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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — There are nine athletes with ties to Kansas competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They were either born here, moved here, or went to school here. We have listed them alphabetically by sport.

Bubba Starling is an outfielder for Team USA. He was born and raised in Gardner, Kansas, but went to school at the University of Nebraska. He signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals and was promoted to the major leagues in 2019.

After the 2020 season, Starling was non-tendered before re-signing with Kansas City’s Tripe-A Omaha Storm Chasers. In 2021, he is batting .271 with 7 home runs and 17 RBI in 85 at-bats.

If all goes well in Tokyo, the 28-year-old Kansas native will still be there as he celebrates his 29th birthday on Aug. 3. You can follow him on Instagram.

Derrick Mein was born and raised in southeast Kansas. He currently lives in Paola, Kansas. Mein grew up on a farm and got his love of the outdoors by tagging along with his dad during quail and deer hunts.

Mein attended Kansas State University, where he won the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship. While at K-State, he pursued a degree in animal science and graduated in 2008.

He moved to Ohio for a time, designing and managing Cardinal Center Sporting Clays. Then, he moved back to Kansas to manage Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa.

Mein has a long history of winning shooting titles, including 13-time Kansas State Champion, 2017 and 2020 NSCA National Champion, 2018 World All-Around Champion, and 2020 ATA Grand American AAA High All-Around Champion.

He is one of two men’s trap shooters on Team USA. He is already posting messages to his Facebook page about the experience.

Adrianna Franch is from Salina. She is a goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is the backup goalie. According to her Team USA bio, she prefers to be called “AD.” She describes herself as a small-town girl and listens to country music before every game.

The former Salina South Cougar attended Oklahoma State University, where she was a two-time All-American. She first started with the USWNT in 2019 in the SheBelieves Cup in a 2-2 draw against England.

Franch has made five international appearances for the United States and was a member of the 2019 World Cup champion squad in France. She plays with the Portland Thorns FC in Portland, Oregon.

The U.S. women have already played their first game at the Olympics. They lost to Sweden, 3-0, on the Wednesday before the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Kelsey Stewart is from Arkansas City and Wichita. Before earning her spot on Team USA, she attended Maize High School and completed her softball season at the University of Florida in 2016. She played for the United States women’s national softball team.

She says being chosen for Team USA is a dream come true. She says it is playing for all the little girls who never thought they could.

“My hope is that I can just inspire one or two girls to play this sport and for it to take them the places it’s taken me and give them the opportunities that I’ve gotten,” Stewart told KSN.

Stewart’s career highlights include the 2016 and 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship Gold Medalist and 2019 Pan American Games Gold Medalist.

She has a strong following in the Wichita area. Her supporters threw her a big send-off party before she left for Tokyo.

Team USA won their first game at the Olympics, beating Italy 2-0. They then beat Canada 1-0.

Michael Andrew spent eight years of his life in Lawrence, Kansas. Even though he now lives in California, he has fond memories of Kansas. He broke his first national record in Lawrence.

Andrew’s parents are from South Africa. They traveled for many years, and he was born in the United States. When his parents decided to try for U.S. citizenship, he says they decided to settle at a place with a good pool – Lawrence.

He turned pro in 2013 when he was just 14 years old, the youngest American ever to do so. In world competitions, he has won 5 gold medals and 4 silvers.

Andrew is already in Tokyo and posting pictures and messages on Instagram.

Andrew’s events include the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle, and the 200-meter individual medley.

Brooke Anderson grew up in California but now calls Manhattan, Kansas home. She is a hammer thrower for Team USA.

Her previous accomplishments include a silver medal in the 2019 PanAms, bronze at the 2019 USA Championships, and finishing second at the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships.

Christina Clemons grew up in Maryland and went to school at Ohio State University, but she now calls Lawrence, Kansas home. She is a volunteer track coach at the University of Kansas.

She took gold at the 2019 IAAF World Relays in mixed shuttle hurdles relays. At the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she took silver in the 60m hurdles. At the Olympic trials, she took bronze in the 100m hurdles. Clemons is an 11-time All-American and a 10-time Big Ten champion.

At the Tokyo Olympics, she will compete in the 100m hurdles. Her husband is former Kansas star Kyle Clemons who won gold in the 4×400 relay at the 2016 Olympics.

Mason Finley attended the University of Kansas and is a volunteer coach there. This will be his second Olympics. He came in 11th in discus in 2016. This time, he is determined to medal. He won bronze at the 2017 World Championship.

Finley was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended high school in Colorado, where he was a three-time state champion in the discus and shot put. Finley attended KU for three years before transferring to the University of Wyoming.

Bryce Hoppel grew up in Midland, Texas, but he currently calls Lawrence, Kansas home. The former KU runner is one of the most decorated Jayhawks in school history. He will run the 800-meter in Tokyo.

His accomplishments include four Big 12 titles, five-time All-American, and two-time national champion. His world championship experience includes coming in 4th in 2019 in the 800 meter.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - The push to get the COVID-19 vaccine has been reinvigorated since the Delta variant showed up, and statistics show that over 90% of hospitalizations are now among the unvaccinated.

Every social media post about the vaccine garners a slew of comments from those who took the shot and those who say they are going to pass.

Dr. Rachel Brown, chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for KU Med Wichita. said in the Wichita area there are only about six child psychiatrists and that is not enough to take care of the many mental health issues stemming from the pandemic. The department is working to get more health professionals educated on mental health.

In a Facebook post, WPD said, "we need your help in identifying the suspect in the pictures below. On 7-20-21 3:00 a.m., an unknown male entered a business near 3rd and Seneca. He was wearing an orange polo t-shirt, ball cap, light shorts, has tattoos on his right calf, right forearm, and left arms. He arrived on a distinctive orange bicycle with black rims entered the business through the back ally and stole property. Attached are several photos does anyone recognize this individual please contact Det. Long at 316 268-4407, Crime Stoppers at 316 267-2111 or the See Something Say Something line at 316 519-2282."

Eddy Alvarez took an unconventional path to being a U.S. Olympic flag bearer

Los Angeles Times 22 July, 2021 - 07:45am

Alvarez defied the odds by winning a silver medal in the 5,000 meter short-track speedskating relay at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi as a Miami native and son of Cuban immigrants. He became the first Cuban-American male Winter Olympian ever. And South Florida doesn’t have a long list of athletes who have medaled in any Winter Games.

Seven years later, Alvarez, now an infielder for the U.S. baseball team, and basketball star Sue Bird were selected as one of the two U.S. flag bearers in Friday’s opening ceremony.

The United States is the favorite to win the Tokyo Olympics medal count, which would give them top honors for a seventh consecutive Olympic Games.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as one of the flag bearers by my fellow Team USA athletes for the opening ceremony,” Alvarez said. “Being a first-generation Cuban American, my story represents the American Dream. My family has sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity to wave this flag proudly.”

Alvarez is the first baseball player selected for the job. He’s looking to become just the sixth person and third American to medal in both Games. A male athlete from any country hasn’t pulled off the feat since 1936.

“I didn’t know that I was ever going to make it this far,” Alvarez, 31, said last week. “I was always willing to put in the work and the sacrifice to do so but to be potentially part of that exclusive club would be a dream come true of mine, honestly.”

He became the first major leaguer to have participated in the Winter Olympics and the first nonbaseball Olympian to play in the majors since Jim Thorpe ended his six-year career in 1919. Alvarez’s first career hit came off two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.

The breakthrough was improbable. Alvarez played baseball in high school, but only received offers from NAIA colleges. The lack of interest prompted his decision to focus on speed-skating, though he also played a season of baseball for Salt Lake Community College. He batted .311 in 63 games and was named all-conference for the elite junior college program, but he remained focused on skating.

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He returned to the sport at 24 years old, ancient by minor league standards, but the Chicago White Sox signed him shortly after Sochi. The first step was recalibrating his body. Speed skaters focus on developing muscle mass in their lower bodies and avoid adding muscle up top.

Alvarez said he weighed 150 pounds in Sochi. He’ll be 35 pounds heavier in Tokyo.

“I needed to basically counteract the training that I’ve done for years by training the upper body,” Alvarez said. “I stayed with my lower body strength and my lower body size and then I just basically, I guess, grew up.”

Alvarez batted .189 in 12 games for the Marlins last season before he was designated for assignment. The demotion opened the door to his second Olympic opportunity. Olympic baseball rosters can’t include players on major league 40-man rosters. Alvarez remained with the Marlins organization — he’s played in 23 games for three affiliates this season — but he isn’t on the 40-man roster, allowing him to play for the U.S.

Alvarez was the team’s starting second baseman in three of four qualifying tournament games in Florida last month. He went three for 11 with two walks as Team USA went 4-0 to become one of the six countries in the Olympic tournament.

“What he has accomplished so far is extraordinary,” Team USA baseball manager Mike Scioscia said. “I know that he’s very excited to hopefully help us get to our goal and if he does or if we do or if we don’t, it doesn’t take away from what he has done or what he’s accomplished. He’s an Olympian in the Winter Games and the Summer Games.”

The Americans open their Olympic schedule July 30 against Israel. They seek the country’s first gold medal in baseball since 2000 after the sport’s 13-year hiatus from the Games. They’ll have a 5-foot-9 speed-skater-turned-infielder striving to make his own history.

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