Chris Wristen Shawnee/Bonner Springs/Basehor Sports Editor

Chris Wristen is the sports editor for The Shawnee Dispatch, Bonner Springs Chieftain and Basehor Sentinel. He has been in this position since March 2008. Prior to this appointment, he helped launch The Lansing Current, a weekly newspaper in Lansing, Kan. He spent 3 1/2 years there as the sports editor and helped The Current become an award-winning publication on the state and national levels. Chris also has been a sports reporter for The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Lawrence Journal-World and The University Daily Kansan. Chris is a Kansas native. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas in Spring 2002 and completed his Masters Degree in Sports Administration at KU in December 2003. While at KU, Chris placed third nationally in the William Randolph Hearst Sportswriting Competition, and he has received additional recognition during his professional career. The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association honored Chris as the 2005-2006 Wrestling Media of the Year award winner. He also is an eight-time first-place winner in the Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence competition, including sports column writing in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. When not covering the local sports scene, Chris is an avid traveler, hiker and trail-runner.

Recent stories

Wristen: Kindness will never be forgotten
January 9, 2012
Chances are as you’re reading this I’m running down a trail in the Rocky Mountains, kicking up dirt behind me while sucking down the thin air.
Braves have 6 finalists, 5 champs at Mat Classic
Basehor-Linwood had eight placers
January 7, 2012
How’s this for home-mat advantage?
Gesture of kindness was most unforgettable story this year
December 28, 2011
There has been plenty to celebrate on the local sports scene in 2011, from multiple state championships by the Basehor-Linwood High School track team to the resurrection of the basketball programs at Bonner Springs High School, the BLHS football team’s 10-win season and two wrestling state champions at BSHS.
Wristen: Shootout beneficial for Bobcats
December 21, 2011
For the past two years I’ve been wanting to see the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team compete in the Hy-Vee Shootout.
Bobcats battle back, shock Rock Bridge in OT
December 17, 2011
Mike McBride didn’t like the wide-eyed looks on his players’ faces early in their Hy-Vee Shootout matchup with powerhouse Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge on Saturday at Avila University.
Firm football commitment was key to ‘Cats’ Murphy developing into a finalist for the Fontana Award
December 7, 2011
Colin Murphy’s path to Tuesday’s Simone Awards ceremony at Lee’s Summit West High School began a year ago.
BLHS boys crush Tonganoxie in opener
December 2, 2011
The Basehor-Linwood boys looked every bit the No. 2 team in the state in Class 4A during their season-opening 74-38 rout Friday at Tonganoxie.
Basehor-Linwood girls hold off Tonganoxie
December 2, 2011
It’s never an easy game when the Basehor-Linwood girls play Tonganoxie in basketball, and Friday’s meeting at THS was no different.
BSHS wrestling squad returns significan talent, plans to raise the bar
November 30, 2011
Given what the Bonner Springs High School wrestling team has accomplished during the past two seasons, there isn’t much higher for the Braves to set the bar — but they’re going to try.
Wristen: Aslin brings swagger back to Bonner Springs football
November 22, 2011
It was clear from the first day of practice at Bonner Springs High School that the 2011 football season would be different.

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Recent photos

Bonner Springs' Mark Hobson works to turn Highland Park's Bryan Woodward to his back during the 152-pound finals at the Dick Burns Mat Classic. Hobson won with a first-period pin and improved to 17-1 for the season.

Basehor-Linwood's Sammy Seaton tries to turn Blue Valley Southwest's Grant Poje to his back during their third-place match at 113 pounds at the Dick Burns Mat Classic. Seaton won by pin in the second period.

Bonner Springs' Justus Seaton faces off with Sumner Academy's Donte Boose in the 113-pound finals at the Dick Burns Mat Classic. Seaton won the match by pin in the second period.

Baldwin's Jon Pratt tries to roll Bonner Springs' Josiah Seaton to his back during their championship match at 106 pounds at the Dick Burns Mat Classic. Seaton won the match with an 8-3 decision.

Basehor-Linwood's Antonio Ferro tries to take down Matt Bialek of Bishop Miege during the Dick Burns Mat Classic at Bonner Springs. Ferro won the match with a 14-1 major decision and went on to finish fourth.

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