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Kansas State women now 8-1, track sweeps K-State Winter Invitational, another honor for Morgan Burns

And this weekend, football ends for everyone outside Division I.

Kindred Wesemann and the Wildcats are now 8-1 with two more tune-ups before Iowa State.
Kindred Wesemann and the Wildcats are now 8-1 with two more tune-ups before Iowa State.
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They'll never admit it, but the NCAA had a dream come true Saturday afternoon. Northwest Missouri State handed West Georgia a 38-23 defeat in the Division II semifinals, which means they'll take on Shepherd at 3pm CT this Saturday... at Children's Mercy Park (aka Sporting Park) in Kansas City, less than an hour from the Bearcats' campus.

The game managed to draw almost 7,000 souls last year when it featured Colorado State-Pueblo and Minnesota State-Mankato. With an MIAA team in the final, that figure will get blown away; only once during the championship's long tenure at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence did it fail to draw over 10,000 fans when an Alabama team was involved.

So if you've got nothing better to do Saturday, head on over to Sporting KC's digs and cheer on the Bearcats. (Or, if you're a good Pitt State, Washburn, Emporia, Fort Hays, or UCM fan, cheer on Shepherd...)

Two other divisions also wrap things up this weekend. Friday night, the Division III championship will be settled in a rematch -- but not the one we're all used to, as that one happened in the semifinals this year. Mount Union stomped arch-rivals Wisconsin-Whitewater to earn a trip to Salem, Virginia. They'll take on Saint Thomas (MN), who easily dispatched Linfield. It's a rematch of the 2012 title game, the only other time in the last 11 years that Mount Union hasn't played Whitewater for the championship.

On Saturday at 5pm in Daytona Beach, there's another rematch: Southern Oregon will try to repeat as NAIA champions by once again beating Marian (IN). The Raiders prevailed 55-31 over the Knights in last year's title game.

Also this weekend: the FCS semifinals, pitting North Dakota State against Richmond on Frida and Jacksonville State against Sam Houston State on Saturday. And, of course, the bowl season also kicks off on Saturday with a pack of minor contests.

It's the best time of the year.

We have things to cover in the absence of the Slate yesterday. Saturday, the Wildcats dropped a rough one in College Station. K-State fought back three separate times from huge deficits, although only once did they actually fight back into a tie. Still, it was a good show of effort, and Eric had all the details for you.

JT provided all your news yesterday. First, K-State landed a commitment from Lufkin, Tex. three-star defensive end Bronson Massie. As noted by JT, Massie was worth a profile and interview on Scout following the commit, and they even put together a hype video, which we were going to embed for you here but their embed link is wrong.

JT also alerted us to yesterday's rout of Florida Atlantic by the Wildcat women, who won 102-53 behind 19 from Kindred Wesemann. Megan Deines had 11, while Bre Lewis checked in with 14... as did Nene Taylor, coming in off the bench with a great performance. All 14 Wildcats scored at least once. Next up: Sam Houston State on Saturday at Bramlage, which will take place after the Bearkats football team know whether they're headed to Frisco on January 2. It could be a sad Saturday night in Huntsville.

Morgan Burns has picked up another honor, being named second-team All-American by the AP. Kellis Robinett has more. For those keeping track of the chase for consensus honors, Christian McCaffrey and Evan Berry have three points each, while Burns has two. The Wildcat will need a couple of first-team selections out of the remaining group of the FWAA, AFCA, and Sporting News to get over the hump.

The editorial board at the Capital-Journal -- as in, the official opinion of the paper as a whole, not some sportswriter -- offered an official congratulations from the paper to Bill Snyder, and indicate that even Jayhawks should be proud of him.

Sean Cordy, a Baylor guy writing for Today's U, thinks K-State is a sensible destination for Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight.

More on the Wildcats' loss to A&M:

Ken Corbitt says D.J. Johnson is finally getting back on schedule.

Emilio Rivera at the Capital-Journal reports on the big Wildcat win Sunday, while Brendan Feeney at the FAU University Press bemoans the same.

K-State's men and women both won the team scoring at the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday at Ahearn, outpointing Oklahoma State and Nebraska-Omaha in a meet also including unattached invitees. K-State took first place in the women's 300m (Tia' Gamble, with Keitayana Parks second), 60m hurdles (Akela Jones), 4x400 relay (Ranae McKenzie, Jones, A'Keyla Mitchell, and Gamble), high jump (Rhizlane Siba, with Rachel Proteau second), pole vault (Megan Vanderpool, with Erin Smith second and Kristen Petry third), long jump (Alyssa Kelly), weight throw (Janee' Kassanavoid). Dani Winters was second in the shot, but finished only behind unattached Brittany Smith and thus beating the collegiate competition. Former Wildcat Erica Twiss was in the house, finishing second to Jones in the long jump.

Another former Wildcat won both the men's 60m and 300m, as Carlos Rodriguez nipped current Wildcat Terrell Smith by .01 seconds in the former and beat Wildcat Devie Freeman by over half a second in the latter. Kain Ellis "won" the mile (he was the only entrant). The men also took the 4x400 relay (Kevin Jantsch, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, Smith, and Freeman), the high jump (Miles Bearden), shot put (Brett Neelly, with Tyler Merkley second), and swept the weight throw (Brady Grunder, Mitch Dixon, and Merkley). Zack Supple was fourth in the pole vault behind three unattached competitors.

With their first competition of the indoor season under their belts, the Wildcat tracksters take a break until January 9, when they'll host the Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn.