Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 19

Competition Picks Up This WeekendSpring competition has officially kicked into full gear as all of our teams have now begun their seasons. The defending Big 12 Baseball champs will continue an eight-game swing in California tomorrow with a 12 p.m. game against Portland before wrapping up play with single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Excitement for baseball season is at an all-time high as evidenced by our record number of season tickets sold this season. Following eight games in California the Cats will open play at home on February 28 against Milwaukee.In other action this weekend, both track and field squads will host the K-State Open at 5 p.m. on Friday inside Ahearn Field House, while our men's golf team is competing Friday and Saturday in California at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The women's squad will head out to Arizona Sunday and Monday for the Westbrook Invitational, while Coach Bietau and the women's tennis team will face North Texas and Tulsa in Oklahoma Saturday and Sunday. Both basketball teams will return to action Saturday as the men play at Oklahoma at 3 p.m. in a game that can be seen on the Big 12 Network or heard along the K-State Sports Network and online at k-statesports.com. The women will return home to host West Virginia at 5 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on FCS. Be sure and check k-statesports.com this weekend for full recaps and videos from all of the action. And be sure to check out our FREE daily K-State Sports Extra stories from Kelly McHugh and Mark Janssen for all things K-State both on and off the field. Click here to receive those emails if you aren't already.Connole Named Director of Sport PsychologyRecently, we announced the hiring of Dr. Ian Connole as our director of sport psychology for athletics. Dr. Connole has hit the ground running and already is very busy working throughout the department. In his role, Dr. Connole is responsible for providing support and mental training for Wildcat student-athletes so they can develop a psychological edge in performance and participation and he also coordinates additional services that enhance the personal, academic and athletic success of student-athletes. Click here for the full release.That will do it for today. We look forward to a packed Bramlage Coliseum tonight, and thanks again for all that you do in support of K-State student-athletes.Go Cats!John