We'll get right to business today, as there's quite a lot of it.
K-State picked up three committments over the weekend: 6'4" 235 Rivals 2-star DE Daren Williams (East St John, Reserve, La.) flipped from Tulane, and 6'7" 315 , a 247 composite 3-star from El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla via Grossmont (Calif.) CC, chose the 'Cats over Arizona State, Arkansas, and some others. Finally, 6'5" 210 Harrisonville (MO) QB Zach Davidson will be walking on this fall. Davidson doesn't have a ranking yet.
The Wildcats also officially offered the Davis twins, 6'2" 260 defensive ends from Blue Springs, for 2015. Carlos is a 247 composite 4-star, while Khalil is a 3. They're leaning Nebraska, but the lure of joining their year-older buddies may overcome that.
Recaps of the Iowa State loss from Kellis Robinett at the Star, Ken Corbitt at the Cap-Journal, and from our pal CyHawk over at WRNL. Also, Kellis's post-game notebook, and Corbitt had some post-game thoughts too.
The two-game skid has caused commentary from all quarters. Kevin Haskin dissects the loss, Bob Lutz says not to let the immediate doldrums overshadow future promise, and Blair Kerkhoff says the 'Cats need to avoid falling into a nosedive. Luckily for K-State, this week would seem to be the perfect remedy.
K-State drops two spots in David Ubben's Big 12 Power Rankings, but they're still ahead of Oklahoma and Baylor.
Ugh. After beating the Beakers 21 out of 23 times, the Lady Cats are now riding a three-game losing streak against the Flaw.
The Wildcats took the field together on Friday for the first time as spring practice opened.
At the ITA Kickoff in Athens, Ga., K-State split the weekend. On Friday, the Wildcats went 2-3 in singles matches with Arkansas, and gave over the doubles point as they dropped two of three matches. The sixth singles match was not completed, although K-State's Amina St. Hill was leading 6-1/4-5. The 'Cats lost the match 4-2.
On Saturday, K-State picked up a long, drawn-out win over Elon. The 'Cats took the first two doubles matches to secure the point (so the third one wasn't played). The two teams split the singles, with St. Hill securing the win with a 6-4/5-7/1-0 win over Taylor Casey.
Petra Niedermayerova won all four matches she played over the weekend; both singles, and both doubles with partner Palma Juhasz.
K-State again rolled at the K-State Invitational. The men destroyed UMKC 88-47, while the women dispatched UMKC 90-48 and Nebraska-Omana 87-53. Erica Twiss once again set a personal best in the 60m hurdles, and the meet record, with an 8.33. Sonia Gaskin also claimed a meet record with a 2.08.60 800m. The Wildcats won 17 of the 33 events, including Carlos Rodriguez sweeping the men's sprints -- notable because Jeffery Julmis was still hanging around for training purposes, but only finished third in the 60m. (Julmis did win the 60m hurdles, though.)
The Week Ahead:
Tuesday night at 7pm, the men take on Texas Tech at Bramlage. The women host Oklahoma at 7pm on Wednesday.
Friday afternoon, Northern Iowa comes to town for tennis, 1pm at the Tennis Center. Liberty drops by for a visit on Saturday, also at 1pm. On both Friday and Saturday, the track team will be in Ames for the Bill Bergan Invitational.
Shorly before that, the men will tipoff in Morgantown at 12:30pm against West Virginia. The women are in action that night in Ames, facing Iowa State at 8pm.