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April 2014 Archives

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 30

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

Following a busy and exciting spring game weekend we've been back in the office and hard at it this week, starting Monday morning with various meetings and our annual Career Cats luncheon for our junior and senior student-athletes. We'll touch on all of the activities shortly, but first I would like to thank our entire staff and all of Wildcat Nation for their support in making all of the spring game weekend events a huge success.

Special Honorary Coaches Assist with VFC Announcement
It was great to see all of our Golden Cat and Ring of Honor members who were back in town for Saturday's spring football game, and I would like to especially thank former Wildcat greats Terence Newman and Darren Sproles for making the trip "home" for the weekend as special honorary coaches. Our 600-plus Ahearn Fund members in attendance at Friday's Powercat Auction especially enjoyed visiting with some of their favorite Wildcats, including NFL alumni Nick Leckey, Ryan Lilja and Jon McGraw.

It was a tremendous honor for me to be on the field pre-game with Darren, Terence and President Schulz to announce to the 17,000-plus fans in attendance plans for Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan - the Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium Project. Among my most enjoyable moments so far at K-State have been when student-athletes and fans react to new announcements and see new plans and videos - much like at the Cotton Bowl pep rally when we announced plans for the West Stadium Center - and in this case on Saturday the unveiling of our next critical athletics facility project. Click here to see our full announcement, watch the unveiling video and our full master plan website.

While more than half of the $65 million in necessary funding has already been secured, it is imperative that Wildcat fans continue to contribute, at any level, and be a part of the Vanier Football Challenge campaign to help K-State remain a national leader in college athletics. The funding plan currently calls for $50 million to be privately funded through philanthropic giving with the remaining $15 million coming from other department revenues. No tax or tuition dollars will be used! Thank you for your continued support!

Dykmann Finds New, Exciting Team Atmosphere in K-State Rowing

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K-State Rowing's 1st Varsity 8 compete in the Sunflower Showdown on March 29, 2014 (Photo by: Scott Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Rower Noelle Dykmann didn't quite know what she was getting herself into.

Wilson Still Has Passion for Game of Ball and Bat

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April 29, 2014
By Mark Janssen

If one was to name the most successful baseball coaches in Kansas State history, it's likely the name of current coach Brad Hill would be mentioned, or perhaps Bob Brasher, who skippered the Wildcats in the 1960s and early-1970s, or perhaps Mike Clark, who had a 17-year run as coach of the Purples.

Sproles, Newman Reminisce on Wildcat Past

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Cincinnati Bengals' cornerback and former K-State standout Terence Newman takes a selfie with K-State's athletic director John Currie, K-State president Kirk Schulz, and Philadelphia Eagles' running back and former K-State standout Darren Sproles before the Purple and White Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 26, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh 

With the announcement of the new Vanier Football Complex and the North End Zone Project during K-State's spring game on Saturday afternoon, Wildcat fans had the opportunity to look forward into the future of K-State football. 

Spring Football at its Finest

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K-State's Jake Waters helps Kaiden Schroeder, 8 years old, run for a touchdown during the Purple and White Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 26, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Yesterday afternoon, football was back in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 26

Wildcat Nation,

Thanks to your commitment to K-State, we have taken incredible steps towards our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program and our goal of providing a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience including completing about $125 million in athletic facility upgrades benefitting all 16 of our sports over the last 24 months.

Every member of the K-State Nation should feel the pride of these improvements and the fact that they have been achieved in a fiscally responsible manner. But we still have work left to do.

You have heard me say before that my two favorite of Coach Snyder's 16 goals are #3 - UNITY and #12 - NO SELF LIMITATIONS. Look what the K-State Nation has accomplished over the past several years by indeed being committed to these principles!

Coach Snyder and his staff have done an extraordinary job of rebuilding our football program over the past five years. Our fans have stepped up too, with the best attendance in our history, highlighted by a current streak of 13 consecutive sell-outs at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. However, we all know that in any competitive environment you are either getting better or getting worse. There really is no standing still and treading water. We have to capture the momentum you have helped create and continue to strengthen the foundation of our program. Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan - a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium expansion - is our next major priority, and earlier at today's annual spring football game we announced details in regards to the project. Click here for full project details which include renderings and videos of the project.

Back in the Bill

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April 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It's been a long winter, but after nearly four months of slumber, the gates of Bill Snyder Family Stadium will finally reopen and the stadium will come alive again for the annual Purple vs. White Spring Game this afternoon at 1:10 p.m.

Part II: Randall Makes The Show

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April 25, 2014
By Mark Janssen

It was on Tuesday that K-State Sports Extra introduced you to Bobby Randall out of small-town Gove, Kan., who arrived at Kansas State on a partial basketball, partial baseball scholarship in the mid-1960s.

Wildcats Set for Conference Tournaments

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K-State's Daniel Wood chips to the green during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kansas on October 1, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Three K-State teams will head to Texas this week for its respective Big 12 Conference championships with women's tennis traveling to Fort Worth, men's golf traveling to Trinity and women's golf traveling to Austin.

An Exciting Evening for K-State Baseball

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K-State baseball stands at attention with its partner unit from Fort Riley, Kan., the 2-16 Infantry Regiment, before its game against CSU Bakersfield on April 22. (Photos by Kelly McHugh)

April 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With warm weather and sunny skies, last night was a beautiful night for baseball in Tointon Family Stadium. 

Part I: Randall Born to be a Wildcat

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April 22, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
Bobby Randall laughs when he says that the only time he was a big man on campus might have been when at the little community of Gove. 

McGruder Enjoys Life Overseas

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K-State's Rodney McGruder dunks against TCU at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on March 5, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Former Wildcat men's basketball star Rodney McGruder (2009-13) is enjoying life, and basketball, in Hungary.

Currie Receives Military Award for Ft. Riley Partnership

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K-State director of Military Affairs Art DeGroat, K-State president Dr. Kirk Schulz, 1st Infantry Division Major General Paul Funk, K-State Human Ecology's Dr. Briana Nelson-Goff, Director of McCain Auditorium Todd Holmberg, K-State associate professor Daryl Youngman and K-State athletics director John Currie pose for a photo after receiving the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award.

April 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Growing up, K-State Athletics Director John Currie idolized his grandfather.

K-State Sports Extra Q&A With Petra Niedermayerova

April 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month's feature student-athlete is K-State tennis senior Petra Niedermayerova.

Wildcats Strive for Consistency in Spring Practices

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By Kelly McHugh

Among all things discussed at this week's K-State football press conference with head coach Bill Snyder, the common theme of consistency, regardless of which position group he spoke about, was among the most important. Though the Wildcats are through nine of the 15 allotted spring practices, Snyder hopes that in this final week before the Purple/White Spring Game, the consistency from his players will only continue to grow.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 17

Good Afternoon K-State Fans,

It has been several weeks since I last wrote but that's certainly not because of the lack of activity around K-State Athletics! I'll catch up on several interesting recent tidbits, but first let me mention a couple of upcoming events for your planning purposes.

Last Chance to See Petra Niedermayerova Live in Mike Goss Tennis Stadium
Over the past four seasons, Petra Niedermayerova has built a record that perhaps could rank her as K-State's all-time greatest tennis player. Additionally, she has been a model student-athlete off the court, majoring in economics and being recognized as a two-time ITA Academic All-American and the 2013 Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in women's tennis. She's been all-conference, All-America and holds K-State's career wins records in both singles and doubles.

Senior Day ceremonies start at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be followed by the match vs. the Jayhawks at 12 p.m.  Three pro-set matches of doubles (with Petra and Amina St. Hill on court No. 1) will be followed by the six singles matches. Admission is free. Come out and salute Petra for an incredible K-State career and also bring the kids for USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day.(click here for a special short video)

Part II: Switzer 'The Greatest' of All the Wildcat Greats

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April 17, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
It was on Tuesday that K-State Sports Extra orchestrated some coffee shop debate by declaring Veryl "Joe" Switzer the "Greatest Athlete" in Wildcat history. 

K-State Basketball Celebrates its 2013-14 Season

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April 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Yesterday evening, the K-State men's basketball team celebrated its 2013-14 season one last time at its end-of-the-year banquet. 

Part I: Switzer the Greats of All K-State Greats

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K-State's Veryl Switzer greets fans during Football: The Exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas on February 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 15, 2014 
By Mark Janssen 
 
Picking "the greatest" of anything is always a topic for conversation, if not debate. 

No Place Like Home

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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)

April 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Transition, regardless of how it happens in life, can often be tough, and it's not often that everything falls into place perfectly. 

A Memorable Week for the Wildcats

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April 13, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Volleyball Set to Compete in Final Spring Competition

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K-State's Chelsea Keating sets the ball in front of Taylor Johnson against Tulsa at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 10, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Grow, progress, perfect - just a few things K-State volleyball is focusing on during its spring training. 

Richmond Named to Basketball Hall of Fame

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April 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It is, perhaps, one of basketball's greatest honors.

Remembering Elden Auker

April 10, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
It was in a conversation a few days ago on all-time Kansas State greats that the name Elden Auker was brought up. It sent me digging through a stack of papers in search of a story that I did with the former Wildcat star prior to his death in the fall of 2006. 

Springing Into Action: Wildcats Prepare for 2014 Season

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April 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The sights and sounds of spring have arrived at the Vanier Sports Complex, and while the birds are chirping and sun is shining outside the building, inside, K-State head coach Bill Snyder and company are hard at work preparing for the 2014 season.

The 'a-HEARN' Story

April 8, 2014
By Mark Janssen

First things first: it's Mike a-HEARN, and not Mike A-hearn.

Wildcats Host Clinic for Special Olympics

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April 7, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On Sunday morning, K-State student athletes got together for a morning of cheers, laughs and lasting memories as the Wildcats hosted this spring's K-State Special Olympics clinic.

No Place Like Home: Baseball and Tennis Back in Action Today

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K-State's team cheers for Blair DeBord during his at bat against Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 5, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

BASEBALL
Despite holding the Kansas Jayhawks down on Friday evening with at 10-0 win, the K-State baseball team fell 6-3 yesterday afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium.

All Business, On and Off the Mound

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Jared Moore pitches against Wichita State in the first game of the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.

April 5, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When Jared Moore's mind isn't racing about baseball or schoolwork, it's racing about cars.

Wildcats Focus on Sunflower Showdown

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K-State's R.J. Santigate bats against Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kansas on May 12, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 4, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State baseball (17-11, 1-2 Big 12) returns home at 6:30 p.m. this evening for the first of a three game series against the Kansas Jayhawks in the annual Sunflower Showdown.

Landon Lecture Takes a Sports-Centered Spin

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K-State athletics director John Currie, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, ESPN president John Skipper, K-State president Dr. Kirk Schulz and former Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds pose for a photo after K-State's Landon Lecture on April 2, 2014.

April 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

In a world where everything is polarized - music, politics, television shows - the one thing people can find a common ground on is sports.

Part II: Dixon Gives All Credit to Kansas State

April 2, 2014
By Mark Janssen 
 
As we introduced on Tuesday, for those relatively new to the Kansas State sports scene the name of Larry Dixon may not mean a thing. But for those who followed the Wildcats in 1968 and 1969, he was an all-star on campus.