It’s a weird Monday here at BotC World Headquarters, with no major news at all to report. But we’ve dug up a few oddities involving former and future Wildcats to get your week off to a good start.
Jason Franchuk of the Albany Times-Union reports on the Tri-City ValleyCats comeback 6-5 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters on Sunday in short-season Class A action. Why do we care? Because in the eighth inning, as part of the comeback, former Wildcat Tyler Wolfe got his first hit since being promoted from Greeneville in the Appalachian League last week. The Astros promoted the shortstop after only 20 games in rookie ball.
A couple of stories touch on the upcoming Kansas Shrine Bowl. Rick Peterson of the Capital-Journal writes about two Topeka High stars who got late invitations: Washburn signee Jacob Anderson and K-State recruit Mike McCoy. Meanwhile, the Salina Journal’s Arne Green tells the story of McPherson offensive lineman Jake Nikkel, whose appearance in the Shrine Bowl will be the last football game of his career. Nikkel is also attending K-State, but he’s leaving football behind.
Lastly, Jack Nowlin of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune files a story from the Wyoming Coaches Foundation all-star volleyball game, where three teammates from Natrona County High played together for the last time. One of those three is Lauren Taubert, who’s headed to K-State — but she’s not coming to Manhattan to play volleyball. Instead, she’ll be under Cliff Rovelto’s wing, competing as a heptathlete.
That’s all we’ve got for you today. Sorry, no expansion talk to share, but really you should probably just enjoy the respite.