Category Archives: KU

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.

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.

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.

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.

Talented Dorance Armstrong anchors Kansas Jayhawks’ defense

Dorance Armstrong is his name, and terrorizing opposing offenses is his game. With continued improvement, this explosive junior just might become the premier defensive end in the country.

He’s simply the face of Kansas football, a surefire NFL first-round prospect. He’s the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year who led the league with 20 tackles for a loss last season (No. 5 in FBS) and ranked No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks while being named a consensus All-Conference First-Team selection.

Kansas State should contend for Big 12 Football Championship + optimism high for better Days at Kansas and Missouri

KU-MU-KSU football

One has high aspirations, another is hoping to continue recent moderate progress and the third is hoping to make a quick turnaround from recent failures. That’s the story line for the area’s Division I football programs.

Kansas State’s football program is dreaming of a landmark season, with the goal of bringing home the league crown. The Kansas football program has only won two games the last two seasons, and 14 over the last seven campaigns, but there’s optimism in Lawrence that hasn’t been there in several years. Missouri’s football program is hoping a 4-8 season in 2016, in coach Barry Odom’s first season, is an aberration, not the start of a trend.

Listen up KU and MU…the Border Showdown MUST return…soon!

Border Showdown

Since 2012, the classic Border Showdown rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers has ceased. Fans on both sides of the border want the rivalry to return.

There have been a few unintentional meetings, primarily in the NCAA softball tournament, but not enough to really feel like the showdown is back with no football or basketball games. Of all seasons to bring back this classic rivalry, this upcoming sports season is the perfect time for the Tigers and Jayhawks to play again in basketball and football.

Mizzou is coming into this basketball season with a buzz from arguably the school’s best recruiting class coming in. The only thing that could possibly get fans more excited for the season would be a matchup with the Jayhawks.

Beating KU would prove the legitimacy of how good this Mizzou team could be and stand out on their tournament resume. Even more valuable, Mizzou could have bragging rights once again. Whether they would win the game or not, there would be so much more buzz around the Tigers.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from the University of Kansas

Kansas top NBA players

It’s no secret, the Kansas Jayhawks have one of the best basketball programs in the history of college basketball. They have the second-most wins and the most first-team All-American selections in Division I history. Plus KU basketball has five national championships. In fact, many of the All-Americans and other players that lead the program to such success have continued to succeed in the NBA. Some of the best players in the history of the NBA started in Lawrence, Kansas. Here’s our look at the best Jayhawks to be drafted into the NBA.

Chase Hanna leaves University of Kansas as Big 12 Golf Champion

Chase Hanna KU Golf

Chase Hanna is one of the top golfers in the area. Hanna’s resume includes 12 tournament victories while at Shawnee Mission East from 2009-13.

He was the 2013 Kansas City Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.

He set course records at Meadowbrook Golf Club (64), Prairie Village, Kansas; Eagle Bend (64) in Lawrence, Kansas; and Meridian Hills Country Club (63) in Indianapolis.

Hanna went to Kansas and became one of the best golfers in school history, ending his college career by placing first in the Big 12 Championship and named All-Big 12.

March Sadness-Kansas basketball falls short of Final Four…once again

Kansas Jayhawks march sadness

APRIL 2017 – Kansas and Oregon had been dreaming of this moment ever since their seasons ended last year in the Elite Eight. KU fell to eventual national champion Villanova, while the Ducks lost to Oklahoma.

But here they were again matched up in the Midwest Regional Final at Sprint Center in Kansas City, one win away from the Final Four. Both teams ached to get to Glendale, Arizona, and were seeking redemption for last season’s bitter Elite Eight defeats.