Gramatica, Ohlde to enter Hall of Fame

By The Mercury

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2013 this week, which includes a pair of former Kansas State All-Americans in place kicker Martin Gramatica and women’s basketball star Nicole Ohlde.

Induction ceremonies will be Oct.6 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.

The new 2013 class consists of eight members — Gramatica, Ohlde, Wichita Bishop Carroll’s All-American defensive end Mike Bell, former Pittsburg State football coach Chuck Broyles and three members of the 1952 University of Kansas national championship basketball team Al Kelley, Bob Kenney, and Bill Lienhard. 

Former University of Kentucky All-American and Boston Celtic Bob Brannum will be enshrined posthumously.

The eight-person class pushes the total number of inductees to 227 in the 52-year Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Although not a native Kansan, Gramatica re-wrote the record books on his way to being named a two-time All-American in 1997 and 1998 for the Wildcats.

Gramatica owns K-State career records for scoring, extra-points made, extra-point attempts, field goals made, field goal attempts, and the NCAA record for longest made field goal without the use of a tee when he kicked a 65 yard field goal in 1998. Gramatica won the 1997 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate kicker, and was the runner-up for the award in 1998. He went on to play nine NFL seasons, where he won the 2002 Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was named to the 2001 NFC Pro Bowl team.

In 2008, Gramatica was honored in the K-State Ring of Honor at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Ohlde is another in a long line of decorated women’s basketball players from the state of Kansas and will join her K-State All-American teammate, Kendra Wecker, in the Hall of Fame this fall.

The Clay Center native was a first-team all-state basketball selection and state champion high jumper her senior year and chose to play at K-State where she re-wrote the school’s record books and graduated as the most decorated player in school history.

Ohlde named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and garnered third-team all-conference honors in her first season in Manhattan. That was only the tip of the iceberg for the 6-foot-5 center, as she was named the Big 12 Player of the Year in both 2003 and 2004 and was a consensus first-team All-American both seasons as well.

Ohlde was a two-time finalist for the Wade Trophy and the Naismith National Player of the Year and was a John R. Wooden Award finalist in 2004. She was named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year in 2004.

When she graduated from K-State, she held spots in the school’s top five all-time in scoring, rebounds, field goals made, blocks, career double-doubles, free throws made, free throws attempted and minutes played. Ohlde was selected as the sixth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx and played seven seasons, winning a championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2009 before recently retiring from the WNBA. Ohlde was the first women’s basketball player to have her number retired at K-State University in 2004.

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