WRITER: Shane Jackson

Quick recap: No. 6 Kansas earns 66-57 road win over Texas

Behind three double-digit scorers, No. 6 Kansas did enough to come away with a 66-57 win over Texas Saturday afternoon in the Erwin Center. Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett all made enough plays down the stretch to help the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1) earn their second-straight Big 12 road win. Dotson, who returned to action after being sidelined for one game with a hip injury, scored a team-high 21 ...

Seahawks soar past Eagles for 86-38 win in crosstown clash

Bishop Seabury needed two buzzer beaters to win both meetings with Veritas last year. This time around, there was no reason to sweat out the first installment of the private school version of the City Showdown. The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, demonstrated their dominance from the opening tip on both ends of the floor. Bishop Seabury knocked down an abundance of 3-pointers against a zone defense, ...

LHS girls basketball crushes Wyandotte for 52-10 win

The Lawrence High girls basketball team got back in the win column in a big way Thursday. Lawrence dominated on both ends of the floor in a 52-10 road victory over Wyandotte to end a two-game losing skid. The Lions held the opposition scoreless in the first quarter, while pouring in 18 points on the offensive end, and never looked back after that. “The girls did a great job bringing energy and intensity to ...

Area basketball roundup: Dominant defense propels Bishop Seabury boys to lopsided win

Behind a strong defensive showing, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team dominated Kansas City Christian for a 71-30 home win on Tuesday. The Seahawks (4-0, No. 1 in Class 2A) caused their opponents problems with their pressure defense early and often. On the offensive end, Bishop Seabury shared the ball well and recorded a number of baskets off assists. Cobe Green emerged with a breakout performance to lead ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin wrestling wins dual at Lawrence High in convincing fashion

Freshman Jonathan Wren, sophomore Cameron Blacklock and senior Bailey Vesco each trotted out to shake hands with the referee, as the Baldwin bench roared in approval. All three wrestlers won via forfeit in the final three matches of Wednesday’s dual with Lawrence High at LHS. Yet the outcome had been decided long before those three victory jogs took place, they merely made the final score even more ...

Kansas still projected to win Big 12 following home loss to Baylor

Contrary to popular belief, the sky is not falling for the Kansas men’s basketball team. Sure, Saturday’s 67-55 loss to Baylor highlighted some of KU’s limitations, particularly when sophomore point guard Devon Dotson is out and center Udoka Azubuike is bottled up. It was also a monumental win for the Bears, who had lost the previous 17 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse. With back-to-back wins in Lubbock, ...

Free State boys basketball to forfeit win over Lansing after playing ineligible player

An ineligible player will cost Free State’s boys basketball team a win on its overall season record. KSHSAA informed Free State on Monday that it will have to forfeit its 53-43 victory over Lansing, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the 810 Varsity Sunflower Showcase at Piper High School. With the forfeit, the Firebirds are now 4-2 on the year and remain 2-0 in Sunflower League play. “I would like ...

Shane Jackson: Rare home loss to Baylor highlights KU's limitations on offense

Kansas head coach Bill Self shouldered the blame, but it is unlikely anybody would have faulted him given the circumstances that led to his team's first league loss of the season. Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson was sidelined with a hip injury for a long stretch in the second half. Junior Marcus Garrett played on a sore ankle, an injury he suffered just a few days earlier against Iowa State. Center Udoka ...

Local basketball games postponed due to inclement weather

Mother Nature impacted a full slate of area basketball games Friday night. A crosstown clash between Bishop Seabury and Veritas was one of the many area basketball games postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. No makeup date was announced for the game, which was slated to take place at Haskell Indian Nations University. Saturday's game between Mid-Buchanan and Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball ...

With new form, Wheeler Battaglia-Davis comes through in clutch moment for LHS bowling

Lawrence High junior Wheeler Battaglia-Davis didn’t even know the score when he did the improbable. In the semifinals of match play, the Lions needed a miracle late in game one against Topeka Seaman to even have a shot at advancing to the championship game of the Free State Invitational on Friday at Royal Crest Lanes. And they received their wish thanks to the clutch performance by ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas overwhelms Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum

It wasn’t a typical Kansas-Iowa State matchup in Ames, Iowa. After years of tightly-contested battles between Big 12 foes, the first such matchup of the new decade was anything but that. No. 3 Kansas overwhelmed Iowa State from start to finish in its 79-53 win Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum. It marks the first time that the Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) have defeated the Cyclones (7-7, 0-2) by double ...

Free State, Lawrence High bowling teams prepared for start of 2020 campaign

Throwing strikes was prohibited during the final practice before the start of the 2020 bowling season. Burton Gepford’s request to the Free State bowling team might have seemed strange, but he had his reasoning. He wanted the Firebirds to work on picking up their spares Wednesday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes. And that philosophy just might be the very thing that helps Free State send as many bowlers as ...

Free State boys hold off Shawnee Mission South in home opener

A sequence late in the third quarter was all Free State’s boys basketball team needed to win its home opener. For three-plus quarters, there was little separation between Shawnee Mission South and Free State in a low-scoring affair between Sunflower League foes. All of that changed in a matter of two minutes, however. A timely triple and back-to-back transition dunks by senior DK Middleton proved to be ...

FSHS girls pull away from Shawnee Mission South with strong fourth quarter

Free State’s girls basketball team made enough plays when it mattered most. And the Firebirds discovered a little bit about themselves in the process. After going back-and-forth with Shawnee Mission South through three quarters, FSHS pulled away in convincing fashion in the final period. The Firebirds allowed just one successful field goal in the final quarter, which led to a 20-6 advantage over the final ...

Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys defeat Barstow in home opener

Behind a talented trio of scorers, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team stayed undefeated in the first game of the 2020 portion of its schedule. Zach Bloch, Stavian Jones and Joao Carlos Ramirez combined for 67 points to lead BSA to a 73-58 win over Barstow in its home opener on Tuesday. The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, improved to 3-0 with the win. The Seahawks set the tone on the defensive ...

Big 12 opener showed how Jayhawks have returned to their dunking dominance

The Kansas bench started to stand up before David McCormack even caught the ball. With just over three minutes left in the game, junior Marcus Garrett set up the sophomore big man with an alley-oop off a designed set during KU’s eventual 60-53 win over West Virginia on Saturday. Garrett drove hard to his right before lobbing a pass from the free-throw line. McCormack cut to the left side of the lane and ...

Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls earn split in opening weekend of 2020

Baldwin’s girls basketball team came away with one win and one hard-fought loss in the opening weekend of the 2020 portion of its schedule. On Friday, BHS earned a 46-23 win over Prairie View to begin the year on a strong note. One day later, Baldwin dropped a 46-44 loss in the 810 Sports Classic at Piper High School. It marked the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs, who are now 5-1 on the year. In ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas defeats No. 16 West Virginia in Big 12 opener

In an old-school basketball game, KU’s big man stood taller than the rest. A strong second half by center Udoka Azubuike helped No. 3 Kansas power past No. 16 West Virginia, 60-53, Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (11-2) have now won a 29-straight conference openers dating back to the 1991-92 season. Kansas now leads the overall series with West Virginia, 13-5, which includes wins in ...

Jayhawks remain favorite to win league title in 2020 ahead of Big 12 play

It figures to be a different type of Big 12 race for the Kansas men’s basketball team in 2020, at least compared to the previous 15 years. After finishing third in the league last year, behind co-champions Kansas State and Texas Tech, KU’s streak of 14 straight Big 12 titles came to an end. So this season will be the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that the Jayhawks didn’t win at least a share of ...

How KU women's basketball went undefeated in nonconference play after dropping exhibition opener

For the first time in 14 years, the Kansas women’s basketball team will enter Big 12 play with an undefeated record. The Jayhawks (11-0) are one of nine unbeaten squads in the country. Considering how the 2019-20 campaign started, though, that might surprise some people. KU dropped a 90-82 decision to Pittsburg State in the exhibition opener on Oct. 27, which doesn’t count on the team’s official record. ...