The North Central Kansas League today announced their 2012 All-League teams. Below are the selections. Read More »
May 30, 2012, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that the 2012 All Star Match will take place at Washburn University’s Lee Arena in Topeka on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. All-Star participants include:
Meghan Mahoney – Blue Valley
Emily Otte – Valley Center
Katelyn Slade – Rose Hill
Raegan Vanderplas – Phillipsburg
Teresa Wade – St. John
Aubrie Vansteenburg – Halstead
Kiah Blau – Decatur Community
Mallory Flagor – Hoisington
Mari Jo Massanet – Manhattan
Bethany Farres – McPherson
Kylie Miller – Holton
Paige Meader – Waverly
Torie Fuller – Smith Center
Jamie Pfannenstiel – Silver Lake
Paige Brown – St. James
Bonnie Boos – Sacred Heart
Katie Loescher – Newton
Sophie Simon – McPherson
Michaela Sasse – Smith Center
Krista Reimer – Hillsboro
Lori Angello – Lansing
Jamie Patrick – Hutch Central Christian
Michelle Haug – Centralia
Kelsey Lacy – Abilene
Haley Thompson – Phillipsburg
All Star Coaches will be:
Brian Otte – Valley Center
Sandy Arnold – Hillsboro
Jessica Koch – B&B Baileyville
Theresa Watkins – Holton
Betsy Manning – Maize
Marilyn Stueve – Olpe
KNDY AM & FM is committed to covering high school athletics in the communities our radio stations reach. In keeping with this tradition, we are happy to provide LIVE RESULTS from the KSHSAA State Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. This is the 102nd Anniversary of the State Track & Field Championships in Kansas, and is also the largest high school track & field meet in the nation.
To get the latest results, please select the classification you desire above, and check out the schedule of events for the meet.
Listed below are the area athletes who will be participating in the 102nd Annual Kansas Track & Field Championships.
Marysville (Class 3A)
Cheyenne Seematter – 4×800, 4×100, 4×400
Blair Russell – 4×100, 4×400, 200, 400
Chelsie Dettimore – 4×100, 4×400, 4×800
Maggie Leonard – 4×100, 4×400, 4×800, 800
Haylee Eck – Pole Vault
Abi Degenhardt – High Jump
Katie Larkin – Javelin
Liz Manley – 4×800
Austin Tillery – 4×100
Cale Green – 4×100, 400
Trevor Lee – 4×100
Brady Moore – 4×100, 100, 200
Zach Cook – Shot Put
Joe Smith – Pole Vault
Jacob Friedrichs – Discus
Washington County (Class 2A)
Alani Dodd – 4×100, 100 hurdles, 100, 200
Taylor Powell – 4×100
Britni Slater – 4×100
Megan Stegman – 4×100
Madison Stone – 3200
Summer Small – High Jump
Jasmine Helms – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Jordyn Alexander – Shot Put, Discus
Heidi Stegman – Pole Vault
Jordan Youngeberg – 110 Hurdles
Bradley Kramer – 4×100, 4×400
Cody Allen – 4×100, 100
Tyler Kongs – 4×100, 4×400, 800
Tj Miller – 4×100, Triple Jump
Korey Welch – 4×400, 400
Dylan Hodgson – 1600, 3200
Brett Herrs – Shot Put
Brandon smith – Discus
Calvin Portinier – Discus
Mitchell Walter – High Jump
Hanover (Class 1A)
Sydney Pralle – 400, 4×800, 4×400
Colleen Klecan – 4×400
Claire Bruna – 4×400, 4×800, 800
Courtney Jueneman – 4×400, 4×800, 800
Ramona Weber – 4×800
Mark Zarybnicky – 400
Preston Juememan – 800
Linn (Class 1A)
Acacia Thalman – 4×100, High Jump
Kesiah Thalman – 4×100, 4×400
Rachel Bott – 4×100, 4×400
Kendra Bargman – 4×100, 4×400, 100, 200
Nicole Ohlde – 4×400, 800, 1600
Chad Gross – Triple Jump, High Jump
Valley Heights (Class 1A)
Drew Mann – Javelin
Sidney Blackburn – Shot Put
Kelsey Potter – Triple Jump
Elijah smith – 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Tanner Trimble – Triple Jump
Tommy Tryon – Shot Put
Frankfort (Class 1A)
Calley Bergman – Discus
Jonathan Ippert – Pole Vault
Jacob Broxterman – Shot Put
Lucas Adams – 4×800
Adam Koch – 4×800, 1600
Alex Roeder – 4×800
Jonathan Keating – 4×800
Axtell (Class 1A)
Audrey Schmitz – 4×800, 1600, 3200
Brigett Koch – 4×800
Susan Peschel – 4×800
Laura Heiman – 4×800
Jordan Heinen – 4×400
Tyler Jones – 4×400
Aaron Schmelzle – 4×400
Shane Talbot – 4×400
Austin Schmitz – 4×800, 1600
Christian Buessing – 4×800
Tracey Schmitz – 4×800
Shane Torrey – 4×800
Centralia (Class 1A)
Amaris Jones – 4×800, 1600, 3200
Kaitlynn Weigart – Discus
Kindal Deters – Pole Vault
Kennedy Korpi – 4×800
Malori Koch – 4×800
Blair Burdiek – 4×800
Michelle Haug – 300 Hurdles
Brett Burdiek – 110 Hurdles, High Jump
Michael Glatzcak – 100, 200, 400, Long Jump
Lukas Koch – 800, 1600, 3200
Sam Steinlage – Long Jump
Cody Huerter – Pole Vault
Baileyville B&B (Class 1A)
Caitlyn deters – 4×100, Javelin
Katie Huerter – 4×100, 200
Ashley Kramer – 4×100
Cassidy Hulsing – 4×100, 100, High Jump
Laura Sudbeck – Shot Put
Haley Strathman – High Jump, Triple Jump, Long Jump
Dylan Buessing – 4×100
Cody Heiman – 4×100, Long Jump, High Jump
Trevor Heiman – 4×100
Mitch Engelken – 4×100
Cameron Haug – High Jump
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Athletics and the Wildcat football program will host numerous events the weekend of April 27-28, highlighted by the 1:10 p.m. Purple/White spring football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday.
The 28th annual Powercat Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills Golf Course will kick off the weekend on Friday with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Questions regarding the golf tournament should be directed to Bernie Haney at (785) 565-1719 or [email protected]
Later that evening, the Powercat Auction will be held at Bramlage Coliseum with doors to the arena opening at 5 p.m. A silent auction on the concourse begins immediately and wraps up at 6:45 p.m., while a buffet dinner will be served from 6:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. The live auction portion of the event begins at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday’s events get underway with the public groundbreaking ceremony for the West Stadium Center project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Fans are invited to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking at 11:30 a.m., at Gate F on the west side of the stadium.
Tickets for the 1:10 p.m., spring game can be purchased for $5 while children under the age of two will be admitted at no charge. To purchase tickets, visit k-statesports.com or call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Both ticket booths at the stadium will also be open on gameday beginning at 10 a.m.
Students who have purchased season tickets for 2012 can pick up a free ticket to the spring game at the student tailgate party outside Gates N and P on the east side of the stadium. Students who haven’t bought a season pass may purchase a spring game ticket for $5 at either of the stadium’s ticket booths.
Parking for the event is free and both the west and east lots of the stadium will open at 10 a.m. Stadium gates will open at 11:45 a.m., following the conclusion of the WSC groundbreaking ceremony. All seating for the game is general admission with Sections 1-9 on the west side and Sections 20-28 on the east side open for fans.
K-StateHD.TV will carry both the WSC groundbreaking ceremony (11 a.m.) and spring game along with the K-State Gameday pregame show featuring Brian Smoller beginning at 12:45 p.m. For information on how to subscribe to the network, visit www.K-StateHD.tv.
Following the spring game on Saturday, fans can head over to Tointon Stadium to watch the Wildcat baseball team take on Oklahoma State in a Big 12 matchup. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. and fans can purchase tickets today at kstatesports.com or by calling 1.800.221.CATS. The baseball game can also be seen live on K-StateHD.TV.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Athletics has planned a full day of events and activities for the annual Kansas Football Spring Game this Saturday, April 28. Kickoff is at 1 p.m., on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium and admission is free.
The game will be televised live on Metro Sports in the Kansas City area and on Kansas 22 throughout the rest of Kansas. It will also be broadcast live across the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Radio Network on stations in Lawrence, Wichita, Hutchinson, Hays and Liberal. Additionally, it will be broadcast on tape-delay in Kansas City on 610 Sports. The game will also be streamed live on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access.
The day will begin with the `Train Like A Jayhawk’ clinic for kids grades 1-6 on the football practice fields adjacent to the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium. The clinic, in which stations will be directed by KU football players, will go from 10-11 a.m.
The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone will then open at 11 a.m., in lot 91 just south of the football practice fields and feature inflatable games for children. The fourth annual Bike Rodeo will also begin at 11 a.m., in lot 91. The Bike Rodeo will feature a bicycle course and free bike inspections, courtesy of Douglas County Fire and Medical. In addition, kids 15 and younger will be custom-fitted with a free bicycle helmet (while supplies last) as they learn about bicycle rules of the road, trail etiquette and pool safety.
The University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will rename stretches of two streets after former KU football coach and player Don Fambrough. The ceremony, which will feature KU officials, Lawrence City Commissioner Hugh Carter and Fambrough’s son Preston, will take place at 11:15 a.m., at what is now the intersection of 11th and Maine Streets.
Gates to Memorial Stadium open at noon and fans can receive a free 2012 commemorative schedule poster, magnets and schedule cards. In addition, Kansas Athletics will distribute bracelets as part of the halftime drug-free pledge children and their parents can make with head coach Charlie Weis and senior quarterback Dayne Crist. Additionally, 1910 Jayhawk lapel pins will be available while supplies last and Axe Deodorant will be distributing samples at the entrance gates.
The KU Store will be open at three locations. Stands on both the east and west concourses will be open from noon until the end of the game, while the store location on the south side of the stadium at the bottom of Campanile Hill will be open from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. All store locations will have all items on sale for 50% off.
Kansas Athletics and the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest have partnered with Coca Cola and KU Catering to provide a free tailgate for KU students before the Spring Game. Prior to kick-off KU students can enjoy pregame tailgating on Campanile Hill beginning at 11:30 a.m. Coca Cola and KU Catering will provide free hot dogs and drinks to the first 1,000 KU students in attendance.
Located on Campanile Hill the tailgate will also include a variety of tailgating games. In addition Williams Fund U Hawks Nest members in attendance will have the opportunity to win one of three prizes including a tailgating kit, a football autographed by Kansas Football head coach Charlie Weis, and the grand prize flat panel television.
With the entire stadium open for seating, fans will be allowed to enter the stadium at the NE, SE, NW, SW and west ramps as well as the suite elevators. Kansas Athletics and KU Parking and Transit have announced that they will accept donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Just Food.
Parking for the Spring Game is free. KU Parking and Transit, however, will be on hand to assist fans with questions about open parking and to accept food donations. Fans can donate food at the entrances to Lot 94 east of Memorial Stadium and Lot 59 on the west side of the stadium. Donations will also be accepted in lots 50 and 52 with entrances off of West Campus Road and 11th Street. Lot 91 will be reserved for the bike rodeo.
KU will begin the 2012 season on September 1 vs. South Dakota State. The Jayhawks will also host non-conference opponent Rice (Sept. 8) before Big 12 rivals TCU (Sept. 15), Oklahoma State (Oct. 13) Texas (Oct. 27/Homecoming, K-Club Weekend, Parents Weekend) and Iowa State (Nov. 17) visit Lawrence.
Season tickets for the six-game home schedule are now on sale for as low as $199. The Family Plan, which includes two youth and two adult general admission tickets, is $350.
Fans can purchase their season tickets at the Spring Game at ticket tables throughout the concourse and in sections 3 and 9 inside the stadium seating area. Season tickets may also be purchased in the ticket office located on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Additionally, tickets are available online at www.kuathletics.com, by calling 800-34-HAWKS or in-person at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket office.
About Just Food:
Just Food operates as the primary food bank resource for all of Douglas County as well as an emergency food pantry for low-income customers seeking food assistance. Just Food works to consolidate efforts to secure food donations and provide a larger storage capacity than is possible at individual food pantries. This approach allows Just Food to reduce the “Feast and Famine” cycles of small local pantries by more equitably distributing food products from a larger Just Food warehouse supply. For more information about Just Food, go to http://www.eckan.org/justfood.
About the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest:
The Williams Fund U Hawks Nest is a partnership between the Williams Education Fund and Student Union Activities to encourage school spirit and support for Jayhawk athletic teams by its members. Members enjoy free tailgates, giveaway and other special events throughout the year while also building Williams Education Fund Priority Points. This allows members to fully enjoy the collegiate experience why building a head start on Williams Education Fund ticket priority before graduation. For more information about the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest please contact the Williams Education Fund at 785-864-7051.
If you’ve ever wanted to do color commentary for football, here’s your chance! If you’re an ex-official, that’d be a huge plus! We’re looking for someone to help with the play by play of our area games of the week next fall for high school football broadcasts on FM 95.5 KNDY. Call Bruce or Kevin at 785-562-2361 for more information.
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinsondeclared for the NBA Draft at a press conference in Allen Fieldhouse Monday morning.
After playing three seasons at Kansas, Robinson will give up his final year of collegiate eligibility and finish his career as the 55thJayhawk to score 1,000 points in a career. Robinson’s name will forever decorate the career and single-season record list for points and rebounds. The 6-10 Washington, D.C., native finished his Kansas career with 1,026 points, 763 rebounds, 100 assists, 74 blocks and 32 double-doubles. His 763 career rebounds rank 14th all-time, while his 32 double-doubles rank seventh. After playing behind Cole Aldrich and Marcus and Markieff Morris his first two seasons, Robinson made the most of his junior season. He ranks in the top 12 in four categories on the single-season list: 692 points (eighth), 463 rebounds (second), 27 double-doubles (first) and 261 field goals made (11th). Robinson’s 27 double-doubles led the nation in 2011-12, while his 11.9 rebounds per game ranked second nationally.
His 27 double-doubles this season moved him ahead of Drew Gooden (25 in 2002) for first place on the single-season list. Earlier this season, Robinson posted one of the most impressive games by a Jayhawk in a long time as he joined elite company when he scored 30 points and pulled down 21 rebounds against North Dakota (12/31). He became the first Jayhawk to score at least 30 points and record 20 rebounds since Wayne Hightower scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds against Missouri on Feb. 13, 1961. In KU history there have been at least nine other 30-20 games and two games that could not be confirmed – seven of those games were by Wilt Chamberlain, one by Hightower and one by Clyde Lovellette. Robinson is the sixth player in Big 12 history to accomplish the feat joining former conference player(s) of the year Kevin Durant (Texas), Michael Beasley (Kansas State) and Blake Griffin (Oklahoma) in addition to Oklahoma State’s Mario Boggan.
Robinson was a unanimous Associated Press First Team All-American becoming the first since Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin in 2009. He was the lone unanimous selection in 2011-12. Robinson is Kansas’ first AP First Team All-American since Wayne Simien in 2005.
He was part of three Big 12 regular-season championships, two Big 12 Championship titles, two Elite Eights and one Final Four at Kansas. Robinson lost just one time in Allen Fieldhouse, posting a three-year record of 50-1. His overall three-year Kansas record of 100-13 are the most wins in a three-year period in Kansas’ rich men’s basketball history.
During his sophomore season Robinson was the Jayhawks’ sixth-man. He averaged 14.6 minutes in 33 games with two starts and was the Jayhawks’ most productive player off the bench, averaging 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He notched four double-doubles on the season and his 60.1 shooting percentage ranked second highest on the team. Robinson missed the Jayhawks’ win at Colorado (1/25) to attend the funeral of his mother, Lisa. In the four games following his mother’s death, he averaged 12.8 points on 17-of-25 shooting and 7.8 rebounds per game. He was selected as one of 10 finalists for the V Foundation Comeback Award.
In his freshman campaign he played in 33 games with one start, while averaging 7.2 minutes, 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He appeared in 14 conference contests and four of five postseason games, while earning his first career start at Nebraska (1/13). Robinson’s first career double-double came with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 10 rebounds against Alcorn State (12/2).
Robinson will leave Lawrence after guiding the 2011-12 team to an appearance in the National Championship game and an overall record of 32-7.
Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson
“First I just want to thank everybody for coming out and caring so much about what I am going to do. Like Coach (Bill Self) said, I have been blessed enough to have the option to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA Draft. With that being said, that is what I will do this year. I will be entering the 2012 NBA Draft.
I have been up all night trying to come up with a thank you note or something to show my appreciation, but I couldn’t get anything out because I think it is beyond words what this program meant to me and how much support I felt coming from my situation. Even when I arrived on campus, somehow, someway, everybody makes each player feel special here. It is going to be hard leaving and I am going to miss my teammates, the coaching staff, the fans and just the town period, but this puts me in a situation to take care of my family. I also want to thank Coach Self for never letting up on me. At times I hated it, but that was the best for me and it helped me get where I am now. Thanks to him, I have a chance to take care of my family.”
On his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft:
“If I could find a way, I wouldn’t mind staying here because who wouldn’t care to stay here? I feel like it is the best place, other than home, and now it’s my second home. I have a family here, so it wasn’t that easy.”
On his sister, Jayla, being able to attend this morning’s press conference:
“It means a lot and it was a last minute thing. Today is her birthday, she is nine years old so she should be able to remember this one pretty well.”
On whether or not he has hired an agent yet:
“I still have some options to go through, so as of right now, no. It has been pretty hectic, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so I will.”
On how much his game has improved during the past season:
“I was just laughing about me even having the thoughts last year of leaving school and I wouldn’t have been ready at all. This year was one of my toughest mentally, but physically I played more, so that whole transformation time helped me mature.”
On what he will bring to an NBA franchise:
“I am going to be a workhorse and I am going to do what everybody else is not going to want to do. I am going to show up every day, ready to play.”
What he will miss most about playing at Kansas:
“I think probably just being able to walk around campus and getting that feeling that everybody loves you. That and probably the pre-game talks with Coach saying the same thing he says before every game, but saying it 100 miles per hour and I can’t hear it. Running through the tunnel, just certain things like that, which I won’t be able to get back.”
On if he’s accomplished everything he wanted to at Kansas:
“I couldn’t totally agree with that all the way just because I didn’t win a National Championship. Coming into college as a basketball player, that should be a goal and it definitely was one for me. Besides that, I feel like I did everything I wanted to do plus more. I feel like I kind of got too much love for it and I didn’t even do that much but looking back on it, Coach Self kept telling that I didn’t have enough time to think about what I’ve accomplished. Looking back on it though, it was a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
On if he plans to pursue his degree:
“Definitely; I’m not that many hours away and with the help of our academic advisors here, it should be no problem. As far as the degree, that’s something my mother would want me to get so I’ll definitely have to find the time to come back and get that.”
On when he will start workouts for the draft:
“Everything is all new to me right now so I don’t have a schedule but I do know that I’ll have to be in the gym like I’ve never been in it before to try and train my mind and my body to help me get ready for what’s about to come.”
On what he wants to provide the most for Jayla:
“Whatever she wants; I really don’t know, I’m just happy I have the option and I don’t have to worry about anything anymore for the most part.”
On if there is a specific team he wants to play for:
“No, I really don’t have a preference. I’m just happy to be in the league, I don’t care who takes me because I’m going to make the best of my situation.”
On whether or not he’s talked to former KU players Marcus and Markieff Morris about preparing for the draft:
“Yeah but not a lot, I haven’t really had enough time to get too deep with it. The one thing they keep telling me is to make sure I’m ready for whatever my situation is and make sure I’m ready to handle it. I think my experience here should help me better with it – I’m not saying I’m going to completely understand everything – definitely having been here will help me.”
Head Coach Bill Self
“I think you all know why we are here. This is a glorious day; it is beautiful outside, but also because of a young man’s commitment, effort and hard work, he has a chance to make an announcement today. The thought of any player coming in here where we can put them in a position to make a decision, and Thomas has certainly earned that right.”
On his reaction when he was told of Thomas Robinson’s decision:
“First of all, I thought he called everyone together to announce that he was coming back – so I am crushed right now. No, in all honesty, I have known this would happen since last summer. I’ve said publicly at times that our goal is to put him in a position where this would be the case. Even if he would, and there is no shot that he would, but after careful deliberation he told me that he wanted to come back; I would strongly encourage him not to. This is the best time for him, he has done everything plus some, that we could have ever expected to give to our program – both as a player and as an ambassador. He is a guy who is probably as loved as anybody who has played here in a long, long time and I think that the entire Jayhawk nation should see this as a great day for everybody. More so with Thomas than any other player who has played here, I think Kansas looks at Thomas as one of their very own because they watched him grow up right before their eyes. Everyone should be so excited for him and his family. He said all along that his mission was to put himself in a position to take care of his family and to take care of Jayla, and I think he has earned a right to do so.”
On any advice that he would give Robinson in regards to hiring an agent:
“Personally, that is between himself, his family and the person that will represent him. My thinking is that – and I could be dead wrong on this – one reason that Thomas has been so successful is that people here haven’t told him what he wanted to hear. I think the agent representation is the same way. Anybody that tells you it is all hunky-dory, that would be the firm that I would stay the furthest away from. I hope he would want to be with somebody that would (put him on a budget), and I think he just thrives in that type of environment. If he asks me, which he didn’t and I just shared with him, that would be the direction I would go with. He knows what works for him, so why get away from that?”
On the void that losing Robinson will bring to Kansas basketball:
“There is always going to be a void when 18-year old kids come in and whenever their time is right they leave as young men and move on. There was a huge void when Marcus and Markieff (Morris) left, there was a void when Cole (Aldrich) and Sherron (Collins) left, when Brandon (Rush), Mario (Chalmers), Julian (Wright), Shady (Darrell Arthur) and all those guys left. There is always going to be a void; I think that is one thing that makes college athletics to great. You think how you (can recover from losing a player), and then somebody else comes in and make the most of the opportunity. We aren’t going to replace 18 points and 12 rebounds; we aren’t going to recruit a freshman that looks like this when he is 18-years old. We will have guys that grow into their own separate version of what Thomas can give to us. We are never going to have another him, no reason to try and duplicate it. We can have some guys who can do some other things that can impact our program in a very positive way. There is always going to be a void when guys leave. Sometimes when guys leave, it creates as happy of a moment as there is. When you really think about everything that this man has been through, going back about 15 months, and think about the sacrifices that he has made, you think about the long nights, the sleepless nights, and all of the things that are going on. To remain focused, to do well in school and to represent our University in a way that almost brought a national championship home. To see him live out his dream, to me, what is happening now with him is just as cool as what happened last Monday night in the game. This is as good as it gets for an individual and also a program and a fan base that has supported him so much.”
On Robinson having the chance to be the highest-drafted player in his coaching tenure:
“I think Deron (Williams) went third (at Illinois). But Thomas has the chance to be the highest-drafted player that we’ve had at Kansas. We’ve had some guys who were drafted pretty high, who were lottery picks. I think Thomas has put himself in a position to be in the lower-end of the top five. Hopefully he can impress enough in the workouts to go higher. To me, more than anything is to put himself in a position to show what he can do. He has some things that you can’t teach or can’t coach, but he still has so much that he can learn. I think he will be a hugely successful NBA player.”
8:23 PM Monday
For the third time in the last four games, the Jayhawks found themselves down at halftime but battled back to notch the win as it improved to 32-6 overall. Kansas will now face Kentucky, which defeated Louisville 69-61 in the other national semifinal game, in the title game on Monday, April 2 at 8:23 p.m.
Johnson scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime and added a team-high 10 rebounds in the victory despite battling foul trouble during the second frame. Junior Thomas Robinson also added 11 second-half points on his way to a game-high 19 tallies.
KU bounced back from a poor shooting percentage in the first half to hit 53.8 percent (14-for-26) in the last 20 minutes while its defense limited Ohio State to just 24.2 percent (8-for-33). Kansas junior Jeff Withey provided a spark on defense as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year finished with seven blocks in the contest, including five in the second half, to go along with eight rebounds and four points. Robinson also pulled down eight boards.
Johnson first got Kansas back in the game with back-to-back buckets to cap an 11-2 KU run that tied the score 38-38 with 14:06 left to play in the game. Ohio State would not go away that easily hitting key shots to maintain its lead, which stretched back to six on two occasions, the last at 5:22, 55-49.
From there though the Jayhawks turned up the intensity and were clutch down the stretch. With 2:48 to play, junior Travis Releford stroked in a pair of free throws to give Kansas its first lead, 56-55, since the opening seconds of the game. The Buckeyes briefly took back the advantage when Aaron Craft broke through the passing lane for a steal and fastbreak layup at 2:21 to make the score 59-56.
Johnson and Withey teamed up to help put KU back on top when Withey rejected an OSU shot and then sent an outlet pass down the court to Johnson who layed it in for two with just over a minute to play. OSU’s William Buford, who led the Buckeyes with 19 points, used an emphatic dunk on the other end to bring his team within one point, 62-61, with nine seconds to go. Ohio State fouled on the following in-bounds to allow senior Tyshawn Taylor to stave off a potential lead change as he calmly knocked down two free throws. Taylor finished the game with 10 points and was just shy of a double-double dishing nine assists.
The teams’ shooting performances in the second half were a stark contrast to the opening frame when Ohio State held the upper hand. At the start of the contest, Robinson scored Kansas’ first basket at the 19:35 mark but the Jayhawks went 0-for-7 over the next four minutes to allow OSU to build an early 7-2 lead. Johnson eventually ended the scoring drought with a layup at 15:32 to cut KU’s deficit to three.
Kansas would continue to struggle from the field for the rest of the half going 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes. Ohio State meanwhile was having the opposite result as it went into halftime shooting 50 percent (5-for-10) from behind the three-point arc and 46.2 percent from the field.
Ohio State expanded its first-half lead by as much as 13 with 6:11 on the clock but Kansas was able to cut the difference to single-digits right as time expired. With four seconds to play, OSU’s Aaron Craft drove to the basket but had his layup attempt swatted by Withey, his second of the game. Withey then sent an outlet pass down the court to Taylor. Taylor took two bounces towards the basket but then dished across the paint to an oncoming Releford who laid it in just before the horn sounded to make the score 34-25 at the break.
Centralia native Bob Fisher was featured on the nationally syndicated television show Inside Edition. He set two new world records in the challenge for Inside Edition. Watch the entire video below:
Each year, the Kansas State High School Activities Association recognizes and honors a select group of contest officials for their dedication and service to Kansas interscholastic athletic programs. The KSHSAA Official Recognition program started in the 1999-2000 school year to honor officials who have contributed significant years of service. Each school year approximately 4,000 men and women, including some high school students, become KSHSAA registered athletic officials. The KSHSAA was pleased to recognize these special individuals for their years of study, preparation, sacrifice of personal time, and most of all, their enduring commitment to the schools and youth of Kansas. 50 years, Lyle Walter, Waterville. Larry Smart, Frankfort