July 3, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - In an announcement by the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, former K-State standouts Martin Gramatica (football) and Nicole Ohlde (women's basketball) have been selected as members of the 52nd Anniversary Class of 2013. The induction class of 2013 will be enshrined in ceremonies on October 6 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
A four-year letterman at K-State, Gramatica re-wrote the record books on his way to being named a two-time All-American in 1997 and 1998. The product of Buenos Aires, Argentina, holds K-State career records for scoring (349 points), extra-points made (187), extra-point attempts (192), field goals made (54), field goal attempts (70), and holds the NCAA record for longest made field goal without the use of a tee when he kicked a 65 yard field goal in 1998. Gramatica won the 1997 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top collegiate kicker, and was the runner-up for the award in 1998. He was also a two-time finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award for the nation's most outstanding special teams players.
Following his stellar career with the Wildcats, Gramatica went on to play nine NFL seasons, where he won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and was named to the 2001 NFC Pro Bowl team. In 2008, Gramatica joined the K-State Ring of Honor at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Ohlde was a big part of a stellar run for women's basketball at Kansas State after a standout basketball and track career at Clay Center. Ohlde was a two-time consensus first team All-American, a two-time State Farm Wade Trophy and Naismith National Player of the Year awards finalist and a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In her career with the Wildcats, she was a four-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient. She was also the league's freshman of the year in 2001. She helped K-State to a Big 12 regular season title in 2004 and propelled the Wildcats to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2002.
Ohlde stamped her name across the K-State record books, as she ranks second in school history for career points (2,241), rebounds (995), field goals made (882), blocks (204) and double-doubles (39). She holds the school record for career free throws made (476) and career free throws attempted (707). Following her final regular season game in a K-State uniform, Ohlde became the first Wildcat women's basketball player to have her jersey retired. In the 2004 WNBA Draft, Ohlde was the number six overall selection by the Minnesota Lynx. She played seven seasons in the WNBA and helped the Phoenix Mercury capture the 2009 WNBA title.
The two former Wildcats are joined in the induction Class of 2013 by former Colorado State All-American football player Mike Bell (Wichita), former Kentucky All-American men's basketball player Bob Brannum (Winfield), former Pittsburg State head football coach Chuck Broyles (Mulberry), former Kansas men's basketball player and 1960 Olympian Al Kelley (McCune), Kansas men's basketball player and 1952 Olympian Bob Kenney (Winfield) and former Kansas men's basketball player Bill Lienhard (Newton).
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame now includes 38 representatives with ties to K-State and the 2013 induction class of eight raises the total of inductees in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to 227. Tickets to the induction ceremony may be purchased on-line at kshof.org, or by calling 316-262-2038.