As 2017 comes to an end, here are a few noteworthy things that happened in sports in 2017.
Texas Tech quarterback declares for NFL Draft
On Jan. 3, 2017, Texas Tech junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes II announced he’d skip his senior year in college and enter the NFL draft, according to an Associated Press report the Dodge City Daily Globe ran this year.
He had 5,052 yards passing last season, and said he had been given a second-round grade by evaluators, according to the report.
He ended up being drafted a few months later in the first round, where the Kansas City Chiefs took him with the 10th overall pick.
In a particularly-timely twist to this story, the Chiefs announced Wednesday Mahomes II will get his first start when the team ends its regular season against the Denver Broncos this Sunday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, it’s the first time the Chiefs have started a rookie quarterback in a non-strike game since 1979.
Dodge City Law vacates two wins, eventually leaves league
In July, the Dodge City Law left the Champions Indoor Football league. The decision to leave came amid controversy, including the team vacating two wins for failing to provide team footage to their opponents, according to Dodge City Daily Globe articles that ran at the time.
Red Demons boys soccer team finishes 4th in state, girls team has historic season
The Dodge City Red Demons boys soccer team finished fourth in the 6A State Championship, falling to Olathe South in the first round before falling to Manhattan in third-place game.
The Red Demons had won the championship the season before. The Red Demons received their rings from the 2016 championship season in a ceremony Feb. 21, 2017.
The girls soccer team also played well in 2017, winning a Western Athletic Conference title before falling in the WAC quarterfinals to Topeka-Washburn Rural.