The first signs of spring came to us courtesy of the tennis squad. But with the beginning of baseball and golf seasons, we’re really ready to start ignoring that obnoxious, dreams-of-spring crushing groundhog.
That’s right: Baseball! And not just pitchers and catchers stretching on the infield of some stadium in a perpetual summer state, but real, live competitive games. Games that count! K-State begins its season this weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with matches against South Alabama, Indiana and Coastal Carolina. A number of this season’s games will be broadcast on multiple platforms. Hint: sometimes that’s code for “Good luck finding a broadcast you can actually watch.” But KMAN will have you covered if you’re close enough to Manhattan.
The golfing guys are already in competition, teeing it up at the USA Individual Tournament at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. The men have fared well early, with three ‘Cats in the top-ten after the first round. Junior Jeremy Gandon was tied for 2nd after an even-par round of 71. Matthieu Caron and Trent Evans each shot 2-over 73, good for a sixth place tie. Four other K-State golfers were tied for 13th, at +3.
The field began the second round yesterday, but was unable to complete it due to darkness. Coach Grant Robbins reported that a few Wildcats were under par on their second rounds when play was suspended. Since this is an “individual” event, there are no team standings to report. Among the schools to send participants to the tournament are Florida State, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.
A spate of injuries ended Karyla Middlebrook’s playing career prematurely, but she has stayed on as a student assistant for Jeff Mittie’s squad. Middlebrook penned an article about her basketball journey that appears in today’s K-State Sports Extra with photos of the European trip, including an endearing one of teammate Kayla Goth carrying Middlebrook up a flight of stairs in Switzerland.
In a week that saw several K-State players announce their plans to transfer out of the program in search of playing time elsewhere, Coach Snyder has expressed his dismay with the transfer trend. In an irony not lost on Kellis Robinett, one of the biggest K-State football stories of the past few weeks has been the addition of receiver Hunter Rison, who the Wildcats obtained from Michigan State, via transfer.
Men’s basketball has a pivotal game against Oklahoma State tomorrow at 6:00. The women are off until Saturday, when they play at TCU. The start of spring sports also means hoops is winding down. Three weeks until league tournament. It’s go time.