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Portland Powercats Update

Welcome to your Portland Powercats Update.

Portland Powercats Club
Please join me in offering congratulations to Jerry & Mary Bray who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Thank you to Dale, Gretchen & Jamie for getting me pictures from the last few watch parties. If you have any pictures that you would like to add to the group page, let me know and we'll figure out a way to get them uploaded.

Congratulations to Beth & Amanda who won the drawing at the last two watch parties. Remember, each event you attend gets you more chances for the year end prize of a $100 K-State Merchandise gift certificate.

We have almost sold out of T-shirts and I will be placing another order soon if there is enough interest. Let me know if you don't have a T-shirt and would like one, there are a few left in various sizes. There has been some interest expressed in getting hooded sweatshirts as well. Let me know if you are interested in a sweatshirt and I will get some pricing information soon.

If you have any news or information you would like shared with the group, send me an email and I'll include it in the next update.

University News
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was selected to give a Landon Lecture on Nov 26.

K-State professor Charles Rice is being recognized for his work on the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Four Kansas State Students were recently nominated for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. Two students, Clemente Jaquez-Herrera and Jenna Kennedy were nominated for both, while Amy Twite was nominated for a Marshall and Janie Anthony was nominated for a Rhodes.

The Cats got things back on track against Baylor with a 51-13 victory. Jordy Nelson continued to rewrite the record books with his 76th reception of the season which puts him into 1st place for single season receptions. One more win will bring bowl eligibility for the second year in a row.

This week the Cats travel to Ames to take on the 1-8 Iowa St Cyclones. We will be getting together for a Watch Party at Life of Riley Tavern. The game can be seen on Versus or can be heard on the web at Yahoo radio or on Sirius Satellite Radio Ch 121.

The game Nov 10 vs Nebraska will be televised on the Versus Network. We will be meeting at Life of Riley to watch the game. You should receive your evite soon. It looks like the game vs Missouri should be televised as well, I will get the gametime to everyone as soon as I get it.

Men's Basketball
New Head Coach Frank Martin and the Wildcat Men's Basketball team kick off their season with an exhibition game on Feb 3 vs Fort Hays State at 3 pm. It will be webcast on Powercat Passport at www.kstatesports.com.

The Cats were ranked #26 in the initial USA TODAY coaches poll and picked 4th in the Big XII by league coaches. This should be an exciting season with seven lettermen returning off a NIT invitation and a 10-6 Big XII record. The returning players will be joined by Preseason Freshmen of the Year Michael Beasley and Preseason Honorable mention Bill Walker will be returning from injury. The rest of the newcomers helped make up a recruiting class that was ranked in the Top 3 by most services.

We will be meeting for a number of Basketball Watch Parties. I have included a tentative list on the blog page. If you are interested in getting together for any additional basketball games, let me know and I will get something set up. The basketball schedule can be found on the blog page or at www.kstatesports.com

Women's Basketball
The women's basketball season will kick off on Thu, Nov 1 with an exhibition vs Washburn, their season opener is Nov 10th vs Washington. The Lady Cats are coming off an 18-15 season which ended with a 4 game run in the WNIT.

The women's volleyball team is currently ranked #12 with a 17-6 record and travels to take on Texas Tech on Wednesday. The game can be listened to on the web at www.kstatesports.com

Cross Country
The teams just finished the Big XII championship with the women finishing 12th and the men finishing 11th. Lilani Mendez finished 13th and picked up all Big XII honors.

The men's team finished 7th in the Club Glove Invitational and are competing at the Herb Wimberly Tourney this week in New Mexico.
The women's team is coming off back to back top 5 finishes and travels to South Carolina to compete in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. Congrats to Michelle Regan who picked up a win and Kali Quick and Abbi Sumner who finished tied for 5th in their last tourney.

The equestrian team remains undefeated and defeated defending National Champion South Carolina in tits last outing. The team will compete vs Texas A&M on Nov 9.

The rowing team captured three victories in its last event and competes next in the Sunflower Showdown on Nov 10.

Watch Parties KU & CU

The Portland Powercats got together for watch parties for the games vs. KU & CU. The KU alumni group joined us for a joint party and even though the game didn't end in a Wildcat victory, a good time was had by all.

Check out the pictures on the link to the right. Thanks to Dale, Jamie and Gretchen for the great pictures.