Fall Awards Handed Out at Preseason Banquet

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State baseball team presented its annual fall camp awards during its season kickoff banquet on Friday evening in the K-State Alumni Center, with Alex Bee, Shane Conlon, Nate Griep, Kyle Halbohn, Ethan Klosterboer and Tyler Wolfe all collecting honors.

Conlon, a redshirt senior, earned the Mike Clark Award, which is named after K-State's all-time winningest coach. The prestigious honor is awarded to the student-athlete that best represents what it means to be a Wildcat on and off the field. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Conlon graduated this past December with a bachelor's degree in social sciences and will begin graduate school this spring to progress towards a master's degree in student development. K-State's starting first baseman for the last two seasons, Conlon is also a career .304 hitter with 22 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 58 RBIs in 144 games.

Wolfe, a junior transfer from Des Moines Area Community College, garnered both the Best Hustle Award, given to the player that never takes a day off in anything he does, and the Gold Glove Award, the team's top defensive performer, in his first fall camp with the Wildcats. The Minnesota native arrived on K-State's campus as a two-time all-conference performer with Des Moines Area CC as well as a two-time First Team Academic All-Region selection. Wolfe hit .307 his sophomore year, including .345 in conference play.

Halbohn, a redshirt junior transfer from Spartanburg Methodist, picked up the Most Improved Pitcher Award after his first fall camp at K-State. The South Carolina native spent the last two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist, redshirting in 2013 before making 12 starts over 13 appearances in 2014 and posting a 5-2 record to go with his 3.32 ERA. The 6-7 right-hander also threw three complete games among his 12 starts, helping Spartanburg Methodist reach the NJCAA World Series.

Klosterboer, a product of Atascocita (TX) High School, was honored with the Most Improved Position Player Award after his first fall camp at K-State. The freshman infielder helped lead Atascocita to a district co-championship and a state semifinals appearance as a senior, hitting .305 and being named All-Houston honorable mention.

The Wildcat Ironman Awards, which are presented to a pitcher and position player that show the most improvement in the weight room and is able to transition the hard work in the weight room to the field, were bestowed upon junior Alex Bee and redshirt sophomore Nate Griep. Bee, a catcher, is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he played in 16 games and hit .250 with 10 RBIs and a .455 OBP. Griep, an Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient last season, made 10 starts over 15 appearances for the Wildcats in his redshirt freshman season, going 3-7 with a 4.66 ERA and 32 strikeouts.

In addition to the awards, Friday's preseason banquet also featured several special guests from the K-State baseball family, including former players, coaches and key supporters from over the years. Former Wildcat and Minnesota Twin Bobby Randall was the guest speaker.

The Wildcats will open their season on Friday, February 13 with a contest against Iowa in Port Charlotte, Florida to start the Snowbird Classic. The home opener for K-State at Tointon Family Stadium will be on Friday, February 27 vs. Eastern Illinois.

Season tickets for the 29-game home schedule are available now and can be purchased by clicking here, calling 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or stopping by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum.