Jan. 16, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State baseball team held its preseason banquet on Thursday in the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and handed out several awards for outstanding performances during Fall Camp. Award winners included Levi MaVorhis (Wildcat Ironman, Pitcher), Clayton Dalrymple (Wildcat Ironman, Player and Hustle Award), Tyler Stover (Most Improved Position Player), Ethan Landon (Most Improved Pitcher), Shane Conlon (Gold Glove), Ross Kivett (Wildcat Award) and Blair DeBord (Mike Clark Award).
The event featured several special guests from the K-State baseball family, including former players, coaches and key supporters from over the years.
DeBord earned the prestigious Mike Clark Award, named after K-State's all-time winningest coach, for the second year in a row. The Mike Clark Award goes to the player that best represents what it means to be a Wildcat on and off the field. A native of Manhattan, DeBord is one of four seniors on this year's team and one of the All-Big 12 First Team selections from last season that is returning for 2014.
MaVorhis, a 2013 All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection, took the Wildcat Ironman award, which is presented to a pitcher and position player that shows the most improvement in the weight room and is able to transition the hard work in the weight room to the field. The sophomore pitcher from Freeland, Wash. made 23 appearances in 2013, including five starts, and had a 5-0 record and 4.77 ERA.
Dalrymple, the recipient of two awards, received the Wildcat Ironman award for position players as well as the Hustle Award, which is given to the player that never takes a day off in anything that he does, whether it is in practice, the weight room, conditioning or a game. The sophomore outfielder from Coppell, Texas batted .343 (12-for-35) in 34 games last season.
Stover garnered the Most Improved Position Player award for showing the most improvement offensively and defensively during the fall season. Stover is an incoming freshman infielder from Vacaville, Calif. The Vacaville High School product earned Monticello Empire League Player of the Year honors during his senior season and was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Landon received the Most Improved Pitcher award as he made tremendous strides on the mound during the fall season. Landon is among nine freshmen - and seven freshmen pitchers - on the 2014 squad. The 6-4 right-hander is a product of Lincoln High School in his hometown of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Conlon, All-Big 12 selection from last year's Super Regional team, earned the Gold Glove award after being voted as the best defensive player during the fall, regardless of position. The redshirt junior first baseman had just four errors and a .994 fielding percentage last season, adding to his .341 batting average and team-leading seven home runs at the plate.
The All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year from 2013, Kivett received the Wildcat Award after he earned the most points in the Wildcat Cup Competition. The Wildcat Cup Competition is a four-month competition which encompasses four categories: performance in the weight room, performance in the classroom, performance on the field during the intrasquad game and community service. Kivett was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but he elected to return to K-State for his senior season after the Wildcats fell one game short of reaching the College World Series for the first time in program history.
The defending Big 12 champion Wildcats will start their 2014 season on February 14 at Cal Poly, opening an eight-game road trip in California. The first of 28 scheduled home games at Tointon Family Stadium will be on February 28 against Milwaukee.
Season tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-221-CATS (2287), going online at kstatesports.com/tickets, or visiting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at Bramlage Coliseum.