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March 2014 Archives

Dixon Gives All Credit to Kansas State - Part 1

April 1, 2014
By Mark Janssen

For those relatively new to the Kansas State sports scene, the name Larry Dixon may not mean a thing. But for those who followed the Wildcats in 1968 and 1969, there was a non-athlete from back east who caused a ruckus in the stands to help the Wildcats to many a victory.

K-State Sports Extra Top Moments | March 2014

March 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

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

K-State Tennis Continues Big 12 Action

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K-State's Amina St. Hill hits a backhand against Oklahoma at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 28, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Although No. 61 K-State Tennis fell, 6-1, to No. 18 Oklahoma on Friday afternoon, the team isn't hanging its head. As the team looks forward to today's match against Oklahoma State, it knows, despite the final score, just how close it came to victory over the Sooners and will work hard to improve on that today.

Wildcats Look Forward to Sunflower Showdown

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K-State's Novice 8 B boat competes during the Jayhawk Jamboree Regatta on the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kansas on October 20, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State Women's Rowing program has entered a new era and nothing proved that better than an exciting opening weekend to its 2014 season.

Equestrian Rides for Big 12 Title

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March 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The No. 4 seeded K-State equestrian team is set to take on the reigning Big 12 Equestrian Champions, No. 1 seeded Oklahoma State, in today's semifinal matchup of the Big 12 Championship.

Short Tales on "Mr. K-State"

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Head Men's Basketball Coach Bruce Weber and former player Ernie Barrett with Willie Wildcat
March 27, 2014
By Mark Janssen

"Mr. OU" or "Mr. Mizzou" just doesn't sound right.

Q&A With K-State Women's Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie

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K-State women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie poses with his family in Bramalge Coliseum. Left to right: Logan Mittie, Jordan Mittie, Shanna Mittie, Jeff Mittie and Madison Mittie. (Photo by Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

New K-State women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie has wasted no time upon his arrival to Manhattan. He was announced as the Wildcats' new head coach on March 18, and arrived in the Little Apple the following day.

Twenty Years Ago, Jones Scorched Nets for 62

March 25, 2014
By Mark Janssen

Where were you on March 24, 1994? It's a good bet that you were not in Bramlage Coliseum.

Season in Review: K-State Men's Basketball

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K-State huddles after practice at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As quickly as the season began for the K-State men's basketball team, this past weekend, it came to an end. 

Wait Sets Goals High

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K-State's Kyle Wait competes in the men's pole vault during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center in Ames, Iowa on February 28, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As he enters his final season with K-State Track and Field, senior pole vaulter Kyle Wait has set his goals high - high, but reachable.

Men's Basketball's 2013-14 Season Comes to an End

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K-State's Wesley Iwundu drives around Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein during the second round of the NCAA men's basketball championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

There's really no way to sugar coat it - K-State men's basketball's 56-49 loss to Kentucky last night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament really stung.

Freshmen Find Familiarity in Kentucky Roster

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March 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

ST. LOUIS - On Sunday afternoon when freshman Wesley Iwundu found out he'd be playing Kentucky in his first-ever NCAA Tournament game, he knew his phone was quickly about to fill with text messages. 

Wildcats Look to Seize the Opportunity

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March 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

ST. LOUIS - When the K-State Wildcats (20-12, 10-8 Big 12) found out they'd be taking on the Kentucky Wildcats (24-10, 16-6 SEC) in the NCAA Tournament's second round, the team was overcome with excitement.

K-State Baseball Begins Big 12 Competition

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K-State's Tanner Witt tries to slide past against Oklahoma's Anthony Hermelyn at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 17, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Tomorrow afternoon, K-State baseball will set out on a 24-game journey through one of the nation's toughest leagues.
The Wildcats (13-7) will kick off Big 12 Conference play with a three-game series at Oklahoma (16-6) beginning tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.

Just Like the Wildcats Ordered

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Kansas State Wildcats during the second half against the Tulane Green Wave.  (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

March 19, 2013
By Mark Janssen

What an absolutely perfect scenario it is for Kansas State... again.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - March 18

Wildcat Nation,

First off, let me offer a special thanks to the many fans who sent notes as we began the search for our new women's basketball coach last Sunday.  The passion and support you continue to show is one of the many reasons we were able to attract such a quality pool of candidates.

As you may know, earlier today we announced that Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in Division I, has agreed to become the ninth head women's basketball coach in K-State history. His accolades as a coach speak for themselves - 454 career wins, 15 postseason appearances, nine conference titles in four different leagues, winner of nine conference championships and the reputation of being a top-notch recruiter - and Coach Mittie, his wife Shanna and children Logan, Madison and Jordan are a perfect fit for Manhattan and Kansas State.

Kansas State Stunned the Sunflower State

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K-State men's basketball's 1964 Final Four team led by head coach Tex Winter
March 18, 2014
By Mark Janssen

It was 50 years ago last week that Kansas State stunned basketball followers in the state of Kansas in the NCAA Regional staged in Wichita.

K-State Heads Back to NCAA Tournament

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March 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

For a school-record fifth consecutive year, K-State men's basketball is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

Q&A with K-State Baseball Senior Ross Kivett


March 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra will highlight a K-State student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A special. This month we have featured K-State baseball senior outfielder Ross Kivett.

Sproles Heads to Philadelphia

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Running back Darren Sproles (43) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams strong safety Darian Stewart (20) defends. (Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports)

March 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On March 13, the New Orleans Saints traded former Kansas State running back Darren Sproles (2001-04) to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2014 draft pick.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - March 14

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

I would like to start today by making a few comments regarding this week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in Kansas City. Big 12 fans should be commended as the atmosphere and crowds at the Sprint Center supporting the best conference in America were incredible! And the nation has taken notice - check out Dennis Dodd's story from CBSSports.com on the strength of our league. I couldn't imagine any other conference having more competitive and thrilling quarterfinal games than we did on Thursday. Our game against Iowa State was played at an extremely high level and it was exciting to see freshmen Marcus Foster and Nigel Johnson, as well as senior Shane Southwell, all have big games.

While we all would have loved to remain in Kansas City for the duration of the conference tournament, we are excited about the prospects of playing in the NCAA tournament. Stay tuned on Sunday as the official NCAA field will be announced on CBS.

Nigel Johnson Shines as an Unlikely Star

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March 14, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

When things went wrong for No. 5-seed K-State in yesterday's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship matchup with No. 4-seed Iowa State, Nigel Johnson made them right.

Wildcats Focus on Big 12 Tournament Play

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March 13, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With the regular season coming to an end last Saturday, K-State men's basketball now faces its final stretch of the 2013-14 season: tournament play.

Cats in the Classroom

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Cody Whitehair, Danzel McDaniel, Charmeachealle Moore and Daniel Sams visit with a class at Panda Preschool (Photo by Kelly McHugh/K-State Athletics)

March 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State football team saw a change of scenery this month as it spent time visiting students at local elementary and preschools.

Richards Continues to be 'Fix-It Man' in College Athletics

March 11, 2014
By Mark Janssen

Dr. Milt Richards defines his career in college athletics as a "...turn-around guy. I come in to places and try to make them better."

Comeback Cats

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K-State senior Shane Conlon steps up to bat in the Wildcats' 3-2 win over Iowa on Friday, March 7 in Tointon Family Stadium.
 
March 10, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State baseball team put on a show this weekend as it swept a three-game series from Iowa (9-4) and evened its record at 7-7 after starting the year 1-7.

K-State Equestrian Sends Seniors Off with Win

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March 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Though the weather was cold, the competition at Timbercreek Stables was hot as the K-State equestrian team defeated TCU, 10-9.

Basketball Celebrates its Senior Class

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K-State's Will Spradling lays up a shot against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 10, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Today, before the K-State men's basketball team takes on the Baylor Bears at 12:30 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats will celebrate the careers of their four seniors. 

K-State Baseball Ready for Home Opener

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March 7, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

After a long, cold winter in Manhattan, signs of spring can be found in Tointon Family Stadium as the home baseball season is - finally - here. 

Jackson Salutes Winter: 'The God of Basketball' - PART II

Editor's Note: With former Kansas State basketball coach Tex Winter celebrating his 92nd birthday last week, K-State Sports Extra will highlight the legendary Hall of Fame coach with a two-part feature that started on Tuesday and concludes today. 
 
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March 6, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
How widely respected is this K-State legend named Fred "Tex" Winter?
Just listen:

Personal Successes Highlight Big 12 Championship Meet

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K-State's Devin Dick competes in the heptathlon 60 meter hurdles during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center in Ames, Iowa on March 1, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 5, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State track and field traveled to Ames, Iowa, last weekend for the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships and came home with numerous individual victories. 

Winter's 'Triangle Magic' - PART I

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K-State's Ernie Barrett and Tex Winter are recognized before the game against Oklahoma as part of the Legends Weekend at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 19, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

Editor's Note: With former Kansas State basketball coach Tex Winter celebrating his 92nd birthday last week, K-State Sports Extra will highlight the legendary Hall of Fame coach with a two-part feature beginning today and concluding Thursday.

March 4, 2014
By Mark Janssen

Fred "Tex" Winter's resume is littered with fancy numbers:
- 262 Kansas State wins
- 454 overall collegiate wins at K-State, Marquette, Washington, Northwestern and Long Beach State
- 10 NBA championship rings as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers

Women's Basketball Celebrates Senior Day

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K-State women's basketball seniors Ashlynn Knoll, Chantay Caron and Katya Leick. (Photo by Scott Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball will celebrate the careers of its three seniors and team leaders at 7 p.m., tonight in Bramlage Coliseum as the Wildcats are set to host TCU in their final home competition of the season.

15 in a Row

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Mar 1, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Shane Southwell (1) blocks out Iowa State Cyclones forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the Wildcats' 80-73 win at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. (Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports)
March 2, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With last night's 80-73 win over No. 15 Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State men's basketball team (20-9, 10-6 Big 12) has now won 15 consecutive home games.

Wildcats Ready to Defend Home Court

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K-State's Marcus Foster dunks the ball against TCU at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 19, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State men's basketball team (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) returns to Bramlage Coliseum tonight to face the Iowa State Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) at 6 p.m.