Category Archives: K-STATE

Mason Schoen has accomplished all his Kansas State goals

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When looking at the bio for Mason Schoen on the Kansas State men’s basketball web site, don’t look for the typical stats for a guard, like points, assists or steals.

Instead, look at the accolades he’s earned and you’ll learn all you need to know about Mason Schoen, the senior from Blue Valley Northwest High School.

He’s been on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester through his first three seasons, and was a National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court recipient and a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection last season.

Mason Schoen has already graduated with a degree in finance, and is close to a second degree in marketing. He’s working toward his MBA.

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

Will Geary plays close to the ground as anchor of KSU defense

At 6-feet, 290 pounds, Will Geary looks like a college defensive tackle straight out of central casting.

Long-known as the strongest Kansas State player, Geary defers, claiming back-up tackle Raymond Price should get that label. But he will give in a little, saying, “Okay, maybe on some lists (I am).”

His weight-room numbers are staggering. He says his best bench press is “about 410 right now.” His best squat is about 630 pounds, and his best clean is 395.

The burly senior anchors the middle of the defensive line and pretty much goes unnoticed. He’s fine with that. Some of it comes with the territory of being a defensive tackle, and some of it is the low-key personality of Geary.

Fast-rising Wildcat Dalton Schoen has moved quickly up the receiver depth chart

Third-year mechanical engineering Kansas State student Dalton Schoen is a smart young man.

Dalton Schoen is a walk-on receiver from Overland Park with deceptive speed. At 6-2, 208 pounds, he might remind some long-time K-State fans of another big receiver from a decade ago. But he wouldn’t go there when asked to compare himself to Jordy Nelson, the former walk-on from Riley County.

“It’s impossible to compare myself to someone like that,” Schoen said.

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them:

Kansas State should contend for Big 12 Football Championship + optimism high for better Days at Kansas and Missouri

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One has high aspirations, another is hoping to continue recent moderate progress and the third is hoping to make a quick turnaround from recent failures. That’s the story line for the area’s Division I football programs.

Kansas State’s football program is dreaming of a landmark season, with the goal of bringing home the league crown. The Kansas football program has only won two games the last two seasons, and 14 over the last seven campaigns, but there’s optimism in Lawrence that hasn’t been there in several years. Missouri’s football program is hoping a 4-8 season in 2016, in coach Barry Odom’s first season, is an aberration, not the start of a trend.

Countdown: Top 5 NBA players drafted from Kansas State University

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As we continue looking at some of the best NBA players to come from our local schools, we now look at the best to come from the Little Apple. While Kansas State hasn’t had a continuously consistent basketball program, they still have found success, making 29 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Final Fours, and have been named 44th on the Associated Press’s All-Time Poll. Through the years the Wildcats have had some talented players that had great NBA careers, including a hall-of-famer. And as we get closer to the NBA Draft, we look at the best NBA players from Kansas State, based on their NBA success.

KU, K-State and Mizzou all make the Associated Press All-Time Top 100 poll

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MARCH 2017 – The Associated Press just released their All-Time Top 100 poll and, good news for everyone, the Jayhawks, Tigers and Wildcats all cracked into the top half of the list!

Ever since January of 1949, the AP releases their poll of the top teams of the country each week, having different sized polls over the years, from 20 to 10 to the current 25. Being on the poll is a sought-after spot to show the rest of the country you are one of the best in the country and where you are on the poll can even affect the seed you receive for the NCAA Tournament.

Best Sports Moments: Kansas City Sports’ Top 5 of 2016

JANUARY 2017 – With another year in the books, we wanted to take a look back at the best sports moments of 2016… and see what made last year so great. Some of our teams didn’t quite live up to expectations or make the postseason run we wanted, but they filled the past year with some great moments. As we start into the new year, let’s take a look back at the 5 best of 2016.

Elijah Lee is leading the Wildcats defense by example

NOVEMBER 2016 – When Elijah Lee arrived at Kansas State as a freshman two seasons ago, his goal was to just fit in. It’s amazing how leading the team in tackles can help a guy feel like he belongs.

“When I first got here I wasn’t sure of my abilities,” Lee said. “But after a hard summer and some big gains in the weight room, I gained more and more conference.