Per a staff report in the Star, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2016 yesterday, and K-State is well-represented. On October 2 at the Wichita Boathouse, 12 people will be inducted, with former Wildcats safety Jaime Mendez and Lithuanian Olympian heptathlete Austra Skujyte highlighting the selections for K-State. The late Steve Anson is also being honored, although the honor is arguably more for his service as Washburn's head baseball coach than for his admittedly stellar collegiate career in Manhattan. Perhaps most likely to kick you in the feels, though, is the pending induction of the newest member of the K-State family. Associate Athletic Director Jerry Kill will be part of the class.
Other inductees include a bunch of KU folks, most notably Bob Davis (who is absolutely deserving of the honor, regardless of how we might feel about him here). Former Jayhawk and NBA star Bill Bridges also got the nod. George Sweatt, a former Pittsburg State standout who went on to play in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs, will also be inducted.
Bracketcat resurfaced with #86 on the countdown, wideout Isaiah Harris. Also, Luke and your benevolent despot considered the possibility of Missouri returning to the Big 12 in the latest installment of EXPANSIONPALOOZA.
Day Two of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene saw K-State's women get on the board. They're currently in eighth place with eight points, all courtesy of Sara Savatovic. The Serbian senior finished in second place in the hammer throw, earning first-team All-American honors in the process.
Second-team honors went to K-State's other hammer thrower, junior Janee' Kassanavoid, as well as senior putter of the shot Dani Winters. Ranae McKenzie (400m hurdles) and the women's 4x400 team of Sonia Gaskin, McKenzie, Keiteyana Parks, and Savatovic's roommate Tia' Gamble, earned Honorable Mention; both McKenzie and the relay team finished in 23rd place overall.
Today, Akela Jones will begin to try and repeat as NCAA heptathlon champion.
Bruce Weber will take the Wildcats on a 10-day spin through Italy and Switzerland in August, with five games lined up. The competition includes two Lithuanian squads, one team each from Italy and Switzerland, and the Kosovo National team.
Set your calendar for June 19, when there will be a meet-and-greet with the women’s basketball team at Bramlage.
Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy, which is of course relevant because that means Deadspin is spinning toward death.
Finally, some sad (but not too sad) news to report. Today’s K-State Sports Extra is a goodbye from Kelly McHugh-Stewart, who’s moving to New York. Kelly held the reins at SE for three years, doing a lot of great work, and we wish her the best.