Free State sophs fall
to Manhattan, 31-20
Free State fell to Manhattan, 31-20, in high school sophomore football Thursday at Free State.
Andron Cruse scored on a 3-yard run, Leo Johnston scored on a 20-yard pass from Cruse, and Brandon Jackson socred on a 40-yard run for the Firebirds. Walker Douglas kicked two extra points. Free State (0-3) will entertain Olathe East next Thursday.
top SM West, 26-6
Lawrence High's sophomore football team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half Thursday, and the Lions defeated Shawnee Mission West, 26-6.
Neither team produced much offense in the first half. Lawrence's Joe Bell scored the game's first touchdown on a 60-yard punt return. West's only sustained drive of the game resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game 6-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Lawrence running back Bill Peterson scored on a 15-yard run and also scored on a two-point conversion run. Quarterback Paul Houle scored on a 32-yard run, and running back Ian Higgins added a 38-yard touchdown run.
Lawrence (2-1) will play again next Wednesday at Shawnee Misison South.
head to Tennessee
Kansas University's volleyball team will be in Knoxville this weekend for the Tennessee Classic.
The Jayhawks, 6-2, will meet Lehigh at 5 p.m. today, then tangle with Eastern Michigan at noon and Tennessee at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Kansas will begin Big 12 Conference play at home next Wednesday against Texas. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Center.
KU swim teams
to race at Clinton
Kansas University swimmers will entertain Southern Illinois on Saturday in a 5K open-water race at Clinton Lake.
The men's race will begin at 8 a.m. near the marina with the women's event scheduled to begin five minutes after the completion of men's competition.
"It's the only meet of its kind in the country," KU coach Gary Kempf said. "It will be a viewer-friendly race."
Brandon McAnderson scored on runs of 3, 51 and 6 yards, and Chris Fulton scored on an 82-yard kickoff return and a 42-yard run as South defeated Olathe California Trail, 34-16, in junior high football Thursday.
South also scored a pair of two-point conversions -- on a run by McAnderson and a pass from Brandon Womack to Derrick Newman.
Also cited for their play were Sean Carriger and Wes Cook on defense, Deshon Frye on special teams, and Kenny Poverlein on the offensive line.
South (2-1) will play at Shawnee Mission North on Thursday.
Central Junior High's freshman football team showed improvement Thursday but fell to 0-3 with a 22-14 loss to Overland Park Aquinas.
Central's touchdowns came on a pair of long running plays. Chris Berry scored on a 55-yard run, and quarterback Bijai Jones scored on a 95-yard run.
Tyrone Laypon converted a two-point run after Berry's touchdown.
Jones, who also plays defensive back, made two interceptions, and defensive end Casey Place recovered a fumble.
Central (0-3) plays Shawnee Heights at 3:50 p.m. Thursday at home.
Davis, Ziemak place
McLouth -- Keshia Davis placed seventh in the girls race, and Greg Ziemak took seventh in the boys race for Seabury Academy in the McLouth cross country invitational on Thursday. Also placing in the girls race for Seabury were Linaya Nenstrom (17th), Jasmine Menkin (18th) and Bani Singh (20th).
Baker women win
Baldwin -- Goaltender Lindsay Bodine recorded a shutout as Baker defeated Avila, 8-0, in women's college soccer Thursday. Baker improved to 3-1.
Seabury wins in soccer
Seabury Academy opened its boys junior high soccer season with a 4-1 victory over Center Place on Thursday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields. Caleb Powers scored twice, and Steven King and Alex Sullivan scored once apiece for Seabury.
Firebirds' JV falls
Shawnee Mission South defeated Free State, 2-0, in high school junior varsity boys soccer Thursday at Free State. The Firebirds (1-3-1) will play Tuesday at Shawnee Mission West. Free State will play Lawrence High next Thursday at YSI.
Fresno State makes
pitch to Stevenson
Fresno State could be a major factor in the recruitment of DeShawn Stevenson, a 6-5 senior guard from Fresno, Calif.'s Washington Union High.
Stevenson's mother, Genice Popps, told the Fresno Bee that Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian was direct in his recruiting pitch during this week's in-home visit.
"We know what the reality is and that is he's going to go to the NBA so the major goal is not to get a degree," Popps told the Bee.
Popps said she was impressed with the Bulldogs' selling points, namely guaranteeing the shooting guard a starting position in 2000-01. They also told her Stevenson would play 35 minutes a game and likely would take the majority of shots.
"They said DeShawn would be the 'Man''' Popps told the Bee. "They said what we wanted to hear."
Stevenson is considering Fresno State, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, Missouri, UConn, San Diego State and Kentucky. He's to visit Kansas for Late Night With Roy Williams on Oct. 15.
Pride named All-American
Kansas University basketball senior Lynn Pride has been listed a Preseason All-American by Athlon's Magazine. KU's senior forward is joined by Tamecka Catchings and Semeka Randall, Tennessee; Svetlana Abrosimova, Connecticut and Maylana Martin, UCLA.