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Friday, May 18, 2012

Keegan

It’s time to accent year’s top Jayhawks

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As the school year winds to a close, it’s time to highlight Kansas University’s top performers.

  1. Thomas Robinson: The nation’s lone unanimous first-team All-American led the surprising Jayhawks to the brink of a men’s basketball national title and went out in style, totaling 18 points and 17 rebounds against Kentucky’s talented front line in the national title game.

  2. Angel Goodrich: Wow! In a sport that has had trouble generating a big national following and all-important TV ratings, Goodrich is a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-her performer. The 5-foot-4 point guard put her multiple knee troubles behind her and led KU, a surprise selection in the NCAA Tournament field, to the Sweet 16. Goodrich’s no-look passes, bold dashes to the hoop and pull-up jumpers had the players on the men’s team glued to their TV sets during March Madness. They marveled at her basketball intuition, her ball-handling skill and her confident approach. She averaged 39.35 minutes in Big 12 games.

  3. Diamond Dixon: The NCAA Indoor 400-meter champion ran a national-best 51.09 in the Big 12 Outdoor track championship. She also anchored the 1,600-meter relay team that placed first in the Big 12 meet.

  4. Tyshawn Taylor: Played two games with a torn meniscus, didn’t miss any after surgery and earned his degree.

  5. Andrea Geubelle: The NCAA Indoor triple-jump champion won the event in the Big 12 Outdoor track meet with a sky-walk of 44 feet, 23⁄4 inches.

  6. Maggie Hull: When softball coach Megan Smith was hired, she inherited the gift of Maggie, recruited by her predecessor, Tracy Bunge. The former Journal-World sports department intern out of Free State High has gone from writing stories to being written about, thanks to her Big 12-best .409 average, a school record that topped Jill Larson’s .400 mark in 1979. Hull is KU’s first first-team All-Big 12 player since 2006 and is a two-time first-team All-Academic honoree.

  7. Elijah Johnson: The junior guard who grew up in Gary, Ind., and played high school ball in Las Vegas developed into a clutch shooter and a versatile guard who was careful not to turn it over. Johnson has a lot of growth left in him and should not be counted out of contending for first-team All-American honors.

  8. Jeff Withey: Nobody on the men’s basketball team made bigger strides than the guy with the biggest stride.

  9. Frank Duncan: Right-hander from San Francisco came out of Thursday’s 1-0 baseball shutout of Missouri with a 6-7 record, a 2.56 ERA and a 3-to-1 strikeout/walk ratio.

  10. Todd “Leaper” Williams: Despite the football team’s poor performance, Leaper, a Special Olympics gold medalist, again brought passion and attention to detail to his equipment-room duties. Leaper, many might recall, was the holder when the late Don Fambrough booted a kick through the uprights in a recent KU alumni football game.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Could have put linebacker Steven Johnson on the top 10 list. Played with heart and pride, and well enough to earn a spot on the Denver Broncos roster. He was honestly one of the only bright spots for KU football.

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dkelman32 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm sorry, but with the Women's Track team taking 2nd at Indoor Nationals and 2nd at Outdoor Big XII meet (how many of you actually knew either of those things? Nice coverage LJ World. Sheesh) I would say that the track is the highlight of the stadium and until the football team is competing for championships you can consider THE FOOTBALL TEAM secondary tenant at the stadium. The track team has earned it's place. Besides, stadiums don't win games, especially if they aren't even filled to capacity.

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JakeBarnes 1 year, 11 months ago

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jaybate 1 year, 11 months ago

"Some Jayhawks Needing De-Accenting"

~Maggio Fellatio, highly recruited freshman from Taormina, Sicily, failed to lead KU's second year XTReme Horse Head Severing team out of the Big 12 cellar.

~Chloe Crinklebein, Ph.d., new KU sensitivity trainer, failed completely in teaching KU's new XTReme Knife & Kick Boxing team how to deliver kicks to reproductive organs with enough empathy to leave opponents "gasping, but with dignity."

~Vonce Cadwell, a ninth year KU senior from Wichita's elite Oil and Gas Fracking Academy, humiliated the University of Kansas by starting a pseudo gambling website called "Joey Frackets' Fracketology," where students lay down $5 bets predicting which land mark campus structures will collapse in what order due to subsidence from oil and gas fracking under Mt. Oread.

~Tyler Farhtmoor, junior from Leawood, appalled the KU geography department by texting the Director of the National Geographic Information Systems repository at University of California Santa Barbara with the query: Which state is Missouri located in?

~KU's vaunted 400 meter shared-ear-bud, high-hurdle duo of Isabella Churchill-Sifuentes and Maykala Blackasp-O'Herlihy, fell out of rhythm with only 100 yards to go at the Kansas Unconventional Relays, when they could not agree whether to kick with "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, or "Super Bass" by Nicky Minaj.

~KU's XTReme Bungee Jumping team needs XTReme deaccenting for forgetting the bungee cords in their group drop from the top of the Campanile, leading to the single largest mass casualty event in KU history.

~Joachim Fecalschiess, sophomore from Baden Baden, Germany, by way of Oaxaca, Mexico, for crapping out sixteen consecutive rolls at the NCAA's Viva Gambling Madness in Las Vegas.

~Raymond Dikforbrains, KU Vice Chancellor in Charge of Big 12 Realigment Strategy, counseled the Big 12 not to expand into the eastern time zone, because leaders of east coast schools will try to steal the bodily fluids of KU's leaders.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 11 months ago

Pretty sure this article was simply a top 10 designed to bring about discussion. There were no slights or disrespect intended.

Everything in the list could be a complete article on its own. And most have.

Keep it coming Tom!

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rockymtnjhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

In other words, time to put your money where your mouth is.

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rockymtnjhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Dixon and Geubelle are National Champions (and obviously All-Americans). They will compete for double NCs in a few weeks (for outdoor). They will be at the Olympic Trials. They are #1 and #2. Dixon won the 400M and 4x400M relay at Big XII outdoor. Geubelle was first in triple jump and second in long jump.

KU Track & Field would love to have their own state of the art facility, instead of running on a crappy English measure track in a dumpy old stadium. For those bitching about the track, make your donations to KU Athletics so they can put in a proper metric track on the West Campus. Then we can attract even more great athletes that will win KU more National Championships and we won't have to read your constant whining like some crybaby little snot nosed kids.

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squawkhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Football has the most participants of any sport and yet not a single player made the top 10 list. Very sad considering FB is THE money sport of college athletics.

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d_prowess 1 year, 11 months ago

I posted this above, but thought it might get lost in the comment strings that the site uses. Here is something from another section of the LJW for all you that think the track is a real asset, http://www2.ljworld.com/qa/sound_off/2012/may/17/soundoff-outdoor-track/

I am shocked that this has never come out in the past discussion of the track at Memorial. How can we justify keeping something that isn't good enough for our conference!

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RockChalk26 1 year, 11 months ago

What would you put in place of the track? Honestly there is nothing that you could do in that space due lack of elevation required for more seating. (Unless you dig up the field then lower it by 20 feet to accommodate for more seating) And how would we benefit from more seating when we are having enough trouble filling the stadium in the first place.

Cheap fix for the track: On game days, those who bitch and moan about the track, will meet 4 hours before kick off to roll out green astroturf. Completely covering the orange track to match the color of the field. (Out of site, out of mind) After completion of the game, we roll it up.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 11 months ago

I think it must have been a slow week cause Tait realized with realignment buzz starting again he needed to take his vacation while he can.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 11 months ago

Others Receiving Votes: JN promising sweeping changes to the message boards, TK being overly sensitive with the delete button whenever someone mentions his girth, Taits love for all things Tebow, Ahperse not getting the conference chatter job, Jaybate trying to sell his used keyboards on ebay, Ralster separating paragraphs like this ............................ Whoever drove 100 off the cliff, the guy that would write poems after every basketball game,

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stahlin 1 year, 11 months ago

lazy article and poorly written. Keegan must think peter king is a good writer with sentences like this. "Maggie Hull: When softball coach Megan Smith was hired, she inherited the gift of Maggie, recruited by her predecessor, Tracy Bunge."

Whats next TK? Truth nuggets and coffee stories?

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, TRob made bigger strides then Jeff Withey. If I'm not mistaken, Trob went from a foul prone, bench player with limited scoring ability to a Top 5 Draft Pick and the only unanimous All-American.

The write-up for Tyshawn is embarrassing.

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swunruhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

The track represents history at KU. Shut up about the track. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 11 months ago

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JayHok 1 year, 11 months ago

Biggest surprise--Jeff Withey

Biggest disappointment--The track

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741hawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Correction at midnight. It's late. Track really is the Number One disappointment.

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741hawk 1 year, 11 months ago

I might move the track up a bit. Now KU is one of only two BCS schools with a track inside their football stadium. Guess the other school? That football powerhouse -- Duke. Can't be a top level program with a track separating the fans from the football action.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 11 months ago

Bottom 10

10) Danny Manning leaving :( 9) KU football at Okie State 8) AJ Stewart and the camera 7) Girls basketball until the month of march. 6) Ray B 5) sheahoRn agreeing to play on The Longhorn Network 4) KU football at GT 3) Brock Berglund 2) Turner Gill press conferences 1) The track

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