Leawood judge Melissa Taylor Standridge becomes sixth woman appointed to Kansas Supreme Court

first_imgMelissa Taylor Standridge, a Leawood judge, was sworn in as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday morning.Chief Justice Marla Luckert presided over the ceremony, which took place by video conference and was broadcast live on YouTube due to the health and safety risks of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Today is not only a special day for the court and Judge Standridge, her husband Richard and their family, but for all Kansans,” Luckert said. “It is a special and historic day for the administration of justice in Kansas.”Gov. Laura Kelly appointed Standridge to fill the vacancy created by Justice Carol Beier’s retirement Sept. 18. Standridge is the 79th Kansas lawyer to take this oath and the sixth woman in Kansas history to hold this office. She was one of three nominees who were all women — a first in Kansas history.“That accomplishment is even more amazing when you realize that this year is the 100th anniversary of women having their inherent right to vote as citizens of this country recognized by the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” said Karen Arnold-Burger, chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.‘Her story is the American story’A lifelong Kansan and foster and adoptive parent, Standridge is a great-granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia.“I wanted to make the world a better place by protecting clients and safeguarding the rule of law,” said newly-sworn in Kansas Supreme Court justice Melissa Taylor Standridge. Photo credit Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service. File photo of Standridge with Gov. Laura Kelly.“Her story is the American story, and she comes to her role with those shared values and life experiences,” Arnold-Burger said. “She has a heart as big as this state and a commitment in her personal life to help those among us who lack power and influence.”At the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, Standridge joined her fellow justices in hearing cases on the court’s Dec. 14–18 docket.Standridge served on the Kansas Court of Appeals judge since 2008. Before becoming a judge, Standridge was chambers counsel for two federal judges — U.S. District Judge Elmo Hunter and U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Waxse — and a private practice attorney at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm.“I wanted to make the world a better place by protecting clients and safeguarding the rule of law,” Standridge said.After graduating in 1984 with a business administration degree from the University of Kansas, Standridge worked for several years in business before going to law school. She graduated cum laude in 1993 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.“Judicial independence means the judiciary should be independent from private or partisan interests and remain committed to the rule of law and the protection of individual rights and liberties,” Standridge said. “The judicial branch provides everyday Kansans a system in which they can resolve disputes, protect their individual rights, and benefit from checks and balances on the other branches of government.”Standridge has received numerous awards during her career, including:Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service from the American Inns of CourtCarol Foreman Medal of Civility from the Kansas Women Attorneys AssociationDiversity Award from the Kansas Bar AssociationBelow is the video of Standridge’s swearing-in ceremony.last_img read more

Bay defeats Fairview 66-46 to advance to District Finals

first_img Related TopicsBayFairview NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO– The Bay Rockets defeated the Fairview Warriors, 66-46, to advance to the district title game.It was a slow start as neither team scored for the first 2:15 of the game. In that span, Fairview’s Luke Howes drove in twice and got swatted by RJ Sunahara both times. Sunahara finished with six blocks. Bay went up 5-0 early but Fairview hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 6-5 lead midway through the first quarter. The Rockets led 13-10 at the end of the quarter.“That’s a little disheartening,” said Bay coach Jared Shetzer referencing RJ Sunahara’s blocks. “You go in there and you’re probably used to all year getting those layups. He did a great job of being a great help side and altering shots even if he didn’t block it. I thought our guys did a great job of coming and cleaning it up.”Bay went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter and took a 20-10 lead. Fairview pulled to within seven points with less one minute left in the half but Bay scored five points in that minute to take a 31-19 lead into halftime.Bay came out firing to start the second half. The Rockets attempted an alley-oop to Sunahara but he just missed. Sunahara finished with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Rockets started the quarter on a 9-0 run giving them a commanding 40-20 lead. It seemed like Fairview was gaining momentum as they cut the lead to 44-29. A 3-pointer from Erik Painter sucked the life out of the Fairview student section. The Rockets took a 50-34 lead into the fourth quarter and looked to be in full control. Bay extended their lead and won 66-46.“I thought that’s one of the best defensive performances we’ve had all year,” said Shetzer. “That’s a team that has a lot of guards, a lot of guys who can drive and shoot. That’s a 20 win basketball team, that’s a good squad no matter who they played or what conference they’re in it doesn’t matter.“I feel like our guys really got after it defensively and I think that was the difference tonight.”Bay will take on Holy Name on Saturday at 4 p.m. at North Ridgeville for the district championship. These two teams are very familiar as they have already played twice this season. Holy Name won the first matchup 89-79 while Bay took the second matchup 104-95. It should be a great game at a neutral site. Patrick Kennedylast_img read more

Powell helps England U20 down Springboks

first_imgSteve Bates’ side scored five tries in an attritional contest, with the fixture serving as a final opportunity for players to earn selection for next month’s World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina. England led 14-8 at the break via tries from Josh Hodge and Olly Adkins, as well as two conversions, with South Africa crossing the line through Asenathi Ntlabakanye with Jaden Hendrikse adding a penalty.Connor Doherty crossed for a third England score with late tries from Joel Kpoku and Izaiha Moore-Aiono sealing victory with Hodge converting all of his kicks. “I was really pleased with some areas of our game, we scrummaged well and we took our opportunities,” said head coach, Steve Bates.”There wasn’t quite as much continuity as we would like, we’ve been working on that all week but we created three or four other scoring opportunities tonight that we didn’t take and that would have given the score a completely different complexion. Overall though, it’s progress from the Six Nations and a step in the right direction.”The good thing about playing another fixture is that we’ve had a really good week’s training which has brought the squad a lot closer together and I think that is really beneficial. It’s always good to win against a southern hemisphere nation as we did tonight but we cannot read too much into it but generally I think it was a good performance.”last_img read more

After embarrassing loss last year, Utah embarrasses Arizona State with lights-out defensive performance

first_img Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) is wrapped up at the line of scrimmage by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive linemen Roe Wilkins (95) and Jermayne Lole (90) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd (20) leads the Utes onto the field before the start of an NCAA football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs around the defensive line during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. SALT LAKE CITY — Ever since Utah joined the Pac-12 eight years ago, Arizona State has been a thorn in the Utes’ side. Nobody has beaten Utah more than the Sun Devils, who like USC and Washington, have six wins over the Utes. The last two years were especially embarrassing for the Utes, who lost to the Sun Devils by a combined 38 points, while allowing 68 points.So what did the Utes do to make up for it this year?“Obviously last year’s game against those guys left a sour taste in our mouths. We wanted to get that out. We were sitting on it for a year so it was about time to let it loose.” — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan ScalleyThey turned the tables and simply embarrassed the Sun Devils, holding them to their lowest point total in 11 years and keeping them from setting a modern FBS record for most consecutive games scoring double-digit points (they had 125 straight double-digit games, which was tied with Louisiana Tech).After the game, coach Utah coach Kyle Whittingham gushed, “I can’t remember a better defensive effort, certainly not as of late. Our defense was lights-out tonight.”Ute defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley gave all the credit to the players and said they had extra motivation after what happened last year in Tempe when Arizona State rolled up 536 yards and 38 points on the Utes.This year, the Utes held the Sun Devils to exactly 400 fewer yards and 35 fewer points.“Obviously last year’s game against those guys left a sour taste in our mouths,” Scalley said. “We wanted to get that out. We were sitting on it for a year so it was about time to let it loose.” Utah Utes wide receiver Derrick Vickers (8) is hit by Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Tyler Whiley (23) on a running play during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Arizona State came into this year’s game averaging 402 yards per game. Utah held them to 136 yards. ASU freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels, a player the Utes coveted out of high school, was averaging 268 yards per game passing. He got 25 against Utah’s stout defense, completing just 4 of 18 passes. About 10 of those passes were fired into the third row of the stands as he was scrambling all night and just trying to get rid of the ball. Daniels was also sacked three times, all by Utah’s defensive end Bradley Anae, who Whittingham called, the “best edge rusher in the Pac-12.” In fact, Whittingham was a prophet, telling Anae before the game that he was going to get three sacks in the game.ASU coach Herm Edwards, a former defensive star in the NFL, was certainly impressed by Utah’s defensive effort. “You have to give Utah a lot of credit,” he said. “They put a lot of pressure on our quarterback. They found ways to get to him and he was under duress most of the day.”Before and during the game, all eyes were on Ute running back Zack Moss and his quest to break the career rushing record set by Eddie Johnson 31 years ago. It took until late in the fourth quarter for Moss to get past Johnson, but in the meantime, the Ute defense took center stage. Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd (20) trips up Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) and prevents him from going out of bounds near the end of the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs past Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Kobe Williams (5) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Chase Lucas (24) tries to reel in a tipped ball that was batted away by Utah Utes wide receiver Donte Banton (13) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates with the rest of the defensive line after stopping Arizona on third down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) dives for the first Utah touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson A shirtless Utes fan bellows into the rain during a break in play in the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. A shirtless Utes fan bellows into the rain during a break in play in the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) throws the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham (89) is flipped through the air by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Chase Lucas (24) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes defensive back Javelin Guidry (28) enters the field for warmups before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd (20) trips up Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) and prevents him from going out of bounds near the end of the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs around the defensive line during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive back Julian Blackmon (23) warms up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) is wrapped up at the line of scrimmage by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive linemen Roe Wilkins (95) and Jermayne Lole (90) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive backs Jaylon Johnson, right, and Tareke Lewis warm up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Utah Utes quarterback Jason Shelley (15) hurdles Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Darien Butler (37) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive back Javelin Guidry (28) enters the field for warmups before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. A Utah Utes fan cheers as the team huddles up during warmups before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Grid View The Utah Utes celebrate during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates with the rest of the defensive line after stopping Arizona on third down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes defensive back Terrell Burgess (26) warms up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive back Terrell Burgess (26) warms up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) lands on a wild snap during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs in the second Utah touchdown of the game against Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) while quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) signals first down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The Utah Utes celebrate during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham (89) is flipped through the air by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Chase Lucas (24) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Colter Peterson Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs in the second Utah touchdown of the game against Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) while quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) signals first down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) dives for the first Utah touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes quarterback Jason Shelley (15) hurdles Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Darien Butler (37) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes defensive back Julian Blackmon (23) warms up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes wide receiver Derrick Vickers (8) is hit by Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Tyler Whiley (23) on a running play during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes defensive backs Jaylon Johnson, right, and Tareke Lewis warm up before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson A Utah Utes fan cheers as the team huddles up during warmups before the start of an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) lands on a wild snap during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd (20) leads the Utes onto the field before the start of an NCAA football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Colter Peterson Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs past Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Kobe Williams (5) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Chase Lucas (24) tries to reel in a tipped ball that was batted away by Utah Utes wide receiver Donte Banton (13) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The Sun Devils only managed 21 yards in the first quarter. The second quarter was the same — 21 yards — giving them 42 at halftime. The only reason they were within shouting distance of Utah were two turnovers by the Utes, which kept it a two-touchdown game.In the third quarter, the Sun Devils finally got some rushing yards but again couldn’t find the end zone after a couple of Ute gifts — a fumble at their own 18-yard line and an interception returned to the Ute 28. In the first case, the Utes held ASU to a field goal and in the second, they pushed the Sun Devils back enough to force a punt.The Ute front four of Anae, Leki Fotu, John Penisini and Mika Tafua had Daniels running for his life all night. ASU running back Eno Benjamin did end up with 104 yards rushing, but 32 came on one run late in the game and the rest were hard-earned.The Utes came into the game as one of the top-ranked defenses in several categories and will only move up after Saturday’s stellar performance.“Hey, it’s on to next week,” Scalley said. “I’m proud of them. It’s all about the player — they were prepared. They owned it. They worked their tails off. They took pride in what they’re doing.” Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) throws the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.last_img read more