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

Kobe sees similarities with ex-Jayhawk Wiggins
December 16, 2014
Alert the hype police. Someone actually had the audacity to compare Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
KU women rely on backcourt to beat Arkansas State
04:07 p.m., December 14, 2014 Updated 11:32 p.m.
Major foul trouble limited Kansas University senior forward Chelsea Gardner to just four second-half minutes Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks relied on their backcourt and secured a 62-48 victory against Arkansas State.
Lions stop Highland Park, reach tourney final
December 13, 2014
Lawrence High guards Anthony Bonner and Justin Roberts don’t talk about themselves as the closers for the No. 1 team in Class 6A. They just play that way.
Jayhawks declaw No. 10 Golden Bears
07:19 p.m., December 7, 2014 Updated 12:07 a.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team hassled Cal’s two star players into uncharacteristically off performances Sunday evening, finding the perfect way to declaw the No. 10-ranked Golden Bears in a 62-39 upset. By Benton Smith
UALR streaks past Kansas volleyball in NCAAs
December 6, 2014
The members of Arkansas-Little Rock’s volleyball team didn’t come all the way to the Kansas Expocentre to let their nation-leading winning streak vanish. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks unimpressed with victory over UIW
December 5, 2014
Hey, at least the starters didn’t have to play much. Although Kansas University’s women’s basketball team handled Incarnate Word, 68-46, Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, coach Bonnie Henrickson didn’t find many positives in the win — other than the fact she didn’t have to ask too much of her starting five.
KU women roll against Incarnate Word
December 4, 2014
Confronting little resistance from its overmatched opponent Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team easily bounced back from its second loss of the season to beat Incarnate Word, 68-46.
Column: Tight end’s touchdown a special ending to tough career
November 29, 2014
After toiling four years in Kansas University’s football program as a tight end known for his blocking, senior Trent Smiley left the visiting locker room at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday night, with the ball from the first touchdown reception of his career tucked tightly to his ribs.By Benton Smith
K-State shuts down KU’s season with 51-13 romp
November 29, 2014
Playing in the eighth and final game of Clint Bowen’s interim head-coaching run, Kansas University’s football team got a taste of Kansas State football early and never recovered in a 51-13 rivalry loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Kansas LB Heeney a Wildcat? ‘Glad I’m not’
November 27, 2014
In some alternate reality, Ben Heeney could be the face of another team’s defense. 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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