October 2006 Internet Newsletter

   Volume 4, Issue 2: October 2006
Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Update
Season ticket orders for men’s basketball have surpassed 12,400 and the prospect of a season sellout of Bramlage Coliseum appears more possible every day. K-State is still accepting orders for season tickets and fans are encouraged to act quickly. An announcement regarding the sale of single-game tickets will be made at a later date based on availability following the season ticket campaign.

For more information about purchasing tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Fans interested in contributing to the Ahearn Scholarship Fund may call 888-232-9074.
K-State to Host “Madness in Manhattan”
With the excitement of Kansas State basketball nearing an all-time high, the athletic department will stage “Madness in Manhattan” for the Wildcat men’s and women’s squads on Friday, October 13, at Bramlage Coliseum.

The event, which tips off the start of basketball season, is free and open to the general public.   Doors to the arena will open between 10:30 and 11 p.m.

Activities will begin with performances by Willie Wildcat, the Classy Cats, the cheerleading team and the K-State basketball band prior to the introduction of the men’s and women’s squad with a laser light show.  Following comments from women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson, the Wildcat men will have a dunk contest followed by a 20-minute scrimmage. To conclude the evening, first-year men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins will address the crowd.

Fans will also have a chance to win prizes and participate in contests as well as pick up team posters and schedule cards at the event.

The event will be a part of several “Wildcat Weekend” activities in Manhattan on October 13-14, as the football team plays host to Nebraska at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and the volleyball squad plays Oklahoma at Ahearn Field House.

The basketball teams will host their only exhibition games of the season at Bramlage Coliseum on back-to-back days in early November. The men’s squad will host Washburn on Saturday, November 4 at a time to be determined, while the women’s team will play Emporia State at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 5.
2006 K-State Hall of Fame Class Set for Induction
The Athletics Department will honor a group of seven outstanding individuals with induction into the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame during halftime of the Oklahoma State football game on October 7.

The 2006 class includes former student-athletes Jerome Howe (men's track & field/cross country), Ed Nealy (men's basketball, 1979-82), Ivan Riley (men's track & field, 1921-23), Gwen Wentland (women's track & field, 1991-95) and Chuckie Williams (men's basketball, 1973-76), as well as long-time supporters Bob and Betty Tointon.

The official induction of the 2006 class will take place during banquet ceremonies on Friday, October 6, at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Kansas State Athletics Department at (785) 532-6912.
Win a trip to Las Vegas on Allegiant Air!
K-State fans will have the opportunity to win two roundtrip tickets to Las Vegas at every home football game this season in a new promotion with Allegiant Air and Alltel Wireless. The promotion is built around a new contest on the JumboTrons – the Text To Win Trivia Challenge. During each game, fans will be asked a K-State Football trivia question with four possible answers. Alltel wireless subscribers can then text what they believe is the correct answer to the announced short code number. The first one to text the correct answer will win two roundtrip tickets to Las Vegas on Allegiant Air from Wichita or Topeka, plus a new phone and prize package from Alltel. Allegiant Air is your sure bet to Vegas. Book a complete vacation package with Allegiant including hotel, car, show tickets and more by visiting www.allegiantair.com, call 702-505-8888 or ask your travel agent.

Take advantage of this great offer exclusively for K-State fans - Visit www.allegiantair.com and enter Promo Code: KSTATE for $20 off roundtrip ($10 each way) tickets to or from Las Vegas from Topeka or Wichita. 
K-State Accepting Ticket Orders for Las Vegas
Kansas State has begun accepting ticket orders for the final two rounds of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic men’s basketball tournament December 22 and 23 at the Orleans Arena.

The Wildcats of head coach Bob Huggins will face Southern California at 5 p.m., (PST) on Friday, December 22, and then face off against either New Mexico or Wichita State at 5 or 7:30 p.m., (PST) on Saturday, December 23. 

All tickets for the rounds in Las Vegas are sold in reserved all-session packages, good for eight games over the two days.  K-State has an allotment of tickets assigned behind its team bench priced at $120.  Donors to the Ahearn Scholarship Fund have until Friday, November 10, to place their orders to receive priority consideration. Seating will be assigned according to the K-State Priority Points system.

Fans wishing to place their order can stop by the Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 800.221.CATS.

All-session tickets are also available in other locations of the arena priced at $70 and $90. These tickets are available beginning Friday through the Orleans Arena ticket office by calling 702.284.7777 or on the web at www.orleansarena.com.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be staged on campus sites.  Kansas State will host Kennesaw State at 1 p.m., December 17, and Maryland Eastern-Shore at 7 p.m., December 19.
Big 12 Basketball Championship Tickets On Sale
The Big 12 Conference has announced that tickets for the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, scheduled for early March in Oklahoma City, are on sale.

A limited number of tickets will be on sale through a lottery for the general public for the men’s championship until November 1. Prices range from $240 to $300.

Tickets for the men’s championship will be determined by a lottery and are not guaranteed. Only two tickets may be requested per person. The general public will be notified no later than November 15, 2006, if they have received tickets from the lottery.

All-session tickets for the women’s championship are also available, priced at $60 and $80. Applications for women’s championship tickets will be processed in the order of date received. Once an order is processed, confirmation will be sent via e-mail. A maximum of six reserved tickets may be requested.

Ticket applications for both events can be picked up at the Ford Center Box Office or printed off the Oklahoma City All-Sports web site at www.okcallsports.org/Big12. All completed applications must be turned into the Ford Center Box Office only. Orders can be secured only by credit card. Fans will receive the actual tickets in February 2007.

The women’s championship will take place March 6-8, 10, 2007, at the Cox Convention Center. The men’s championship will be played from March 8-11, 2007, at the Ford Center. This marks the first time Oklahoma City will be hosting the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

K-State's allotment will go on sale to season ticket holders and donors at a later date.
Cats for Cans Planned for Nebraska Game
More than 200 K-State student-athletes will volunteer their time on October 14 as the 11th annual Cats for Cans food drive will take place during the Nebraska football game.

Student-athletes will push grocery baskets and money buckets around the stadium as they will accept canned food or monetary donations benefiting the Flint Hills Breadbasket. There will also be baskets set up at every main entrance to the stadium for donations.

Record donations have been received over the last several years for this drive, which is the largest community service project participated in by K-State student-athletes. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Flint Hills Breadbasket. The Flint Hills Breadbasket assists in providing meals for over 1,000 families throughout Manhattan and the surrounding area.
Coach Bill Snyder Highway Unveiled
Travelers heading into Manhattan will now notice a new name to stretches of highway on US-24 and K-177 as the Coach Bill Snyder Highway was officially dedicated at a ceremony at Bosco Plaza on the campus of Kansas State University.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Representative Ed O'Malley were on hand for the ceremony, along with family members of the former football coach. The highway signs will be located north of Manhattan just to the north of the entrance to the Tuttle Creek Visitor's Center and also just north of the Geary/Riley County line south of town on K-177.
Byron Wiley Honored by Baseball America
Kansas State outfielder Byron Wiley was among Baseball America’s top summer prospects after he was named the Northwoods League’s No. 10 prospect after a successful season playing for the Duluth Huskies, the publication has announced.

Wiley hit .299 with three homers and 25 RBI with 14 stolen bases this summer for the Huskies, who finished atop the North Division standings with a 43-25 record.

The sophomore-to-be collected the second-highest average on the team, while his 10 doubles and three homers were tops on the squad. As a true freshman at Kansas State last season, Wiley hit .297 with five homers and 27 RBI in 48 games played.

Kansas State opens fall practice at Tointon Stadium on October 2.