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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the 2014 DTC annual luncheon

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Exhibitors greet visitors to a trade show during the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri on January 9, 2015.

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UMB Financial Corporation’s CFO Mike Hagedorn speaks during the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri on January 9, 2015.

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Downtown Council of Kansas City’s President and CEO Bill Dietrich speaks during the group’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri on January 9, 2015.

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Fortune magazine’s managing editor Leigh Gallagher speaks during the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri on January 9, 2015.

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Copaken Brooks principal Jon Copaken speaks during the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri on January 9, 2015.

Recently, I photographed the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri. The DTC is a nonprofit organization that promotes and markets the revitalization of Kansas City, Missouri’s downtown business and housing districts.

The theme for this year’s luncheon was “The Rise of Downtowns” which highlighted the DTC’s success in attracting high tech industries and creative thinkers to downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

-scott weaver

 

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2014: the year in photos

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The K-State football team huddles around Coach Bill Snyder on February 12, 2014.

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Baylor’s Khadijah Cave and Odyssey Sims celebrate after winning the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 10, 2014.

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A portrait of K-State’s women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie on March 19, 2014.

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K-State’s Tyler Bruce mounts a GoPro camera on his mortar board on May 17, 2014.

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The sun sets during the game between Oklahoma State and Texas in the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 24, 2014. 

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The Kansas State Disc Dog Championship Quadruped in Lawrence, Kansas on June 14, 2014.

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Blake and Inge Seiler pose for a photo after their wedding in Wichita, Kansas on June 21, 2014.

A portrait of Noelle Dykmann, K-State Rowing, on August 2, 2014.

A portrait of K-State rower Noelle Dykmann in Manhattan, Kansas on August 2, 2014.

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A field of sunflowers near K-State campus in Manhattan, Kansas on September 5, 2014.

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A gentoo penguin dives into the icy water at the Kansas City Zoo on November 2, 2014.

Here are my ten favorite commercial and sports images from 2014. Happy New Year to everyone.

-scott weaver

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the 2014 Valero Alamo Bowl

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A beluga whale kisses K-State’s Weston Hiebert at Sea World on December 30, 2014.

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A beluga whale splashes K-State’s Kason Hostrup at Sea World on December 30, 2014.

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K-State’s Dante Barnett wears a bow tie and Valero Alamo Bowl patches on his jacket during a press conference at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on December 30, 2014.

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K-State’s football players cruise along the River Walk during a pep rally on December 31, 2014.

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UCLA and K-State football players compete in a dance competition during the Rudy’s BBQ Team Fiesta at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas on December 31, 2014.

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K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder and UCLA’s head coach Jim Mora shake hands after a press conference at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on January 1, 2015.

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K-State’s Jake Waters takes photos of Tyler Lockett at the Alamodome on January 1, 2015.

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K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder speaks to the crowd during a pep rally on January 1, 2015.

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K-State’s Charles Jones reaches for a pass against UCLA on January 2, 2015.

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A facilities worker sweeps up confetti after the Valero Alamo Bowl on January 2, 2015.

Recently, I spent a week in San Antonio, Texas to document the K-State football team’s trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl to play against UCLA in the Alamodome on January 2, 2015.

We had a great time in “the Lone Star State”, but unfortunately, UCLA defeated K-State 40-35.

-scott weaver

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the new k-state vanier complex

The Vanier Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on June 25, 2012.

An archived photo of the Vanier Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on June 25, 2012.

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K-State’s Willie the Wildcat punches the first hole in the Vanier Complex on December 8, 2014.

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A crew from Mortenson Construction demolishes the Vanier Complex on December 8, 2014.

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The visiting team locker room is visible through a hole in the wall on December 8, 2014.

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A crew from Mortenson Construction demolishes the Vanier Complex on December 8, 2014.

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The original Vanier Complex sign lays behind Bill Snyder Family Stadium on December 8, 2014.

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A crew from Mortenson Construction demolishes the Vanier Complex on December 12, 2014.

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A mural of K-State players in the NFL is visible through a hole in the wall on December 12, 2014.

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Construction workers carry out a sofa from the players’ lounge on December 12, 2014.

An artist's rendering of the new Vanier Complex in Manhattan, Kansas.

An artist’s rendering of the new Vanier Complex in Manhattan, Kansas.

K-State Athletics held a groundbreaking for the new Vanier Complex on November 29, 2014.

The new facility will be 132,000 square feet of space for K-State’s student-athletes and coaches.

A strength and conditioning center will feature new exercise equipment and a plyometric ramp. New sports medicine and hydrotherapy pools will help student-athletes recover from injuries.

A team theater, a centrally located locker room, multiple 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, offering a view of the field and the stadium.

Finally, all of K-State’s student-athletes will benefit from the new Academic Learning Center.

The new Vanier Complex will improve the game day experience for the K-State 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, including the main concourse.

Populous designed the new facility and the builders are Mortenson and GE Johnson Construction. The project cost an estimated $65 million and will be completed in time for the 2015-16 season.

-scott weaver

 

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