Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.
In the hours leading up to the Kansas University softball team’s series finale with Texas Tech on Saturday, 6-year-old Cooper Smith Buske took the field at Arrocha Ballpark and threw strike after strike as he got ready. By Benton Smith
If someone had asked Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price beforehand how his team’s Friday night home game against TCU would go, he would have banked on a low-scoring affair featuring plenty of pitching and defense. By Benton Smith
Chaley Brickey already had slammed into the dugout fencing while racing down a foul pop-up Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. So getting mobbed by her teammates following a go-ahead, solo home run in the fifth inning just added to the beating she took while helping Kansas University’s softball team defeat Oklahoma State, 4-0. By Benton Smith
In a showdown between Big 12 closers, Oklahoma’s Ralph Garza beat out Kansas University’s Jordan Piché on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Benton Smith
The basketball rims at Sprint Center looked a little larger than normal to Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown Wednesday night, as his 20 points helped the Cowboys dispose of Texas Tech, 80-62, in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The on-court landscape, Brown hopes, will continue to shift in Oklahoma State’s favor today, when the eighth-seeded Cowboys (21-11) face top-seeded Kansas University (23-8) for the third time this season. By Benton Smith
Chaley Brickey spent most of the past few weeks punishing opposing softball pitchers around the Southeast. Tuesday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, the Kansas University sophomore shortstop finally got a chance to do the same in Lawrence.
KU gets a rematch with the Wildcats at 6 tonight in Oklahoma City, site of the Big 12 Tournament. By Benton Smith
After four straight losses dropped the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s record to five games below .500 with one date remaining in the regular season, one might think the outlook couldn’t get much worse for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
The past few days, Kansas University women’s basketball practices haven’t exactly been pleasant. Losing streaks tend to have that effect. After the skid extended to four games Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, in an 87-79 loss to Iowa State, things won’t look any less bleak for the Jayhawks in the days to come. By Benton Smith
As the Kansas University women’s basketball season heads toward an end, and losses outnumber wins, the narrow defeats are the most difficult ones for coach Bonnie Henrickson to forget. The Jayhawks (12-16 overall, 5-11 Big 12) have lost five of their last six games, and some of those losses would qualify as winnable games in Henrickon’s mind.