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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.