Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 6

Hoops Season is Upon UsBoth of our basketball programs will be breaking in the new training facility as they start practices for the 2012-13 season.  For our fans we will hold a special season preview for both our men's and women's teams featuring public scrimmages on Saturday, October 27, prior to the football game with Texas Tech.  Full details will be announced at a later date once a football game time is set. Radio Coverage Expanded in Southern KansasEarlier this week, we announced expanded and enhanced radio coverage of K-State Athletics in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma with the additions of KQAM (1480 AM) in Wichita and KQZQ (98.3 FM) in Medicine Lodge.  KQAM (1480 AM) in Wichita has replaced KLIO (1070 AM) on the network beginning with last night's Bill Snyder Radio Show and provides a stronger evening signal for listeners.  Fans in the Wichita are can now listen to the Cats on either 1480 AM in Wichita, 98.3 FM in Medicine Lodge, 107.9 FM in Winfield or 93.1 FM in Hutchinson.  The addition of 98.3 FM in Medicine Lodge will provide coverage to approximately nine counties between Wichita and Dodge City while also reaching into North Central Oklahoma.  We appreciate the work of Ben Boyle and his K-State Sports Properties staff in improving our reach across the state and region.Volleyball Continues Hot Start/Maintains National Attendance StandardCoach Fritz and our 14th-ranked women's volleyball team have had a terrific start to the season at 16-1 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play including Wednesday night's 3-0 win over No. 22 Iowa State. The crowds, including the 2,000-plus that cheered on the Cats Wednesday, have certainly made our environment one of the best in the Big 12, and our average attendance figure of more than 1,600 fans per match this season currently ranks 18th in the nation. Thank you for your passion and support!Men's Golfers Take Title at Colbert HillsCongrats to Coach Norris and the men's golf team on capturing the team title at this week's Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills.  The squad of Daniel Wood, Curtis Yonke, Ben Juffer, Alex Carney and Matt Green carded a tournament-best score 4-over par 292 in Tuesday's final round as all five players finished in the top 15 individually.  Tuesday was an absolute gorgeous day out at Colbert Hills, and we are really proud of how our student-athletes performed.And I would also like to congratulate Whitney Pyle and our women's golf team for their performance at this week's Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo.  Whitney secured a career-best second place individual finish, while Coach Knight's charges took third as a team.Wildcat Netters Also in ActionK-State's Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic are competing this week at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in nationally-ranked singles play as well as the No. 28 doubles team.  The duo opened play Tuesday with a win and followed that up with two victories on Wednesday and one on Thursday before falling to the nation's No. 4-ranked squad in the second round of the main draw.  While Karla dropped her qualifying singles match on Tuesday, Petra opened up singles play yesterday with a win to advance to today's round of 16. Special Guests in TownAmong the many special guests in town this weekend are record-setting quarterback Michael Bishop and NBA All-Pro Rolando Blackman.  Michael will be inducted into the state of Kansas Hall of Fame Sunday along with former Wildcat hoops star Willie Murrell, and we are delighted to have Rolando back for the BTF dedication and men's basketball alumni reunion.That will do it for today.  Work also continues on the new West Stadium Center project, and by the time fans visit the stadium for the Texas Tech game, steel should be erected on either side of the Dev Nelson Press Box!  Remember to click here to see our live webcams of the ongoing construction. Good luck to all of our teams in action this weekend.  We look forward to packed houses at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Ahearn Field House tomorrow, and as always, we sincerely thank you for your continued support of K-State Athletics.Go Cats!John Currie