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KANSAS FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES HOME-AND-HOME WITH HAWAII

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas and Hawaii will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1985 when the Warriors travel to Lawrence in 2016 as the first part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

The 2016 home game for the Jayhawks is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, in Memorial Stadium. KU will travel to Honolulu for a return game at Aloha Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017.

“We are very excited to announce this home-and-home series with Hawaii,” said Kansas head coach Charlie Weis. “We recognize Hawaii and the Islands as a fertile recruiting territory. Both our current players and prospects are excited that these two games are official.”

Kansas leads the all-time series with Hawaii, 1-0. KU defeated the Warriors, 33-27, on Aug. 31, 1985 in Honolulu. It marks the Jayhawks’ first trip to the Islands since defeating UCLA, 51-30, in the 1995 Aloha Bowl.

KU will open the 2013 season on Saturday, Sept. 7 with a home game versus South Dakota. The Jayhawks and Coyotes will kick off at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 800-34-HAWKS or by visiting the KU tickets office at KUAthletics.com.

KUAthletics.com: The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.

Lady Bulldog State Softball on AM 1570/FM 94.1

The Marysville Lady Bulldog Softball team will be in the 3A State Championship Tournament, and Classic Country KNDY AM 1570/FM 94.1 will have live coverage.

Marysville will face Lyons HS/Chase HS at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 24th at the Twin Oaks complex in Manhattan. You can listen live on-air and online at http://www.network1sports.com/station/kndy

LIVE: Watch & Follow State Track & Field From Wichita

The Kansas State High School Activities Association will hold their annual State Track & Field Championships this weekend at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Several area athletes will compete, and much of the competition will be broadcast on the KSHSAA Network, and live results will be posted to the website.

KSHSAA Network Coverage

Longtime Royals radio voice Fred White dies

ANAHEIM — Fred White, a Royals radio voice for 25 years, died Wednesday due to complications from melanoma, a day after announcing his retirement following a 40-year relationship with the club.

White teamed with Denny Matthews on broadcasts from 1973-98, and since had served as the team’s director of broadcast services and the Royals Alumni.

His retirement was due to health issues, and he died in hospice care.

“Fred White has been synonymous with Royals baseball as long as anybody can remember,” Mike Swanson, Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting, when the team announced White’s retirement.

“There are so many people in Kansas City who, when they hear a voice, they knew it was Royals baseball, and Fred was that voice along with Denny for so many years. He had a huge influence on my life back in the ’70s, and I’m personally honored that I had a chance to work with him when I came back to town and wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

An Illinois native who attended Eastern Illinois University, White was a sports anchor at WIBW-TV in Topeka, covering Kansas State athletics, before joining the Royals in 1973. He also was the voice of the Big 8, later called the Big 12 on the television network for Kansas State basketball games.

The popular broadcaster was frequently summoned for national gigs by ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Sports.

“We both grew up in central Illinois, so we were kind of out of the same litter bag. We always got along great, I enjoyed his sense of humor. He was real easy to work with and we had a lot of laughs,” said Matthews, who continues calling radio games.

“We got to see the glory days of the Royals, too, because he came in right when Buddy [Blattner] left in the mid-’70s and that’s just when the Royals were getting ready to ignite and take off. Perfect timing. We saw all those great playoff games, and the Yankee-Royal battles in even the regular-season games were very well played and very competitive. Those games kind of set up everything for the playoffs.”

Basketball also was one of White’s passions.

“He did K-State football and basketball for a lot of years, I guess when he was with WIBW,” Matthews said. “He was still in Topeka at the time. I’d drive over and leave my car, and we’d go over to Manhattan and he’d do a basketball game, and that’s when I got to meet [coach] Jack Hartman. We’d go over to Hartman’s house after the basketball game, we’d drive back to Topeka and I’d drive back to Kansas City.”

After leaving the Royals booth, White became a fixture in the team offices and headed the Royals Radio Network, which has grown to be one of the largest in Major League Baseball.

White also took a leading role in bringing former players into an active presence at Kauffman Stadium and in the community.

“After he finished a 25-year broadcast career, he was a tremendous asset to the organization because he brought the alumni together,” said former pitcher Jeff Montgomery. “There were a number of alums who kind of felt alienated from the organization for one reason or another, and Fred recognized that the alumni were a significant asset to the organization.”

Montgomery, now himself a TV broadcaster, called White a visionary for forming the alumni group, which now includes more than 40 former players, managers and trainers in the Kansas City area alone.

“He was the voice for saying, ‘Let’s find a way to make these guys love to come back to the ballpark and love to be part of this great organization,'” Montgomery said. “You have to credit the Royals for helping make this come true, because the organization committed significant resources to make this happen.”

The Royals Alumni now hold clinics, make community appearances and participate in the Royals Fantasy Camp.

There were no details regarding funeral arrangements when the Royals announced White’s passing.

K-State Announces Extension for Bruce Weber

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Director of Athletics John Currie announced today that Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber has a signed a contract extension through the 2018 academic year to continue his leadership of the Kansas State men’s basketball program.

The agreement adds one year to his current contract, securing Weber’s services through June 30, 2018.  Weber’s annual salary will be $1.75 million for the 2013-14 season, which represents a $250,000 raise, and will increase by $100,000 for each remaining year per his original 5-year contract ($1.85 million in 2014-15, $1.95 million in 2015-16, $2.05 million in 2016-17 and $2.15 million in 2017-18).  The extension was unanimously approved by the
K-State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors.

“Our men’s basketball program, from top to bottom, has made continued improvement under Coach Weber and his staff since their arrival last April,” said Currie. “From our first conference championship in 36 seasons to a record-number of players on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, I am extremely excited about the forward trajectory of our program under his leadership.”

Hired on March 31, 2012 as the 24th head coach in school history, Weber guided Kansas State to one of its best seasons by a first-year head coach, as the Wildcats posted a 27-8 overall record and captured a share of their first conference title since 1977 with a 14-4 Big 12 mark.  He is just the third first-year head coach to win the Big 12 regular season since the league’s inception in 1997, while his 27 wins are the third-most by a rookie head coach in conference history.  The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 27th time, including a school-record tying fourth consecutive season, and received its third-highest seed – No. 4 in the West Regional – since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979.

“My family and I couldn’t be more thrilled with our decision to come to K-State,” said Weber.  “It has been a magical year in our athletic department that started with the success of our football team under Coach Snyder’s leadership and our team was able to seize that momentum and win our first conference title in nearly four decades. Whenever you have success, it is a direct reflection of your team and staff and I have said all along we had great chemistry between our players and staff all year.  I’m so proud to be associated with this group of players and coaches and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and sacrifice this season.”

Weber’s 27 wins in 2012-13 were the second-most in a single season in K-State history and just the fifth 25-win season overall, while the 14 conference wins tie the 1958-59 team for the most in school history.  The league title is the 20th overall and the 18th won in the regular season and the first since winning the Big Eight Championship in 1977.  The Wildcats were ranked for 13 consecutive weeks to end the season, including two weeks in the Top 10.

For his efforts, Weber was selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league coaches and The Associated Press, while he was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District Coach of the Year.  It was his third league Coach of the Year accolade in his career after winning the honor in the Missouri Valley in 2002-03 and the Big Ten in 2004-05.  He was also a finalist for the 2013 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year and Skip Prosser Man of the Year awards.

“We’re all pleased with the success of our season, but not satisfied by how it ended,” said Weber.  “Changing that outcome starts this summer with our player development and our recruiting.  Having this type of commitment from John and President Schulz ensures longevity, which is a frequent question from potential recruits and their parents.  I’m so appreciative of the confidence that they have in me and our staff to continuing to build upon what was accomplished in 2012-13.”

K-State led the Big 12 in five statistical categories, including scoring defense (60.4 ppg.), turnover margin (+2.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and offensive rebounds (13.4), while the squad ranked among the Top 5 in assists (15.9, 2nd), 3-point field goals (6.8, 3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (36.2, 3rd), rebounding margin (+3.3, 3rd) and steals (7.1, 4th).  The team tied or set three single-season records in 2012-13, including wins in Bramlage Coliseum (16), assists (557) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), and drew the second-most fans to its home schedule with 225,503 filtering through the turnstiles at Bramlage Coliseum and the Sprint Center.

The Wildcats also excelled off the basketball court under Weber’s leadership, as a program-best eight players, including starters Rodney McGruderAngel RodriguezShane Southwell and Will Spradling, were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  In addition, McGruder (first team) and Spradling (second team) were selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Team.  McGruder was the lone Big 12 men’s basketball student-athlete to earn both All-Big 12 First Team honors in both academics and athletics.  All three seniors – Jordan HenriquezMartavious Irving and McGruder – along with junior Omari Lawrence are set to graduate from K-State this May.

“We’re all excited about the direction of the program under Coach Weber,” said rising junior and 2013 All-Big 12 Second Team selection Angel Rodriguez.  “We know that we are losing some really good players to graduation, but we know that with all the players coming back – plus the new recruits coming in – we are capable of doing great things next season and beyond.  We are excited about the challenge of building on our Big 12 Championship.”

Weber, 56, has compiled a 340-163 (.676) in his 15 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (1998-2003) and Illinois (2003-11).  His .676 winning percentage ranks 28th among active Division I head coaches.  He has won 20 or more games in all but four of his 15 campaigns, averaging 22.7 victories a season in his head coaching career.

Weber’s teams have now participated in postseason play in 11 of his 15 seasons, including nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  His teams have combined to win six conference regular season and tournament championships, including the 2002 and 2003 Missouri Valley Conference, 2004 and 2005 Big Ten Conference and 2013 Big 12 regular season titles.

The Wildcats return nine lettermen, including All-Big 12 selections Angel Rodriguez and Shane Southwell, in 2013-14.  The team is receiving mention in several early preseason polls.

Public Affairs: New Marysville Football Coach was in town Wednesday

New Marysville Football Coach Dustin Heuer was in town Wednesday to meet the players and assistant coaches and other teachers. He had a short meeting with parents and interested citizens Wednesday evening and KNDY had a chance to catch up with him following the meeting. The Heuer’s are excited to be moving back closer to home and look forward to getting to know the people of the community. Coach Heuer said he wants opponents to fear the Bulldogs.

Listen to the Public Affairs interview below:

http://www.kndyradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3-29-13-dustin-heuer-interview.mp3

Meet the New MHS Football Coach Wednesday Evening

The new Marysville football coach, Dustin Heuer, will be in town on Wednesday to meet his team and to meet and greet the parents and public.  It will start at 6:30 Wednesday evening in the Marysville Junior/Senior High Cafeteria.  Everyone is invited to attend.

The Road to Atlanta – Sweet 16 Edition

The NCAA Tournament gets underway this week with four area teams playing for a chance to head to Atlanta for the NCAA Championship. You will find the brackets, the schedules, and the latest headlines regarding the NCAA Tournament right here on our website.

THE BRACKET | THE SCHEDULE | WATCH ONLINE

LOCAL TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • #9 Wichita State vs. #13 La Salle – Thursday at 9:17 PM on TBS.
  • #1 Kansas vs. #4 Michigan – Friday at 6:37 PM on TBS.

KANSAS & KANSAS STATE GAMES ON KNDY

Due to exorbitant rights fees required by the NCAA Tournament and their broadcast partner Dial Global, KNDY AM & FM radio is unable to broadcast the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats play by play broadcasts on our radio stations, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause fans. We will provide full links to broadcasts of area teams here on our website, where you can watch/listen live over the internet for free.

New football coach hired at Washington County High School

Washington County School District hired a new football coach at their last meeting on March 11. Daniel Vaughn of Elkhart was hired to replace Phil Wilson, who will stay on as high school principal. Vaughn will teach 7-12th grade physical education.

He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and has been at Elkhart for 2 years.

Also during the meeting, Wilson told the board members that he had contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s office to have them do a breathalyzer at the Washington County High School prom and the junior class will

send out letters to all juniors and seniors to let them know about this. Some new fitness equipment has been purchased from Body Basics of Lincoln, NE for almost $41,000. The equipment will be paid through the school’s PEP Grant.

2012-2013 NCKL Basketball All League Teams

Boys First Team
Andy Wilson – Senior – Abilene
Cooper Holmes – Freshman – Concordia
Isaac Poe – Senior – Wamego
Zach Heiman – Senior – Chapman
Jacob Harms – Senior – Abilene
Grant Holmes – Junior – Concordia
Marshall Wethington – Senior – Wamego
Garrison Wright – Senior – Marysville
Dalton Haist – Senior – Clay Center
Gabe Bergmann – Senior – Concordia

Boys Honorable Mention
Keil Kelly – Junior – Abilene
Matthew Barlow – Senior – Abilene
Logan Lehmkuhl – Senior – Chapman
Caleb Carson – Senior – Clay Center
Alan Garcia – Senior – Concordia
Brandon Griffee – Senior – Marysville
Matt Webb – Senior – Wamego
Dakota Turner – Senior – Wamego

Girls First Team
Kaylee Page – Junior – Wamego
Alyx Bloom – Senior – Clay Center
Lanie Page – Sophomore – Wamego
Alyssa Steppe – Senior – Clay Center
Abi Degenhardt – Junior – Marysville
Tristin Wicks – Junior – Marysville
Belle Barbieri – Freshman – Abilene
Megan James – Junior – Concordia
Macy Franson – Sophomore – Clay Center
Kiley Crider – Senior – Abilene

Girls Honorable Mention
Macey Dieckmann – Sophomore – Clay Center
Holly Cooper – Senior – Clay Center
Rikki Alderson – Senior – Wamego
Lakyn Rowden – Senior – Wamego
Lindsey Hurford – Sophomore – Chapman
Jordan Woods – Senior – Chapman
Tristen Leiszler – Sophomore – Concordia
Courtney Geist – Junior – Abilene
Dani Schwarz – Senior – Marysville