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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

Kansas women at a glance: Jayhawks travel to Creighton

A look at Kansas University's women's basketball matchup at Creighton.

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Kobe sees similarities with ex-Jayhawk Wiggins

Alert the hype police. Someone actually had the audacity to compare Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

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KU women rely on backcourt to beat Arkansas State

Major foul trouble limited Kansas University senior forward Chelsea Gardner to just four second-half minutes Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks relied on their backcourt and secured a 62-48 victory against Arkansas State.

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Jayhawks declaw No. 10 Golden Bears

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team hassled Cal’s two star players into uncharacteristically off performances Sunday evening, finding the perfect way to declaw the No. 10-ranked Golden Bears in a 62-39 upset. By Benton Smith

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UALR streaks past Kansas volleyball in NCAAs

The members of Arkansas-Little Rock’s volleyball team didn’t come all the way to the Kansas Expocentre to let their nation-leading winning streak vanish. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks unimpressed with victory over UIW

Hey, at least the starters didn’t have to play much. Although Kansas University’s women’s basketball team handled Incarnate Word, 68-46, Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, coach Bonnie Henrickson didn’t find many positives in the win — other than the fact she didn’t have to ask too much of her starting five.

KU women roll against Incarnate Word

Confronting little resistance from its overmatched opponent Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team easily bounced back from its second loss of the season to beat Incarnate Word, 68-46.

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Column: Tight end's touchdown a special ending to tough career

After toiling four years in Kansas University’s football program as a tight end known for his blocking, senior Trent Smiley left the visiting locker room at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday night, with the ball from the first touchdown reception of his career tucked tightly to his ribs.By Benton Smith

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K-State shuts down KU's season with 51-13 romp

Playing in the eighth and final game of Clint Bowen’s interim head-coaching run, Kansas University’s football team got a taste of Kansas State football early and never recovered in a 51-13 rivalry loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Kansas LB Heeney a Wildcat? ‘Glad I’m not’

In some alternate reality, Ben Heeney could be the face of another team’s defense. By Benton Smith

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