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Benton Smith (KUsports.com 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 KUsports.com, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

Recent stories

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
Lawrence High holds on against Leavenworth, 21-14
September 13, 2014
Lawrence High’s football defense played its own version of the two-minute drill Friday night, with a seven-point lead and half a football field to protect against Leavenworth. By Benton Smith
FSHS soccer rolls
Nazareth’s two goals spark 5-0 rout of Lansing
September 12, 2014
Those who had never seen Heitor Nazareth play soccer before might have considered the Free State High sophomore an opportunistic offensive player Thursday night in the Firebirds’ season-opening victory over Lansing at FSHS. By Benton Smith
KU volleyball miffed despite win
September 10, 2014
A 3-1 home victory might be all right for some teams, but members of Kansas University’s volleyball program feel like they’re past that point. By Benton Smith
Free State fired up over 20-14 win
September 5, 2014
It didn’t matter which end zone the ball was thrown to in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium. Either way, Free State High’s Joel Spain was coming away with the prize. By Benton Smith
Ben Heeney is … ‘The Diabolical Defender’
September 2, 2014
Ben Heeney’s teammates will attest: He is the hero Kansas University football deserves. By Benton Smith
(S)milestone: KU gives soccer coach 200th win … and a bath
September 1, 2014
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis, soaked from the neck down, spat some water out Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex and smiled as he addressed his team after a 4-1 victory over No. 24 Wake Forest. By Benton Smith
Dineen willingly moved to RB
August 30, 2014
Just as freshman Joe Dineen started getting comfortable at Kansas University’s preseason football camp, his head coach offered him an opportunity that would change that instantly. By Benton Smith
KU soccer nets ‘home’ win
Jayhawks return to Complex for 3-0 victory
August 25, 2014
KU’s season-opening victory Friday against Wyoming left its new home field with some divots and potholes, so the Jayhawks headed back to the facility they have played at for years and practiced at all preseason for a 3-0 victory over the visiting Mustangs. By Benton Smith
Kansas senior Victor Simmons at home at ‘buck’
August 25, 2014
It’s a good thing Victor Simmons does not fear change, because the Kansas University senior has experienced nothing but transition since joining the program. By Benton Smith

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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

Fred Wyatt, left, and Joe Dineen

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