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Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

Recent Stories

KU softball disappointed by rainout

With two runners on base and one out in the bottom of the fourth Sunday afternoon at a drenched Arrocha Ballpark, Kansas University’s softball players and coaches remained optimistic something positive would come out of a weekend series already sealed in favor of visiting Oklahoma State. By Benton Smith

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Powerhouse: Brickey helps KU softball complete sweep of Texas Tech

At 5-foot-1, Kansas University softball leadoff hitter Chaley Brickey certainly doesn’t scream power hitter when she steps into the batter’s box. But those who have seen the four-year starter attack a pitch know exactly what kind of power lurks within Brickey’s arms and bat. By Benton Smith

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Frog warning: Eight-run fifth dooms Jayhawks, 14-6

Although Kansas scored in four of the first five frames and produced 11 hits, the Horned Frogs’ monstrous fifth inning powered the visitors to a 14-6 rout in the series finale. By Benton Smith

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QB Cozart offered to switch positions

Montell Cozart entered his junior season at Kansas University as the team’s starting quarterback, hoping for big things under a new regime, led by first-year head coach David Beaty.

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Jayhawks will have new look next year

Returning KU players hope to carry over culture

As March comes to a close, and the Jayhawks, the top overall seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, watch from afar while four other programs battle for a national championship, no one — not even Bill Self — knows exactly what the Kansas University basketball roster will look like next fall.

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Benton Smith: Self sees Jayhawks making progress on defense

Bill Self has coached too many lock-down one-on-one defenders and above-the-rim intimidators in his time at Kansas University to automatically include his current collection of Jayhawks with the best defensive teams he has put on the floor in his 12-plus seasons at KU.

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KU women drop home finale, remain winless in Big 12

Facing another struggling Big 12 program in its home finale Saturday night, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t capitalize on a good start, and instead remained winless in conference, with a 69-58 loss to Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks come through in crunch time to win at Baylor

Down by as many as eight points on the road and getting out-manned on the boards much of the night, Kansas found enough inner toughness in crunch time Tuesday night to recover for a 66-60 win at Baylor’s Ferrell Center.

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Depth, weather have KU’s Price smiling

If you bump into Ritch Price and he seems more lively than usual, it’s not just the “unheard of” string of warm pre-season weather that has put a smile on the Kansas University baseball coach’s face.

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Torneden, Skwarlo set to join Jayhawks

In the months following Bryce Torneden’s oral commitment to play football at North Dakota State, one of the Free State High senior’s closest teammates, Sam Skwarlo, stayed in his ear about the possibility of playing for their hometown program, Kansas University, instead.

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