Hey, your ol’ pal Jon here. Today, we welcome a new face to the staff, and he’s one you may recognize. Tim Everson, the former sports editor at the Collegian before a brief stint doing the same at the Dodge City Daily Globe and a couple of years at the Iola Register, has joined the madness and will be contributing to the site. He’ll be handling the Friday Slate as well as some other duties. Give him a warm welcome by actually reading today’s Slate, eh?
Three times is the charm for senior defensive back Jahron McPherson on the national award stage as the senior picked up Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week award on Thursday after a stellar showing in Kansas State’s come-from-behind win over Oklahoma. McPherson registered an interception and forced fumble in the win along with a career high 11 tackles. The Jim Thorpe Award is given to the country’s top defensive back at the end of the season and was one of many accolades that Terrence Newman walked away with in 2002.
Coordinators Courtney Messingham and Joe Klanderman met with the media on Thursday to discuss last week’s win and the Wildcats return home versus Texas Tech on Saturday at 3 p.m. for Fort Riley Day.
The Volleycats rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat West Virginia in Morgantown on Thursday. K-State was led by freshmen Jayden Nembhard and Aliyah Carter who had 24 and 16 kills respectively and redshirt sophomore Abigail Archibong who had a career high 10 blocks in the win. The Volleycats will play another match versus the Mountaineers tonight.
Sunflower Showdown season is upon us as Mike Dibbini’s soccer squad will host the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks Friday at 7 p.m. The ‘Cats come into the match winless while Kansas is undefeated.
Another team taking on the Jayhawks on Friday is Tennis. K-State will travel to Lawrence for the KU Invitational to kick off the 2020 fall season. The Wildcats and Jayhawks will be joined by Iowa State for the three-day tournament. The Invitational will feature two rounds of doubles and a single match each day.
COVID-19 has forced the K-State Men’s Golf team to withdraw from the Big 12 Match Play Championship, thus ending the fall portion of their season. The Wildcats would have been the seventh-seed in the tournament. K-State will hit the links again in late February for the Hammock Creek Collegiate in Palm City, Fla.
The Cayman Islands Classic basketball tournament was canceled due to the NCAA moving back the start of the basketball season. The tournament, originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 23-25 ran afoul of the new season start date of Nov. 25. The field included K-State along with Oregon State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Northern Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Nevada and Western Kentucky.