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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.

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.

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:

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

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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.