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May 2014 Archives

K-State Sports Extra | Top Moments May 2014

May 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As the 2013-14 academic and athletic year comes to an end, K-State Sports Extra has highlighted the month of May's Top 10 moments. From individual performances to all around exciting team wins, K-State concluded 2013-14 in style. 

Winners of the 2013-14 'Sports Extrys'

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)
May 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Continuing a tradition of former K-State Sports Extra writer Mark Janssen, it is time to hand out the "Sports Extrys" as the 2013-14 athletic year comes to an end.

Field Looks Forward to First NCAA Preliminary Appearance

K-State track and field sophomore Devin Field accepts his first Big 12 title at the 2013 Outdoor Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas.

May 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Devin Field might be young, but that hasn't stopped him from making a big splash for K-State track and field.

Kivett Reflects on Memorable Wildcat Career

May 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As time ticks down and the days turn into hours, reality hits K-State baseball's Ross Kivett more and more. 

K-State Throwers Ready for NCAA West Prelims

May 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State track and field takes off today for Fayetteville, Arkansas, where 27 of its athletes are set to compete in the 2014 NCAA West Regional Preliminaries beginning May 29. 

Hometown Heroes

K-State's Blair DeBord dives back to first base against Oklahoma State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 9, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
If you leave Vanier Football Complex, it takes only three lefts to get to the house K-State football wide receiver Deante Burton grew up in.

Spradling Ready for Roads Ahead

K-State's Will Spradling receives his degree during Spring Commencement at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on May 17, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Life since graduation has been good for K-State basketball's Will Spradling.

K-State Concludes Western Swing

From left to right: Wyatt Thompson, B.J. Finney, Lon Floyd, Dustin Yoder, Matt Giller, Mike Clark, Josh McCowan, Chelsea Lawrence, Jesse Johnson, Laton Dowling, Currie Sexton, D.J. Johnson,  Kelly McHugh, Cody Whitehair, Kara guy, Chad Weiberg and Alex Kringen after the Heartland Catbacker Banquet in Hays, Kansas, on May 23, 2014

May 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

HAYS, Kan. - Yesterday concluded K-State Athletics' and the K-State Alumni Association's five-day tour through Western Kansas. Beginning with events in Dodge City with the Dodge City Catbacker Club and ending in Hays with the Heartland Catbacker Club, this year's "Western Swing" was a success.

Johnson, Guy Represent Equestrian for First Time on Western Swing

K-State equestrian's senior Jesse Johnson and junior Kara Guy spend time with children at the Northwest Kansas Catbackers Kids Fun Zone on May 22, 2014

May 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

COLBY, Kan. - They laugh about it now, but on Monday morning, K-State equestrian reining riders Jesse Johnson and Kara Guy didn't quite know what they were getting themselves into.

Scott City Catbackers Remember Doornbos

K-State fans from all over Kansas and the Midwest gathered for good food and good times at the 2014 Scott City Catbacker Fry on May 21, 2014, in Scott City, Kansas
May 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

SCOTT CITY, Kansas - Last night K-State Athletics continued its tour of Western Kansas in Scott City. Taking place in a feedlot surrounded by livestock of nearly 25,000, the annual Scott City Catbackers Fry is among the Catbacker Tour's most unique stops.

Kids Funzone Provides Fun for Wildcat Fans

K-State football' B.J. Finney, Cody Whitehair, Curry Sexton and Laton Dowling team up with girls from Horace J. Good Middle School at the Finney County Catbakcers' Kids Clinic on May 20, 2014. (Kelly McHugh/K-State Athletics)

May 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

GARDEN CITY, Kansas - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shoot three pointers with Will Spradling? Or how about take on B.J. Finney on the football field?

Day One: Dodge City

May 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
DODGE CITY, Kansas - Before heading West for the week with K-State Athletics, Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson told me the best part about going out on the Catbacker Tour was meeting so many great people who simply love K-State.

Sports Extra Heads West

May 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Ready, set, go!

K-State Sports Extra is about to take you on a week-long 700-mile tour of Western Kansas as K-State Athletics heads west to kick off the 2014 Catbacker Tour.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 18

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation!

Today is a special day for K-State Athletics as we announced earlier this afternoon the hiring of Grant Robbins, a three-time coach of the year in two conferences who has guided six teams to NCAA Regional appearances, as our new men's golf coach.

Before I go into more detail about Coach Robbins and his family, I want to congratulate the 52 student-athletes who earned their K-State degrees over the weekend. We must never forget that the primary element of a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience is to give our young people the support they need to complete their degree requirements and be successful.

Of the 52 graduates, we awarded many of them with their senior K-State rings during our annual spring graduation reception Friday evening in the West Stadium Center. We will hold a special luncheon on Tuesday for our rowing and track and field team graduates, who were away at conference competition this past weekend.

It was great to meet many family members of our graduates at our annual graduation reception, which included a terrific message from B.J. Finney to his fellow classmates.

And, congratulations to our rowers (third-place finish at Conference USA Championships), track and field athletes (three individual Big 12 titles) and baseball team (walk-off win over Texas on Senior Night) for outstanding performances yesterday!

K-State Recognizes National Armed Forces Day

US Army Capt. Chris Lamar throws a ceremonial first pitch before the game against Texas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 17, 2014. Lamar recently returned from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Special Note: Today's Sports Extra is written in memory of U.S. Army Col. John M. McHugh who, on this day in 2010, gave his life while defending his country in Kabul, Afghanistan. A loving husband, son, brother, friend and fellow sports lover; this one is for you, Dad.
To my father and all who have served and continue to serve, thank you.
- Kelly McHugh
A mix of both purple and camouflage filled Tointon Family Stadium yesterday evening as K-State baseball celebrated National Armed Forces Day during the Wildcats' 5-4 win against the No. 18 Texas Longhorns.

K-State Baseball Celebrates Senior Day

K-State's Ross Kivett throws to first base against Baylor at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 17, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium, K-State baseball and its fans will celebrate the careers of four special players. 

Senior Spotlight | Tyler Norris

K-State's Tyler Norris drives off the 10th tee during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas on October 2, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are set to build their careers beyond college.

Senior Spotlight | Aly Bronder

K-State's co-captains Adria Ley and Aly Bronder speak during the groundbreaking ceremony of the K-State Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas on February 16, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are ready and set to build their careers beyond college.

Norris Reflects on Wildcat Career

May 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State head coach Tim Norris sat in his office at Colbert Hills surrounded by memorabilia displaying a long, memorable golf career.

K-State Sports Extra Q&A With Jharyl Bowry

May 14, 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 featured student-athlete is K-State track and field senior Jharyl Bowry.

Student Workers Help Provide Best Fan Experience in Big 12

May 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Game day - regardless of the sport - is a special day for many. It's the day K-State fans dress up in their finest purple attire and head over to the north side of campus ready to watch their favorite teams in action.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 11

Good Evening Wildcat Nation!

Let me start by wishing all of the moms in the K-State Family a Happy Mother's Day! I have a great mom back in Charlotte and my wife Mary Lawrence is a wonderful mother to our three children, but this holiday is even more special for the Currie family because it was on Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, that I had my final job interview with President Schulz, Amy Button Renz and Chuck Reagan.

For the AD search, then incoming President Schulz had appointed Amy as chair, and she assembled an excellent committee including Faculty Senate President Dr. Melody LeHew, SGA president Lydia Peele, FAR Dr. Mike Holen, volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz, student-athlete Chris Merriewether and alumni Lee Borck and Kevin Lockett - all ably supported by alumni administrative assistant Lynn Beier. After interviewing in April at the KC airport with the search committee, I was thrilled to receive a call from Amy asking me to come back for a final interview. And, I didn't hesitate when Amy apologized that Mother's Day Sunday was going to be the day. Even with three children ranging from 8 years to four months Mary Lawrence was perfectly understanding of my need to be away - she just said if I was missing Mother's Day I'd better get the job!

It has been an incredible first five years - thanks to the support of Wildcat fans worldwide, the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches and of course the transformational leadership of President Schulz we have made incredible progress towards the K-State Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. We've emerged from a position of fiscal weakness to one of stability and from a period of conference alignment insecurity to a new era which sees the Big 12 as one of the leading leagues in the country. In the meantime we've had some incredible Championship Athletic Performances, including Big 12 team championships, multiple Big 12 and NCAA individual titles and post-season appearances by nearly all our teams, all while producing an outstanding APR and graduation record.

But, this is no time to rest - let's keep building together to deliver a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and permanently secure K-State's position of strength within the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics! Thank you for your continued support!

Dog Day at the Toint

Jack, a three year old black labrador adopted from the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas, accepts a treat from his new pal Willie Wildcat at K-State baseball's Bark in the Park day.

May 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Every dog has its day, and that day was yesterday for many local four-legged friends as the Bat Cats celebrated Bark in the Park Day at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State Student-Athletes Celebrate in Style

K-State's Abigail Weaver, Jennifer Smisek, Zack Nemecheck, Petra Niedermayerova, Beth Demars, Meggie Murray, and Tyler Norris win the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award during the Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on May 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 10, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

An evening filled with fun and fashion, K-State student-athletes traded in their sweats and sneakers for high heels, suits and dresses on Thursday evening while attending the fifth annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.

Cats Returns Home for Series vs. Oklahoma State

K-State's R.J. Santigate fields a ground ball against Bakersfield at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 21, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Baseball (24-25, 4-14 Big 12) returns home to Tointon Family Stadium for a three-game series against the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (35-13, 13-5 Big 12) beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Campbell Continues His Dream Through AFROTC

K-State's Chris Campbell competes in the men's 4x400 yard relay during the KSU Winter Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

From a young age, K-State track and field sprinter Chris Campbell knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Thanks to K-State, K-Staters

May 7, 2014
By Mark Janssen

This is just a quick note to say thanks.

Wood Sees World-Class Student-Athlete Experience from Both Angles

K-State's Daniel Wood studies a putt during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kansas on September 30, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Men's golf senior Daniel Wood is serious about golf, his future, and after an internship last summer with the Ahearn Fund, he's serious about business.

Powercat Auction Reaches New Levels

K-State's assistant athletic director Lon Floyd auctions items during the Ahearn Fund's 30th Annual Powercat Auction at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on April 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 5, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On Friday, April 25, Ahearn Fund members from all over the nation gathered in Bramlage Coliseum for the 30th Annual Powercat Auction.

Career Cats Provides Bright Future for Student-Athletes

K-State student-athletes have lunch with potential employers during the Career Cat Luncheon at the West Stadium Center in Manhattan, Kansas on April 28, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 4, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

On the playing field, K-State student-athletes are fierce competitors always working hard to represent their school in the best way possible. 

KC Catbackers Celebrate K-State Football

The Kansas City Catbackers celebrated Family Fun Night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Lawrence)

May 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The Kansas City Catbackers gathered in Kansas City's Sporting Park on April 30 to celebrate K-State Football at its Family Fun Night.

Streb Closing in on First PGA Title

Aug 16, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; Robert Streb stands on the 14th green during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. (Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports)

May 2, 2014
By Mark Janssen

Robert Streb admits, "It's crazy, isn't it?"

K-State Sports Extra | Top Moments April 2014

May 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh 

This year just continues to get better and better, and from big-time individual performances to an exciting announcement about the future of K-State Athletics; April was an exciting month for to be a Wildcat.