The Hutchinson News: LEGAL JAYHAWKS

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Assistant District Attorney Tom Stanton wanted Kansas to win for other reasons. He was in line for the coveted traveling trophy that’s awarded to the bracket winner in the district attorney’s office.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder pays for the engraving on the trophy – a prize he says has helped lift the staff’s spirits during a rough year.

“It’s good for the morale,” Schroeder said. “We enjoy the NCAA tournament. It’s a fun way to have bragging rights.”

if Kentucky won, the trophy would sit on File Clerk Jodie Rawlins’ desk.

Stanton said while he wanted the trophy, he just wanted the national championship to go back to Lawrence.

Even if Kansas lost, he was still grateful for the excitement of the traveling trophy and the NCAA tournament.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Stanton said. “There is a lot of stress in this office, and it breaks up some of that stress.”

Reno County District Judge Trish Rose supported the Kansas Jayhawks under her robe Monday.

she was proud to show her fitted shirt showcasing her alma mater. she was excited to see the basketball team playing for the national championship.

“It doesn’t happen that often,” Rose said.

One of her sons is a student at the KU law school; another is a graduate. she planned to watch the game with her grandson, who will come from Lawrence to Hutchinson.

though she’s a fan, she still has one thing on her bucket list – a seat inside “The Phog.”

“I’ve never been to a game in Allen Fieldhouse even though I lived there for four years,” she said.

When she was not in the courtroom, Rose made sure to walk around with her slacks and KU shirt on, in case anyone had questions about her loyalty.

Nearly every inch in Andrew Davidson’s office has Kansas Jayhawks gear.

He has a basketball, a flag, cups and even a photo of him at the 2008 national championship where the Jayhawks came from behind to beat Memphis.

“There is where Mario (Chalmers) took his shot,” Davidson, an assistant district attorney, said.

He pointed to the spot beyond the 3-point arc where Chalmers made a trey in the final seconds of the game to put it into overtime.

but this year Davidson picked Kentucky to win it all.

after all, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for KU. Davidson said he hoped choosing another team would give the Jayhawks a little more “mojo.”

his bracket was displayed in the hall with the rest of the staff’s.

“I sent an email yesterday saying I’ve never wanted to lose so much in my life,” he said with a smile.

then he straightened his Kansas Jayhawks tie.

Davidson’s co-workers won’t let him forget who he picked.

“Who picked Kentucky? Traitor dog,” Stanton said looking at Davidson. “I’m a loyal fan no matter what.”

The Hutchinson News: LEGAL JAYHAWKS


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