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Memorial Day news and notes

Best wishes to those who will remember loved ones today.

Flags in.
Flags in.
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We’ve no wish to attempt profundity this morning. It is Memorial Day, and acknowledging the sacrifice of those who’ve given their lives in battle while serving this country is a pretty simple task, requiring few words.

Some of you may have lost loved ones in combat. This is a day for you, as well. It is not only the fallen who have sacrificed. Our thoughts are with you on this solemn day.

Yesterday, BracketCat hit #97 on the countdown, defensive lineman Logan Stoddard.

Now then, the news:

Saturday, at the KSHSAA Track and Field Championships at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, the late Meredith Grusing was posthumously inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame for her work both coaching and officiating Kansas high school basketball and volleyball. Grusing, who earned her B.A. in education from K-State in 1973, never had the chance to compete collegiately, as her college career preceded the changes wrought by Title IX. But her pioneering contributions to women’s athletics in the state of Kansas — from the late 1970s until her death in 2009 — were profound. (Brett Marshall, Garden City Telegram)

Travis Wakeman of Fansided’s Bolt Beat takes a look at Chargers undrafted free agent rookie Charmeachealle Moore as part of a series spotlighting the Los Angeles rookies.

At Cowboys Ride for Free, Philip Slavin is befuddled that K-State is tied for fifth place in the betting odds for the Big 12 title, also linking a similar story from Ben Kercheval of CBS and agreeing that K-State’s position is absurd.

K-State’s embedded mole operation in Lawrence has just been extended for another four years, per Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has been given a raise and extension through 2021.

We close with a story that will hit the feels, courtesy of the Star’s Toriano Porter. In 2014, Daniuschka Rengifo and her family emigrated to Overland Park from Venezuela, escaping a past which included the kidnapping of her mother. Three years later, Daniuschka is a graduate of Blue Valley North, with honors, and was selected to give the commencement address. And in September, she’ll start classes at K-State, majoring in architecture. If you’re on campus and you run into her, just know you’re in the presence of a pretty remarkable young woman.