will Spradling drives up the court against Kansas' Perry Ellis at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 22, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
January 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The No. 25 K-State Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) will head down I-70 this afternoon for a matchup against the 18th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (10-4, 1-0 Big 12). 

Former Wildcat Makes Appearance on ABC's Shark Tank

Former Wildcat football player Thomas Hill displays a Bounce Boot Camp obstacle on ABC's Shark Tank. Hill will be on tonight's episode of the show airing tonight at 8 p.m. CT. (All photos credited to the Bounce Bootcamp Facebook Page)

December 10, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Former K-State football tight end Thomas Hill will have the opportunity of a lifetime for any business entrepreneur tonight.

Meet Bruce Weber, Part II

January 9, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
As introduced in Tuesday's K-State Sports Extra, yours truly recently picked up the book "Bruce Weber: Through My Eyes," by Mark Tupper, which was a writing that detailed the historic 2004-05 season by the Weber-led University of Illinois basketball team that finished with a 37-2 record. 

Southwell Ready for Road Ahead

January 8, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The last three-plus years have been a journey for K-State men's basketball senior forward Shane Southwell.

An In-Depth Look at Bruce Weber, Part I

January 7, 2013 
By Mark Janssen

Bruce Weber: a competitor, but injury prone as a kid. A nifty dresser, but one who prefers a spiffy sport coat to a classic suit. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 28

Greetings from the Valley of the Sun!

The K-State Nation has now hit the Tempe/Phoenix area in full Purple force as we gear up for tonight's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game with the Michigan Wolverines. Our student-athletes and coaches and support staff have enjoyed a terrific week in the desert as the hospitality provided by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl/Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl organization has been first-class once again.

Yesterday I decided to walk the short distance from the hotel over to the site of our traditional pep rally, and it was a great feeling when I came around the bend and glimpsed the hundreds of cars, RV's and buses streaming into the parking lots. We estimate that as many as 5,000 Wildcat fans crammed into Rawhide's Frontier Hall for a great K-State bowl tradition -- the size and intensity of which is virtually unmatched across college athletics. The Pride of Wildcatland band, Classy Cats and cheerleaders were terrific, as always, and K-State's most famous television alum, ABC's Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, did a great job of welcoming the crowd. Current KSU Foundation Board President and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers delighted the crowd by removing his grey trousers to reveal his favorite bright purple pants! President Schulz, Amy Button Renz, BWW Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton all spoke prior to the Voice of the Cats Wyatt Thompson introducing Coach Snyder and the team. The inspirational remarks of captains B.J. Finney, Ty Zimmerman, Blake Slaughter, Tyler Lockett and capped off by Olathe senior Tre Walker's rousing exhortations underscored the focus and determination our team has for tonight's matchup.

Our fans continue to amaze me with their loyalty and I know Sun Devil Stadium will be electric later tonight as we look for our first bowl win since 2002.

I'm also proud that 20 members of our football team will take the field tonight as K-State alums as the following players have already completed their undergraduate degrees at K-State: William Cooper, Kip Daily, Laton Dowling, Ethan Hammes, John Hubert, Andre Jackson, Stephen Johnson, Cornelius Lucas, Andre McDonald, Carl Miles, Torell Miller, Dorrian Roberts, TJ Roberts, Tavon Rooks, Robert Rose, Curry Sexton, Blake Slaughter, Keenan Taylor, Tre Walker and Ty Zimmerman. The 20 graduates participating tonight are the second-most of any bowl-bound teams across the country this season, trailing only Alabama.

Woods Makes the Most out of a Tough Situation

January 6, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The 2013 season was a challenging year for K-State junior guard Ashia Woods, to say the least.

Wildcats Upset No. 6 Oklahoma State

K-State's Wesley Iwundu lays up a shot against Oklahoma State's Phil Forte at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 4, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 5, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball tipped off its Big 12 season with a bang yesterday afternoon defeating the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys 74-71 in a jam-packed Bramlage Coliseum.

Wildcats Ready for Big 12 Play

January 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball opens its Big 12 Conference slate this afternoon at 3 p.m., with a matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Big 12 Women's Basketball Preview

January 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Big 12 season is here, and last night, K-State women's basketball (6-6, 0-1 Big 12) got a feel of just how good the conference will be this year as it fell to Baylor 92-63.

Bramlage Coliseum Trivia Quiz

January 2, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
It's the new season... the Big 12 season of 2014 with the opener on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum against one of the country's best in Oklahoma State. 

K-State Athletics Top Moments | December 2013

January 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

December has been an exciting month to be a Wildcat. A month jam-packed with memorable moments and exciting games, it was, perhaps, the best way to cap off one of the best years in K-State Athletics history. From underdog wins to record-breaking performances, K-State Sports Extra has listed off the past month's top moments to help ring in the New Year.