WRITER: Shane Jackson

Pick 6: Best bets for Week 5 of college football

Best bet: Oregon State (+4.5) vs. Stanford Stanford (1-3) is off to its worst start to a season since 2007. The Beavers are coming off a bye week and should have a good crowd in their conference opener. Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson should be back after running for 270 yards on 47 attempts in the first two games. Stanford, meanwhile, has injury concerns at quarterback and its offensive line. Long ...

Lawrence High remains undefeated with 52-21 win over Olathe Northwest

It wasn’t always pretty, especially at first, but Lawrence High’s football team eventually found a way to take control during its 52-21 win over Olathe Northwest on Friday night at LHS. And that is exactly what good teams do in those situations. The Lions, who were coming off a thrilling win over Gardner Edgerton, avoided any sort of letdown in their homecoming affair against the winless Ravens. LHS scored ...

Area football roundup: Eudora defeats Baldwin to earn 1st win of 2019 season

Eudora’s football team earned its first win of the 2019 season in a weather-shortened affair. In a battle between two area teams, EHS took down Baldwin for a 34-12 home win. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 0-4 on the year. The Cardinals, who won just one game in 2018 in Sean Hayden’s first year at the helm, are now 1-3 halfway through the season. Eudora had a strong second half after trailing by a 12-7 ...

Preps notebook: LHS football aims to keep it rolling against Olathe Northwest

Lawrence High head coach Steve Rampy doesn’t believe in trap games. But even he can admit that this week’s matchup would qualify as such. That’s why Rampy took a moment to speak to the team during Saturday’s film session, which took place shortly after Lawrence upset Gardner Edgerton on the road. The idea behind the speech was to motivate the Lions to capitalize on the momentum of their 3-0 ...

Preps notebook: Free State's offense finding rhythm after strong showing in Week 3

This time last week, Free State’s football team was still searching for its identity. After a 59-14 win over Shawnee Mission North in Week 3, FSHS has a better sense of what that might be — at least on the offensive side of the ball. The Firebirds (2-1) scored on nine consecutive possessions at one point, which came after a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive. Now, the key for the Firebirds will be ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks overcome injuries to notch 4-1 win over Bonner Springs

It was an especially long pregame routine for the Bishop Seabury boys soccer team. Due to transportation issues, Bonner Springs showed up 16 minutes late Tuesday afternoon at the Youth Sports Complex. The visiting team was then given its own warmup time, meaning the match didn’t start until 37 minutes after it was originally scheduled to begin. In the end, the Seahawks still netted a 4-1 home win to improve ...

Despite playing 85 snaps, KU's defense posts strong performance in Big 12 opener

During KU’s 29-24 loss in the Big 12 opener, West Virginia essentially wrapped things up on its 81st offensive play of the afternoon. On third-and-5, WVU running back Martell Pettaway darted through the Kansas defense for a 7-yard touchdown run. Not a single KU player got a hand on Pettaway, who gave the Mountaineers a 29-17 advantage with 5:04 left in the game. True freshman linebacker Gavin Potter had a ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie pushes past Eudora for 43-8 win

Tonganoxie never trailed in its 43-8 home win over Eudora in a battle between two area teams. The Chieftains jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half and never looked back, improving their record to 3-0 to start the year. Eudora’s lone score came in the third quarter with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Zeke Reazin to Silas Etter. The 2-point conversion was a connection between Reazin and Sloan Hayden. THS ...

Shane Jackson: KU's rushing attack bottled up in Big 12 opener against West Virginia

The blueprint on how to stop Kansas’ offense is out, even if the thought of that sentence seemed preposterous just eight days ago. KU’s rushing attack was stymied in a 29-24 loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks ran for just 142 yards in the Big 12 opener, which took place one week after Khalil Herbert and Pooka Williams Jr. combined for 308 yards in a ...

FSHS football rolls past Shawnee Mission North for 59-14 win

Despite coming off its first regular-season loss since 2016, it was still business as usual for the Free State football team. After a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, the Firebirds scored on eight straight drives to close out the first half. The game was never in doubt after that, as Free State rolled past Shawnee Mission North for a 59-14 win Friday night at FSHS. “This is nice to get an ...

Area football notebook: FSHS football trying to find identity after regular-season loss

It has been quite some time since Free State’s football team experienced a regular-season loss. Prior to last week’s defeat at Olathe East, the Firebirds hadn’t dropped a regular-season decision since a 34-21 loss at Park Hill on Sept. 16, 2016. FSHS rattled off eight consecutive wins after that. It remains to be seen how this year’s team, led by first-year head coach Kevin Stewart, will respond this ...

Preps notebook: LHS boys soccer secures 4-1 win over Wyandotte

Lawrence High head coach Mike Murphy had no doubt that his team would respond. After all, the Lions have had to do so in nearly every match this season. After a pair of offsides stalled Lawrence’s offense on two different scoring opportunities, Wyandotte evened things with a counter attack with 13:03 left in the first half. Rather than falter, though, Lawrence bounced back with three consecutive scores to ...

A look at KU's personnel usage through 3 games under Les Miles

Nothing changed about the offensive game plan in Week 3, at least according to Kansas head coach Les Miles. Of course, we are all calling Miles’ bluff considering KU’s offense looked drastically different in its 48-24 win at Boston College last Friday. The Jayhawks scored six offensive touchdowns against the Eagles after doing so three times through the first two weeks. Kansas averaged 7.9 yards per play ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys soccer earns 1-0 home win over Shawnee Mission North

Once the ball fell safely into sophomore goalkeeper Aydan Works’ hands, Free State’s sideline let out a sigh of relief. Yet Shawnee Mission North’s last-ditch effort, a free kick with seven seconds remaining, never had a chance. It merely capped off a 1-0 win for the Firebirds, who improved to 2-1-1 through the first four matches under first-year head coach Hussam Mohammed. “I think we can go far with ...

Free State freshman Zoe Williams highlights top area athletes of the week

Free State’s gymnastics team had a new top performer in the third meet of the season. Talia Gay, who won the all-around state title last fall, had finished first or second in the all-around rankings in each of the first two meets. She then suffered an injury early in the Free State Invitational Saturday afternoon at LHS, which meant the Firebirds would need someone else to step up to the challenge. FSHS ...

Preps notebook: City gymnastics teams showing growth early in 2019 season

It is just three meets into the 2019 season, but both Free State and Lawrence High gymnastics squads have made massive strides. And that is a credit to the new mindset for both teams under first-year head coach Katrina Farrow, who was an assistant for both programs the previous three seasons. Since the first day Farrow took over, she has empowered her players to shoulder more responsibility. “If you give ...

Pick 6: Best bets for Week 3 of college football

I will not stand for this Week 3 slander. Sure, there are no marquee games this weekend due to the fact that there won’t be a matchup between ranked teams. But this is college football. After a long offseason of no football, I will take as much of it as I can get. Plus, when you have action on so many different games every week, then football will never be boring. At least that is what I tell myself on a ...

LHS football improves to 2-0 with 30-7 win over Shawnee Mission East

It took over 20 hours for the Lawrence High football team to get the result it wanted, but it proved to be well worth the wait. LHS picked up right where it left off from the night before, when the game was postponed due to inclement weather midway through the first quarter, during a rare Friday afternoon matchup with Shawnee Mission East at Shawnee Mission North stadium. The Lions maintained their early lead ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie takes down Louisburg for 42-6 win

Tonganoxie improved to 2-0 with a 42-6 road win over Louisburg Friday night. The Chieftains scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back. Elijah Tyner had a 5-yard touchdown run on a direct snap and Sam Kleidosty punched it in from 2 yards out as well. THS has now won nine of its last 10 games, dating back to last season. Tonganoxie will host Eudora at 7 p.m. Friday. Holton 14, ...