K-State, KU women rowers duel in Sunflower Showdown Saturday in KCK

Will the K-State women’s rowing team repeat as the winner of the Sunflower Showdown against the University of Kansas on Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake?

K-State has won the three past Sunflower Showdowns, while KU has been improving in the past few years and hopes to be better this year.

The interstate rivalry competition starts at 11 a.m. at the lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan.

Before the two Kansas teams begin, Southern Methodist University and Drake varsity four will begin the day at 10 a.m.

After the KU-K-State first varsity eight rowing event at 12:15 p.m., the Sunflower Showdown trophy will be presented.

At 2 p.m., Southern Methodist University and Drake will join the competition for an afternoon exhibition.

The schedule (subject to change):

10 a.m., varsity four, SMU vs. Drake

10:15 a.m., novice four, KU vs. SMU

10:30 a.m., first varsity eighth, SMU vs. Drake

10:45 a.m., second varsity eight, Drake vs. SMU

11 a.m., fourth varsity eight, KU vs. KSU

11:15 a.m., third varsity eight, KSU vs. KU

11:30 a.m., second varsity four, KU vs. KSU

11:45 a.m., first varsity four, KSU vs. KU

noon, second varsity eight, KU vs. KSU

12:15 p.m., first varsity eight, KSU vs. KU

Trophy presentation

2 p.m., novice four, SMU

2:12 p.m., first-second varsity four, Drake/KSU/KU

2:24 p.m., first-second varsity four, SMU/KU/KSU

2:36 p.m., third-fourth varsity eight, KU/KU/KSU/KSU

2:48 p.m., second varsity eight, SMU/competitors determined by finishes in the morning

3 p.m., second varsity eight, Drake/competitors determined by finishes in the morning

3:12 p.m., first varsity eight, SMU/competitors determined by finishes in the morning

3:26 p.m., first varsity eight, Drake/competitors determined by finishes in the morning


KCK student works on production of ‘Uncle Vanya’

Courtney Romero of Kansas City, Kan., is a member of the company that will present “Uncle Vanya,” Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy, at Emporia State University. Romero is on the scenery crew for this production.

Translated by Brian Friel, this modern adaptation of the Chekhov classic was first produced at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in 1998. Friel’s adaptation renders the language of the play into a modern idiom and offers humor and further developed characters’ roles and relationships.

“Uncle Vanya” will be performed April 16-19 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the R.Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall.

Lakeside Speedway to open season Sunday afternoon

Spring weather has caused cancellation of the usual Friday night opening at Lakeside Speedway, 5614 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kan.

According to Lakeside officials, the new opening date is Sunday afternoon, March 30.

Races will start at 4 p.m. Sunday, with pit gates opening at 1:30 p.m., front gates at 2 p.m. and hot laps starting at 3:30 p.m.

Owner Mike Johnson said there will be many specials planned for this year’s events.

Johnson also owns I-35 Speedway in Winton, Mo., 10 miles north of Cameron, Mo., and the two USRA racetracks will be holding Border War competitions this year. 35 Speedway opens Saturday night.

Next week’s Lakeside race is scheduled Friday, April 4. On Friday, April 11, racing at Lakeside includes the U.S. Modified Touring Series. For more information, visit  www.lakesidespeedway.net.