We’re all kind of recovering from the third straight epic tussle with those traitorous land thieves from down south, and for good or ill we’ve got a whole two weeks to recover. The Cats are idle this weekend, which means we won’t be as busy.
But football isn’t everything. Sure, Arne Green at the Capital-Journal has a nice piece on Skylar Thompson’s return, but we’ve got other things to discuss.
Friday night, the 2021 class of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame was officially inducted, and it was a star-studded cast to be sure: Darren Sproles, David Allen, Jordy Nelson, Laurie Koehn, AJ Morris, Liz Wegner, Atilla Zsivocsky, Mike Wroblewski, and the Vanier family all got their purple jackets. In today’s Sports Extra, D. Scott Fritchen has some memorable quotes from the night, and there’s embedded video of the reception as well. Perhaps the neatest bits were Sproles saying that it was Allen who made him decide he was going to be a Wildcat, Nelson admitting that as a walk-on defensive back he tried to avoid being in Darren’s way on the practice field, and Deb Patterson making a return to Manhattan to present the purple jacket to Koehn.
Yes, Patterson’s departure left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, but it was absolutely proper for her to have the privilege of honoring Koehn.
Oklahoma may have won on the football field Saturday, but down in Norman it was a different story. The Wildcats (10-5, 1-3) got their first win of the Big 12 season in a four-match victory over the Sooners (7-8, 1-3), avenging their loss to the Sooners on Friday night. Oklahoma took the first set 25-19, but the Cats swept the next three 25-22, 25-19, 25-16 to take the match. Holly Bonde recorded her first 20-kill match with exactly 20, while Aliyah Carter added another 15.
Like the football team, the ladies are going to have a long wait until their next match. They’ll host West Virginia next Thursday and Friday night.
K-State’s men are tied for tenth in a twelve-team field after two days at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. hosted by Northern Illinois. The Wildcats are two strokes over par, 12 shots behind leaders Missouri. Tim Tillmans is tied for third with three other golfers at five under, just a stroke behind co-leaders Jack Parker of Missouri and Hunter Eichhorn of Marquette. Will Hopkins (+1), Luke O’Neill (+2), Nicklaus Mason (+4), Ethan Miller (+5) and Cooper Schultz (+6) round out the Wildcat placements on a closely-packed leaderboard. The final round begins at 9:30 this morning.