the vanier football complex topping out ceremony

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The Vanier Football Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers watch the topping out ceremony on March 26, 2015.

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K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder signs the top beam on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers attach the final beams on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers attach the final beams on March 26, 2015.

K-State Athletics held a topping out ceremony for the new Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 26, 2015.

The event signaled the completion of the structural steel frame of the building. Now, construction crews can begin work on the interior and the exterior finishes.

The facility will be 132,000 square feet of space for student-athletes and coaches.

A strength and conditioning center will feature new exercise equipment and a plyometric ramp in addition to new sports medicine and hydrotherapy pools.

A team theater, a centrally located locker room, lounge spaces and meeting rooms will be added to the new facility. The entire top floor will be dedicated to the football program including a private balcony outside of the coaches’ offices.

K-State’s student-athletes can study in the new Academic Learning Center.

The new Vanier Complex will improve the game day experience for fans seated in the north end zone with better sightlines and direct stadium access. A four-story atrium will offer a memorable first impression and be accessible from all levels.

The facility was designed by Populous and built by Mortenson and GE Johnson Construction. It cost $65 million and will be completed before the 2015-16 season.

-scott weaver

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the 2015 big 12 women’s basketball championship

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West Virginia’s Bria Holmes leaves the game with a knee injury against Texas Tech during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 6, 2015.

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Iowa State’s players hold hands before their game against Oklahoma State during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 7, 2015.

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Iowa State’s Fallon Ellis competes for a loose ball against Oklahoma State during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 7, 2015.

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The Baylor Songleaders perform during a timeout against Oklahoma State during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 8, 2015.

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Texas’ Kelsey Lang blocks a shot against Oklahoma’s Kaylon Williams during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 8, 2015.

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Oklahoma’s head coach Sherri Coale reacts to an official’s call during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 8, 2015.

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Texas’ Brady Sanders celebrates a three-pointer against Oklahoma during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 8, 2015.

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A Baylor fan watches the game against Texas during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on March 9, 2015.

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Texas’ Empress Davenport is fouled during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on March 9, 2015.

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Baylor’s head coach Kim Mulkey celebrates a victory against Texas during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on March 9, 2015.

I shot the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on March 6-9, 2015. Baylor won their fifth straight championship.

-scott weaver

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the 2015 big 12 indoor track and field championships

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Kansas’ Casey Bowen competes in the men’s pole vault during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 27, 2015.

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K-State’s Dani Winters competes in the women’s shot put during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 28, 2015.

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Kansas’ Lindsay Vollmer competes in the women’s high jump during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 28, 2015.

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Baylor’s Mariah Kelly and Maggie Montoya embrace after the women’s one mile run during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 28, 2015.

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Kansas’ Zainab Sanni hands off to Lindsay Vollmer in the 4×400 meter relay during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 28, 2015.

I shot the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 27-28, 2015. The University of Texas’ women and men won the team titles.

-scott weaver

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k-state upsets #8 kansas in basketball

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K-State’s Marcus Foster reaches for the ball against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 23, 2015. K-State defeated Kansas 70-63.

-scott weaver

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b.j. finney prepares for the 2015 NFL combine

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K-State’s B.J. Finney runs blocking drills with former NFL coach Bob Palcic and Missouri S&T’s Forrestal Hickman at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015 while preparing for the NFL Combine.

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Former NFL coach Bob Palcic, Missouri S&T’s Forrestal Hickman, K-State’s B.J. Finney, and former K-State and NFL standout linebacker Mark Simoneau watch film of Finney’s blocking drills at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015 during preparations for the NFL Combine.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney waits for the command to leap to his feet during a wave drill at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015.

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Former NFL coach Bob Palcic quizzes K-State’s B.J. Finney about blocking schemes at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney diagrams a play on the board for former NFL coach Bob Palcic at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015.

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Former NFL coach Bob Palcic embraces K-State’s B.J. Finney after their workouts at Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park, Kansas on February 10, 2015.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney trains with assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Meredith at the indoor practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2015.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney laces his Adidas cheetah cleats before he runs a 40-yard dash at the indoor practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2015.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney trains with assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Meredith at the indoor practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2015.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney is one of 300 college players invited to the 2015 NFL Combine.

Recently, B.J. Finney, a four-year starting center and a three-year captain on the Kansas State football team, was one of 300 college players invited to the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 17-23, 2015.

The Combine is a six-day event where NFL coaches, general managers and scouts evaluate the size, speed and strength of a potential player with different agility tests including the bench press, vertical jump, long jump and 40-yard dash.

K-State Sports Extra writer Kelly McHugh and I approached B.J. about following him through the Combine and documenting his journey to the NFL. He agreed to it but the NFL communications office did not and they denied our request for credentials. So, Kelly and I changed our story to focus more on B.J. training for the Combine.

-scott weaver

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a photo shoot with coach tex winter

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Recently, I photographed K-State coaching legend Tex Winter during a men’s basketball reunion. Coach Winter revolutionized the game of basketball with his innovation of the triangle offense.

Sadly, Coach Winter suffered a stroke in 2009 which limits his movements and speech. However, when he arrived with his caregiver for our portrait session, he shook my hand and told me how pleased he was to meet me. I truly enjoyed our time together because he is such as inspiration.

Tex Winter attended Compton Community College in Los Angeles in 1940-41 where he competed as a pole vaulter and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University. He was considered for the United States Olympic team in 1944 but the Olympics were cancelled because of World War II.

He met his wife, Nancy, at Oregon State and both of them joined the United States Navy in 1943. Tex became a fighter pilot and was assigned to duty in the Pacific. After the war, he worked as a test pilot flying experimental aircraft at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas until 1946.

Winter returned to school at the University of Southern California where he played basketball and learned the triangle offense from Coach Sam Barry. After he graduated in 1947, Winter became an assistant coach to Coach Jack Gardner at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Winter became the head coach at K-State in 1954 and directed the Wildcats to eight league titles and two Final Fours in 1958 and 1964. He was named UPI National Coach of the Year in 1958.

Coach Winter left K-State to become the head coach at Washington from 1968-1971 and the Houston Rockets from 1971-73. Winter coached at Northwestern and Long Beach State before returning to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls in 1985. He taught the triangle offense to head coach Phil Jackson and their star guard, Michael Jordan. Together, they won six NBA championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Winter and Jackson went to the Los Angeles Lakers where they won three more championship rings in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Winter is enshrined in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He also won the John Bunn Award for lifetime achievement and the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the NBA Coaches Association.

Tex and Nancy Winter now live in Manhattan, Kansas near Bramlage Coliseum where K-State plays their home basketball games. The street leading to Bramlage Coliseum is named Tex Winter Drive.

-scott weaver

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president obama visits lawrence, kansas

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A yard sign stands along McDonald Dr. in Lawrence, Kansas on January 22, 2015.

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President Obama rides in one of two identical “Beast” limos through Lawrence, Kansas.

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President Obama is the first sitting president to visit Lawrence, Kansas in over 100 years.

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Air Force One departs from Forbes Field in Topeka, Kansas on January 22, 2015.

President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas on January 22, 2015 to speak to middle class Americans about paid sick leave, child care credits and tuition-free community college. The last time a sitting president visited KU was William Taft in 1911.

Obama began his brief visit to Kansas by meeting with Gov. Sam Brownback in Topeka, Kansas. Then, he traveled to Lawrence where he spent the night at a Holiday Inn. The next morning, Obama visited children at a Head Start school and then he met with the KU men’s basketball team. Finally, he delivered his speech to approximately 8,000 Jayhawks in Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

Following his speech, President Obama returned to Forbes Field in Topeka and greeted some of the Kansas National Guard soldiers. Then, he boarded Air Force One back to Washington D.C.

-scott weaver

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a photo shoot with brandon bolden

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Recently, I shot a portrait of K-State’s 7-foot, 215-pound sophomore forward Brandon Bolden.

-scott weaver

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krav maga: green belt

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I broke my middle toe during our Krav Maga green belt test on December 17, 2014.

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We earned our green belts in Krav Maga on December 17, 2014.

Patty and I joined a martial arts studio in 2013 to learn Krav Maga, an Israeli military self-defense system that mixes techniques from boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Although Krav Maga students try to avoid confrontation, we are taught skills to finish a fight quickly with vicious attacks to the most vulnerable parts of the body including the face, throat, ribs and groin.

For our green belt test this semester, we had to perform different ground defenses including a standing arm bar and triangle choke. We also had to demonstrate several kickboxing combinations of punches, elbows, body blows and knees. Finally, we had to break a board with a hook kick.

Unfortunately, I broke the middle toe on my left foot during our test when I connected with my opponent’s shin guard in a sparring match. I pushed through the rest of class. It was the third toe that I’ve broken in two years. I’ve learned that Krav Maga is hard on the body, especially the feet.

We passed our test and graduated on December 17. Now, we’re working towards our brown belts.

-scott weaver

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