Author: Troy Coverdale

Troy returns to Manhattan after spending the last 20 years in Greeley, CO. He served as the "Voice of the UNC Bears" while serving as the news & sports director for a local station. Troy is a ' 93 K-State grad and grew up near Circleville.

Following a weekend in which the top 2 teams in the AP Top 25 suffered home losses, Kansas State has be installed as a one-seed in the latest CBS Sports “Bracketology”. Analyst Jerry Palm’s projections would place the Wildcats as the top seed in the East, a bracket that would also include coach Jerome Tang’s former employer, Baylor, former Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s Marquette team and soon-to-be Big 12 member Houston. Kansas would still be a one-seed, placed on the West bracket by Palm’s projections, which have Purdue as the number-one overall seed, followed by Alabama. Palm also has…

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This week’s recruiting notes for Kansas State football provide positives for the team’s offense going into the 2023 season. Wideout Phillip Brooks announced Tuesday that he will return for his sixth season of eligibility, providing a bridge from the 2022 corps to a group of young wide receivers expected to see time in the fall. Brooks finished the past season with 45 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns and will be the lone returning starter at the position. In his career he has 129 catches for 1,538 yards and nine touchdowns. Brooks coming back also means the Wildcats will…

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The bracket for the annual McPherson Boys Invitiational Tournament has Manhattan set for a Thursday night contest as part of a loaded field. The Indians will open with Shawnee Mission East as both enter the final part of this week with three losses thus far this season. Game time is at 6:30 next Thursday night, to be followed by McPherson taking on Wichita East. The other matchups will be Lawrence Free State opening with Olathe East followed by St. James Academy taking on Blue Valley West. The girls bracket for the following week’s tournament should be settled after next Tuesday’s…

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The latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association rankings released Tuesday continue to have two Pottawatomie County teams in the top 5 of the 4A Girls poll. Wamego remains number three, Rock Creek is slotted fifth in the class that continues to be lead by Bishop Miege, followed by McPherson. Manhattan High’s Friday night opponent, Washburn Rural, holds the fifth slot in 6A, with Blue Valley North atop the class. Former Centennial League foe Seaman is the top ranked team in 5A. Goodland leads 3A, Berean Academy is atop 2A and Little River and Hanover are the top teams in the split…

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Six of the Kansas City Chiefs opponents for the 2023 season are playoff teams from this year. While the dates for each game won’t be set until later this spring, the Chiefs already know that they’ll have matchups against fellow AFC division winners in Cincinnati and Buffalo. Kansas City dropped road games to both this season but will get return visits from both in 2023. Also on the schedule will be a home tilt against the NFC’s top seeded team this year, Philadelphia, and a road contest against the NFC North champion, Minnesota. The other playoff-bound teams from this season…

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Kansas State’s three-game run of wins over Top 25 teams has landed them just outside the Top 10, as the Wildcats are ranked for the first time in five seasons. The Cats jumped all the way to number 11 after clipping both Texas and Baylor last week on the road. Despite the loss to K-State, the Longhorns are ranked just ahead of the Wildcats at number 10, while Kansas has climbed to number two, just behind Houston. Iowa State also made a big move, jumping 11 spots to number 14, TCU checks in at number 17 after being unranked last…

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Maize High quarterback Avery Johnson, who signed with Kansas State in the early period, has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kansas. The high profile signal caller threw for 2,768 yards and 29 touchdowns with just three interceptions on 153-of-228 aim as a senior in addition to running for 817 yards and 15 scores on 98 carries. His Eagles finished as the 5A runners-up for a second straight season, falling to Mill Valley in the title game. The consensus top player in the state of Kansas for the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, ESPN,…

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Kansas State receiver Malik Knowles used an Instagram post Thursday to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. A senior with one year of eligibility remaining, he finished 2022 with 48 catches for 725 yards and two touchdowns. He had a year of eligibility remaining because of the COVID year granted by the NCAA. For his career, Knowles totaled 127 catches, 1,867 yards with 14 receiving touchdowns. He added 36 carries for 440 yards and four TD’s rushing. As a special teams performer, Knowles averaged 25.26 yards per kick return.

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With Saturday’s Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama marking the end of the season for Kansas State, another player has placed his name in the transfer portal. 6-foot-4 senior defensive end Cartez Crook-Jones is seeking a school to transfer to for his final year of eligibility. The Grandview, MO, native appeared in only eight games in his time in Manhattan to date, registering four tackles. Six players from the Wildcat program have entered the portal since November.

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The Kansas Shrine Bowl rosters for this summer’s game in Hays were released Sunday, with Manhattan’s Keenan Schartz and Jaxon Vikander plus Wamego’s Hayden Oviatt being selected. The Manhattan quarterback and linebacker were picked for a West team that will be coached by a staff that includes Indians head coach Joe Schartz as an assistant. Hays High coach Tony Crough will serve as that team’s head coach. Oviatt and his team’s head coach Weston Moody will again team up with the East team, as Moody was named to assist on a staff led by Blue Valley Northwest’s Clint Rider. Also…

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