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Volleyball, track, and football headline your Thursday, plus baseball tonight.

Never forget. Honor the fight. Greg Woods

Previously

Yesterday, Jon dropped in with the news that K-State freshman Elle Sandbothe was named to the Team USA U-20 volleyball squad. A middle blocker for Suzie Fritz’s VolleyCat squad, Sandbothe was named the the 2016 Big 12 All-Freshman team after her stellar first season in Manhattan.

In case you missed it live, Gracey was on ESPN Emporia 99.5 on Wednesday and she posted the link to the weekly discussion.

Track

Another K-State freshman is tearing things up in her first season in Manhattan, and for freshman Nina Schultz that mostly means records. After setting a new Canadian U20 national record and recording the program’s fourth-highest point total (6,021) at the Jim Click Combined Events, the Kansas State freshman was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week Wednesday. As much as K-State has cemented it’s status as #HighJumpU, it is becoming pretty easy to call us #HeptathlonU as well.

Football

With the Spring Game just over a week away, football news is really heating back up. Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle spoke with Wichita-native Denzel Goolsby about how the sophomore is doing in his transition from receiver to safety...as well as Goolsby potential to take one of the vacated starting spots. Over at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Ken Corbitt stays on the defensive side of the ball and has a profile on the quickening rise of JUCO transfer LB Da’Quan Patton, who is making quite the impression with teammates and coaches.

Basketball

Corbitt also gets his two-cents in on Wesley Iwundu’s rise up NBA draft boards, as well as D.J. Johnson’s potential in the NFL.

Baseball

Due to the Easter holiday this Sunday, K-State baseball’s home series this weekend with #6 Texas Tech will begin tonight, Thursday, at 6:30pm at Tointon Family Stadium instead of the usual Friday start to the series. Starting on the mound for the Wildcats will be junior Justin Heskett, who is currently 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA. Heskett pitched a gem in his last home start, pitching seven scoreless innings against TCU two weeks ago, and giving up just three runs in six innings in the Wildcats 10-4 victory last weekend in Stillwater. Tonight’s game should be available to Kansas residents on Cox Channel Kansas, as well as streaming on ESPN3 (likely blacked-out in Kansas) and on K-StateHD.TV. The Cats are still waiting on the bats to wake up in the middle part of the season, the 10-run outburst against the Pokes not-withstanding, since they went to sleep at the beginning of Big 12 play.