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Baseball Takes on a Tough Foe in TCU

K-State's Colton Kalmus pitches against West Virginia at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 2, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 10, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The Kansas State baseball team (14-17, 2-7 Big 12) returns home this weekend to take on the toughest competition in the Big 12 - the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs (25-6, 6-3 Big 12).

Fritz Impressed by Military Leadership

K-State's head coach Suzie Fritz directs the Wildcats against Italian U-23 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 24, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 9, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz had the opportunity of a lifetime last week.

A Look Inside K-State Football's Spring Practice

K-State's head coach Bill Snyder directs the Wildcats against UCLA during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 2, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 8, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State is four sessions into its spring football practice, and though Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder said he has seen some good things from this year's squad, there have been inconsistencies as well. 

K-State Prepares One Wildcat Couple for Success

Megan and BJ Kissel hold their first child, Carter William Kissel IV on Feb. 7, 2015. Published first with a Tweet by BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter): "#ChiefsKingdom has a new addition. He just came a little earlier than expected. Mom & son are great, healthy." Photo courtesy of the Kissel family.

April 7, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

If you ask BJ and Megan Kissel about their days at K-State, you'll get nothing but positive responses about their alma mater.

Women's Golf Improves Heading into Final Stretch

K-State's Connie Jaffrey watches her tee shot during the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas on September 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 6, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

It's halfway through the K-State women's golf spring season, and the team has continued to get better and better.

K-State Golf: It's a Small World, After All

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April 4, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

When Wildcat men's assistant golf coach Cullen Carstens showed up at K-State for his first day on the job, he was surprised to find a very familiar face.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 3

Good Morning K-State Nation,

It has been a few weeks since I have last written, and certainly we have had a lot going on during that time.  I would like to start today by congratulating Coach Hill and the baseball team on a big 8-2 series-opening win over West Virginia last night at Tointon Family Stadium.  We had a terrific crowd for a cool Thursday evening and our "Blackout" promotion.  Be sure and head out to Tointon this weekend, and best of luck to the squad in the final two games of the series - tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 a.m.

I also would like to commend Casie Maxwell and our equestrian team on a runner-up finish at last week's Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth.  It has been a busy week for Coach Maxwell as she was named Big 12 Coach of the Year following the team's performance last weekend while yesterday she and her husband, Bailey, celebrated the birth of their second child.  In addition, sophomore Henley Adkins was named Big 12 Rider of the Year in Equitation on the Flat at the championships, and we wish them the best as they prepare for the NCEA Championships next weekend.

Last Thursday was also a special day in our continued trajectory of achieving our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program as we took a few moments to celebrate the ceremonial "topping out" of the steelwork for the new Vanier Football Complex.  While the crews were back hard at work within 30 minutes of the ceremony, it was a great time to stop for a moment and again recognize not only the 200-plus construction workers who have spent nearly 20 hours a day for the past 90-plus days working diligently on the project, but also the many Ahearn Fund members, friends, alumni and staff who have contributed in numerous ways to make this project a reality.  Click here for a video feature on the event.

I was able to walk through the facility following the ceremony, and I cannot wait until August - it is going to be a world-class facility for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff!  Click here for Kelly McHugh's K-State Sports Extra piece on the event, which includes a nice photo gallery, and click here for our live webcams of the project.

Here are a few more updates from around the department, beginning with an update on our spring football game.

Thomson Proven Durable When Tested

April 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

It takes a lot to come back from a season-ending injury, but to come back from two season-ending injuries? That takes not only patience and a lot of hard work, but it also takes heart. 

Maxwell Receives Big 12 Coach of the Year Honors

K-State's head coach Casie Maxwell watches the Reining competition against South Carolina at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on September 19, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

April 1, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell has had her plate full this year, there's no doubt about that. 

Along with guiding the Cats to an impressive performance at the Big 12 Championship last weekend, the coach has had something else on her mind - she's in her third trimester, nearing the end of her pregnancy and expects to deliver Baby Maxwell any day now. 

Top 10 Moments of March 2015

K-State's Haley Texada celebrates after the game against West Virginia at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on March 3, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 31, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The month of March was a month filled with exciting team wins and numerous individual achievements for the Wildcats. It marked a month to remember for K-State fans nation-wide.

With that being said, here are a few of moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as March's greatest: