Benton Smith Sports writer

Benton Smith covers sports and news for The Mirror. Although he hails from the state of North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina, he assures you that neither that place nor the men's basketball team at said university have much or anything to do with him. Benton was a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World before coming to Tonganoxie. He is an avid basketball fan and football devotee but finds himself of late enjoying baseball more than he ever thought possible — he is 99 percent certain that is because the Kansas City Royals are actually competitive. Since joining The Mirror staff in February of 2008, Benton has learned that all high school sports, their athletes and coaches are pretty much a blast to cover.

Recent stories

BHS coach, 2 players named to Lawrence Journal World’s All-Area Team
December 13, 2013
Bergs, Stark named to team
BHS cross country team highlights LJW All-Area Boys Cross Country Team
December 12, 2013
Sophomore Helm, coach Spielman earn special recognition
Two Bulldogs named to LJW All-Area Volleyball Team
December 12, 2013
Hoffman, Stein named to first team, Valentine honorable mention
Lawrence Journal World honors BHS father, son
December 10, 2013
Three Bulldogs on the team
Zuzzio coach of the year, three BHS girls on 2013 Journal-World All-Area first team
June 26, 2013
Life is good for the freshly minted National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee. Zuzzio’s Bulldogs won the program’s third 4A state title in the past four years this spring, and Baldwin won every meet it attended, while setting school records in six events.
Baldwin wrestlers defeat ranked 6A Lawrence team in dual
February 1, 2013
Team at Silver Lake meet Saturday
Baldwin’s Valentine selected to LJWorld’s All-Area Team
November 30, 2012
Cornell Brown selected to honorable mention
BHS soccer ties Chieftains 1-1 to open 2009 season
August 29, 2009
For 68 minutes on Friday night, the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team led visiting Baldwin at Chieftain Park.

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