INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino are finally doing an encore.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Behind a pair of dark sunglasses, Dayton Moore's eyes dart around a spring training practice field in sunny Surprise, Ariz., trying to take in everything happening all at once.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Ben McLemore went to the bench after his fourth foul, having put his slump behind him and with top-seeded Kansas closing in on a third straight trip to the regional finals.
STAFFORD - St. John-Hudson's girls' track and field team tied for first place at the Stafford Invitational with South Barber to open the 2013 season.
KINSLEY - Central Plains and Pawnee Heights got the track and field season started at the Kinsley Invitational.
CIMARRON - For Ellinwood High School's track and field teams, it's business as usual.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Virgil L. Smith of Surprise, Ariz., left this life March 13, after 85 adventurous and happy years. He was well known in the Pawnee Rock area as a rural mail carrier and, also, served as postmaster, insurance agent, and tax preparer. He was married to his wife, Joan, for 62 years.
HOISINGTON -- Robert Ballard, 83, died March 30 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nichsolson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
OTIS - Timothy William Funk, 57, died March 29 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born June 2, 1955, at Hoisington, the son of Leonard and Mary Ann (Younger) Funk. He was a graduate of Hoisington High School. He worked at Galatia Coop, for LaVern Becker, American Trailers, and Essex, but his greatest love was being a farmer and cattleman his entire life.
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VICTORIA - Mary Jane (Weigel) Miller, 85, died March 29 at her home in Victoria. She was born April 1, 1927, in Victoria, to Joseph C. and Catherine (Paul) Weigel. She married Gilbert J. Miller on Feb. 1, 1949, in Victoria. He died April 15, 2006.
LOS ANGELES - UCLA hired Steve Alford as basketball coach on Saturday, luring him from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.
LOS ANGELES - During Ohio State's journey to the Final Four last season, Aaron Craft learned the importance of focusing on the next 40 minutes, not the three-week trip.
INDIANAPOLIS - There were times when Seth Curry felt as if he could make every shot. Even his record-setting coach was amazed.
LOS ANGELES - Too big, too physical, too quick.
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BY SEAN COCKERHAM
The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.
Thanks to the College Football Playoff, bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to conferences and schools last season, the largest payout ever and an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James switched back from No. 6 to No. 23 this season.
It was a season full of honors for Ahmad Walker. The Barton Community College sophomore basketball star capped his post season honors by being named NJCAA second team All American.
HESSTON- In the final tune-up match for the Region VI Championships, the Barton Community College women's tennis team did not have the success it would have liked. In fact it was another day of fighting injuries for the Cougars as they lost to nationally ranked Cowley College 8-1.
RUSSELL - W. "Fritz" Waymaster, 87, died on April 12, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on July 30, 1927, in rural Bunker Hill, he was the son of David J. and Anna E. (Steinle) Waymaster. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area and started school there as well. Later he moved and finished his basic education in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1945.
HUTCHINSON - Marilyn K. Rivers, 74, died April 12, 2015, at Dillon Living Center. She was born June 19, 1940, in Norton, the daughter of John and Addie Sheets Rivers. She was a 1959 graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson since 1960, she worked retail for her parents at Rivers Shoe Store.
WOODWARD, Okla. - Carole Willcut, 78-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
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SALINA- A perfect conference season is in the books. The Barton Community College women's golf team made it 6-for-6 in winning Jayhawk Conference tournaments this season. The final leg was completed with another easy win at the Salina Municipal Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.
Rand Paul's prospects of ever being president are on a par with the Philadelphia Phillies' odds of winning the pennant. If he somehow makes it to the Oval Office, I will personally climb Mt. Everest and chisel his curly locks into the rocks.