Teams in the Lawrence area combined for a stellar weekend.
It is difficult to imagine a more successful weekend for Lawrence High, Kansas University and Baker University sports.
Lawrence High School won its fifth consecutive state Class 6A football championship by defeating Derby 27-23; the Jayhawk basketball team downed highly ranked California before a national television audience Friday evening in Allen Fieldhouse; the KU football team ended a disappointing season by blanking traditional rival Missouri by a score of 28-0 in Memorial Stadium; and Baker advanced to the national NAIA Division II quarterfinals by beating Hastings, 39-19, at Baker's Liston Stadium.
The Lawrence High win extends the state's longest victory streak -- 34 games -- and according to some statisticians, the Lions now have tallied more undefeated seasons -- 31 -- than any other high school football team in the nation.
Coach Roy Williams has cautioned KU basketball fans not to expect too much from this year's relatively inexperienced basketball team, but based on last week's wins over Western Michigan and California, it appears the Jayhawks may be a conference contender and move into post-season NCAA play. Wednesday, the Jayhawks will be playing in New York in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament, meeting the Minnesota Gophers.
At the start of the season, many KU football fans were anticipating another winning season, capped off by a bowl bid. Due to a combination of factors -- injuries, inexperience at the quarterback position and two one-point losses -- the Jayhawks ended the season with a 5-7 record. However, the team finished on a winning note and there is justified optimism for the 1994 season.
Baker University's Wildcats now are headed for the national quarterfinals, meeting the Doane College team on Dec. 4 in Baldwin. Baker was ranked 10th in the nation in its division with a 9-2 record this year, and it is hoped there will be a good crowd at Liston Stadium to support the Wildcats in their drive for the national title.
Again, it is difficult to imagine a much more successful enjoyable sports weekend for Lawrence, Kansas University and Baker.