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February 2014 Archives

Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 28

Good Morning Wildcat Nation!

It's hard to believe we are already heading into the month of March, which means our basketball, track and field and equestrian teams are gearing up for postseason action. Congratulations to both basketball teams on big road wins this week as the men knocked off Texas Tech in Lubbock and the women picked up a big Sunflower Showdown win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence. Before we dive into our regular department updates, I would like to share with you some exciting news.

President Schulz Announces Largest Private Gift in K-State History
Earlier this morning, President Schulz announced a $60 million gift from the Jack Vanier Family - the largest private donation in Kansas State's history! This historical gift will have a tremendous impact on the entire university community with $40 million benefitting students, faculty, programs and facilities on both the Manhattan and Salina campuses while $20 million of the gift has been designated by the family towards Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan - the North End Zone project - which we announced several weeks ago. The support of the Vanier Family is one of the most consistent factors in the modern history of K-State Athletics and this gift will have a dramatic effect on our ability to get closer to our fundraising goals and the potential beginning of Phase III construction. All K-State coaches and student-athletes join me in expressing our appreciation for Jack, Donna, Marty, John and Mary Vanier. Click here to read the full university announcement on this transformational gift.

From our dedicated fans across the country, who have packed Bramlage and created a 13 game sell-out streak at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, to local Catbacker clubs, $50 annual Ahearn Fund members and transformational gifts like the Vanier's, K-State Family members have come together like never before to provide Wildcat student-athletes a world-class experience and drive momentum towards the vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Thank you and let's drive on!

K-State Athletics Top Moments | February 2014

February 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

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

Twiss Continues Working Towards Better Future

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February 27, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

On Feb. 15, at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, K-State track and field senior Erica Twiss soared over the hurdles. With a time of 8.24 in the 60 meters, Twiss tied the K-State indoor record - a feat forever etching her name in Wildcat history.

Rovelto and Snyder Share Similar Coaching Styles

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February 26, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
To a large degree, head football coach Bill Snyder and head track and field coach Cliff Rovelto are mirror images of one another's coaching styles. 

'The Walk' So Special to Ahearn Field House

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February 25, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
A stroll through the hallways of Ahearn Field House last week brought back some vivid memories and had me scurrying home to fetch an old newspaper story that I penned many, many moons ago. 

A Visit with the Voice of the Wildcats

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K-State's Wyatt Thompson hosts the Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on May 7, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

I walked into Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson's office to chat the morning after K-State beat KU, 85-82, in Bramlage Coliseum, and was greeted by a friendly wave to sit down as he balanced his phone on his shoulder.

Sky Squad Dazzles All in Bramlage Coliseum

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Andres Baines soars for a dunk in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 22 at halftime of the K-State women's basketball game vs. West Virginia. (Photo by Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
They dunk, they dazzle and yesterday afternoon, members of the Sky Squad took over Bramlage Coliseum for a very special halftime performance.

Freshmen Provide Potential for K-State Women's Basketball

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February 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State women's basketball team (10-15, 4-10 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum this afternoon to take on the No. 13/14 West Virginia Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2) at 3 p.m.

Kruger to Henson; Henson to Kruger

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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)
February 21, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
Most would say that the talents of Lon Kruger, a Wildcat from 1971-74, and Steve Henson, from 1987-90, mirrored one another as Kansas State point guards. 

Gipson Comes up Big in Win Against TCU

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Kansas State Wildcats forward Thomas Gipson (42) puts up a shot against TCU Horned Frogs guard Jarvis Ray and center Karviar Shepherd during first-half action at Bramlage Coliseum (Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports)

February 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When times get tough, K-State men's basketball junior Thomas Gipson is there for his team.
It's no secret he's grown into one of the team's key leaders this season, and it's no surprise that last night when everything started to go wrong for the Wildcats, he was right there to get his team back on track.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 19

Good Morning Wildcat Nation,

Another busy week of competition is ahead of us beginning with two important basketball games tonight as the men host TCU at 8 p.m. inside Bramlage, while the women are on the road and will square off with the Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth. I hope you can make it out tonight and pack Bramlage with purple as Coach Weber's team continues to fight for positioning in the Big 12 standings as well as an NCAA Tournament berth. The men's game can also be seen live on ESPNU tonight, while be sure and catch the women's game on FOX Sports Southwest, along the K-State Sports Network and online at k-statesport.com.

Before we move along further with additional updates, I would like to report some exciting news about one of our staff members.

Weiberg Named National Fundraiser of the Year
Earlier today, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) announced its annual award winners and I am pleased that our own Chad Weiberg has been named the 2014 NAADD National Fundraiser of the Year! Chad has done an unbelievable job rebuilding our Ahearn Fund infrastructure while leading our development staff in an effort to personally build relationships with K-Staters world-wide as we continue to seek the resources necessary to reach our goal of providing all of our student-athletes with a world-class experience. I am extremely proud of Chad and our entire staff for their hard work and tireless efforts in our pursuit of becoming a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Of course, Chad would be the first to say that the true credit always goes to our donors! Click here for our full release, and again, congrats to Chad and the Ahearn staff!

Q&A with K-State Women's Basketball Senior Katya Leick


January 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a K-State student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. In February, we have featured K-State women's basketball senior forward Katya Leick.

K-State Hoops Records "Never" to be Broken

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Michael Beasley in Bramlage Coliseum, Spring 2008 (K-State Athletics)
February 18, 2014 
By Mark Janssen 
 
As the saying goes, "Records are made to be broken." 

Wildcat Weekend

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February 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It was a busy weekend for K-State Athletics as six different Wildcat teams competed Friday through Sunday.

K-State Football Visits Discovery Center's New Exhibit

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K-State's Jake Waters greets fans during Football: The Exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas on February 8, 2014. Visitors can learn about the science, mathematics and technology of the game at the 3,000 square foot interactive display. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While Kansas State's football season ended nearly two months ago with a bowl victory, it's just beginning at the Flint Hills Discover Center. 

Patterson Reminisces on 2004 Big 12 Championship Team

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February 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When you ask K-State women's basketball head coach Deb Patterson about her 2004 Big 12 Championship winning team, her face still lights up thinking back to that special era in the program's history.

K-State Baseball Hungry for More

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February 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It still stings. 

The K-State baseball team still thinks about its 4-3 loss to Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. It still thinks about that final inning that kept it from going to the College World Series.

Foster, Romero Among Best Ever Wildcat Freshmen

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February 13, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
To most Kansas State basketball followers, these Wildcat teams of 2013-14 are squads of the future. They are teams that will only improve, mature and get better with time. 

Bruce Weber Gives Back

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February 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Growing up, K-State men's basketball head coach Bruce Weber never flew in an airplane. His family of seven never stayed in a hotel because they just didn't have the money. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 11

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation!

First off, congratulations to Coach Weber and our men's basketball team on their thrilling win over the No. 7 Jayhawks last night. Thanks to the K-State Nation, the atmosphere at Bramlage Coliseum was incredible, and it was great to see last night's win make just about every national headline as well as the lead on ESPN SportsCenter and FS1's Fox Sports Live throughout the night and into this morning. I am proud of our coaching staff for the great job they did preparing our team and appreciate our student-athletes staying tough in OT to get the win. Of course there is no rest for the weary - here is a tweet from ESPN's Holly Rowe as she spotted Coach Weber at MHK Airport earlier today getting on that 6:10 a.m. American Airlines flight to DFW to hit the recruiting trail!

Home Court Magic

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K-State fans rush the court after the game against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 10, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Rivalry games don't get much better than last night's Sunflower Showdown in Bramlage Coliseum.

Sunflower Showdown, Part 2

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The K-State men's basketball team celebrates with the fans after the game against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2011. (By Scott Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 10, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State's done it before. 

Foster on Fire

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February 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Marcus Foster put on a show yesterday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum as he opened K-State's game against No. 13/18 Texas hitting back-to-back 3-pointers followed by an alley-oop from fellow freshman Wesley Iwundu. 

A Leader Through it All

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February 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Thomas Gipson always knew he had what it took to be a leader. 

Wroblewski's Game to Remember

Editor's Note: In preparation for Monday's men's basketball game against Kansas, K-State Sports Extra will feature two of the great Wildcat-Jayhawk games from yesteryear this week. 

February 7, 2014 
By Mark Janssen 
 
The date was Feb. 7, 1962. The venue was Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kansas. 

Meet the Newest Wildcats

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February 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While winter's end may seem anything but near as a blanket of snow covers Manhattan, Kan., the buzz of the upcoming football season was heard throughout all of the Vanier Football Complex yesterday morning.

Q&A with PGA Golfer and Former Wildcat Robert Streb

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February 5, 2014
By Jesse Piper

Robert Streb ranks among the greatest golfers in K-State history. During his four-year career from 2006-09, Streb earned 12 top-five finishes, was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2009 and became just the fourth golfer in Kansas State history to qualify for the NCAA Championship when he did so as a freshman in 2006. Since graduating, Streb has competed professionally and earned his PGA Tour card in 2013 where he will continue competition at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend in Pebble Beach, Calif.

1958: A Wildcat - Jayhawk Game for the Ages

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*Editor's Note: In preparation for Monday's men's basketball game against Kansas, K-State Sports Extra will feature two of the great Wildcat-Jayhawk games from yesteryear this week. 

February 4, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
The date was Feb. 3, 1958, when No. 4 Kansas State visited No. 2 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse and came home with a 79-75 double-overtime victory over the Jayhawks. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 3

Wildcat Nation,

Finally!!! Thank you for your patience as we worked to finalize our 2014 football schedule which you will see in its entirety below. With our consecutive home game sellout streak currently at 13 games, we are glad to be able to announce the 2014 schedule so that travel, wedding and vacation plans can now be completed by the K-State faithful. We sincerely appreciate K-State fans for continuing to showcase their passion and support of Wildcat student-athletes, coaches and staff as we progress toward the goal of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Indeed - all working together - players, coaches, fans, students, staff, we will achieve that goal!

We are excited to host seven home games in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, four of which are against teams that were bowl eligible this past season. Highlighting the home schedule will be the long-anticipated matchup with 2013 BCS National Championship runner-up Auburn of the SEC on Thursday, September 18. Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be the focus of the college football world that evening, and the chance to host the reigning SEC Champion on ESPN's Thursday night platform in what will be one of the best non-conference matchups in the country next season is a terrific and unique opportunity for K-State. An open date leading into the game, as well as the extra two days of rest and preparation before our next home game the following week, provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Manhattan and K-State in one of ESPN's most-watched television windows.

With season ticket holders in 46 states, we certainly understand that a Thursday night game creates some travel challenges. Here's a little background on making a decision such as this - one that is not taken lightly.

Craig Settles into New Role

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December 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Last year women's basketball sophomore guard Bri Craig had a lot on her plate.

Wildcat Weekend Recap

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K-State's Amina St. Hill returns a shot against Omaha in the Fall Invitational at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on September 22, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 2, 2014

WOMEN'S TENNIS CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

The K-State women's tennis team is now 3-1 on the season coming off of back-to-back wins over Northern Iowa and Liberty this weekend.