by AJ Barbosa
Here are your Thursday headlines from the Lawrence/KC metro area:
- Lawrence High senior midfielder Justin Riley and junior defender Connor Henrichs were selected to the first-team of Kansas’ 6A All-State team. Riley and Henrichs were the only players from the immediate Lawrence area to receive All-State honors after the Lions’ playoff run ended in the state quarterfinals at Shawnee Mission East earlier this month.
- Sporting Kansas City was eliminated from the MLS Cup playoffs for the second year in a row by the Houston Dynamo, falling 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 victory at Livestrong Sporting Park last week wasn’t enough to see them through. Had Sporting scored another goal, the teams would have met in extra time, but the Dynamo’s two goals in the first leg of the cup tie were enough to see them through.
- Lawrence city commissioners voted to continue pursuing a proposed athletic complex in northwest Lawrence tentatively named “Rock Chalk Park.” The project has drawn some concern from opposition over KU Endowment’s involvement. The complex is expected to include a 10,000-seat track and field stadium, new stadiums for KU’s women’s soccer and women’s softball, as well as a 181,000 square foot indoor recreation center that would be open to all Lawrence residents. Lawrence Futbol World spoke to Vice Mayor of Lawrence Michael Dever about the complex and will feature a story on the project’s future on Friday, Nov. 16.