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Today is the holiest of days on the K-State calendar — it’s Bill Snyder’s birthday. Happy 81st birthday, Coach, we hope you are enjoying your retirement!
Luke Thompson dropped this week’s edition of Bring on the PodCats (which he had to host by himself because I had a brain fart and completely left him hanging) which features Frogs O’ War managing editor Melissa Triebwasser as they discussed the upcoming Purple Clash and other Big 12 goings-on.
K-State baseball has announced their schedule for their annual Fall World Series event, which includes three scrimmages to end the week, with their “Shave for the Brave” event to support children’s cancer research to follow the conclusion of Saturday’s game. The Cats will play games on Thursday and 3pm, Friday at 6pm, and Saturday at noon. Admission is free to all three games, however seating at Tointon Family Stadium has been limited to 25% capacity (approximately 400).
We got a ray of sunshine at Tuesday’s press conference, as coach Chris Klieman indicated that Skylar Thompson, who left Saturday’s win over Texas Tech before halftime with a right shoulder/arm injury, took “mental reps” on Monday and could potentially see some live-action reps later in the week. Now, this could potentially be some gamesmanship from the Wildcats skipper, but either way it’s a positive message that Skylar’s injury wasn’t as bad as it originally appeared. Briley Moore, Noah Johnson, and Wyatt Hubert joined Klieman for the press conference, with Moore dumping a bunch of quotes that will be used on the recruiting trail, and Hubert addressing (very positively) Coach Klieman’s recent extension.
K-State Sports has their weekly look at Wildcats in the NFL, and today’s highlight is the positive note that D.J. Reed will be able to return soon after a pectoral injury got him placed on injured reserve to start the season.
The SoccerCats are on the road this week to Austin to face the Longhorns on Friday evening. The Cats are 0-3-0 on the season, while Texas sits at just 1-3-0, and if last year’s 1-0 win by Texas is any indication, this is a game the Wildcats could potentially add to the win column. If you have it, you can watch the match on the Longhorn Network, otherwise you’ll be stuck listening to the radio stream via 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan or online at kstatesports.com.
After sweeping the Mountaineers this past weekend, the VolleyCats have earned a pair of weekly awards from the Big 12 office as Abigail Archibong was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week while Jayden Nembhard was tabbed Big 12 Rookie of the Week. Archibong’s 10 total blocks in the Thursday match were a career high, and also the first time a Wildcat has had double-digit blocks since 2018.