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Volleyball, Soccer, Football and Track. Four sports that aren’t actively leading me to drink.

NCAA Football: Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman proved Saturday that he has an edge that K-State desperately needs in order to consistently compete on the big stage. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Track and Field

After keeping in the state of Kansas for most of the indoor season, K-State track is getting a jump in competetion by heading to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Arkansas Qualifier. Host Arkansas has one of the top programs in the country with their women ranked No. 1 and the men ranked No. 2. The meet will be a good indication of how good the Cats are, especially with the K-State men ranked 21st in the country.

Soccer

Soccer season is not quite over yet. The Wildcats will finish off their record-setting 2020 season with four non-conference games and two exhibitions. Kansas State will do a home-and-home with Kansas on March 6 (home) and 13 (Lawrence) before returning home on the 20th to play an inter-squad scrimmage. On the 28th they’ll travel to Columbia to take on Mizzou before returning home a final time to play Iowa State on April 10th. They’ll wrap up their spring slate on the 17th by traveling to play Oklahoma for a exhibition.

K-State will return multiple players from the fall including senior star Brookelynn Entz and they will add three transfers from teams who either opted out of the 2020-21 season as a whole or just decided to play a spring season in sophomore Aliyah El-Naggar (Ohio State), freshman Jael Larson (Arizona State) and junior Kursten Von Klahr (North Carolina State).

Volleyball

The VolleyCats are ready to return to the court after a very strong fall, poised to make a run into the postseason. K-State Sports Extra’s Austin Siegel did a really nice run-down of how Suzie Fritz and her team are preparing to hopefully continue their fall sucess and leverage that into their first postseason appearance since 2016.

Football

Lastly, football head coach Chris Klieman sat down (over Zoom) with media members on Wednesday for the first time since the end of the early signing period to discuss a wide-ranging list of topics including the recent transfer portal additions and a small but notable staff shift. Offensive Coordinator and Tight-Ends and Fullbacks coach Courtney Messingham will be taking over control of the wide recievers while assistant coach Jason Ray will be taking the tight ends and fullbacks. This shift comes after a season of less than stellar offensive returns for the Wildcats especially in the passing game. K-State Sports Extra ran down a little notebook on what else was discussed by Klieman.