A former Kansas University basketball player has avoided a conviction on a drunken driving charge through a diversion program offered by the Douglas County district attorney's office.
T.J. Pugh, 23, will have to complete an alcohol evaluation under the terms of the diversion for his Aug. 27 arrest east of Lawrence. Police arrested him on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Diversions allow first-time offenders to avoid a conviction if they complete a program involving an alcohol class and pay court fees. Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich said Pugh's 12-month diversion program is a standard agreement for most first-time DWI offenders.
NAIA in offense
Ottawa -- Ottawa U. quarterback Jay Alexander leads the NAIA in total offense and ranks No. 3 in passing in this week's football statistics.
Alexander, who played at Kansas University last season, has averaged 403 yards of total offense in the Braves' three games.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound sophomore has thrown nine touchdown passes and only two interceptions while averaging 341 aerial yards per game.
"He makes big plays," Ottawa coach Chris Creighton said about Alexander.
Ottawa, 1-2, will travel to Sterling on Saturday.
Baker men win in OT
Baldwin -- Erik Jones' goal following a Bryan Elkan assist in the 115th minute boosted Baker University to a 1-0 overtime victory over William Jewell Wednesday. Sean Brown posted the shutout -- his third in four games -- for the Wildcats (6-4-1).
BU women fall, 2-1
Fulton, Mo. -- Baker University's soccer team fell to William Woods College, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday. Jen Weigel scored off an assist by Julie Charay. BU, 9-3, will meet Briarcliff College on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.
LHS sophs tie
Leavenworth -- Lawrence High's sophomore soccer team tied Leavenworth, 1-1, on Wednesday. Brandon White scored off an assist by Josh Haught. Forward Colin Hamel and midfielder Blake Crabb were cited for strong play. The Lions, 5-1-3, will meet Olathe North on Monday at YSI.
FSHS sophomores prevail
Overland Park -- Free State's sophomore football team defeated SM West, 14-0, on Wednesday. Andron Cruse scored on a 25-yard run and Walker Douglass a 40-yard run. Douglass also had a two-point reception from Cruse. Free State improved to 2-4.
Wichita -- Chris Hutchens of Lawrence and Dane Ogden of Overland Park tied for eighth Wednesday at the KGA Mid-Amateur team championship at Shadow Glen.
Other area results: 10. Mike Grosdidier, Baldwin and Gary Lucas, Topeka, 141; Thomas Rainbolt, Lawrence and David Conderman, Shawnee Mission. 32. Peter Bieri and Gary Olson, Lawrence, 221. 38. Dick Stuntz and Doug Wilson, Lawrence, 222. 54. Dan Eulitt, DeSoto and Lou Lieneman, Shawnee Mission, 229.