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Benton Smith

Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.

Recent stories

SMW overwhelms LHS soccer, 11-1
April 18, 2014
Multiple times throughout the second half Thursday night, Lawrence High’s girls soccer players held their heads in disbelief. The Lions were down three goals to Shawnee Mission West at halftime, and after the break the hole grew deeper, almost by the minute. Before the teams could complete a regulation game at LHS, the 10-goal mercy rule ended it at 11-1 in the 75th minute. By Benton Smith
LHS softball splits vs. SMS
April 18, 2014
Marly Carmona’s aggressive swing led to a critical three-run error, which gave the Lawrence High softball team its first lead of a 5-2 comeback victory against Shawnee Mission South on Thursday at LHS. The Lions lost the first game of the doubleheader, 2-1. By Benton Smith
Free State swimmers cruise
Firebirds dominate invitational; LHS third in team race
April 16, 2014
Free State High’s girls swimmers are beginning to realize it’s difficult to feel upset about placing second or third in a race when the competitors finishing ahead of them are teammates. By Benton Smith
TCU slugs way past Jayhawks
April 12, 2014
If someone had asked Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price beforehand how his team’s Friday night home game against TCU would go, he would have banked on a low-scoring affair featuring plenty of pitching and defense. By Benton Smith
LHS girls coach leaves for overseas opportunity
April 11, 2014
When basketball coach Nick Wood packs for a road game next season, he better not forget his passport.
Last-seconds score sinks FSHS soccer
April 9, 2014
If Free State High’s girls soccer players could have held their ground for 37 more seconds Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission West, they would have walked away with a tie. By Benton Smith
FSHS tennis freshmen experience trial by fire
April 9, 2014
When some of the youngest players in Free State High’s boys tennis program found themselves on the wrong end of some lopsided scores Tuesday afternoon at their home quadrangular, coach Oather Strawderman didn’t think about the short-term effects of losing. By Benton Smith
Lions soccer players lament lack of focus in OT loss
April 5, 2014
Lawrence High’s girls soccer players didn’t get to feel good about some late-game heroics very long Friday night. Shortly after Lions sophomore Kennedi Wright-Conklin tied the game in the 78th minute to force overtime against Barstow, Mo., a defensive breakdown — a recurring issue — allowed the Knights’ Jeanne Brown to score the golden goal in a 3-2 Knights victory. By Benton Smith
FSHS baseball tumbles, 6-5
April 4, 2014
Less than two weeks into their season, Free State High’s baseball players already had rallied for two victories, so the Firebirds weren’t panicking Thursday evening in their Sunflower League opener, even when Shawnee Mission East held a three-run lead in the fifth inning. By Benton Smith
FSHS girls soccer regroups to win season opener
April 2, 2014
Maddie Dieker had seen too many Free State High shots not end up in the back of the net Tuesday night in the FSHS soccer team’s season opener. The most frustrating part for the senior forward: a lot of those misfires were her own. By Benton Smith

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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

Fred Wyatt, left, and Joe Dineen

Joe Dineen

Former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White speaks with Brian Hakan, Overland Park, Monday morning prior to the start of the Rawlings Negro League Gold Glove Celebrity Golf Classic, at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta. White is the first base coach for the Kansas City T-Bones.

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