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Wildcats Travel to Lawrence for Sunflower Showdown

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K-State's Justin Edwards drives around West Virginia's Daxter Miles at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 27, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 31, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State men's basketball team (12-9, 5-3 Big 12) travels east on I-70 today to take on the No. 9/11 Kansas Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) at 1 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.

Aired nationally on ESPN, today marks the first Sunflower Showdown of the 2014-15 season. 

"It is a very tough environment, but we just want to go out there and play our game," said K-State senior forward Thomas Gipson. "I feel like we can win anywhere, especially after the last two road games we played where we were good on offense and getting stops on defense. I feel like we are up for the challenge."

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Under the helm of 12th-year head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks are a daunting 184-9 at home. Allen Fieldhouse has proven it is no easy environment to play in, and the Jayhawks, currently the top team in the Big 12 Conference, have proven no easy task on the court. 

"The big thing is that Kelly (Oubre) and Cliff (Alexander) have figured it out and have gotten some experience," said Weber. "(Coach Bill Self) made both of them earn it and now it gives them two more weapons that can do a lot of things."

Both rookies, Oubre and Alexander have continued to grow into their roles with the Jayhawks. Oubre has proven be to one of the top freshmen of the league this year and, in the Jayhawks' most recent home win, a 85-78 victory over No. 19/20 Oklahoma on Jan. 19, he scored a team-high 19 points. Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound freshman forward, has grown into a threat off the Jayhawk bench. 

While the Jayhawk rookies are playing well, it's the team's upperclassmen that are leading the way. Sophomore Frank Mason and junior Perry Ellis are the Jayhawks' leading scorers, averaging 12.9 and 12.6 points per game, respectively.

"Frank Mason might be the key to the team and even though everyone forgets about Perry Ellis, he is a rock-solid guy like Nino (Williams) or Thomas (Gipson) that they depend on," continued Weber. "I think Frank's improvement came by chance since they had no one else, so he had to play though mistakes. He plays confident, makes plays, and is shooting the ball better."

While the Jayhawks are playing exciting basketball, so is K-State. As of recent, the Wildcats have won five of their last seven Big 12 contests - including two over top-25 teams - and continue to take steps in the right direction. 

Although they are coming off of a nail-biting 65-59 loss to a gritty West Virginia team earlier this week, the Wildcats have been on the rise. 

And what better opportunity to prove that than in Allen Fieldhouse?

"(I'm expecting) excitement. I know this is going to be a really crazy environment, we just can't let it get to us," said junior guard Justin Edwards. "The atmosphere in Allen Fieldhouse is crazy. Other than being here (in Bramlage), it's probably one of the craziest atmospheres I've seen."

Last season, K-State fell, 86-60, at Allen Fieldhouse. However, the last time K-State traveled to Lawrence, the Wildcat roster was young. Last season's loss come during one of the first true road games of their careers for current sophomores (then freshmen) Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Jevon Thomas.

"It was hectic. The crowd was yelling loud the whole game. It was something I'd never seen before, but it was fun experience at the same time; something I'll never forget," said Iwundu. "But we know what to expect now going to Allen Fieldhouse; we know the environment. We'll be ready."

Prepared and ready to go, the Wildcats know what they need to do in order to be successful this afternoon.

"Every time you have played at a place, it gives you better experience," explained Weber. "For anyone that goes in there, you have to limit their runs, take care of the ball and play strong. They play with a lot of confidence and play loose there. They got in league play and got going, and they've handle everyone pretty easily. We will have to have the same focus we did at Oklahoma and Iowa State."

However, let's not forget February 10, 2014 - the last time the Wildcats and the Jayhawks matched up. We all remember the outcome of that game, right?

A game that went into overtime, K-State won a hard-fought battle in Bramlage Coliseum as it defeated Kansas, 85-82. 

So, this team has done it before, and they have no doubt they can do it again. 

For game notes and more information on today's Sunflower Showdown, please click here

WILLIAMS "DOUBTFUL" FOR TODAY'S GAME
In the Wildcats' loss to West Virginia on Tuesday evening, K-State senior and recent high-scorer Nino Williams was taken out of the game with an injury to his left knee.

Here is what head coach Bruce Weber had to say to the media on the status of Williams:

"I would say he is doubtful. The good news is that there is no structure damage where he would need surgery and be out for the year. The negative is that it is a strain or sprain with irritation where we have to go on him and his pain tolerance. He is a tough guy. He has lived with pain since I have been here. Ironically, it is not the same knee as the one he has had procedures on. He just landed wrong on a steal where he lost his footing and irritated it.  If he cannot play, he must be hurting. He did three treatments today (Thursday) with mostly running in the pool and shooting some free throws. Miracles happen and (athletic trainer) Luke (Sauber) has a magical touch. We will see if he can get him out-and-about. Obviously, we want him Saturday, but we also have to look at the 10 games after that."

In his eight minutes on the court against West Virginia, Williams - this week's Big 12 Player of the Week after back-to-back 20-plus point performances - scored six points to go along with two rebounds and two steals. 

"Nino is very important to this team," said Iwundu. "Offensively, we need Nino a lot. If we don't have Nino, somebody has to step up and fill his shoes. He's a very big key to this team." 

 

We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact Kelly McHugh or K-State Assistant AD for Communications Kenny Lannou.

 
 

Equestrian Kicks off Spring on the Road

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K-State's Savannah Smith competes in Reining against South Dakota State at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on September 26, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 30, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

It's been a long offseason for the No. 6 K-State equestrian team, but the Wildcats have come together and are kicking off their spring season closer than ever before.

Wildcats Win Overtime Thriller

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K-State's Kindred Wesemann, Lauren Mertz and Erica Young celebrate after defeating Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 28, 2015. An Oklahoma State buzzer beater was waved off after the replay showed time had expired in the game. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 29, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball's 52-51 overtime win over Oklahoma State took grit. 

WVU Press Overcomes K-State

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K-State's Jevon Thomas and Thomas Gipson compete for a loose ball against West Virginia's Tarik Phillip at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 27, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 28, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Every game in the Big 12 is a battle.

K-State Honors Tex Winter | Part 2

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K-State athletics director John Currie and former K-State standout Ernie Barrett watch as K-State coaching legend Tex Winter is honored during a ceremony to dedicate Tex Winter Drive outside of the K-State Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 27, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

In the summer of 1960, Max Moss packed up a bag and headed west with his coach, Tex Winter.

K-State Honors Tex Winter | Part 1

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K-State coaching legend Tex Winter poses for a portrait before a ceremony to dedicate Tex Winter Drive outside of the K-State Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 26, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Every year on his birthday, Tex Winter receives a special delivery. 

Williams Does it Again

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Oklahoma State traps K-State's Nino Williams at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 25, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State men's basketball team (12-8, 5-2 Big 12) earned yet another Big 12 victory yesterday morning in Bramlage Coliseum as it took down the Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-6, 3-4 Big 12), 63-53.

Williams' Taking Each Game Like His Last

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January 24, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Nino Williams' approach to his senior season has been simple, yet affective - he's taking it one game at a time.

Baseball Embraces Newness, Begins 2015 Season

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K-State's Shane Conlon taga Wichita State's Dayne Parker at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 23, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

There's an excited buzz around the K-State baseball clubhouse today.

Lockett to Showcase Talents Saturday

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January 22, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

"Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat," Tyler Lockett said to a group of reporters in the tunnel of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as he waved and walked away after his final game in K-State uniform.

Tennis Begins Spring Season on High Note

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K-State's head coach Danielle Steinberg warms up the Wildcats before the match against UNI at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on January 17, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 21, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Playing tennis outside in January - in Kansas - just doesn't happen often. 

Wildcats Face "Hilton Magic" Tonight

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Malek Harris, guard Jevon Thomas and forward Stephen Hurt celebrate a late basket. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

January 20, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

When it comes to Big 12 men's basketball, there's no such thing as an easy game.

Q&A with Women's Basketball Forward Bre Lewis

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K-State's Breanna Lewis shoots the ball against Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 17, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

To view the video of Lewis' Q&A by K-StateHD.TV, please click here.

January 19, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a Wildcat student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month, K-State Sports Extra writer Kelly McHugh talks to women's basketball sophomore forward Breanna Lewis. 

Comeback Cats

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January 18, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

An electric atmosphere and a basketball team that never backed down - that was the scene yesterday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum as the K-State men's basketball team upset No. 22 Baylor, 63-61.

Busy Saturday in the Little Apple

By Kelly McHugh
January 17, 2015

With four home competitions, today is a busy day for K-State Athletics. It begins at 11 a.m., with track and field competing at Ahearn Field House, then at noon, women's tennis will take advantage of the warm weather and compete outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The day will then continue at Bramlage Coliseum with men's basketball at 2 p.m., and conclude with women's basketball at 7 p.m.

A busy but exciting slate ahead, here's a look at the upcoming home competitions:

MEN'S BASKETBALL FACES NO. 22/23 BAYLOR
Tipping off at 2 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State men's basketball team (10-7, 3-1 Big 12) faces the No. 22/23 Baylor Bears (13-3, 2-2 Big 12).

Both teams are coming off Big 12 victories on Wednesday, and both want to continue that momentum today. After another impressive defensive performance, the Wildcats are fresh off a 58-51 win over Texas Tech and riding a three-game winning streak. The Bears enter today's game following an intense 74-73 upset win over No. 11 Iowa State. 

"Baylor beat us twice last year, the first game was a crazy game at their place," explained Weber. "I thought we outplayed them for 38 or 39 minutes. Then the game here, they just beat us. They were playing so well at the end of the year, but we had a nice lead here. They took it to us, and we did not guard them. We have got to guard them Saturday. They (beat) Iowa State, so we know we are going to have a challenge here Saturday."  

K-State is led by this week's ESPN.com National Player of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week, sophomore Marcus Foster, who is averaging 13.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. While Foster has been the team's high scorer, senior Nino Williams leads the team in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game followed closely by senior Thomas Gipson at 4.5. Gipson and Williams are both also averaging in the double-digits with 11.4 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. 

One of perhaps the toughest home games of the season for K-State, the Wildcats are hoping for another exciting Bramlage Coliseum environment.

"Hopefully we'll have some students coming back and we'll have a great crowd on Saturday," said Weber after the Wildcats' win over Texas Tech. "We'll need some energy in the building."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS IOWA STATE
K-State women's basketball (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum tonight to take on Iowa State (11-4, 2-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m.

While the Wildcats are coming off of a tough 69-47 loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, the Cyclones also enter tonight's game coming off of a loss - a 79-47 setback at Baylor - and both teams will be looking to get back on track. 

Today is the second of the two-game season series as K-State traveled to Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 3, and lost, 60-55, in an intense, action-packed game. In the loss, it was K-State senior Ashia Woods who kept the game close as she led all scorers with 21 points. 

All-time, K-State leads the series, 48-35, and though the Cyclones won the last meeting in Ames, the last time the two teams faced off in Manhattan, K-State came away with an 80-74 win.

K-State will also celebrate its annual "Pack the House" game tonight where all tickets and select concession items are available for just $1. Adding to the excitement is a halftime performance by the BMX Pros Trick Team, a stunt show featuring some of the world's most extreme bicycle stunt riders and skateboarders.

For more information on tonight's game, please click here

TENNIS OPENS SEASON AGAINST UNI
The No. 64 ranked Kansas State women's tennis team will begin its 39th season of competition today as the Wildcats host Northern Iowa at 12 p.m. Due to anticipated warm temperatures, Saturday's match will be played outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. K-State has won four straight home openers and 13 of its last 15.



This will be the second straight season K-State will begin its home schedule with Northern Iowa as the Wildcats defeated the Panthers last season, 6-1. K-State is 2-0 all-time against UNI and is 55-27 against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.

To continue reading about today's match, please click here.

K-STATE HOSTS KANSAS, WICHITA STATE IN TRIANGULAR
K-State track and field returns home to host its first meet of the New Year today by welcoming Kansas and Wichita State to Ahearn Field House for the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular. The meet, which will score each school individually with a winning school announced at the conclusion of competition, brings back the annual triangular to Manhattan, where the Wildcats, Jayhawks and Missouri competed for "The Jug" from 1989-2006. 

Action is expected to kick off at 11 a.m., with the women's weight throw and continue through the afternoon, concluding on the track with the men's 4x400 relay.

For more information and to continue reading about today's meet, please click here
 

Unique Meet Provides Exciting Atmosphere

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January 16, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Ahearn Field House is in for a treat this weekend.

Defense Surges Wildcats to Winning Streak

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K-State's Justin Edwards, Malek Harris and Stephen Hurt trap Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 14, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 15, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball stretched its conference-winning streak to three games as it defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 58-51, last night in Bramlage Coliseum.

Maturity Key for K-State Men's Basketball

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K-State's Marcus Foster drives to the basket against TCU's Trey Zeigler at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 7, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 14, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball (9-7, 2-1 Big 12) returns to Bramlage Coliseum tonight to face Texas Tech (10-6, 0-3 Big 12) at 7 p.m.

Sexton Makes the Most of New Opportunities

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K-State's Curry Sexton scores a touchdown against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 13, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

January has been a busy month for former K-State wide receiver Curry Sexton.

Wildcats Defeat KU in Sunflower Showdown

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K-State's Kindred Wesemann lays up a shot against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 11, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 12, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie came out victorious in his first Sunflower Showdown yesterday afternoon as K-State (11-3, 1-2) defeated Kansas (9-7, 0-3), 58-52, in Bramlage Coliseum.

Congratulations, Coach Snyder

January 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history, Bill Snyder was announced as just the fourth person in the history of college football to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame while still an active coach.

Tough Road Competition Awaits K-State

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K-State's Marcus Foster drives to the basket against TCU's Trey Zeigler at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 7, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 10, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball is in for one of its toughest competitions of the 2014-15 season tonight. Taking on the No. 16/18 Oklahoma Sooners (11-3, 2-0) at 6:05 p.m., in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma, K-State (8-7, 1-1) will have its hands full in this road competition.

Sunflower Showdown Ahead for K-State Women's Basketball

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K-State's Shaelyn Martin knocks the ball away from Oral Roberts' Jordan Doyle at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 9, 2015
By Kelly McHugh 

Shaelyn Martin has seen her fair share of Sunflower Showdowns. 

K-State Welcomes Coach Dibbini

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K-State's first women's soccer head coach Mike Dibbini speaks to the media during a press conference at the K-State Alumni Center on January 7, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 8, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

For the first time in K-State Athletics history, a press conference was held to discuss the game of soccer. 

Wildcats Ready for Big 12 Home Opener

January 6, 2015
By Ryan Lackey

The Kansas State women's basketball team opens its home conference slate tonight at 7 p.m., by taking on one of the top teams in the nation in No. 5 Baylor at Bramlage Coliseum.

A Look Inside the K-State Pep Rally

January 5, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

As Wildcat football fans flooded in to San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum last Thursday afternoon for the K-State Alumni Association Pep Rally, they didn't notice Joni Smoller - but that's alright with her.

Bishop Reminisces K-State Days

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K-State's Collin Klein greets former standout Michael Bishop during a pep rally at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on January 1, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 4, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

When Michael Bishop was introduced at the K-State Pep Rally Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, the sea of fans in attendance erupted into applause.

Four Wildcats Cap Careers with Top Marks

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K-State's Jake Waters passes the ball against UCLA during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 2, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

It might not have ended the way they planned, but in last night's Alamo Bowl, history was made for K-State.

Opportunity Awaits K-State

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K-State's head coach Bill Snyder speaks to the crowd during a pep rally at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on January 1, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 2, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Today is the day: game day.

Cats Stay Focused, but Have Fun in San Antonio

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K-State's head coach Bill Snyder speaks during the Rudy's Bar-B-Q Pep Rally rally at the Arneson River Theater in San Antonio, Texas on December 31, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 1, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - For the No. 11 K-State football team, this week in has been a pleasant balance of both work and fun.

Nonconference Slate Prepares K-State for Big 12

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December 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball (10-1) concluded its nonconference slate with a 60-41 win over Samford (6-7) last night in Bramlage Coliseum. 

Focus Now, Reminisce Later

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Center B.J. Finney gets set to snap the ball at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014.

December 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

"I'm not letting it get to me," B.J. Finney said with a serious expression on his usually light and cheery face last Tuesday afternoon. 

Dibbini Takes Over as First Wildcat Soccer Coach

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December 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

A new chapter began on Friday as K-State Athletics announced the hiring of its first-ever women's soccer coach. 

Bowl Bound | K-State Football Heads South

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The Kansas State Wildcats wait to take the field before the start of a game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports)

December 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Up, up and away! 

K-State is on its way to San Antonio, Texas, to begin a week of preparation for the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl. 

The K-State Sports Extra Top 10 of 2014 | Part 2

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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)

December 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

In yesterday's K-State Sports Extra, I began the list of my Top 10 Favorite Sports Extra Stories of 2014. 

The K-State Sports Extra Top 10 of 2014 | Part 1

December 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
First off, a late Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Wildcat fans. I hope you have had an enjoyable holiday season!

Football Heads Home for Holidays

December 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While the K-State football team was soaking up the sun in Phoenix, Arizona, and preparing for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Christmas Day in 2013, this year the players have the opportunity to spend the holiday at home. 

Cheer Squad Remembers Fallen Heroes

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K-State Cheer Participates in Wreaths Across America at Leavenworth National Cemetery on Dec. 13, 2014

December 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State Cheer squad spent a day earlier this month honoring and remembering United States' soldiers.

A Bramlage Coliseum Transformation

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K-State's Grounds and Maintenance staff assembles the basketball court at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 13, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

To view the complete photo gallery of the K-State Grounds and Maintenance staff working in Bramlage Coliseum, please click here.

December 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

If you attended K-State's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13, then the K-State men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Sunday, Dec. 14, you noticed Bramlage Coliseum looked a little different.

Year of the Rookies

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Kylee Zumach attempts a cross-court kill. December 5, 2015: NCAA First Round Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

December 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As 2014 continues to wind down, I have found myself reflecting back to this past year of covering all of K-State Athletics' teams on a daily basis. There have been many, many exciting stories in 2014, but every time I think back to the happenings from January to December, I realize almost each team has had something in common.

Complete Team Effort Surges Wildcats to Win

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K-State's Jevon Thomas lays up a shot against Texas A&M at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on December 20, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

At last night's 7th Annual Wildcat Classic in the Kansas City Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, K-State men's basketball (7-4, 0-0 Big 12) defeated the Texas A&M Aggies (7-3, 0-0 SEC), 71-64.

Williams Embraces Role with Wildcats

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K-State's Nino Williams lays up a shot against Savannah State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This season, Nino Williams is playing happy.

Men's Basketball Opens Doors to Army Neighbors

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Coach Bruce Weber addresses 1-7 Field Artillery soldiers and children before beginning this year's Holiday Clinic at the K-State Basketball Training Facility on December 17, 2014. (Photo by Bailey Bachamp)

December 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball opened its home to its military neighbors on Wednesday evening.

Twiss Finds Early Success with K-State Track and Field

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K-State's Erica Twiss competes in the women's 60 meter hurdles during the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on December 12, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 18, 2104
By Kelly McHugh

Only one meet into the season and Erica Twiss is already on track to do some big things this year for the Wildcat track and field team.

Kansas Roots Close to Keady's Heart

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Ernie Barrett, Gene Keady and Bruce Weber pose for a photo in the K-State Basketball Training Facility during Keady's visit earlier this fall.

December 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

No matter where the game of basketball has taken him, Gene Keady has held his Kansas' roots dear to his heart.

Q&A (Holiday!) Special with Thomas Gipson

December 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It may be cold outside, but K-State senior forward Thomas Gipson doesn't seem to mind. A basketball player filled with Christmas spirit, Gipson was chosen for this month's Sports Extra Q&A. From the best present he's gotten to his favorite Christmas song, Gipson spills the beans on his favorite Christmas traditions.

Baseball Takes Brown Around the World

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December 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

The game of baseball has taken Max Brown around the world. 

Doubleheader Today in Bramlage Coliseum

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K-State's head coach Jeff Mittie talks to the Wildcats during a timeout against UT-Arlington at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 4, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Bramlage Coliseum is the place to be today as both the K-State women's and men's basketball teams are set to compete in their home arena.

Congratulations, Seniors!

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K-State's Jake Waters drops back to pass against Baylor at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas on December 6, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

To view a photo gallery from Dec. 13's commencement ceremonies, please click here.

December 13, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Athletics celebrates the graduation of 38 of its student-athletes today with various ceremonies taking place throughout the day on the Kansas State campus.

An Exciting Season Ahead for K-State Track and Field

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December 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State track and field kicks off its 2014-15 indoor season today and tomorrow at Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, which begins at 10 a.m. today, and the K-State Winter Invitational beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Ahearn Field House. Leading a team filled with experienced veterans and talented newcomers, head coach Cliff Rovelto is excited to show off his 2014-15 squad for the first time this season.

Lockett Finds Success On and Off the Field

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K-State's Tyler Lockett scores a touchdown against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On Tuesday, K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett spent the evening at the 57th National Football Foundation Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Wildcats Adopt a Family for Holidays

December 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State student-athletes got into the holiday spirit earlier this week as the Wildcats took time from their schedules filled with training, competition and school work to participate in Adopt-A-Family through the Junior League of the Flint Hills.

Men's Basketball Ready for Home Stretch

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Dec 6, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Thomas Gipson (42) drives against Tennessee Volunteers forward Derek Reese (23) and forward Armani Moore (4) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 65-64. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

December 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

After spending the past weekend on the road at Tennessee, the K-State men's basketball team will be back in Bramlage Coliseum tonight to face Bradley at 7 p.m.

Going Bowling | Wildcats Head to Alamo Bowl

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December 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Announced yesterday afternoon, No. 11 Kansas State (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) is headed to San Antonio, Texas, to take on No. 14 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac 12) in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl.

Football Bowl Announcement Today

December 7, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This afternoon at 11:30 p.m. CT on ESPN the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will announce its final set of rankings for the 2014-15 college football season. 

History in the Making

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K-State's Jake Waters passes the ball against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As No. 9 Kansas State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) prepares to take on No. 5 Baylor (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) tonight at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, history is on the line.

Wildcats Ready for Utes in NCAA Tournament

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K-State celebrates after winning the third set against West Virginia at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 5, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

As K-State volleyball heads into this evening's match against No. 20 Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, head coach Suzie Fritz's game plan remains the same:

Better Every Day, Lewis Makes Impact for K-State

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K-State's Breanna Lewis lays up a shot against UMKC at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on November 18, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 4, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With every practice, every play, K-State women's basketball forward Breanna Lewis is growing in her game.

The Final Tuesday in Vanier

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K-State's head coach Bill Snyder directs the Wildcats against Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Yesterday afternoon marked the final K-State football press conference in the Big Eight Room of the Vanier Football Complex. 

Top 10 Moments | November 2014

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K-State Athletics breaks ground on the new Vanier Complex during halftime against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 2, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Filled with big steps for K-State Athletics, memorable wins and exciting individual performances, November was a month to remember for Wildcat fans nation-wide. 

Volleyball Advances to NCAA Tournament

December 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Yesterday evening the K-State volleyball team and friends of the program gathered at Colbert Hills Golf Course to watch the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Selection Show and find out the Wildcats' fate in the tournament.

Wildcats Celebrate Seniors with Sunflower Showdown Win

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K-State's head coach Bill Snyder embraces Tyler Lockett during Senior Day before the game against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It didn't take long for No. 11 K-State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) to get the ball rolling yesterday afternoon in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and once it did, there was no stopping the Wildcats. 

K-State Celebrates Senior Day

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K-State's Jonathan Truman and Ryan Mueller line up against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on August 30, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This afternoon, before K-State kicks off against Kansas at 3 p.m., in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Wildcats will celebrate the careers of their 22 seniors.

K-State Faithful Step Up for K-State Student-Athletes

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November 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
Tomorrow afternoon during K-State football's final home game of 2014, K-State Athletics will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Vanier Football Complex. Set to take place during halftime of the Wildcats' matchup against Kansas, the groundbreaking celebration will mark the first step of a dramatic change of scenery for not only K-State football but for K-State Athletics as a whole. 

Happy Thanksgiving, K-Staters!

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Oct 18, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Photo by: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

November 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Student-athletes celebrate Thanksgiving a little different than most. 

Tuesdays in Vanier | Lockett Legacy Continues to Grow

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K-State's Tyler Lockett runs for a touchdown against TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on November 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Tyler Lockett will leave K-State as one of the program's all-time finest wide receivers, and that's no secret.

Gipson's Actions Speaking Louder Than Words

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Kansas State Wildcats player Thomas Gipson (42) goes up for the opening jump ball to start the game against the Purdue Boilermakers during the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

November 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Thomas Gipson has taken up a new leadership style - and it's working better than ever before.

Wildcats Take On Purdue in Maui Invitational

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K-State head coach Bruce Weber poses with Purdue head coach Matt Painter at this year's EA Sports Maui Invitational. Weber recruited and coached Painter from 1989-1993 during his 18-year stint as and assistant coach at Purdue (1980-1998).

November 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Sand, sunshine and the sea - the K-State men's basketball team (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) arrived in Maui, Hawaii, for the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Saturday afternoon and is ready for a week filled with basketball in the tropical paradise.

Zumach Continues to Make Wildcat History

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K-State's Kylee Zumach spikes the ball against TCU at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 22, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
After K-State volleyball's 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 27-25) sweep over TCU last night, freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach was all smiles.

Galvan Tops off K-State Career at NCAA Championship

November 22, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Last week was a particularly stressful one for K-State cross country runner Laura Galvan. 

K-State's Passionate Family Steps Up for Student-Athletes

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November 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Athletics is excited to break ground on the new Vanier Football Complex during K-State football's game against Kansas on Nov. 29. 

Primetime Matchup Awaits K-State Football

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K-State's Jake Waters passes the ball against Oklahoma State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 1, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

All eyes will be on tonight's primetime matchup between No. 12/11 K-State (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) and West Virginia (6-4, 4-3 Big 12).

Tuesdays in Vanier | Back on Track

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Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman, photo by: Scott Weaver

November 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State will play in its second Thursday-night matchup of the season tomorrow evening in Morgantown, West Virginia, as the Wildcats are set to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers at 6 p.m. (CT) in Milan Puskar Stadium.

Edwards Finds a New Home at K-State

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K-State's Justin Edwards dunks against UMKC at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on November 17, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
It was 10 p.m., on a cool April night in in the spring of 2013, and K-State head coach Bruce Weber traveled to a town he'd never been to talk to a kid looking to play at a higher level.

Cats in the Classroom

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K-State's Katie Reininger and Kylee Zumach pose with Barbie Shoemaker's first grade class at Lee Elementary School on November 13, 2014

November 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When K-State volleyball's Kylee Zumach and Katie Reininger walked into Mrs. Barbie Shoemaker's first grade classroom at Lee Elementary School on Thursday morning, the children's faces instantly brightened up.

Streb Punches Ticket to Masters

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November 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

At the very top of former Wildcat golfer Robert Streb's bucket list it reads: visit Augusta National Golf Course.

Steinberg Brings New Enthusiasm to K-State Tennis

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K-State women's tennis team 2014-15 (Photos by Scott D. Weaver)

November 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State tennis' first fall season under new head coach Danielle Steinberg came to an end earlier this month in Houston, Texas, at the Jason's Deli Collegiate Invitational. 

K-State's Passionate Family Steps Up for Student-Athletes

 
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Mike and Becky Goss of Westport, Connecticut, are very passionate about K-State and K-State Athletics

November 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Athletics is excited to break ground on the new Vanier Football Complex during K-State football's game against Kansas on Nov. 29. 

An Exciting Week for K-State Basketball

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November 13, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State basketball is back, and both the women's and men's teams will tip off their 2014-15 seasons tomorrow night with a doubleheader in Bramlage Coliseum.

Tuesdays in Vanier | Experience Crucial to Hubener's Growth

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Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Joe Hubener (8) is congratulated by teammates following a touchdown in a 58-28 win against the UTEP Miners at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Photo Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

November 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When it comes to football, there is no better teacher than experience itself. The more experience players have, the better equipped they are in real-game situations. With every snap and every pass played before the passionate crowds around the Big 12, a player's confidence grows a little bit more. 

Jones Makes Impact On, Off the Court

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K-State volleyball's Natali Jones visits with her mentors, Bill and Rae Stamey at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Home

November 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On Friday mornings, K-State volleyball's Natali Jones eats waffles.

Wildcats Win Exhibition Opener vs. Washburn

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Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Marcus Foster (2) brings the ball up court against Washburn Ichabod guard Prince Samuels (13) during the first half at Bramlage Coliseum. Photo Credit: Peter G. Aiken

November 10, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Basketball season has arrived, and yesterday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State men's basketball team welcomed the new year with a bang.

Men's Basketball Hosts Exhibition vs. Washburn

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November 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State fans will have the opportunity to check out the 2014-15 K-State men's basketball team in action for the first time as the Wildcats are set to take on Washburn at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum.

Opportunity Awaits K-State

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Tyler Lockett congratulates teammate Curry Sexton after Sexton scored a touchdown during the first half. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

November 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Lights, cameras, action! When No. 7 K-State steps on the field to face No. 6 TCU tonight, all eyes will be on the top-10, primetime matchup. 

Ice Family Roots Run Deep in Purple

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Carl and Mary Ice in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, 2014

November 7, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Athletics is excited to break ground on the new Vanier Football Complex during K-State football's game against Kansas on Nov. 29. 

Q&A With Equestrian Senior Madison Wayda

October 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a senior student-athlete each month through the monthly Sports Extra Q&A Special. This month, Sports Extra writer Kelly McHugh headed out to Timbercreek Stables to talk to equestrian hunt seat rider Madison Wayda.

Tuesdays in Vanier | Burns Embraces Bigger Role

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K-State's Morgan Burns returns a kickoff for a touchdown against Oklahoma State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 1, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 5, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

Kansas State cornerback and kickoff returner Morgan Burns is fast.

Room to Grow, K-State Opens Exhibition Play with Win

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K-State's Shaelyn Martin drives around Emporia State's Amber Vandiver at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on November 3, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 4, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It might not have been the prettiest ballgame, but last night K-State women's basketball mustered up a 54-50 win over Emporia State in its first of two exhibition games this season. 

Women's Basketball Ready to Work in 2014-15

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K-State women's basketball gathers for a team huddle at the K-State Basketball Training Facility (photo by Scott Weaver)

November 3, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Energy.  Hard work. Toughness. 

Those are just a few words players on the K-State women's basketball team used when describing what people should expect from the team on the court this season.

Britz Shines in Wildcats' Win Over Oklahoma State

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K-State's Travis Britz pressures Oklahoma State's Daxx Garman at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 1, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

November 2, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Last night in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Travis Britz was simply unstoppable.

Ultimate Wildcat Saturday in Manhattan

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The Kansas State Wildcats wait to take the field before the start of a game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports)

November 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Today is a great day to be a Wildcat fan in Manhattan, Kansas! 

A busy slate ahead for K-State Athletics, the day begins with the 22nd-ranked Wildcat volleyball team taking on Texas Tech at 1 p.m., in Ahearn Field house and ends with the No. 9 K-State football kicking off at 7 p.m., against Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Holiday Competition Provides Fun for Student-Athletes

October 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State student-athletes were given the opportunity earlier this week to take their talents and skills to a whole new level. 

October 2014 Top 10 Moments

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K-State celebrates match point against Oklahoma at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Filled with memorable wins and exciting individual performances, October was a month to remember for K-State Athletics and Wildcat fans nation-wide. 

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

Tuesdays in Vanier | A Look at Freshman Elijah Lee

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K-State's Elijah Lee sacks Texas' Tyrone Swoopes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It wasn't long ago that K-State linebacker Elijah Lee was playing football under the bright lights on Friday nights at Blue Springs (Missouri) High School.

Taylor Continues Career with K-State

October 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Antoinette Taylor knows how to win basketball games. 

McCrane a Consistent Force for the Wildcats

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October 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Each and every time his name is called on, Matthew McCrane steps on the field with confidence.  

Wildcat Defense Impresses Again

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K-State's Elijah Lee sacks Texas' Tyrone Swoopes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

If you're familiar with the old saying, "Offense wins games, but defense wins championships," perhaps you have been reminded of it time and time again this 2014 K-State football season.

Football Returns Home for Matchup vs. Texas

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Oct 18, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Kansas State Wildcats players celebrate the victory against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


Oct. 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Wildcat fans, your No. 11 K-State football team (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) returns home to Bill Snyder Family Stadium to face off against the Texas Longhorns (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) today at 11 a.m., and for the second consecutive week, the game will be aired nationally on ESPN.

An Inside Look at Wildcat Hoops for the Ladies

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Women showed up in full force for this year's Hoop Scoop for Women clinic at the K-State Basketball Training Facility (Photo by: Scott Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball and the American Cancer Society teamed up this month to put on a special event for ladies only. 

Locker Room Chats | Part 4

October 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Basketball season is right around the corner, and K-State Sports Extra has helped you get to know this year's roster just a little bit better through this fall's 'Locker Room Chats' series. In 'Locker Room Chats: Part 1,' fans got to know D.J. Johnson and Brian Rohleder while in 'Locker Room Chats: Part 2,' fans caught up with seniors Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams and Shawn Meyer. In 'Locker Room Chats: Part 3' fans met transfers Justin Edwards and Brandon Bolden along with sophomore Jevon Thomas.