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

Stigler stalwart for Jayhawks’ track and field
January 29, 2015
Seeing how the Super Bowl is just a few days away, a couple Kansas University track athletes had some advice for head coach Stanley Redwine before he stepped to the podium Thursday afternoon for the team’s preseason media day at Rock Chalk Park.
KU softball sets sights on NCAA repeat
January 29, 2015
Senior Kansas University softball pitcher Alicia Pille spent the offseason often reminiscing about the moment last spring when the Jayhawks found out they were NCAA Tournament-bound.
Aquinas trips Firebirds in tourney semifinals
January 24, 2015
Free State High junior Hunter Gudde stared at the St. Thomas Aquinas gymnasium ceiling in disbelief Friday night as he walked toward half-court to congratulate the No. 3-ranked team in Class 5A on its 51-50 home victory in the Saints Classic semifinals.
Lions rally past Wichita Southeast, stay unbeaten
January 22, 2015
Rarely this season has Lawrence High’s boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, played on its heels, or struggled to match an opponent’s assertive style. But that’s exactly what happened to the Lions against No. 5-ranked Wichita Southeast Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the 54th annual Topeka Invitational Tournament.
No. 3 Baylor women escape KU with 71-63 win
04:20 p.m., January 17, 2015 Updated 12:06 a.m.
Unranked and winless in Big 12 play, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team gave No. 3-ranked Baylor a scare before falling 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
FSHS boys fall short
January 17, 2015
For most of Friday night at Free State High, boys basketball coach Chuck Law thought his team worked to get quality looks on offense and forced No. 7-ranked Olathe Northwest into difficult shots on the opposite end of the court. By Benton Smith
FSHS girls return to winning ways
January 17, 2015
Coming off its first loss of the season — a 30-point setback, no less — Free State High’s girls basketball team got right back in the win column Friday night with a 63-59 victory over Olathe Northwest at FSHS.
Jayhawks blow 14-point first-half lead in Sunflower Showdown
Wildcats beat KU 58-52
03:53 p.m., January 11, 2015 Updated 12:25 a.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain a hot start in the Sunflower Showdown Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum, and lost its third straight Big 12 game in a 58-52 setback to rival Kansas State.
Free State boys fall
January 10, 2015
Important as it is, defense will only get you so far sometimes. Just ask Free State High’s boys basketball team.By Benton Smith
Free State girls reach 7-0 with victory at O-North
January 10, 2015
Most opponents know by now that Free State High’s girls basketball team has two highly productive starters in sophomore Madison Piper and senior Sarah Coversup.

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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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