Matt Tait

Lions stung by loss
May 29, 2011
Losing always stinks, but it tends to hurt a little more when everything you’ve done for the past 36 weeks was done to prevent it.
KU softball catcher Brittany Hile stoked for pros
May 24, 2011
Last weekend, while dozens of friends and teammates walked down the hill and crept closer to life after college, Kansas University softball senior Brittany Hile calmly clapped and grinned. Hers wasn’t exactly the face of a fellow graduate freaking out over the future.
Ross Johnson critical for LHS baseball
May 17, 2011
They have a couple of legitimate pitching arms, three or four hitters capable of launching any pitch out of the yard and a handful of guys who, through osmosis, gained the experience of winning it all by hanging out in the dugout in 2009, when Lawrence High won the Class 6A state title.
FSHS baseball’s Showdown win a total team victory
May 13, 2011
When taking in a Free State High baseball game, it can be easy — too easy, in fact — to become infatuated with watching all-world senior Cody Kukuk at the plate or on the mound.
KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s approach refreshing
May 6, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I observed new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger on the job.
LHS boys block out criticism
March 4, 2011
If you listened to the critics, you heard that the Lawrence High boys basketball team had nothing but problems heading into Wednesday’s shocking upset of Olathe South in the opening round of sub-state.
Brady Morningstar’s name resonates
March 2, 2011
The only visible signs of his playing days are the letters of his name on the record board and an 8x11 photo plaque celebrating his all-state season of 2004-05 that hangs outside the gym.
Seniors on the Free State boys basketball team enjoying turnaround
February 24, 2011
There’s just something about a son or daughter’s high school years that makes parents go wild. They take pictures before prom, chronicle accomplishments in scrapbooks and brag non-stop to their friends. That’s what made the 2008-09 Free State High boys basketball season so tough for so many parents and, in turn, what makes this year so special for those same people.
KU softball’s Hull twins celebrate differences
February 10, 2011
For the better part of the first two decades of their lives, Kansas University softball sophomores Maggie and Rosie Hull were known simply as the Hull twins.
Allen Fieldhouse helps Turner Gill recruit for KU football, too
February 7, 2011
“There’s no better place to coach, there’s no better place to go to school, there’s no better place to play.” Those words about Allen Fieldhouse, uttered by former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown, have given goosebumps to thousands of Jayhawk fans. Aside from providing one of the biggest home-court advantages in the country, KU’s gym plays another role that, at times, flies under the radar.
About that name … it’s ZENG-er
January 4, 2011
Jayhawk fans worried about nailing down the pronunciation of new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s first name need look no farther than Tom Cross for help.
Wide-receivers coach Wyatt crucial to KU
January 2, 2011
More than eight months out from the first game of the 2011 college football season, Kansas University coach Turner Gill is staring down the first huge decision of his second season at KU.
KU football’s Christmas gift? QB commit Berglund
December 25, 2010
Last Monday night, shortly after hearing about prep quarterback Brock Berglund switching his commitment from Colorado to Kansas, I couldn’t help but think of Bubba Cunningham.
KU women’s basketball team unselfish, thriving
December 9, 2010
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is no different from any other coach in America.
Season in review: Reporter Matt Tait hands out his KU football postseason awards
December 5, 2010
Those who preceded me in this position often penned a few paragraphs to put the finishing touches on the football seasons that were. After a two-year hiatus, it’s time to bring that back. There’s no flashy name for the following awards, nor does there need to be since very little about this year’s Kansas University football team had much flash.

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