Benton Smith ( reporter)

Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

Recent stories

LHS soccer slump continues
October 21, 2014
The LHS winless streak extended to five games Monday night with a 3-0 loss to Olathe East at LHS. By Benton Smith
KU soccer upended again
October 20, 2014
The No. 9-ranked Kansas University soccer team had won 14 of its first 15 games before suffering its first back-to-back losses of the season — the latest, 2-0, to No. 16 West Virginia. By Benton Smith
FSHS not satisfied with win over Rural
October 18, 2014
The Firebirds just knew their 42-14 victory over Washburn Rural wouldn’t exactly have coach Bob Lisher scheduling a parade for them. By Benton Smith
Seabury volleyball emotional in victory
October 17, 2014
Playing in her final home game of the season Thursday, Reilly Malone knew with two more points, she and her Bishop Seabury Academy teammates would put away in-town rival Veritas Christian on Senior Night.
Aldridge highlight for women
October 11, 2014
When her Kansas University women’s basketball teammates discovered during a weight-room session that freshman guard Lauren Aldridge could do backflips, they had one piece of advice for her. By Benton Smith
KU soccer relishes turnaround
October 3, 2014
A year ago, Kansas University’s soccer team struggled to score goals. Looking back on it, coach Mark Francis called KU’s offense a “big nemesis.” By Benton Smith
Free State soccer scorches LHS
October 3, 2014
Free State High senior Carson Gilliland had seen enough. Enough losses. Enough shutouts.
Pioneers stun Free State
September 27, 2014
A pair of Juwan Potts touchdowns on kickoff returns keyed Leavenworth’s 35-21 victory over Free State, the program’s first against the Firebirds. By Benton Smith
Firebirds tennis players inaugurate new home at Rock Chalk Park
September 24, 2014
In the past, Free State High’s tennis players occasionally had to finish home matches while racing the setting sun. Without any lights surrounding their six campus courts, the Firebirds didn’t want to play in the dark.
Column: FSHS defense sets tone
September 20, 2014
Don’t tell Free State High football’s Class of 2014, but the Firebirds’ defense might not miss those guys too much this fall. By Benton Smith

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Recent photos

Kansas University men's basketball sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. goes through one of many interviews Wednesday morning at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for Big 12 Media Day.

Fans can vote for which uniform they want Kansas University football to wear for its Sept. 6 home opener by texting their choice to 37664, with the keyword corresponding with a helmet: “KUWhite,” “KUBlue” or “KUCrimson.”

The Big 12 Conference's football media days take over the third floor of the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Lawrence High's football team has three quarterbacks vying for the Lions' starting spot. Pictured, from left, are sophomore Alan Clothier, junior Nyle Anderson and senior Tucker Sutter.

Lawrence High's Grace Morgan

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