KU appears headed
to Great Eight
It looks as if Kansas' men's basketball team will play in the Great Eight again next season. ESPN has contacted KU about participating in the annual two-day event in Chicago, assistant athletics director Richard Konzem said Monday.
The Jayhawks, who have participated in the event the last four years, would likely play an undetermined opponent on Dec. 7 at Chicago's United Center, then return to the United Center for a nonconference meeting with Illinois on Dec. 18. KU plays Dec. 5 at Middle Tennessee State.
The Great Eight matches teams that reached the NCAA's Elite Eight the previous year. Two teams from the same conference cannot compete. Michigan State and Ohio State of the Big Ten reached the Elite Eight last year.
post two sixths
Kansas' women's rowing team finished sixth in both first varsity eight and second novice eight at the Midwest Rowing Championships on Sunday in Madison, Wis.
Varsity eight rowers were Risa Petty, Laura Hubert, Tara Lynn, Becky Valburg, Heather Muir, Lettie Ebbs and Keesha Cravens. Nikia Rosenberger was coxswain.
Novice eight rowers were Christy Newton, Bonnie Dodd, Hilary Gaugh, Stephanie Mahal, Carrie Owens, Alane Thomas, Rachel Fox and Nicki Marino. Coxswain was Susan Delaney.
KU men's fours
nab second, third
Kansas club men's lightweight four earned third place at the Midwest Rowing Championships lon Sunday in Madison, Wis. Rowers were Rob Zechmann, Nick Lehman, Nate Pelsma and Mike Vuocolo. Coxswain was Leah Masonbrink.
The men's novice four finished second. Rowers were Danny Miller, Theron Hawley, Steve Brinker and Greg Wiley. Coxswain was Erin Passman.
Lawrence High's girls soccer team remained winless with a 3-0 loss on Monday to Shawnee Mission North at Youth Sports Inc. fields. SM North scored all three goals in the first half as LHS fell to 0-9. LHS midfielder Tania Valverde was cited for her play. Next for the Lions is a 4 p.m. game Thursday against Manhattan at YSI.
SM North wins, 2-1
Shawnee Mission North defeated Lawrence High's JV soccer team, 2-1, on Monday at YSI. Jenny Perez scored for LHS, 0-7-1. Kathy Troung was cited for strong midfield play. The Lions will meet Manhattan at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at YSI.
FSHS girls cruise
Laura Gagnon had a goal and an assist and April Del Campo added a goal as Free State's junior varsity girls soccer team toppled Leavenworth on Monday at FSHS, 2-0. Riggs Skepnek posted the shutout in goal for the Firebirds, who improved to 2-6-1. FSHS will play host to Shawnee Mission South on Wednesday.
LHS sophs sweep
Jennie Holladay was 4-for-6 on the day, and Jenny Jimboy was 3-for-3 and picked up a win as Lawrence swept Olathe North, 14-12 and 7-6, in high school sophomore softball on Monday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields. Bobbie Lee Riling picked up the win in Game One. The Lions (7-1) will travel to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday.
FSHS JV rolls
Lenexa -- Free State High's junior varsity baseball team swept Shawnee Mission East, 14-11 and 9-3, at Johnson County 3&2 on Monday.
Free State's Jake Neu slugged a grand slam in each game and finished with eight RBIs. Jason Carlson also hit a grand slam and scored four runs. Other home runs were provided by Brad Pohl and John Swenson. Josh Williamson hit three doubles and went 5-for-7 in the doublehedaer.
T.J. Kaberline was the winning pitcher in the first game and Todd Hayworth won the second contest.
Free Stae (3-5) will play Olathe South Wednesday in Olathe.