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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

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard – March 13

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Boys
Hayden 82, Independence 74
El Dorado 66, Basehor-Linwood 60
McPherson 53, KC Sumner 38
Paola 51, Winfield 48

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Boys
Andale 56, Iola 47
Eudora 48, Holton 32
Scott City 71, Pratt 52
Concordia 77, Girard 63

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Girls
Lyons 57, Riley County 49
Nemaha Valley 36, Caney Valley 32
Hesston 58, Douglass 34
Council Grove 58, Cimarron 53 OT

Class 2A At Manhattan
Boys
St. John 69, Washington County 42
Olpe 59, Hillsboro 42
Colgan 60, Valley Falls 57
Plainville 46, Meade 41

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Girls
Valley Heights 57, Victoria 48
St. Paul 49, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 60, Spearville 39
Osbourne 50, Centre 41

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
Girls
Bucklin 56, St. Johns-Tipton 49
Golden Plains 57, Wilson 37
Baileyville B&B 51, Attica 35
Dighton 47, Argonia 35

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard – March 12

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Girls
Miege 62, McPherson 45
Andover Central 58, Paola 50
Wamego 51, Mulvane 40
KC Piper 77, Coffeyville 70

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Girls
Burlington 40, Clay Center 34
Santa Fe Trail 46, Pratt 34
Frontenac 55, Wichita Trinity 46
Holton 53, Hugoton 41

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Boys
Beloit 52, Wellsville 46
Nemaha Valley 76, Holcomb 66
Hesston 61, Wichita Collegiate 53
Rock Creek 39, Riverton 37, end 3rd

Class 2A At Manhattan
Girls
Central Plains 47, Colgan 38
Meade 61, Olpe 49
Jefferson North 53, Hillsboro 50
Washington County 64, Ellis 44

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Boys
Marais des Cygnes Valley 54, Clifton-Clyde 45
Spearville 69, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 71, Hartford 43
Valley Heights 67, Macksville 51

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
Boys
St. Johns-Tipton 64, Northern Valley 39
Chetopa 65, Attica 49
Sharon Springs 60, Hutchinson Central Christian 46
Baileyville B&B 59, Fowler 44

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard Update – 7:50 PM

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Girls
Miege 62, McPherson 45
Andover Central 58, Paola 50
Wamego 29, Mulvane 22 – HALF
#4 KC Piper (19-3) vs. #5 Coffeyville (18-4), 8:15 p.m.

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Girls
Burlington 40, Clay Center 34
Santa Fe Trail 46, Pratt 34
#2 Frontenac (20-2) vs. #7 Wichita Trinity (14-8), 6:30 p.m.
#3 Hugoton (19-3) vs. #6 Holton (15-7), 8:15 p.m.

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Boys
Beloit 52, Wellsville 46
Nemaha Valley 76, Holcomb 66
Hesston 41, Wichita Collegiate 37, end 3rd
#4 Riverton (20-2) vs. #5 Rock Creek (20-3)

Class 2A At Manhattan
Girls
Central Plains 47, Colgan 38
Meade 61, Olpe 49
Hillsboro 38, Jefferson North 24, end 3rd
#3 Washington County (20-2) vs. #6 Ellis (19-4), 8:15 p.m.

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Boys
Marais des Cygnes Valley 54, Clifton-Clyde 45
Spearville 69, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 31, Hartford 21, halftime
#3 Valley Heights (21-2) vs. #6 Macksville (16-7), 8:15 p.m.

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
Boys
St. Johns-Tipton 64, Northern Valley 39
Chetopa 65, Attica 49
Sharon Springs 31, Hutchinson Central Christian 29, halftime
#3 Fowler (20-3) vs. #6 Baileyville B&B (17-7), 8:15 p.m.

Smith Center Hosting All-Star Basketball Game March 22nd

The Smith Center Recreation Commission will be hosting the 4th Annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball game on Saturday, March 22, at the Smith Center High School gym.

The games will feature senior all stars from the Mid-Continent League against a team of all stars from a 14-county area in North Central Kansas.

The girls game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. with the boys game set for 6:00.

There will also be 3-point contests at halftime of each game.

The Mid-Continent league girls roster includes Shania Wilkison, Phillipsburg; Brooke Ottley, Kenzie Hemmert & Laura Dennis, Oakley; Addie Zeman, Trego; Kaleigh Soneson, Ellis; Maegan Gosselin, Hill City; Johnnye Ruder & Bailey Ambrosier, Norton; and Colbie Decker, Smith Center. Coaches are George Rossi, Norton, and Ron Wolf, Plainville.

North Central Kansas girls are Jordan Christensen, Golden Plains; Courtney Freed, Pike Valley; Gabi Spresser & Kristina Farber, Hoxie; Taylor Noel, Jessica Princ & Caitlyn Miller, Osborne; Kellan Niewald, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Brooke Hammond, Northern Valley; and Megan James, Concordia. The coaches will be Parker Christensen, Golden Plains, and Michael Walhmeier, Concordia.

The Mid-Continent league boys team features Kody Molzahn & Taylor Zabel, Smith Center; Reed Stephens, Stockton; Logan Frederking & Hadley Gillum, Plainville; Austin Baalman & Darius Herl, Oakley; Shane Jones, Hill City; Trey Ellis, Phillipsburg; and Jordan Gottschalk, Thomas More Prep. Joe Burgardt of Smith Center and Tom Stephens, Stockton, will be the coaches.

The North Central Kansas boys squad includes Grant Holmes, Concordia; Josh Meyer, Linn; Payton Vetter, Beloit; Jordan Baird, Northern Valley; Connor Eilert & Luke Eilert, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Kade Spresser & Chase Kennedy, Hoxie; Tristan Schwarz, Golden Plains; and Justin Underwood, Lakeside. Coaches include Aaron Dardis, Hoxie, and Lance Bergmann, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton.

A few of the players invited were unable to participate due to prior commitments, but Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes said there was plenty of talent available to play.

“We have assembled some of the top high school basketball talent in the state for this event, and we are really excited about it,” said Hughes. “We are trying to make this an exciting and fun event for the players, and think the fans will enjoy the evening as well. Anyone who enjoys basketball will truly want to see this event.”

Admission for the event will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 to 12, and children 4 & under are free.

This event is sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.

Area Sending 9 High School Basketball Teams To State Tournaments

The sub-state basketball tournaments are complete, and teams are now heading to the KSHSAA State Championship Tournaments next week. Teams from across the KNDY AM & FM listening area, 9 in total, are headed to the big dance. Brackets, times and locations will be announced later in the week.

BOYS TEAMS

Clifton-Clyde Boys are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Osborne 68-59.

Baileyville B&B Boys are headed to 1A DII State, after defeating Axtell 40-38.

Nemaha Valley Boys are headed to 3A State, after defeating Sabetha 47-35.

Valley Heights Boys are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Centralia 42-41.

Washington County Boys are headed to 2A State, after defeating Republic Co. 56-49.

GIRLS TEAMS

Washington County Girls are headed to 2A State, after defeating Ell-Saline 46-36.

Valley Heights Girls are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Linn 57-42.

Baileyville B&B Girls are headed to 1A DII State, after defeating Axtell 40-38.

Nemaha Valley Girls are headed to 3A State, after defeating Marysville 36-33.

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Schedule Announced

The University of Kansas has earned the 2013-14 Big 12 men’s basketball regular-season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 12-15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. It marks the 14th outright or shared crown in 18 seasons for the Jayhawks, who have accomplished the feat 10 years in a row.

Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State are seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. Kansas State and West Virginia round out the teams with first-round byes and will be seeded No. 5 and No. 6. It marks the highest seed for the Sooners since they were No. 2 in 2009.   First-round games will be played on Wednesday with No. 8 Oklahoma State facing No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 7 Baylor playing No. 10 TCU.   Extensive video coverage of the entire Championship can be found via the Big 12 Digital Network at Big12Sports.com. The video available will include championship previews, highlights from every contest and exclusive live coverage of postgame press conferences. In addition, coverage of the championship trophy ceremony can be found on Saturday evening, March 15.   The entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be televised by the Big 12 Network, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Games will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN and/or ESPN Full Court.

2014 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sprint Center – Kansas City

Wednesday, March 12 Broadcast Outlets Time (CDT)
No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Texas Tech Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 TCU Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13
No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 5 Kansas State ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN3 – KNDY-AM 11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. OSU/TTU winner ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN3 – KNDY-FM 2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. BU/TCU winner Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 West Virginia Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14
Thursday Afternoon Winners Big 12 Network/ESPN3 or ESPNU/WatchESPN 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Winners Big 12 Network/ESPN3 or ESPNU/WatchESPN 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15
Semifinal Winners ESPN/WatchESPN 8:00 p.m.

Telecasts on the Big 12 Network are syndicated throughout Big 12 markets and beyond Semifinal games available in the conference footprint on Big 12 Network/ESPN3 and outside league markets on ESPNU/WatchESPN (online outlets subject to blackout) All games leading up to the final will also be available via ESPN FullCourt

Upcoming High School Basketball Broadcast Schedule

The cold days of February means the hot days of high school basketball are here. With conference and post-season titles in view, several area teams are doing what they can to get into the best position to win it all. KNDY AM & FM will broadcast select games throughout February, as listed below. All schedules are subject to change, and will be posted on our website. All games are simulcast on our website.

FRIDAY, FEB. 7
Frankfort at Blue Valley on FM 95.5
Marysville at Abilene on AM 1570/FM 94.1

TUESDAY, FEB. 11
Washington County at Valley Heights on FM 95.5
Marysville at Rock Creek on AM 1570/FM 94.1

FRIDAY, FEB. 14
Axtell at Baileyville B&B on FM 95.5
Marysville at Clay Center on AM 1570/FM 94.1

TUESDAY, FEB. 18
Kansas Jayhawk Basketball on FM 95.5
Marysville at Centralia on AM 1570/FM 94.1

FRIDAY, FEB. 21
Baileyville B&B at Valley Heights on FM 95.5
Chapman at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1

TUESDAY, FEB. 25
Centralia at Hanover on FM 95.5
Wamego at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1

KNDY AM & FM will also provide coverage of Sub-State Basketball March 3rd-8th.

2014 KSHSAA Oscar Stauffer Awards Announced

TOPEKA, Kan. – The KSHSAA is pleased to announce the selection of John Kurtz and Kyle McCaskey as the 2014 Oscar Stauffer Award recipients. Kurtz, Manhattan, has been dubbed the Sportscaster of the Year and McCaskey, Hutchinson, as the Sportswriter of the Year.

KMAN’s John Kurtz grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated from Blue Valley West High School in 2007. While attending Kansas State University, Kurtz served as the sports director of the student radio station and began his career at KMAN radio as an intern during his sophomore year. Kurtz provided play-by-play for K-State football, basketball and baseball games, as well as Junction City Generals baseball games in the summer while at the student station. Kurtz graduated from Kansas State in 2011 with a degree in Electronic Journalism from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Immediately after graduation, Kurtz joined the staff of KMAN full-time and was promoted to Sports Director in the summer of 2013. He co-hosts the afternoon drive show “The Game” Monday through Friday, in addition to the K-State pregame show “Powercat Gameday” before K-State football and basketball games. Kurtz is the play-by-play voice of Manhattan High School boys basketball and a high school football game of the week. He also fills in on K-State baseball broadcasts in the spring.

Sportswriter of the Year award winner, McCaskey of The Hutchinson News, is a graduate of Mulvane High School. McCaskey was inspired to follow his dream to become a sportswriter, to prove his skeptics wrong. McCaskey attended Wichita State University, where he received degrees in communications and journalism in 2010. As an undergrad, McCaskey worked for The Sunflower News as a sports writer, covering Wichita State athletics. Following graduation, McCaskey joined the staff of The Derby Informer as a writer covering high school sports for the first time, an assignment he grew to love. McCaskey became the sports editor as well as web news manager at The Informer, until 2012 when he became a news anchor, reporter, and digital content coordinator for KFDI News in Wichita. During his time with KFDI, McCaskey continued his work as a freelance journalist and photographer for CatchItKansas.com and Vype High School Sports Magazine in the Wichita area. Kyle has previously been recognized by the Kansas Press Association for his sports column, feature and headline writing.

Upon learning of his selection for this award, McCaskey said, “In my mind, maybe one percent of this award goes to me and the other ninety-nine percent to the student athletes I cover. I love my job because I get to see passionate young adults work tirelessly to strive for their goals, some attain them, and some don’t, but what matters is they tried. I would hope the athletes I cover know that it’s humbling they let me tell their stories, and if I can offer anything to thank them, I hope it is that my writing lets them know they have made an impression on me, and I hope all of them reach their potential.” Recently, McCaskey joined the staff at The Hutchinson News where he covers sports for local high schools as well as Hutchinson Community College.

Presented annually by the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Oscar Stauffer Awards recognize excellence in the fields of sports broadcasting and sports writing, and acknowledge meritorious service through coverage of interscholastic sports programs in Kansas. Sportscaster award applicants submit play-by-play tapes for evaluation. The Kansas Association of Broadcasters selects the honoree. Sportswriter nominations are submitted by the high schools of Kansas and the selection is made by a committee of the Kansas Coaches Association.

Twin Valley League Tournament Scoreboard & Schedule Update – Fri. Jan. 24

BOYS BRACKET | GIRLS BRACKET

BOYS SCORES – FRI. JAN. 24

Championship Bracket
Centralia 69, Linn 56
Hanover 44, Valley Heights 40

5th Place Bracket
Axtell 45, Baileyville B&B 32
Troy 58, Onaga 48

Consolation Pool
Washington County 56, Blue Valley 31

BOYS UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 25th (Championship Bracket)

Centralia vs. Hanover – 7:30 PM – Main Gym ~ FM 95.5 KNDY (Championship)
Valley Heights vs. Linn – 4:00 PM – Main Gym (3rd Place)

Saturday, Jan. 25th (5th Place Bracket)
Troy vs. Axtell – 2:30 PM – Main Gym (5th Place)
Baileyville B&B vs. Onaga – 2:30 PM – Second Gym (7th Place)

Saturday, Jan. 25th (Consolation Pool Games)
Frankfort vs. Doniphan West – 11:30 AM – Second Gym
Wetmore vs. Clifton-Clyde – 11:30 AM – Main Gym

GIRLS UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 25th (Championship Bracket)
Washington County vs. Valley Heights – 6:00 PM – Main Gym ~ FM 95.5 KNDY (Championship)
Axtell vs. Baileyville B&B – 4:00 PM – Second Gym (3rd Place)

Saturday, Jan. 25th (5th Place Bracket)
Linn vs. Centralia – 1:00 PM – Main Gym (5th Place)
Wetmore vs. Hanover – 1:00 PM – Second Gym (7th Place)

Saturday, Jan. 25th (Consolation Pool Games)
Onaga vs. Clifton-Clyde – 10 AM – Main Gym
Frankfort vs. Doniphan West – 10 AM – Second Gym