Around the World Wildcat Notes
WECKER EYES 2012 OLYMPICS: Former K-State basketball standout Kendra Wecker has given up basketball in order to concentrate on the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.
Wecker, who most recently was on the Oklahoma Sooners basketball staff, is currently giving private basketball lessons in Norman, Okla., and trying to tune her skills in the javelin.
Out of Marysville High School, Wecker took part in the 2000 United States Olympic Trials, and later threw the javelin at K-State for one year.
After K-State, Wecker, a first-round draft choice, played professionally for San Antonio and Washington in the WNBA.
KOEHN STILL SHOOTING: Laurie Koehn, a teammate of Wecker's at K-State, is continuing her playing career in Poland.
Koehn, who had a four-year WNBA career with Washington, told 'Sports Extra' last year, "I still love to play enough that I'll go to another planet if I have to."
KYNARD TIES RECORD: K-State's Erik Kynard tied the school indoor record over the weekend at the Big 12 vs. SEC challenge at Texas A&M.
Kynard cleared 7-6 to tie Scott Sellers' record set in 2008.
"When it comes to the record, I didn't even know about it until afterward," said Kynard. "But today was a good day."
Kynard defeated Mississippi's Ricky Robertson, who entered the competition ranked first in the nation. Robertson cleared 7-5.
"As far as the competition with Robertson, I wasn't really competing with Robertson," said Kynard. "I was competing with myself."
VOTE FRANK: K-State basketball coach Frank Martin is being joined by Rick Barnes of Texas, Scott Drew of Baylor and Bill Self of Kansas as participants in The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, a collaborative campaign with ESPN where 14 coaches will be featured in the custom opener leading into the Game of the Week.
Fans, alumni and consumers have through March 11 to vote for their favorite participating coach in the Challenge. The leading vote-getter at the conclusion of the program will receive a $100,000 donation from Infiniti to a charity of the coach's choosing. The remaining coaches will receive $10,000 for their selected charities. Martin's charity is Coaches vs. Cancer.
"It is huge for me. Cancer is that dreaded evil - as a society, we have been trying to fight it. Every other disease that has existed, we have found a cure for, but we can't completely cure this," said Martin. "As coaches, we're competitors, but we are very united to try and do what we can, given the stage that we're on."
Voting will take place through www.espn.com/infiniti with the winner's announcement on March 14.
FLORES TO BIG 12: Former K-State assistant AD David Flores has joined the Big 12 Conference as the assistant commissioner for governance/academics. After K-State, Flores joined Texas State as assistant AD for compliance services.
ADAMS IN NFLPA GAME: K-State's Corey Adams will be putting his long-snapping abilities on display on Feb. 5, at the NFL Players' Association Game for Team Nation in San Antonio, Texas.
The game features Texas-based draft-eligible players versus players from all the other states. SMART 'CATS: K-State had 215 student-athletes make the Big 12 Conference's Honor Roll, which includes 23 with perfect GPA's of 4.0
That list included: Jason King (baseball), Petra Niedermayerova (women's tennis), Belle Calkin (equestrian), Rachel Rusk (equestrian), Allison Tozier (equestrian), Courtney Cook (volleyball), Audrey Horton (volleyball), Alex Potuzak (men's basketball), Elizabeth Demars (rowing), Jennifer Smisek (rowing), Brandy Tholstrup (rowing), Abigail Weaver (rowing), Amanda Weishaar (rowing), Alyssa Bellinder (women's track), Avery Clifton (women's track), Annika Schoenebeck (women's track), Sarah Swenson (women's track), Mitchel Loring (men's track), Jack Sachse (men's track), Gabe Gantz (football), Jared Loomis (football), Zach Nemechek (football), Logan Wiltfong (football).