Chris Duderstadt (Shawnee Dispatch sports reporter)
I was born and raised in Overland Park as the only child of Glen and Hilary Duderstadt. After graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 2009, I attended Baker University. I ran cross country and track for four years at Baker, and joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While running and joining a fraternity required a lot of time commitment, the bulk of my schedule revolved around my work with the Baker Orange newspaper. I was the sports editor of the Baker Orange for my sophomore and junior years before becoming the editor-in-chief as a senior. I reported on every sport Baker had to offer with the exception of cross country and track since I competed in them. I graduated from Baker in May of 2013 with a degree in mass media, and moved to Orlando the day after to begin an internship with the Sanford River Rats of Florida Collegiate Summer Baseball League. At the conclusion of the Florida League season in August, I was named the FCSL Journalist of the Year at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. I have stayed true to my Kansas City roots as a fan of the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC. Although Sporting KC has been the only one of the three to have any postseason success during my 23 years of life, my fingers are crossed for the Royals to finally earn a playoff berth and for the Chiefs to pull out their first postseason win since I was 2. Along with working as a part-time copy editor at the sports desk, I also help out with reporting assignments as needed. I am also the house director at Delta Tau Delta at Baker and plan to help out with the BU cross country and track teams as my time allows it this year.
- Big third quarter powers Lawrence High girls in City Showdown
- December 15, 2017
- After watching his team only score 16 points in the first half of Friday’s City Showdown against Free State at Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence High girls basketball coach Jeff Dickson challenged his veteran squad in the locker room to be more aggressive when returning to the court for the third quarter.
- Second half struggles doom Firebirds in loss to BVNW
- December 8, 2017
- As the Free State girls basketball team took a four-point lead into halftime against Blue Valley Northwest on Thursday in the consolation semifinals of Lady Hawks Basketball Classic, Firebirds coach Ted Juneau saw some encouraging things from his squad. The Huskies got rolling again in the third quarter, though, and the Firebirds never were able to recover.
- Fast start propels Lions to 88-76 win over Wyandotte in Blue Valley Shootout opener
- December 5, 2017
- After edging Topeka High in a low-scoring affair in its season opener, the Lawrence High boys basketball torched the nets in its 88-76 win over Wyandotte on Tuesday in the first round of the Blue Valley Shootout.
- Kopatich nets career-high 26 points to lead KU past Arkansas
- December 3, 2017
- Kansas junior Kylee Kopatich scored a career-high 26 points to power the Kansas women’s basketball team past Arkansas, 71-60, on Sunday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse. Christalah Lyons and Tyler Johnson joined Kopatich in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively, to help the Jayhawks improve to 7-0.
- LHS alumna Skylar Drum wins national title with UCM women’s soccer
- December 2, 2017
- Lawrence High alumna and Central Missouri freshman Skylar Drum helped the Jennies win a NCAA Division II national championship on Saturday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo. Drum and the Jennies finished the season 26-0 en route to winning the first national title in program history.
- Lawrence’s Skylar Drum helps UCM women’s soccer to national title match
- November 30, 2017
- Lawrence High alumna Skylar Drum has stepped right in as a starting center back on the back line of the University of Central Missouri women’s soccer, and she had the chance to showcase her skills on the national stage on Thursday at Swope Soccer Village.
- Baker football falls to Georgetown (Ky.) in first round of NAIA playoffs
- November 18, 2017
- After winning its third straight Heart of America Athletic Conference south division title, the Baker University football team had its eyes set on another run to the NAIA national championship game as the Wildcats geared up for a first-round matchup with Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday Liston Stadium. The sixth-ranked Wildcats looked to be well on their way to doing so after Lawrence High product JD Woods took a screen pass from senior Logan Brettell 83 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Baker offense wavered after that, though, and the Wildcats came up on the losing end of a 36-33 contest which saw seven lead changes.
- In the zone: Stifling defense guides KU women to 72-37 win over Texas Southern
- November 15, 2017
- After a strong first quarter sparked the Kansas women’s basketball team to an 18-point victory over Campbell in the Jayhawks’ season opener on Sunday, Brandon Schneider’s squad used a big second quarter to pull away from Texas Southern in a 72-37 win over the Tigers on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Chris Duderstadt
- Free State rumbles past Wichita North, 69-6
- October 27, 2017
- If there was any doubt that the Free State High football team wouldn’t be focused heading into its first-round playoff game against Wichita North, it was quickly erased on the opening kickoff.