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SLATE: Jaffrey Turns in Solid First Round at NCAA Regionals

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And other odds and ends from K-State Sports

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K-State golfer Connie Jaffrey rose from her sickbed to shoot even par Monday in Madison
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Women’s Golf

On Sunday K-State golfer Connie Jaffrey was too sick to play her practice round at the NCAA regional at Madison, Wisconsin. No matter. She started hot on a course she had never seen, carded two early birdies and finished at even par, good for 18th in the field. It was a gutsy performance, considering she felt so bad a day earlier that she did not expect to be able to play at all. The second round is underway, with Jaffrey even through seven holes. You can monitor her progress on the tournament leaderboard.

Football

2018 is shaping up as the year of the quarterback battle in the Big 12. We are aware of our own situation, with both Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson capable of leading a solid offensive attack. Barry Tramel at NewsOK reports that OU will be deciding between Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall, and that the Major League Baseball draft could be a factor if Murray is selected high enough. Oklahoma State will be deciding among a former walk-on, a Hawaii transfer and a heralded freshman. Three schools—West Virginia (Will Grier), Iowa State (Kyle Kempt) and TCU (Shawn Robinson) are settled at the position. Everyone else is unsettled, with Kansas again appearing to have the fewest desirable options.

Superstar alumnus Darren Sproles will return from injury to play for the Philadelphia Eagles as he tries to reach career milestones. Was there really any doubt the Tank would return?

Men’s Basketball

Because preseason Top 25 guesses make for easy content, Rob Dauster at NBC Sports has published another, tabbing K-State 9th. He likes Bruce’s “tough-minded, playmaking guards” and notes that most of the nation’s college basketball fans have hardly seen the squad’s best player, Dean Wade, play.

Of course, it would help the K-State cause immensely if KU’s Udoka Azubuike and West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate decide to remain in the NBA draft. Putting rivalries aside, we wish both of them the best of fortune ahead of the May 30 deadline to withdraw their names and return to school. No ulterior motives. We promise. Both are considered fringe prospects whose decision may come down to the wire.

Rowing

Fresh off their defeat of the downriver rivals, K-State’s rowing crew is excited about the opportunity to make some noise at the Big 12 Championship this weekend at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Distinguished K-Staters

As part of its ongoing 65th anniversary celebration, WIBW remembered long-time K-State and current Nebraska play-by-play guy Greg Sharpe. Sharpe was in Manhattan recently to call a baseball game between the Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

We are all aware of Eric Stonestreet’s generosity and unwavering support of K-State. But did you know he also funds an initiative to promote seat belt safety? WIBW covered Eric’s day of hanging out with Trooper Ben.