WRITER: Braden Shaw

Free State falls to Olathe East rushing attack in 1st loss of season

Free State, with no timeouts remaining, elected to run the ball on third down with junior running back Tyler Bowden. Bowden gained only five yards, leaving the clock running and the Firebirds in a frenzy to kick a field goal. Junior kicker Joey Wood managed to set up on the field in time for a 48-yard, buzzer-beating field goal. This frantic pace encapsulates an undisciplined effort in Free State’s 26-17 ...

KU volleyball opens new arena with 3-0 victory over Morehead State

Prior to the first serve in the newly renovated Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena, sophomore libero/defensive specialist Lacey Angello took a breath to calm any last second nerves. “Lacey was back there and she didn’t even look at me. Usually I give her a signal like, ‘Where are you going to serve it to?'" Kansas head coach Ray Bechard said. "And I think she said, ‘This is historic here; I better serve ...

Free State volleyball's new mindset leads to resurgent victory over Olathe North

After dropping the first set to Olathe North, Free State volleyball head coach Jayme Savage knew the Firebirds needed a spark to take back momentum. “New team, new outcome,” Savage said. And coming out of that huddle prior to the second set, the Firebirds (No. 4 Class 6A) looked reborn into a different, more aggressive team, en route to a 2-1 (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) win over Olathe North in a triangular ...

Coastal Carolina secures first Power 5 win over KU thanks to tumultuous journey

The first win over a Power 5 team is no small feat for a football program, something that Coastal Carolina sophomore quarterback Fred Payton immediately recognized after the Chanticleers 12-7 win over Kansas Saturday night. “Just knowing that I was able to be a part of a team that got our first Power 5 win in school history is big,” Payton said. “I mean, not many people can say that.” But Payton, head ...

Lawrence High overcomes penalties to defeat Olathe South in home opener

It didn’t take long for Lawrence High to get on the scoreboard in the 2019 season, as the Lions recovered its opening kickoff on the Olathe South 6-yard line. Junior quarterback Jackson Dooley promptly ran the ball into the end zone on third-and-goal, and LHS was quickly on the board at the 11:00 mark. And while that initial surge may have been indicative of an explosive offense, LHS held on for a 31-21 ...

Lawrence High volleyball falls to Blue Valley Northwest 3-0 in season opener

The Lawrence High volleyball team learned about the power of leadership last year when nine seniors lifted the Lions to a 38-2 season and the 2018 Class 6A state title. This year, LHS will take on the daunting task of following up those accolades with just four seniors on the roster. “We definitely have to step up,” senior Haven Bellerive said. “I mean, there’s only four of us and we try to set a good ...

'Hopefully it’s a new era': Les Miles instills hope in KU fan base after decade of losing

Waving flags that read “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” and “LFK.” A full student section. One fan even had a plunger on his head. The first Kansas football game in the Les Miles era seemingly signaled a culture change from the opening kick. “It’s definitely different,” said Zach Panther, a KU junior from Overland Park. “You know, I’m used to most people leaving after the first two quarters, but ...

After scoring in 2018 Final Four, James Sosinski records 1st career touchdown for KU football

With 8:40 left in the third quarter of KU’s game against Indiana State, senior tight end James Sosinski found an opening. Senior quarterback Carter Stanley spotted Sosinski on the right side and dumped the ball off to the tight end who quickly ran into the end zone. It was Sosinski’s first career touchdown, coming on the same day of his first career reception as a Jayhawk. “I didn’t know I was going to ...

Katie McClure notches lone goal in KU's 1-0 win over FAU

They tried a few times prior, but the Kansas midfielders broke through in the 13th minute. A pass combination between sophomore forward Bri Amos and junior defender Isabella Cavalcante found senior forward Katie McClure in the box for an easy tap-in goal. “All I remember is (Cavalcante) passing it in out wide,” McClure said. “But there was a lot of good movement by all of us, a lot of one-two touch ...

Veritas football suffers 48-0 loss to Albany in season opener

At first glance, Veritas freshman offensive/defensive lineman Calvin Clements provided a much-needed spark for the Eagles with a fumble recovery for a touchdown with 3:07 left in the first half. However, the Eagles had nine players on the field, thus nullifying a rare scoring opportunity and illustrating Veritas’ struggles in a 48-0 season opening loss to Albany. “[We] came out, they fought hard,” ...

KU soccer cruises to 6-0 win over Loyola-Chicago

As she’s done often over her career, Kansas senior forward Katie McClure caught the opposing team’s defense sleeping. McClure stole the ball in the midfield in the fourth minute, sent a through ball to senior midfielder Ceri Holland and converted off a Holland cross. Even amid pouring rain, McClure and Holland’s technical precision and chemistry shined through. “I think it’s just fun to play in the ...