Top Ten Kansas State Sports Highlights from 2016


Another new year has arrived and will be gone before we know it. 2016 was a great year for Kansas State Wildcat sports fans.

What are you favorite moments from 2016? Kansas State accomplished a lot on and off the field. We’ve compiled a few of the highlights.

On December 28, the Kansas State Wildcats rolled to a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.

In early December,  in a 70-57 road win over Omaha, Kansas State Women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie earned his 500th victory in 25 seasons as a college head coach.

On November 26, Wildcat football coach Bill Snyder became the 26th coach to achieve 200 wins and the sixth to do so spending his career at one school.

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On October 8, Kansas State outscored Texas Tech, 44-38, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in front of 51,540 fans. The win was K-State’s 100th Big 12 win all-time and coach Snyder’s 300 game as head coach.

Also in October, former Kansas State track and field national champion and two-time Olympian Erik Kynard, Jr., was named a Wildcat assistant track and field coach.

In mid August, the Kansas State men’s basketball team won the first game of their exhibition tour of Italy as sophomores Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes combined for 33 points in a 97-80 victory over BC Silute at the Stella Azzurra Sports Complex.

In April,  four former Kansas State football players – place kicker Jack Cantele, fullback Glenn Gronkowski, offensive lineman Luke Hayes and wide receiver Stanton Weber – were among a record 868 players to be named members of the 2016 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, according to the NFF.

Also in April, Kansas State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors announced Athletic Director John Currie agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2022 academic year.

In March two-time Wildcat All-American basketball player Bob Boozer was among eight individuals named to the 11th class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium was one of five facilities nationwide and two from intercollegiate athletics to be named a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year Award.

2017 is expected to be as good or even better in Manhattan.