Despite a 3-0 start last year, Kansas University’s women’s tennis team struggled throughout the 2008-2009 season against ranked opponents and fierce Big 12 competition. The Jayhawks ended their season with a 10-13 overall record and a 4-8 record in the Big 12.
In 2008, the University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country team earned a pair of eighth-place finishes in the Big 12 Championships and eighth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively, in the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
Head coach Ray Bechard’s favorite memory of the 2008 Kansas volleyball season was senior night. Facing a tough Baylor team with a better record and some hard hitters, Kansas rallied to take the match in four sets.
When last year’s starting linebackers — Mike Rivera, Joe Mortensen and James Holt — all exhausted their Kansas University football eligibility, they left behind a legacy, but no definite replacements. And as the Jayhawks prepare for the 2009 season, competition for the position is still open.
In his sophomore season, wide receiver Johnathan Wilson was voted “Biggest Surprise” by his Kansas University teammates. He went on to start in 12 of the Jayhawks’ 13 games, racking up 43 receptions for 573 yards and three touchdowns.
The new outdoor courts at First Serve tennis facility will be put to good use this weekend as Kansas University plays host to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association summer circuit.
Whistles and buzzers sound off around the Free State High School gym as girls run through shooting and passing drills. Coaches offer tips on agility, shooting techniques and ball handling.
The inaugural Family Promise of Lawrence Charity Golf Tournament, set for Sept. 21 at Lawrence Country Club, will benefit the Lawrence chapter of Family Promise, a faith-based, non-profit program designed to help homeless adults with children.
When starting Kansas University kicker Scott Webb graduated last year, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. Good thing three new players are ready for the job. Jacob Branstetter and Stephen Hoge, both red-shirt freshmen, and Grady Fowler, a junior-college transfer from Butler Community College, are battling for the starting kicker spot.
As a redshirt junior last year, Marcus Herford earned a major name for himself as a killer kick returner. Herford was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in a coaches' vote and earned a spot on Phil Steele Magazine's All-Big 12 First Team as a return specialist. Big 12 coaches, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rivals.com also awarded him All-Big 12 Second Team Return Specialist honors.