This Week in K-State Sports: Golf and cross country open seasons, football in for tough task

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Men’s Golf

It has been just around eight years since the Kansas State men’s golf team has hosted an event at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan. This season, the Wildcats will open up with the Wildcat Invitational at the par-72, 7,525-yard course from Monday to Tuesday.

Thirteen teams will compete throughout the competition for a total of 75 players in the field overall. Teams competing include Bradley, Creighton, Kansas City, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, South Dakota, Southern Illinois and Wichita State.

Monday’s first and second rounds began at 8 a.m., and Tuesday’s final round will begin at the same time. Live updates for the event can be found on golfstat.com.

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Tim Tillmanns eyes the course during the first round of the Big 12 Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club on April 26, 2021. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Women’s Golf

The K-State women’s golf team starts its season a little further away from home than the men, competing in the Sam Golden Invitational in Denton, Texas, at the Wildhorse Golf Course at Robson Ranch. The Wildcats will compete over the same timespan as the men, playing on Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 6,288-yard course.

K-State is one of five Big 12 schools competing at the Invitational, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and TCU join the Wildcats in Texas. The invitational also includes non-Big 12 teams like Charlotte, Houston, North Texas, Missouri, Mississippi State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Tulane, Tulsa and UTSA.

The Wildcats will golf 36 holes on Monday before Tuesday’s final round of 18 holes, with both days starting at 8:30 a.m. Live stats for the event can be found on golfstat.com.

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Kansas State Women's Golf team practices at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 17th, 2020. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)


Volleyball

After finishing the K-State Invitational undefeated, the K-State volleyball team (6-2) has rattled off five straight victories heading into this week. The Wildcats have a quick turnaround, heading to Columbia, Missouri, to take on former Big 12 foe Missouri (2-7) at 4 p.m on Tuesday.

Following the midweek challenge against the Tigers, the Wildcats hit the road again for the weekend, traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, to compete in the Omaha Challenge. In Nebraska, the Wildcats will take on Weber State (5-3) at 1 p.m. on Friday and Omaha (2-6) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Tuesday’s match against Missouri will be broadcasted live on SEC Network+, while this weekend’s matches in Omaha will be broadcasted on Mavs All-Access. Each match over the week can also be heard on KMAN radio.

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Kansaas State volleyball players celebrate after scoring a point against Ohio in the K-State Invitational tournament. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Cross Country

The K-State cross country team opens its season this week along with the men’s and women’s golf teams. The Wildcats travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday to compete in the 2021 Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State.

K-State will compete on the OSU Cross Country Course, with races scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. for the men’s 8K and 9:15 a.m. for the women’s 6K. This past season, the Wildcats took home a top-5 finish in both the men’s and women’s races, with both teams placing third overall.

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KSU Cross Country athlete, Jaybe Shufelberger, runs around the R.V. Christian Track and Field complex on Oct 25, 2019. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Football

After starting the season 2-0 with wins over Stanford (1-1) and Southern Illinois (1-1), the K-State football team will have its hands full over the next few weeks as the team enters what is possibly its toughest slate of games all season. Not only are the Wildcats taking on Nevada, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State during the next month, but they might do it all without starting quarterback Skylar Thompson, who is out for the foreseeable future with an injury.

First off is Nevada (2-0), and while it is possibly the team’s easiest test out of the four teams, that is not saying much. Nevada is undefeated going into Saturday’s showdown with the Wildcats, already taking down California 22-17 and Idaho State 49-10.

Saturday’s game against the Wolfpack might be a huge insight into what the next month of games could look like for the Wildcats. The contest is slated to kick off at 1 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and heard over the radio on Wildcat 91.9.

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Senior quarterback Skylar Thompson passes the ball during the Sept. 11, 2021 game against Southern Illinois. (Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Soccer

Returning home from a five-game road trip on Sunday evening, the K-State soccer team (4-4) started a three-game homestand with a 3-0 loss to Indiana (6-1-1). The Wildcats have one more home non-conference match before their Big 12 opener against Texas (2-3-2), facing UTRGV (3-4-1) this Sunday.

The Wildcats have won four out of their last seven games and have lost their past two. K-State has a small break this week, with no game on Thursday before their Sunday matinee.

Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first kick and will be broadcasted live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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Freshman Adah Anderson fights for a header in the soccer team's 3-0 loss to Indiana. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
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Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!