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National TV Broadcasts Highlight K-State Football Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four of K-State’s 2014 football games are among the Big 12 Conference’s early national television selections, highlighted by the much anticipated September 18 matchup with SEC Champion Auburn, as the league office announced today designations for the opening three weeks of the season and special Thursday night broadcasts.

The Wildcats’ August 30 season opener against Stephen F. Austin will be broadcast exclusively on K-StateHD.TV with kickoff slated for 6:10 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. K-StateHD.TV programming will begin at 5:10 p.m., with its K-State Gameday show featuring Brian Smoller.

K-State will then open up Big 12 Conference play in week two, its earliest league game since the 1996 inaugural Big 12 Conference game with Texas Tech, as the Cats head to Iowa State on September 6. The game will kick at 11 a.m., and be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.

Manhattan and Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be the focus of the college football world on Thursday, September 18, as the Cats and Tigers meet in an ESPN nationally-televised game. The Thursday night matchup, one of the most-watched games in the country each week, will be the first in Manhattan since the 2010 Nebraska game and the fourth overall at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Big 12 Conference also announced that the Wildcats’ November 20 game at West Virginia will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The matchup, K-State’s second appearance on Thursday night of the season, will kick at 6 p.m. CT.

For those interested in subscribing to K-StateHD.TV, which features live game broadcasts as well as premium content such as original K-State shows, game replays and press conferences, the service is available for $9.95 per month and $79.95 per year.

To visit the home of K-StateHD.TV, or to subscribe to the service, go to www.k-statehd.tv. The subscription service remains a product of K-State’s All-Access platform through the CBS College Network and has ranked No. 1 nationally in subscriptions among all institutions since its launch in 2010.

Following record sales this spring, season ticket numbers for the upcoming season have hit an all-time high and are completely sold out. Single-game tickets for the seven-game home schedule go on sale online June 11 and via phone and in person July 16.

Fans can now join the 2015 season ticket waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office. For more information regarding tickets, contact the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com.

Television Selections for K-State Games 
Saturday, Aug. 30 – Stephen F. Austin at K-State, 6:10 p.m., K-StateHD.TV
Saturday, Sept. 6 – K-State at Iowa State, 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1
Thursday, Sept. 18 – Auburn at K-State, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Nov. 20 – K-State at West Virginia, 6 p.m., FOX Sports 1

Kansas Football Sets Game Times & Television Coverage

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Big 12 Conference released the television broadcast assignments for the first three weeks of the 2014 college football season, with Kansas being tabbed for television in each of its first two games. The Jayhawks have a bye the opening week of the 2014 college football season.

Kansas, playing under third-year head coach Charlie Weis, will open the 2014 football season with a home game versus Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 6. The KU-SEMO game will be played at 6 p.m., on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and is available outside of the state lines to a national audience on ESPN3. More information on the Jayhawk Television Network (JTV) and its affiliates is available at KUAthletics.com/TV.

As previously announced, Kansas will travel to Duke on Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 2:30 p.m. (CT), game versus the Blue Devils. The KU-Duke game will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.

Kansas made four appearances on Fox Sports 1 in 2013, two on Fox Sports Net and JTV and one each on ESPN, ESPNU and CBS Sports Network.

Kansas will also host Central Michigan (Sept. 20), Texas (Sept. 27), Oklahoma State (Oct. 11), Iowa State (Nov. 8) and TCU (Nov. 15) at Memorial Stadium during the 2014 campaign. Season tickets are available online at KUAthletics.com, by calling 800-34-HAWKS or in-person at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket office.

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High School Sports Weather Postponements – 4/29/14

Due to the weather, several high school activities have been postponed or cancelled.

  • Marysville Softball vs. Rossville postponed. Varsity rescheduled for May 8th.
  • Marysville Baseball at Clay Center postponed. Rescheduled for May 1st.
  • Marysville Tennis at Abilene postponed. Varsity rescheduled for May 5th.
  • Marysville JV Tennis at Chapman cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.
  • Marysville Junior High Track Meet at Wamego is cancelled.
  • The Washington County Invitational Track Meet is Cancelled. No reschedule date announced.

Area School Activities Cancelled Due To Weather

Marysville Baseball at Concordia has been cancelled today, no make-up date set.

Marysville Golf at Sabetha has been cancelled today. It has been rescheduled for tomorrow, April 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Marysville JV golf at Clay Center has been cancelled today. It has been rescheduled for Mon., April 21, at 4:00 p.m.

Marysville Tennis at Marysville has been cancelled today. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 24.

Valley Heights Golf at Onaga has been cancelled today, no make-up date set.

Twin Valley League All-League Basketball Announced

The Twin Valley League has announced the 2014 All-League selections in basketball.

GIRLS 1ST TEAM

Jo Roepke – Valley Heights – Sophomore
Laura Sudbeck – Baileyville B&B – Senior
Erin Alexander – Washington County – Junior
Sydney Blackburn – Valley Heights – Junior
Nicole Ohlde – Linn – Junior
Kierston Talbot – Axtell – Sophomore
Kaitlyn Koch – Centralia – Senior
Katie Huerter – Baileyville B&B – Senior
Ashley Kramer – Baileyville B&B – Senior
Heidi Stegeman – Washington County – Junior

GIRLS 2ND TEAM

Liz Hasenkamp – Centralia – Junior
Paige Doebele – Hanover – Sophomore
Ashley Joeseph – Frankfort – Senior
Brianna Boden – Wetmore – Senior
Courtney Heinen – Axtell – Sophomore
Jocelyn Marten – Onaga – Senior
Payton Leach – Doniphan West – Senior
Alanie Stock – Troy – Senior
Courtney Moore – Washington County – Sophomore
Ariana Martin – Frankfort – Senior

BOYS 1ST TEAM

Sam Steinlage – Centralia – Senior
Payton Heinen – Axtell – Senior
Charles Musil – Valley Heights – Senior
Wade Steinfort – Hanover – Senior
Brett Burdiek – Centralia – Senior
Dustin Rottinghaus – Baileyville B&B – Senior
Caleb Gelino – Clifton-Clyde – Senior
Lucas Adams – Frankfort – Senior
Josh Meyer – Linn – Senior
Derek Trimble – Valley Heights – Senior

BOYS 2ND TEAM

Andrew Bruna – Hanover – Sophomore
Austin Diederich – Hanover – Junior
Jarod Gronewoller – Onaga – Junior
Zach Rootring – Blue Valley – Senior
Gage Woodyard – Valley Heights – Junior
Collin Jasper – Troy – Junior
Kyle McGatlin – Washington County – Sophomore
Devin Rempe – Centralia – Senior
Kyle Shumaker – Wetmore – Senior
Jeremy Hoelscher – Wetmore – Junior

NCK All-Star Volleyball & Basketball Games To Be Held In Concordia

(CONCORDIA, KS) — Senior athletes from across North Central Kansas will be showcasing their volleyball and basketball talents in the 2014 NCK All-Star volleyball match and basketball games.

These athletes from all across the area will display their talents in Arley A. Bryant Gymnasium on the Concordia campus of Cloud County Community College. The volleyball match will be played Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. The basketball games will be played Sunday, March 30. The girl’s game tips off at 2 p.m. and the boy’s game will start at 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the games are $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students.

Athletes playing on the 2014 All-Star Volleyball teams include:

Coaches: Terra Keeten, Phillipsburg HS and Jayson Tynon, Marysville HS

Athletes: Caitlin Boden, Thunder Ridge HS; Mattison Dusin, Phillipsburg HS; Haley Falk, St John HS; Madysen Frantz, Phillipsburg HS; Courtney Geist, Abilene HS; Kelsey Hitch, Wamego HS; Ashley Kramer, Baileyville B&B HS; Lynzee Mace, Smith Center HS; Jocelyn Marten, Onaga HS; Brooke Peters, Salina Central HS; Mara Pounds, Minneapolis HS; Jaid Runft, Pike Valley HS; Laura Sudbeck, Baileyville B&B HS; Acacia Thalmann, Linn HS; Taylor Thompson, Abilene HS; McKenzie Turner, Wamego HS; Sydney Wedel, Minneapolis HS; and Tristin Wicks, Marysville HS.

Athletes playing on the 2014 Girl’s All-Star Basketball teams include:

Coaches: Geoff Andrews, Salina Central HS and Harold Oliver, Riley County HS

Athletes: Madi Carlgren, Salina Central HS; Colbie Decker, Smith Center HS; Abi Degenhardt, Marysville HS; Courtney Freed, Pike Valley HS; Megan James, Concordia HS; Shaelyn Martin, Salina Central HS; Haley Mayfield, Salina Central HS; MacKenzie Morris, Salina Central HS; Taylor Oliver, Riley County HS; Jacee Owens, Minneapolis HS; Brooke Peters, Salina Central HS; Jaid Runft, Pike Valley HS; Shania Steinike, Wilson HS; Laura Sudbeck, Baileyville B&B HS; Madison Vargo, Riley County HS; Tristin Wicks, Marysville HS; and Emily Wood, Salina Central HS.

Athletes playing on the 2014 Boy’s All-Star Basketball teams include:

Athletes: Connor Eilert, St. John’s-Beloit HS; Luke Eilert, St. John’s-Beloit HS; Jacob Frey, Sabetha HS; EJ Garnes, Wichita Southeast HS; Caleb Gelino, Clifton-Clyde HS; Hadley Gillum, Plainville HS; Grant Glaser, Ellsworth HS; Payton Heinen, Axtell HS; Grant Holmes, Concordia HS; Justice McKernan, Nemaha Valley HS; Sam Pahls, Beloit HS; Jesse Patrick, Abilene HS; Ryan Perkins, Southern Cloud-Miltonvale HS; Kaleb Pounds, Concordia HS; Gaven Schumann, Sabetha HS; Kade Spresser, Hoxie HS; Justin Stonebraker, Salina South HS; Payton Vetter, Beloit HS; Christian Wetter, Concordia HS; and Alex Yoxall, Minneapolis HS

All-Star Basketball Games Held In Smith Center

SMITH CENTER, KS (March 22)—Fans were treated to an outstanding boys contest at the 4th annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball games at Smith Center on Saturday, March 22.

It was a close game throughout, with the Mid-Continent League all stars holding a one point advantage at halftime 48-47 over the all stars of North Central Kansas. The game was tied 95-95 at the end of regulation, then the NCK squad outscored the MCL team 7 to 4 in overtime to win 102-99. The single team record was broken with the 102 points, as well as points by both teams with 201 points.

“This was an outstanding ball game,” said Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes. “The biggest lead of the contest by either team was 8 points as it was close throughout. There were some outstanding players on both teams and it was a shame one team had to lose.”

Concordia’s Grant Holmes set an individual scoring record with 32 points for the NCK team. Tristan Schwarz of Golden Plains added 18 and Beloit’s Payton Vetter 14. Also scoring were Hoxie’s Chase Kennedy with 8 points, Josh Meyer of Linn 7, Northern Valley’s Jordan Baird 6, Justin Underwood of Lakeside and St. John’s Beloit/Tipton’s Connor Eilert 5 points apiece, Kade Spresser of Hoxie 4, and St. John’s Beloit/Tipton’s Luke Eilert with 3.

NCK coaches were Lance Bergman of St. John’s Beloit/Tipton and Aaron Dardis of Hoxie.

Jordan Gottschalk of TMP led the MCL squad in scoring with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Trey Ellis of Phillipsburg 15, Hill City’s Shane Jones 13, Hadley Gillum of Plainville 12 and Oakley’s Austin Baalman with 10. Also scoring were Smith Center’s Taylor Zabel with 9, Darius Herl of Oakley and Smith Center’s Kody Molzahn 6 apiece, Plainville’s Logan Frederking 4 and Stockton’s Reed Stephens (who won the 3-point contest) with 2 points.

Stockton’s Tom Stephens and Joe Burgardt of Smith Center were the coaches of the MCL squad.

The North Central Kansas girls dominated their contest, winning over the Mid-Continent League 111-66. The 111 points was a single team scoring record.

“The MCL girls just couldn’t get their shots to fall offensively, and struggled defensively,” Hughes stated.

Osborne’s Jessica Prince led the NCK girls squad with 21 points, followed by Kellen Niewald of St. John’s Beloit/Tipton with 14, Pike Valley’s Courtney Freed 13, and Hoxie’s Kristina Farber, Brooke Hammond of Northern Valley, and Osborne’s Caitlyn Miller all with 10 points apiece. Concordia’s Megan James and Taylor Noel of Osborne added 9 points apiece, Gabi Spresser of Hoxie 8, and Jordan Christensen of Golden Plains 7.

NCK coaches included Parker Christensen of Golden Plains and Michael Wahlmaier of Concordia.

The MCL girls were led in scoring by Oakley’s Laura Dennis with 20 points, followed by Oakley teammate Brooke Ottley with 10. Trego’s Addie Zeman, Colbie Decker of Smith Center and Kenzie Hemmert of Oakley added 6 points apiece, Norton’s Bailey Ambrosier and Kaleigh Sonneson of Ellis 5 apiece, Phillipsburg’s Shania Wilkison 4 and Johnnye Ruder of Norton 3. Hill City’s Maegan Gosselin did not score but did win the 3-point contest.

George Rossi of Norton and Plainville’s Ron Wolf were the MCL coaches.

“These were a great group of kids and represented their schools and communities well,” Hughes stated. “We appreciate them giving up their time to participate, as well as the coaches. And to all the fans that turned out to support these athletes.”

“We want to thank USD 237 for use of their facilities, the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce for their support and furnishing the drinks, the SonShine Church for the concession stand, the Smith County Kiwanis Club and Smith Center Rotary Club for taking tickets, to the SCTV crew for filming the game for the DVDs that go to the athletes, the Smith County Bank for providing the noon meal, and Nick Linn and the SCHS IHT class for doing our programs,” Hughes added. “Also to all the volunteers that gave of their time to pull this event off as we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Sunflower Shootout was sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.

NCKL All-League Wrestling Teams Announced

The North Central Kansas League announced the 2013-2014 All-League wrestling teams.

2014 NCKL ALL LEAGUE WRESTLING

106 lbs
1st Team Logan McDowell-Abilene
HM Dylan Bloom-Wamego

113 lbs
1st Team Chris Deters-Marysville
HM Hunter Kiser-Abilene
HM Cole Larsen-Concordia

120 lbs
1st Team Zane Baugh-Abilene
HM Christian Perez-Marysville

126 lbs
1st Team Caysen Smith-Abilene
HM Dalton Carley-Wamego
HM Joe Smith-Marysville
HM Cameron Miller-Concordia

132 lbs
1st Team Dauson Whitely-Abilene
HM Hunter Mullin-Clay Center

138 lbs
1st Team Blake Anguiano-Abilene
HM Jacob Stryker-Marysville

145 lbs
1st Team Dylan Jones-Marysville
HM Seth Strauss-Abilene
HM Grady Ware-Clay Center

152 lbs
1st Team Jacob Mintzmyer-Marysville
HM Thomas Rickley-Clay Center

160 lbs
1st Team Josh Nelsen-Marysville
HM Gabe Ware-Clay Center
HM Stone Hayden-Chapman

170 lbs
1st Team Zack Witt-Chapman
HM Dave Luebcke-Marysville

182 lbs
1st Team Robert Walsh-Chapman

195 lbs
1st Team Blaise Lehman-Abilene
HM Zach Thurlow-Clay Center
HM Skyler Hittle-Concordia

220 lbs
1st Team Casey Hilton-Marysville
HM Kasey Feyh-Wamego
HM Kyle Marks-Concordia

285 lbs
1st Team Jason Zook-Chapman
HM Zac Romo-Concordia
HM Scott Kleinert-Marysville

All NCKL Basketball Teams Released

The North Central Kansas League today released the 2013-2014 All-League teams.

Girls 1st Team

Name – School
Tristen Leiszler – Concordia
Megan James – Concordia
Belle Barbieri – Abilene
Abi Degenhardt – Marysville
Macey Dieckmann – Clay Center
Macy Franson – Clay Center
Kaylee Page – Wamego
Lanie Page – Wamego
Allison Seufert – Wamego
Tristin Wicks – Marysville

Girls Honorable Mention
Jordan Eshbaugh – Concordia
Caitlyn Claussen – Wamego
Mackenzie Edmundson – Clay Center
McKenzie Funston – Abilene
Courtney Geist – Abilene
Rachel Heiman – Marysville
Lindsey Hurford – Chapman
Ally Kort – Marysville
Macey Langvardt – Chapman
Lorren Williams – Clay Center
Nichole Taylor – Abilene

Boys 1st Team

Name – School
Cooper Holmes – Concordia
Grant Holmes – Concordia
Kaleb Pounds – Concordia
Kyler Alderson – Wamego
Eil Miller – Wamego
Trenton York – Wamego
Keil Kelly – Abilene
Jesse Patrick – Abilene
Garrett Kort – Marysville
Lane Liby – Clay Center

Boys Honorable Mention

Name – School
Ethan Bechard – Concordia
Jared Ayers – Wamego
Tanner Hoekman – Abilene
Tanner Wright – Marysville
Logan Lexow – Chapman

 

Jeff Mittie Named New Kansas State Women’s Basketball Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, 15 postseason appearances, nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year honors in 22 years of coaching, has been named the ninth head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State, Athletics Director John Currie announced on Tuesday.

Mittie agreed to a five-year contract approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors and President Kirk Schulz. Mittie – who was selected after a national search by K-State’s search committee of Currie, Senior Women’s Administrator Jill Shields, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Be Stoney and Chief of Staff and Assistant Athletics Director of Administration Clint Dowdle – will be paid $375,000 in the first year of the deal with $25,000 annual increases each year remaining on the contract. He will also receive a $140,000 signing bonus.

“I want to thank President Schulz and Athletic Director Currie for giving me this opportunity. I think this is a great opportunity for Shanna and me and our family. It is a tremendous opportunity at a terrific institution that, I believe, in women’s basketball has proven that the fan base can get excited about. This was the youngest team in the Big 12 this year, so I am excited to work with the players. I am always excited about developing a team and that challenge. I think Kansas State and my family will be a really great fit. I am looking forward to getting recruiting started across the state of Kansas and developing those very important relationships.”

Mittie, 47, has achieved an overall record of 454-234 (.660) in his 22 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .660 career winning percentage ranks 45th among active Division I head coaches and 21st among active coaches with 20 or more years of experience.

Mittie has averaged 21 wins and 10 losses per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching. Fifteen times Mittie has advanced his teams to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments, in which he has a combined record of 15-13. Over the last 14 seasons, Mittie guided TCU to 13 winning seasons with 11 consecutive postseason appearances, including nine NCAA Tournament berths.

At TCU, Mittie compiled a 303-175 (.634) record while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Prior to Mittie’s arrival, TCU owned a 208-402 (.340) mark. He recorded his milestone 300th victory at TCU on Feb. 19 of the past season during a home win over Kansas State.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff, Shanna, Logan, Madison and Jordan Mittie to Manhattan and the K-State family,” Currie said. “Coach Mittie’s success as a head coach at three different institutions, Midwest background as well as his reputation as a top-notch recruiter make him the ideal fit to lead our women’s basketball program. We set out to find the very best basketball coach for K-State, whose personal values and integrity reflects those of our university and one that appreciates the unique opportunity of being part of our strong basketball tradition and commitment to championship performances, and we are confident that Jeff Mittie is that person. I look forward to the entire K-State Nation having the opportunity to get to know him and his family.”

Mittie has received a number of accolades during his coaching career including: 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year and 1994 and 1995 MIAA Coach of the Year. He has also led his programs to nine conference titles.

In addition to personal honors, Mittie has mentored several of his players who have reached the WNBA (Sandora Irvin and Adrianne Ross) or played overseas (Helena Sverrisdottir and Antoinette Thompson), been honored as an All-American, earned conference player of the year awards, all-league citations and academic all-conference awards. During his time with TCU, Mittie coached 10 of the 12 members of the school’s 1,000-point club and five of the nine members of the 500-rebound club.

Mittie’s success at TCU expanded his coaching tree, as a pair of his former assistants moved on to head coaching positions in Division I. Former assistants Larry Tidwell and Yolanda Wells-Broughton have moved into head coaching positions at Lamar and Texas Southern, respectively.

Prior to his tenure at TCU, Mittie pieced together a 75-42 (.641) mark in his four campaigns at Arkansas State, posting a pair of 20-win seasons and winning 17 or more contests in each of his four years with the Lady Indians. Twice his teams topped the Sun Belt Conference in grade point average as well.

Before taking over the Arkansas State program, Mittie fashioned a 76-17 (.817) mark in three years as head coach at Missouri Western. In 1995, Mittie guided the school to a remarkable 31-3 slate, which included a 15-1 conference record, and he led the club to the Division II Final Four. That squad finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and captured both the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships. For his efforts, he was tabbed league and district Coach of the Year, and was among eight finalists for the national honor.

Mittie garnered league Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career in 1994 when his Griffons posted a 29-3 overall and 16-0 league record and captured the MIAA regular-season title. His club also made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Before assuming the head coaching duties, Mittie served one season as assistant basketball and baseball coach at the school.

A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Mittie earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Missouri Western in 1989 and his master’s in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala., in 1992.

Mittie and his wife, Shanna, who is a native of Junction City, Kan., and a graduate of Chapman High School, are the proud parents of three children, daughters Logan and Madison and son Jordan.

Coaching Experience
Head Coach, Missouri Western (1992-95; 76-17, .817)
Head Coach, Arkansas State (1995-99; 75-42, .641)
Head Coach, TCU (1999-2014; 303-175, .634)
Head Coach, Kansas State (present)

Education
Bachelor’s in Sport Management, Missouri Western, 1989
Master’s in Sports Management, United States Sports Academy, 1992

Personal
Wife: Shanna
Children: daughters – Logan and Madison; son – Jordan