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Shane Jackson

High School Sports Editor | KUsports.com reporter

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Shane is a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com and one of the hardest working people we have on staff.

After working for the Journal-World in a part-time capacity during his college days at KU, Jackson returned to the paper after covering prep sports and K-State for the Manhattan Mercury.

In addition to helping out with all of our KU coverage, Jackson is in complete control of our coverage of the high school sports scene in and around Lawrence, writing stories, covering games, organizing freelance writers and photographers and keeping track of the schedule of the dozens of prep teams in the area.

A former 8-man football star in small town Kansas, Jackson has a real appreciation for all high school athletes and enjoys telling their stories, from the star of the team to the less heralded players living outside of the spotlight.

Jackson, a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens, lives in Lawrence and plays golf whenever he possibly can.

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Quick recap: KU football suffers lopsided loss to Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown

Kansas State scored on two different punt returns and added a pick-six for good measure in a 55-14 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon.

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KU women's basketball returns to practice ahead of 2020-21 campaign

Even with a mask on during his interview, it was easy to sense the joy head coach Brandon Schneider had about returning to practice.

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Quick recap: Kansas falls to 0-4 after 38-17 loss to West Virginia

Playing without its head coach on the sideline, it was a familiar result for the Kansas football team on Saturday. KU jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but gave up 38 unanswered points in a 38-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

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True freshman CB Karon Prunty expected to make immediate impact for KU football

It didn’t take long for Robert Jackson to realize that KU freshman cornerback Karon Prunty had a bright future. In roughly 12 months, Prunty went from an under-recruited prospect originally committed to Liberty to a true freshman starter for a Power Five program. By Shane Jackson

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'We could relate on another level': Unique bond with KU assistant helped Clinton Anokwuru pick KU football

Ever since Kansas football started recruiting Clinton Anokwuru, assistant coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe knew he had a special connection with the three-star defensive end — the two men both belong to the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. By Shane Jackson

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'It’s home for me': Lawrence High's 2-sport standout Devin Neal plans to play for Kansas

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been a lot of positive news as of late. For a brief moment, at least in the city of Lawrence, Devin Neal changed all of that with a single tweet late Friday night. Shane Jackson

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Lawrence High junior Devin Neal commits to play 2 sports at KU

Lawrence High’s two-sport standout Devin Neal will be staying home at the next level.

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Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas tops Texas Tech to win outright Big 12 title

Before the first media timeout of the second half, No. 1 Kansas became the outright Big 12 champion. The rest of it was just gravy.

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Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas holds off Kansas State for 62-58 win

Manhattan — The rematch proved to be more interesting, at least from a basketball perspective. In a back-and-forth battle, No. 1 Kansas ultimately prevailed with a 62-58 win over Kansas State Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

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Shane Jackson: Consistent excellence makes Devon Dotson KU's MVP

Ranked No. 1 in the country and saddled with just three losses on the season, the Kansas men's basketball team has had plenty of things go right during the past few months. And there are three players who typically receive most of the credit for that. Each has had his stretch — or stretches — in which he has carried the team and helped make Kansas the legitimate national title contender it appears to be. And all three, when clicking at the same time, have made Kansas nearly unstoppable. So which one has been KU's most valuable player? Here are the cases for Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett as KU's 2019-20 team MVP.

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