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Wildcats Give Back

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March 5, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State student-athletes and coaches have done their part this winter to give back to the community that gives them so much.

From the Student Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) work getting student-athletes involved with the Manhattan Emergency Shelter to the men's basketball team's efforts in raising money for the American Cancer Society, many have worked hard to do their part and give back.

"It's really cool because we're given so much as student-athletes," said equestrian junior Nicholle Hatton of Parker, Colorado. "K-State practically pays for our schooling, we have the performance table and we're given the opportunity to practice, travel and ride, so it's really cool to be able to give back to this community. They're the ones we do it for. We ultimately do it for the fans; it's great to see the fans come and support us. To know that we're able to give back to them and make that difference, that's been great."

Hatton represents the equestrian team as a member of SAAC and, most recently, participated with her teammates at K-State's Tipoff for TP event.

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Before the women's basketball game against TCU on Feb. 11, and the men's basketball game against Oklahoma on Feb. 14, Wildcat student-athletes met fans at every entrance of Bramlage Coliseum to collect products and donations for the Manhattan Emergency Center from incoming fans. 

"We started off by choosing the games we wanted to collect at," explained Hatton on what went into setting up this year's Tipoff For TP. "We knew we wanted it to be at the bigger basketball games, so we picked out two Big 12 games, then we made the fliers and put them out to the community. We got radio stations to announce it and we put posters up in the bathrooms for the games leading up to it. Basically, we tried to get the word out to fans and reminded people as much as we could leading up to that date."

A completely student-organized and student-run event, Tipoff for TP collected 1,200-plus products (toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, cleaning supplies, etc.) for those in need and collected a total of $1,932.06 in donations.

"Having the student athletes out at each gate, it let the community see that we're not just athletes, we're students and we do things for the community as well," explained men's golf sophomore Matt Green of Lenexa, Kansas. "It was really cool. There were a lot of big donations that we got, but it was also surprising to see the amount of students that donated. We had a lot more students at our gate, and it was great to see them pull out their change or a few bucks here and there."

But it wasn't just the Wildcat fans that took the time to donate.

"I think the coolest thing was seeing the OU fans donate at the men's game," added Hatton. "I was by the ticket office, so we had a lot of OU fans come in and they'd see the bucket of money and the tub of toilet paper and say, 'That's really cool. I can donate a couple bucks to that.'"

SAAC participates in numerous community-service opportunities throughout the year from Cats in the Classroom, where student-athletes spend time in local elementary schools, to hosting Cats for Cans before a football game. This past fall, K-State student-athletes raised more than $10,000 for the Flint Hills Breadbasket through Cats for Cans. 

"It's nice to be able to give back to someone who has given you so much," said volleyball sophomore Sheridan Zarda of Shawnee, Kansas. "It is kind of in that family aspect - this K-State family always gives you what you need, so it's nice to be able to give them back to them in return."

Giving back it doesn't just stop with the student-athletes though; the Wildcat coaches are involved in giving back as well.

More recently, head men's basketball coach Bruce Weber donated nearly $9,491 out of his own pocket for the fight against cancer. Through the Coaches vs. Cancer Shooting Challenge, K-State students were given the opportunity to shoot baskets at the Basketball Training Facility. Weber donated $1 for every student that showed up, $10 for every free throw made, $25 for each three-pointer made and each student had the opportunity at one half-court shot worth $100. If a student made all three shots, Weber would donate an extra $1,000 to the charity.

Megan Weber presented the $9,491 check to Trysta Williams of the American Cancer Society at halftime of the Wildcats' win over Kansas. 

In addition, the K-State family helped raise nearly $7,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer by purchasing the official shirt for the Stripe Bramlage game and another $6,500 at the 2014 Hoop Scoop for Women Basketball Clinic last fall.

"Coach Weber is such a great ambassador for the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer program," said Stephanie Weiter, a senior representative of the American Cancer Society, earlier this year. "He's very passionate about the cause and is really very sincere about making a difference. I've heard him speak on a number of occasions, and I've told him there's no better ambassador, there's no one that can speak as well as he does about it. You can tell it's truly from the heart."

 

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.

 

Wildcats Rally for Senior Day Victory

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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 4, 2015
By Kelly McHugh
 
Last night in Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State women's basketball team (17-12, 7-11 Big 12) celebrated its seniors in style as it overcame a 16-point deficit to beat West Virginia (17-13, 7-11), 59-55, on Senior Night. 

Women's Basketball Celebrates Senior Day

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K-State women's basketball seniors Ashia Woods, Haley Texada and Heidi Brown. Photo by Scott Weaver

March 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

As I look at my planner and see "Women's Basketball Senior Day" written in big, bold letters under today's date, I can't help but reminisce back to my first days as a young sports journalist covering K-State Athletics.

Top 10 Moments of February 2015

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K-State's Marcus Foster lays up a shot against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 23, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

March 2, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

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

With Home Series Cancelled, Bat Cats Head West

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

February 27, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

As snowfall and frigid temperatures are expected this weekend for Manhattan, the Wildcat baseball team (4-4) made a change to its schedule. The Bat Cats had hoped to take on Eastern Illinois this afternoon for their home-opening series, but the team canceled the three-game set and is now headed to sunny California instead.

Women's Basketball Bounces Back to Beat KU

February 26, 2015

The K-State women's basketball team (16-11, 6-10 Big 12) endured a late run by Kansas (13-16, 4-12 Big 12) last night and used a 12-0 run to catapult itself to its fourth win in the last five chances at Allen Fieldhouse, as the Wildcats won, 55-48.  K-State's current six league wins are the most since the 2011-12 season where the Wildcats captured nine league wins. 

Wildcats Upset No. 8 Jayhawks

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K-State's Nigel Johnson drives around Kansas' Jamari Traylor at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 23, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 24, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Last night in Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State came together and put on a thrilling show.

Women's Basketball Continues Sunflower Showdown

February 25, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State women's basketball team (15-11, 5-10 Big 12) is set to take on Kansas (13-15, 4-11 Big 12) tonight at 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse looking for the season sweep over the Jayhawks.

Sunflower Showdown Awaits K-State

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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)

February 23, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

After a five-day, two-game road trip, the Wildcats will return home tonight.

Equestrian Downs No. 3 TCU

February 21, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State equestrian team earned its first win of the 2015 spring season yesterday afternoon as it downed No. 3 TCU, 14-5, at home at Timbercreek Stables.

Conlon Embracing Role as Team Leader

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K-State's Shane Conlon fields a ground ball against Oklahoma State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 9, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 20, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

While K-State first baseman Shane Conlon is excited the 2015 season is underway, he's not ready for his time as a Wildcat to wind down.  

Finney Prepares for NFL Combine | Part II

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February 19, 2015
Story by Kelly McHugh
Photos by Scott Weaver

K-State Sports Extra published the first of this two-part series on Tuesday looking into former Wildcat football player B.J. Finney's training for the NFL Combine. 

Martin Making Strides with K-State

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K-State's Shaelyn Martin drives around Kansas' Natalie Knight at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 11, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 18, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball freshman guard Shaelyn Martin is growing her game every time she steps on the court. After starting every one of the Wildcats' 24 games this season, she's beginning to feel more like a veteran player and less like a rookie.

Finney Prepares for NFL Combine | Part I

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February 17, 2015
Written by Kelly McHugh
Photos by Scott Weaver

Former K-State center B.J. Finney is currently in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the NFL Combine ready to show the next level what he is made of.

Q&A with Baseball's Clayton Dalrymple

February 16, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Each month, K-State Sports Extra chooses a student-athlete to feature in its monthly Q&A. This month, Wildcat fans have the opportunity to get to know junior outfielder Clayton Dalrymple from Coppell, Texas. 

Foster's Buzzer Beater Does it Again

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K-State's Marcus Foster shoots the ball against Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 15, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Last night in Bramlage Coliseum Marcus Foster showed up ready to prove to fans he was back.

Wildcat Women's Track and Field on the Rise

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K-State's Akela Jones competes in the pentathlon 60 meter hurdles during the Jayhawk Classic at Anschutz Sports Pavilion in Lawrence, Kansas on January 30, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 14, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

If there's one thing junior pentathlete Akela Jones wants people to know, it's that the No. 10 K-State women's track and field team is on the rise - and it's not slowing down any time soon.

Chemistry is Key

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K-State's Shane Conlon fields a throw to first base against Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 4, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 13, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State head coach Brad Hill used one simple word to describe his 2015 K-State baseball squad: new.

With only 14 players returning from last season, this year's Wildcat roster features nine freshmen and 13 transfers - a whole lot of new faces. 

Lewis's Career Night Leads Wildcats to Victory

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

February 12, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State women's basketball team (15-8, 5-7 Big 12) put on its best offensive performance of the year last night in Bramlage Coliseum as it defeated the TCU Horned Frogs (14-9, 6-6 Big 12), 93-79.

Wesemann Looks to Stay Steady vs. TCU

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K-State's Kindred Wesemann drives around Texas' Celina Rodrigo at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 4, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 11, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

While K-State sophomore guard Kindred Wesemann may be the one in the spotlight after her back-to-back 20-point performances, the shooter from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, credits her teammates for her recent scoring success.

K-State's Big 12 Journey Continues Wednesday

February 10, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

As the road down Big 12 play continues for K-State men's basketball (12-12, 5-6 Big 12), the games only continue to get tougher in the nation's toughest conference.  

A Look at K-State Football's 2014 MVPs

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K-State's Tyler Lockett celebrates a touchdown against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on August 30, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 9, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State football players, family and fans flooded McCain Auditorium yesterday afternoon to celebrate the Wildcat football team's exciting 2014 season. 

K-State Can't Complete Rally in Loss to Texas

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K-State's Tre Harris shoots a three pointer against Texas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 7, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 8, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Despite a valiant effort fueled by one of the Wildcats' youngest players, K-State men's basketball (12-12, 5-6 Big 12) couldn't complete its rally against No. 25 Texas (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) yesterday and fell, 61-57, in Bramlage Coliseum.

Wildcats Announce 2015 Signing Class | Part 2

February 7, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State football announced its 24-man signing class on Wednesday afternoon. 

Wildcats Announce 2015 Signing Class

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February 5, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State head coach Bill Snyder announced the Wildcats' 2015 recruiting class in conjunction with this year's National Signing Day on Wednesday. Made up of 24 student-athletes ready to join the K-State football family, this year's class boasts 12 defensive players, 11 offensive players and one player listed as an athlete. 

Wesemann Leads Wildcats to Third Consecutive Win

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K-State's Kindred Wesemann drives around Texas' Celina Rodrigo at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 4, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 5, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Once Kindred Wesemann hit her first three-pointer last night in Bramlage Coliseum, there was no stopping her - she was simply on fire.

Back on the Road: Men's Hoops Faces Texas Tech

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K-State's Marcus Foster lays up a shot against Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 14, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
February 4, 2015
By Kelly McHugh 

The K-State men's basketball team (12-10, 5-4 Big 12) is back on the road tonight as it takes on Texas Tech (11-11, 1-8 Big 12) at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Back-to-Back Wins Fueling K-State Women's Basketball

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K-State's Ashia Woods pulls down a rebound against Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 28, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

February 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Coming off of consecutive Big 12 victories, the K-State women's basketball team (13-7, 3-6 Big 12) returns home to take on the No. 20 Texas Longhorns (15-5, 4-5 Big 12) tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. 

Top 10 Moments of January 2015

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February 2, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

From memorable wins to exciting individual performances to special recognition for two of its legendary coaches, K-State Athletics kicked off 2015 in style. 

Here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as January's greatest:

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.

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.

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.

Women's Basketball Wins on the Road

February 1, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State women's basketball team defeated Texas Tech, 41-38, yesterday afternoon on the road in Lubbock, Texas. Ending a five-game road losing streak, yesterday afternoon's game marked the 250th road victory for the Wildcats in K-State women's basketball history.

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.