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Winners of the 2013-14 'Sports Extrys'

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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)
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.

It has been an incredible year for K-State Athletics filled with both team and individual victories. With the opening of three new facilities and the announcement of another, the future of K-State Athletics has never looked so bright. 

I was there for each and every one of these moments and plays, so the following "Sports Extry" list is my personal opinion of the 2013-14 best, but we encourage you to create your own and let us know who/what makes the cut on your "Best of 2013-14" list!

Top Five Best Moments of 2013-14
5. K-State inducts 13 to the Hall of Fame - It was a weekend filled with reminiscing as 13 K-Staters received K-State Athletics greatest honor, an induction into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.

4. Rowing cuts the ribbon on its Intercollegiate Rowing Center - In October 2013, K-State rowing opened the Intercollegiate Rowing Center located just east of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. With two indoor tanks to train on when the weather keeps the team off the water, training in the facility has already paid off as K-State rowing saw a program-best finish in 2014.

3. Tennis celebrates the opening of the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium - Long gone are the days of traveling away from Manhattan for home tennis matches as K-State Tennis celebrated the opening of its new, state-of-the-art tennis stadium on Sept. 7, 2013, and spent the 2013-14 season competing on its new home courts. 

2. Opening of the West Stadium Center - On Aug. 30, 2013, before K-State's first football game of the year, K-State Athletics cut the ribbon on the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Complete with a sculpture of the beloved football head coach, the 215,000-square foot building is one of a kind.  

1. K-State Athletics announces Vanier Football Complex and North End Zone Project - Adding even more excitement to the future, on April 26, 2014, at the Purple vs. White Spring Game, K-State Athletics announced its plans to expand and enhance the Vanier Football Complex.

Top Five Best Plays of 2013-14
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5. Marcus Foster, a freshman, scored 34 points - the third most points scored by a Wildcat freshman - against No. 13/18 Texas and led the Wildcats to victory.

4. Ross Kivett hit the Wildcats' first cycle since 1997 in K-State baseball's 12-6 win over Nebraska on March 26, 2014.

3. Tyler Lockett proved the saying "records were made to be broken" during the 2013 football season as he topped the K-State receiving yard chart twice, including his best game of 278 yards against Oklahoma. 

2. Erica Twiss racked up numerous accolades during the 2013-14 indoor track and field season including a Big 12 title for the pentathlon; however, her K-State indoor record-tying 8.24-second performance over the 60M hurdles at the Iowa State Classic was among this season's most exciting moments.

1. Kaiden Schroeder, an eight-year-old battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, made the play of a lifetime in the Purple vs. White Spring Game when he ran in a 30-yard touchdown for the Purple team

Top Five Team Victories of 2013-14
5. After a tough start, men's basketball won 10 games in a row and got back on track.

4. Women's basketball defeated the Oklahoma Sooners for first time in 13 years.

3. Rowing opened its successful spring season with wins over No. 19 Oklahoma at the Longhorn Invitational.

2. Football earned its first bowl victory in 11 years after beating Michigan, 31-14, in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

1. K-State men's basketball earned a thrilling 85-82 overtime victory over No. 7/7 Kansas.

Rookie of the Year
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Women: Katie Brand, volleyball - Selected to the All-Big 12 freshman team in 2013, Brand led K-State with 1,056 assists last season while also tallying 95 kills, 87 blocks, 27 aces and 169 points in 105 sets. Her kills, aces and points were the most by a K-State setter since 2007 while she was the first Big 12 freshman to average 10 plus assists per set since 2010.

...a close second: Noelle Dykmann, rowing - the lone freshman on the 1V8 squad, Dykmann played a key role in the Wildcats' success on the water this year and was named rowing's 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

Men: Marcus Foster, men's basketball - Selected to the All Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, Foster led K-State men's basketball in seven different categories including scoring (15.5 ppg.) and in double-digit scoring games (27). He played a key role in leading K-State to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and was one of just three freshmen to garner a spot on an All-Big 12 first, second or third team selection in 2013-14.
 
Team of the Year
Women's: Rowing - the 2014 spring season was perhaps the best season in K-State rowing history. The Wildcats garnered wins over ranked opponents, collected its fourth consecutive Sunflower Showdown and concluded the season with a K-State best third place finish at the Conference USA Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Men's: Indoor Track and Field - the men's indoor track and field squad placed third at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship with a final point total of 95 - the second most ever scored at an indoor meet. The win marked the team's second back-to-back top three finish at the Big 12 Championship, a feat not accomplished in over a decade. 

Coach of the Year:
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Bruce Weber, Men's Basketball - Along with his success on the court leading K-State to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and beating Kansas for the first time in his two-year career at K-State, Weber has shown tremendous character off the court as he has given back to the community on numerous fronts in 2013-14. 

His character even rubbed off on his team. Here's a quote from senior forward Shane Southwell from earlier this year:

"It's even just beyond charity. When you look at Coach Weber at first glance, he's just a guy that has that type of aura that he cares about people. He's really genuine about helping and giving back. He wasn't a guy that always had a great life in terms of finance, so he understands how hard it is to be that type of person. So he gives back a lot and it's something that we look up to."

Male Athlete of the Year
Tyler Lockett, Football - Lockett finished his record-breaking junior campaign named Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.  The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native led the Big 12 during the regular season with 151.4 all-purpose yards per game - 22.3 yards per game better than the player in second place. In 2013, Lockett produced K-State's top-two single-game receiving outputs in school history (278 vs. Oklahoma, 237 vs. Texas) and tied the school record with three receiving touchdowns on three separate occasions (West Virginia, Oklahoma and Michigan). He also owns the school record in career kickoff-return yardage (1,760) and ranks second in school history in career kickoff-return average (30.9) and touchdowns (4).

It was a close call with stellar years from men's basketball's Marcus Foster, baseball's Ross Kivett, football's Ryan Mueller and men's golf's Daniel Wood.

Female Athlete of the Year
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Petra Niedermayerova, women's tennis - Capping off her career with her fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Singles Championships, after her incredible K-State career this tennis star will go down in the K-State record books as the most decorated player in program history. Niedermayerova holds the record for career singles wins (105 - the first time a K-State player has ever surpassed 100), career doubles wins (74), singles wins in a season (32) and doubles wins in a season (27). The Brno, Czech Republic native is the first two-time ITA All-American in school history and was also a four-time All-Big 12 Singles selection, a two-time All-Big 12 doubles honoree and earned both 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors.

An all-around accomplished student-athlete, Niedermayerova was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-American At-Large First Team selection, a three-time Capital One Academic All-District VII selection and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient. 

Also in consideration were equestrian's Kelly Bovaird, volleyball's Kaitlyn Pelger and track and field's Sara Savatovic and Erica Twiss, who all performed to the max this year.

In 2014, K-State welcomed two new coaches to the K-State family:
Jeff Mittie - women's basketball
Grant Robbins - men's golf

Note: I've hyperlinked a few of the 'Sports Extrys' to respective Sports Extra stories from throughout the year so K-State Sports Extra readers can go back and relive the moments for themselves! 

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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) 

 

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