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

Cantwell claims crown for second time in Downtown Lawrence Shot Put
April 18, 2015
One never really knows what to expect out of the Downtown Lawrence Shot Put. Not even its defending champion, Christian Cantwell.
Change in plans can’t stop Stigler
April 18, 2015
Michael Stigler had his Friday all mapped out. Venture out to Rock Chalk Park. Jog. Stretch. Pretty simple.
Vollmer sets Relays mark in heptathlon
April 16, 2015
Lindsay Vollmer had just set a Kansas Relays record Thursday at Rock Chalk Park, with her heptathlon-winning score of 5,767 points. Instead of basking in the victory or pondering her place in Kansas University history, though, the senior’s mind entered an inner-debate.
FSHS softball rolls
April 14, 2015
Free State High junior pitcher Elizabeth Patton just needed a little breathing room Tuesday evening against Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Six-run second inning sparks FSHS baseball
April 14, 2015
Clicking on the mound and in the field Tuesday evening against Leavenworth, Free State High’s baseball team would only need one run. But the Firebirds went ahead and scored six — all in the second inning — just to be safe in a 6-0 home win.
Drum scores twice in Lions’ 2-0 soccer victory
April 10, 2015
The wind whipped around on a cold spring night at Lawrence High, and sophomore Skylar Drum thought nothing of it.
New Kansas D-line coach Calvin Thibodeaux credible
April 9, 2015
When Calvin Thibodeaux runs defensive line drills at Kansas University football practices, he doesn’t do so lightheartedly. Less than 10 years ago the defensive-line coach played the position at Oklahoma and led the Big 12 in sacks (10) in 2005, when he was first-team all-conference.By Benton Smith
Lions see positives but fall to ONW
April 8, 2015
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll got a glimpse Tuesday evening of the kind of at-bats he wants out of his Lions. To his dismay, they all came in one frame, and Olathe Northwest held Lawrence hitless for three-inning stretches to open and close a 5-3 road victory.
ONW blanks LHS soccer
April 7, 2015
After three straight competitive outings to open the season from his Lawrence High girls soccer team, coach Justin Young didn’t think a 5-0 home loss to Olathe Northwest Tuesday night indicated a turn in the wrong direction.
Ludueña has unfinished business, but KU wins tennis Sunflower Showdown
April 5, 2015
When Kansas University women’s tennis coach Todd Chapman describes the passion senior Maria Belen Ludueña has for competition and for her school, he uses her actions while watching a KU men’s basketball game as a reference point. By Benton Smith

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Recent photos

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis walks through drills at the Jayhawks' shoot-around Wednesday afternoon at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellis didn't go full-speed at the session, but coach Bill Self said the injured forward, who will wear a knee brace the rest of the season, did earlier in the day at a practice in Lawrence.

Kansas University football coach David Beaty meets with fans during the team's Football in February event at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday evening, February 19, 2015.

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.

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