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.
Progress Club met on April 6, at home Karen Becker with Janet Engleman and Pat Klusener as co-hostesses. Seventeen members attended. The program was given by Jan Peters, CEO of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. Jan grew up in Colby and graduated from Great Bend High School. She spoke about economic development in Great Bend and efforts which have resulted in new businesses here: Central National Bank, Plains State Bank, Almost Home, Seaport Airlines and others. She also noted the efforts of many past and present Great Bend residents who have made a positive difference in our economic community.
Imagine if a doctor struggled to pay a small debt and as punishment the government took away his stethoscope. Or, if a ballerina owed money and was forced to surrender her toe shoes. Makes no sense, right?
The Ellinwood FBLA chapter has been very busy these last few weeks. From March 23 to March 25, 29 members and two advisors traveled to Topeka to compete at the State FBLA Conference. Members took tests and gave presentations, both in groups and individually. Ellinwood came out with multiple awards at the ceremony on Wednesday and 11 members qualified for nationals. The National Conference will be held in Chicago, June 27-July 3.
Months of hard work will culminate Monday night at 7 p.m. as approximately 119 students of the Great Bend sixth grade band join forces for their annual concert at Great Bend High School gym. Schools represented include Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Holy Family and Central Kansas Christian Academy.
VINCENT - James W. Rajewski, 91, died Thursday, April 9, at the Rice County Hospital in Lyons. born Feb. 12, 1924, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Baier) Rajewski. He married Marian (Kuhlman) on May 22, 1951, in Olmitz, Kansas.
DERBY - Jack E. Everson, 86, died Friday, April 10.
Robert P. "Bob" Maneth, 87, died April 10 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. Born Jan. 1, 1928 at Great Bend, he was the son of Ferdinand W. "Fred" and Kathryn Gertrude (Pivonka) Maneth.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been released from a rehab facility.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)- After a stormy night, the sun broke through Saturday at Augusta National.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.
EL DORADO- The Barton Community College softball team headed to the Jayhawk West leader on a roll. Barton had won five of six conference games. But the hot streak came to a hault at Butler.
It was a good start to an important series.
It was perhaps her best week yet. So it was little surprise that Erica Harper won what is becoming a weekly honor for her - the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week award.