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Slate: Hill Steps Down; Jaffery Holding Strong

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Big news out of baseball, and Connie Jaffery keeps herself in contention.

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Thank you, Coach Hill
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Baseball

While we were expecting, or hoping, this news to eventually come, it still took most of us by surprise. K-State head baseball coach Brad Hill has announced that at the conclusion of the season, his 15th in Manhattan, he will step down from his post. Hill’s time in Manhattan saw K-State baseball reach levels that no one thought possible, and his 2013 squad brought home the first conference title in baseball since 1933. The last five years have been a struggle, with the 2018 season set to be his worst as a head coach. But he hopes the team can go out with a bang, as there are still games remaining, including the final Big 12 series of the season this weekend against KU (Robinett, Eagle).

Hill will be remembered as a great coach, but there is no doubt that it is time for a change at Tointon Family Stadium. We at BotC wish Brad Hill the very best and offer a special thanks for what he did for K-State and K-State baseball. EMAW.

Golf

The final round of the 2018 NCAA Madison Regional begins this morning, and K-State golfer Connie Jaffery is currently sitting tied for 44th place at 3-over par 147 through 36 holes. Jaffery needs to finish in the Top 3 of the individual (non-team) golfers to advance to the NCAA Championship next weekend.

Track

Honors keep rolling in for K-State’s track stars. As announced Tuesday by the Big 12 Conference, senior A’Keyla Mitchell has earned her first-career Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor after setting a meet record 23.42 in the women’s 200 meters at the Ward Haylett Invitational on Senior Day.

Nina Schultz had a great performance at the Commonwealth Games back in April. And that performance has fueled her, helping her re-realize her passion for tack and field.

Other

K-State alum Eric Stonestreet was back in Kansas on Tuesday, and after stopping by the office of his favorite band program (Alicia Rogers, KSNT), he made more headlines after joining Twitter celebrity, and Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper, Ben Gardner for a ride-along as part of a seat-belt promotion for the Kansas Teen Traffic Safety Conference.