SLATE: Passing of a Legend

Veryl Switzer

A constitution member of the Kansas State Athletics Corridor of Fame (1990) and Okay-State Soccer Ring of Honor (2002), former Wildcat halfback Veryl Switzer passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. Switzer, a local of Nicodemus, KS, joined the Wildcats in 1950 as the primary scholarship black soccer participant at each Okay-State and the Massive 7/8 convention. After serving to to interrupt the colour barrier within the Massive 7 convention, he went on to earn Second Crew All-American honors in 1951 at cornerback and in 1952 at operating again, earlier than capturing First Crew All-American honors in 1953 at operating again, turning into Okay-State’s first 3-time All-American.

He was chosen with the 4th-overall decide by the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the 1954 NFL Draft, and he nonetheless holds the mark for earliest choice. He performed simply two seasons for the Packers earlier than leaving skilled soccer to enter the U.S. Air Pressure as a primary lieutenant, the place he served for 2 years earlier than returning to soccer within the Canadian Soccer League for a 3 12 months run.

Switzer then moved out {of professional} soccer, spending a decade working for the Chicago Board of Schooling earlier than returning to Manhattan and Okay-State in an administrative capability, the place lots of the packages he helped begin as a part of Okay-State’s first university-wide pupil minority program are nonetheless lively right this moment.

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Soccer

Staying on the soccer facet of issues, the Wildcats are nonetheless within the operating for 2 future Sunflower State stars, with each quarterback Avery Johnson of Maize and operating again Dylan Edwards of Derby nonetheless retaining the Cats in consideration.

For Johnson, a 4-star QB who has earned affords from everywhere in the nation and has made the Elite 11 Finals as the most effective younger QBs within the nation, the Wildcats have remained constant throughout his process and are one of three schools (with Washington and Oregon) he’s “officially” visiting within the first a part of June earlier than he makes his ultimate resolution on the finish of the month. Johnson, as a junior, led Maize to the 5A state championship sport, and made a giant splash in the course of the season by upsetting eventual 6A state runner-up Derby. Johnson’s massive draw is Collin Klein, and naturally the previous Okay-State star’s promotion to offensive coordinator has solely helped the recruiting course of.

Edwards, a 3-star operating again who has additionally earned affords from everywhere in the nation, is a Okay-State legacy, and that has helped keep the Wildcats in the hunt against Oklahoma, in addition to a powerful push from Deon Sander’s NIL powerhouse Jackson State amongst others that whole a bunch of 10 that he posted as “finalists” on his social media. Whereas Johnson’s recruitment has been pretty straight-foward (as these items go), Edwards has been rather more mercurial. Within the early spring, it was thought that Edwards was a lock for OU, and would commit when supplied on a go to there. However he left Norman with out pledging to the Sooners, and continues to maintain his leanings near the vest regardless of stress from coaches and fanbases to decide. Dylan’s father Leon performed for Invoice Snyder from 1992-1994, the place he was additionally a teammate of recent OU head coach Brent Venables.

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Basketball

Jerome Tang continues to slowly add elements to the new-look Okay-State roster, signing Virginia Tech transfer forward David N’Guessan last week. N’Guessan (pronounced Guh-SAHN) performed two seasons for the Hokies, beginning in 2020, so has three years of eligibility remaining if he chooses to make use of his covid 12 months. He didn’t refill the state sheet for VaTech, however did play in all 36 video games final season, together with the Hokies run to win the ACC Event title. N’Guessan is a local of The Netherlands, however performed at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore earlier than heading to varsity. He turns into the sixth newcomer to Okay-State’s roster for the 2022-23 season, a roster that now sits at 8 scholarship athletes.

The Massive 12 Convention and the Kansas Metropolis Sports activities Fee have announced a two-year extension on the agreement to host the Big 12 Basketball Championships in Kansas Metropolis, MO, with the boys’s match persevering with to be hosted on the T-Cellular Heart and the ladies’s match on the venerable Municipal Auditorium. With the extension, the championships will stay in KC by means of at the least the completion of the 2027 season.

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Season tickets go on sale right this moment for each males’s and girls’s basketball, so get them earlier than they’re gone!

Monitor & Subject

The Wildcats head out to Eugene, OR this week for the 2022 NCAA Outside Championships with ten people and two relay groups to symbolize Okay-State. Eight of those individuals and both relays earned their spots by hitting qualifying marks at last week’s NCAA West Prelims. That whole consists of 5 girls (fifth-year seniors Tommi Hintnaus and Wurrie Njadoe, juniors Kassidy Johnson and Shalysa Wray, and freshman Velecia Williams) and three males (fifth-year seniors Tejaswin Shankar and Kyle Alcine, and sophomore Kade McCall), in addition to the boys’s and girls’s 4×400-meter relay groups. The opposite two got here from qualifying marks hit on the 2022 Massive 12 Championships, as freshman Emil Uhlin and junior Urte Bacianskaite certified for the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively. A number of faculties information had been set on the West Prelims, together with the boys’s 4×400 and girls’s 100m & 800m. #HighJumpU returned to the stage as properly, with Shankar tying for 1st within the occasion and Alcine only a height-mark behind.

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The 2022 NCAA Outside Monitor and Subject Championships will happen at Hayward Subject with the primary occasion being the 100-meters of the boys’s decathlon at 12:30pm PT/2:30pm CT on Wednesday (June 8). Many of the occasions needs to be obtainable on an ESPN platform.

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