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A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

Mizzou’s Kevin Puryear is more productive with less court time

In a year featuring no shortage of change for Mizzou basketball, the season started far from familiar for junior Kevin Puryear.

Puryear, a 6-7 power forward, started 63 consecutive games over a two-year stretch where the Tigers fared 18-45. He was the only player besides Jonathan Williams III to start each game over his first two seasons since Mizzou moved to the SEC in 2012.

Devonte’ Graham undeniably is Kansas Jayhawks’ leader

Devonte’ Graham is pushing hard and he can’t stop. Not now, not after three years of living his dream of playing for powerhouse Kansas basketball and working tirelessly to become one of the best players in the country to lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four.

After playing somewhat in the shadow of star players, like Perry Ellis early and National Player of the Year Frank Mason III last season, this is Graham’s time, to fully embrace being the go-to guy and true team leader — both on and off the court.

Will Geary plays close to the ground as anchor of KSU defense

At 6-feet, 290 pounds, Will Geary looks like a college defensive tackle straight out of central casting.

Long-known as the strongest Kansas State player, Geary defers, claiming back-up tackle Raymond Price should get that label. But he will give in a little, saying, “Okay, maybe on some lists (I am).”

His weight-room numbers are staggering. He says his best bench press is “about 410 right now.” His best squat is about 630 pounds, and his best clean is 395.

The burly senior anchors the middle of the defensive line and pretty much goes unnoticed. He’s fine with that. Some of it comes with the territory of being a defensive tackle, and some of it is the low-key personality of Geary.

Five Kansas Jayhawks football captains are each winners

The greatest honor a Kansas Jayhawks football player can achieve is to be named a captain by his teammates. The role speaks volumes about the player’s status on the team, his character, his drive, his work ethic and the way he carries himself on and off the field.

The Jayhawks have five captains this season: junior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., junior wide receiver Jeremiah Booker, junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise, junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. and senior running back Denzell Evans, who is out for the year with a knee injury.

Jayhawks coach David Beaty wouldn’t trade his captains for any players in the country.

Emanuel Hall turns potential into reality as wideout for Mizzou Football

Missouri junior wideout Emanuel Hall had his breakout game in October at Lexington, Kentucky’s Kroger Field, turning his potential into a reality.

“The fans are against you, so you kind of work some energy, and I think it all played a part in how we went on to play,” Hall said.

In the final minute of the first half, Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock hooked up with Hall for a 58-yard touchdown.

“Coming into to the game, I was feeling really good,” Hall said

Mizzou’s Logan Cheadle grinding through team’s defensive struggles

Missouri ended September with a 51-14 loss to ranked Auburn, who took advantage of the Tigers’ defensive shortcomings. Senior Logan Cheadle, the emerging leader of the cornerback unit, misread two passes that factored into Auburn’s 482-yard night. The cornerbacks finished with a season-low seven tackles.

Mizzou surrendered four touchdowns on Auburn’s first five offensive drives in an effort where Mizzou finished without a defended pass, forced fumble or an interception for the first time this season.

“We game-planned them hard,” Cheadle said. “We saw a lot of things we were expecting, but guys just didn’t make plays, me especially.”

Peyton Bender – shows skill and poise…moves forward as Jayhawks QB

The Peyton Bender era officially began for Kansas football Sept. 2 at Memorial Stadium in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State in front of 32,134 fans with mostly sunny skies and 83-degree weather.

On KU’s first play from scrimmage, Bender caught the snap in shotgun from center Mesa Ribordy and threw a four-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremiah Booker.

Fast-rising Wildcat Dalton Schoen has moved quickly up the receiver depth chart

Third-year mechanical engineering Kansas State student Dalton Schoen is a smart young man.

Dalton Schoen is a walk-on receiver from Overland Park with deceptive speed. At 6-2, 208 pounds, he might remind some long-time K-State fans of another big receiver from a decade ago. But he wouldn’t go there when asked to compare himself to Jordy Nelson, the former walk-on from Riley County.

“It’s impossible to compare myself to someone like that,” Schoen said.

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them: