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The trials and tribulations of Akela Jones

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Plus: Burton in Atlanta, a lost recruit, Streb’s good start at Greenbrier, and an engagement!

Things have gotten rough for our former golden girl.
Things have gotten rough for our former golden girl.
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Before we get started, we’d like to apologize for the laxity of the past several days. Holiday weeks are rough, especially after the big content push last month sort of wore everyone out — not least your benevolent despot.

We’ll try to get back up to speed, and rest assured we’re starting to lay the groundwork for pre-season coverage. After all, we’re less than two months out now, as evidenced by BracketCat’s latest entry in the countdown: #58, captain and linebacker Trent Tanking.

Also on our pages: Greg Woods reports on the end of Wesley Iwundu’s first rodeo in the Orlando NBA Summer League.

So, what’s new?

News out of Barbados that former Wildcat track star Akela Jones -- who missed the national championships last month due to injury — will also not be competing in the IIAF World Championships next month. The culprit: a nagging knee injury which has really been affecting Jones since her time at K-State. (Ezra Stuart, NationNews)

K-State had been chasing cornerback Travian Blaylock (Humble Atascosita, TX), who also happens to be the son of former Chiefs running back Derrick Blaylock. Sadly, the Wildcats have lost that battle, as the three-star recruit has committed to K-State’s third-most-hated rivals, Wisconsin. Writing for our colleagues at Bucky’s 5th Quarter is Jake Kocorowski.

Darryl Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the state of affairs with special teams at the Atlanta Falcons training camp, and buried in there is a note that one Deante Burton has been looking pretty good, although he’s still sitting at sixth on the presumed WR depth chart.

From the AP via the Capital-Journal: former Wildcat Robert Streb finished the first day at the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.V., in the top 10. Streb shot a five-under 65, but that amazingly leaves him four strokes back of leader Sebastian Munoz, who fired a 61 on Thursday.

Finally, a belated love story from Jordan Bishop at the Stillwater News Press. After his graduation ceremony on May 13, former Oklahoma State hoopster Leyton Hammonds had a special surprise for his girlfriend, former Wildcat volleyballer Bailey Shurbet. Spoiler: she said yes.