Sept. 19, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State basketball coaches Bruce Weber and Deb Patterson will be the featured guests at the annual Kansas City Catbackers’ basketball banquet to be held Wednesday, September 25 from 5-9 p.m. at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, Kan.
Weber will be joined at the event by Kansas City natives Will Spradling, Nino Williams and Shawn Meyer. Along with Patterson, the women’s basketball team will be represented by senior Katya Leick, redshirt freshman Kelly Thomson and freshman Bre Lewis.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin around 6:45 p.m.
There are a number of pricing options for fans who want to attend the banquet. The White Level is $35 and includes admission and dinner, the Gray Level is $50 and includes admission and premium seating for dinner, while the Purple Level is $75 and includes admission, premium seating for dinner and a Powercat Reception from 5-7 p.m., with members of both teams and the athletics department. The Powercat Reception will include appetizers and an open bar. There is also a $10 standing room-only ticket.
Fans will need to register for the banquet online at www.kccatbackers.com. Click on the events button at the top of the page and scroll down to the 2013 Basketball Banquet. Questions can be directed to Vice President Katie Bartko at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (913) 244.1958.
The defending Big 12 champions return eight lettermen, including four players with starting experience, in 2013-14. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) and fellow senior Will Spradling (7.4 ppg., 2.4 apg.). The team will also have seven new players, including five freshmen, led by PARADE High School All-American Marcus Foster and Texas Top 30 prospect Wesley Iwundu.
The women’s basketball team, which advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT, returns five players who saw significant action in 2012-13, including senior Chantay Caron, junior Haley Texada and sophomore Bri Craig. Among the five newcomers to the squad are three players who register 6-foot-3 or taller, including Lewis who ties for the second-tallest player in the program’s history. Incoming point guard Leti Romero helped the U18 Spanish National Team to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA European Championships for Women.
Season tickets for both teams are on sale with a variety of packages available through the Athletics Ticket Office. The men’s 18-game home season can be purchased for as low as $20 per game. A Young Alumni season ticket can be purchased for $200, while the new Wildcat Victory Ticket Plan includes all non-conference and three midweek conference games (excluding the Big Monday game with Kansas) in general admission seating (sections 24-25) for only $169. The women’s 16-game home season can be purchased for as low as $3 per game when ordering a Wildcat 4-Pack season ticket package (four general admission tickets) priced at $200.
The Ritz Charles is located at 9000 West 137th Street in Overland Park. They can be reached by phone at (913) 685.2600 and online at www.ritzcharles.com.