WRITER: Shane Jackson

Free State boys basketball hoping experience pays off this year

In just one year, things are a lot different for Free State’s boys basketball team. Entering last season, the Firebirds were facing a massive roster turnover that involved promoting several players from the junior varsity team. This year, though, Free State brings back a ton of experience from a team that went to the Class 6A state tournament. And the difference was evident during the team’s summer ...

Turner Corcoran '100% committed' to Nebraska, FSHS football players earning offers

Turner Corcoran does not plan on flipping his commitment. The Free State senior has no intention of straying away from his original collegiate destination. Corcoran, a left tackle, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska on April 13 via his personal Twitter account while attending the Huskers’ Spring Game. In early June, Corcoran attended a two-day camp at the University of Kansas with ...

Colter Maldonado prepares for opportunity to be Free State's starting QB

When he wasn’t on the field, it wasn’t hard to spot Free State’s soon-to-be senior Colter Maldonado. Throughout the two-day Kansas football camp in early June, Maldonado was constantly playing catch with a teammate when the Firebirds were not scrimmaging. For Maldonado, it was an opportunity to improve even when he wasn’t facing one of many talented teams that took part in the camp in Lawrence. “I ...

Jackson feeling more comfortable at QB for LHS football this summer

For the second summer in a row, Tre’ Jackson is splitting reps at quarterback for Lawrence High’s football team. During the Kansas football camp in early June, Jackson and Jackson Dooley both saw action at quarterback during the many plays of scrimmage that LHS got against a number of talented teams. Last summer, Jackson split snaps under center with Garrett Romero, who graduated this past ...

'One of the coolest things to happen to Kansas Athletics': Bill Self captivated by Gary Woodland's U.S. Open victory

Kansas head coach Bill Self has played a couple rounds with pro golfer Gary Woodland, but the very first hole is still a vivid memory for the Hall of Fame coach. It was the first hole at the Lawrence Country Club, which is approximately a 365-yard par-4. Woodland, who played golf at KU from 2004-07, placed his tee shot on the green. He then netted a 20-foot putt for an eagle. “I’m thinking, ‘He played ...

Texas prep WR Keith Miller III flips commitment from KU football

Keith Miller III has flipped his commitment again. Miller, a three-star receiver from The Colony, Texas, announced via his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon that he was flipping his verbal commitment to the University of Colorado. Miller was previously committed to the Kansas football team for the 2020 class. The 6-5, 205-pound receiver committed to Les Miles and his staff on April 16, which was ...

3-star linebacker Krishawn Brown commits to KU football

On the same day Kansas lost a player from its 2020 class, Les Miles gained another verbal commit. Krishawn Brown, who is the second-rated linebacker in Oklahoma, announced his verbal commitment via his personal Twitter account Saturday night. Brown has six scholarship offers, though the Jayhawks were the first to offer him. “Kansas has everything I want to do academically,” Brown told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk ...

Senior class aims to fill leadership void for Lawrence High girls basketball

The Lawrence High senior class had seen enough. Ella Stewart, who will be one of five seniors for the LHS girls basketball team, gathered the squad for a huddle near midcourt. Stewart delivered a message about having the right attitude during the final day of the summer team camp in May at Billy Mills Middle School. It was a sign of how the Lions are going to handle losing five players from last year’s team ...

Head coach Nick Wood brings energy to FSHS girls basketball team

Evy Harrell recorded a block, but head coach Nick Wood stopped the drill anyway during the Free State girls basketball summer team camp. Wood asked the three players on defense, including Harrell, what they did wrong. The players answered immediately, admitting the lack of communication during that particular sequence. And that was the theme of the team’s first camp with Wood at the helm. During a camp in ...

KU receiver Evan Fairs improves route running after electing to redshirt last year

Not long after Emmett Jones was named the new receivers coach for the Kansas football team, he sat down to watch some film on Evan Fairs. Jones didn’t turn on film from his KU career, even though Fairs has recorded 27 total catches in three seasons. Jones popped in highlights from Fairs’ high school days, when he played for Foster High in Fulshear, Texas. When the two sat down for their one-on-one ...

Early score propels Kaw Valley FC to 2-1 win over St. Louis

After a sluggish opening nine minutes, Kaw Valley FC was ready to strike. In the 10th minute, the Cranes took advantage of a turnover near midfield. Kaw Valley FC didn’t wait for St. Louis to get ready on the free kick, as Kevin Komodi launched the ball up the field. Mason Visconti raced to the ball, getting to it first and booting the ball in the back of the net with his left foot. The Cranes never looked ...

Bob Lisher, Dirk Wedd to be inducted into GKCFCA Hall of Fame during all-star game

This time next year, former Free State head football coach Bob Lisher could be coaching on the other sideline. For the second time in his career, Lisher will be the head coach of the Kansas team in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star Game. The Kansas All-Stars will take on the Missouri All-Stars at 7 p.m. Thursday at College Boulevard Activity Center. Yet it won’t be Lisher’s ...

Schlagle RB Jaylin Richardson verbally commits to KU football

Another local product is slated to join the Kansas football team. Running back Jaylin Richardson verbally committed to KU via his personal Twitter account with a post Tuesday night. Richardson plays for Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan., becoming the third Kansas high school player of the 2020 Class along with DaVonshai Harden Jr. and Will Huggins. Currently unrated as a prospect by Rivals, Richardson ...

Elijah Johnson's Self Made squad earns No. 3 seed in Wichita region of TBT

It was the perfect time to participate in a Kansas basketball summer camp scrimmage. Just hours after The Basketball Tournament bracket was released, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford were the only two former KU players to compete in a scrimmage with the current crop of Jayhawks Tuesday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Both Johnson and Releford are two members of Self Made, an all-Kansas alumni team, which ...

Year in Review: Lawrence High girls capture 3 team titles during banner season

It was a special season for the Lawrence High athletic programs, especially on the girls side. The LHS girls track team defended its crown, winning the 6A state title on one of the last days of the 2018-19 sports season. Two other programs, meanwhile, returned to its former glory with title-winning seasons. LHS volleyball won its first state crown since 1995, while the girls swim team won every meet en route ...

Year in Review: FSHS softball defends state crown to highlight another strong season

For the second year in a row, Free State’s lone state title came on one of the final days of the high school sports season. The Firebirds captured their only team crown this year in the Class 6A state softball tournament, marking the second season in a row that Lee Ice’s squad has won the title. But there were plenty of significant moments from the 2018-19 school year for Free State’s teams and ...

Local soccer club selected to join Borussia Dortmund International Academy

When the news broke, Oumar Seck received countless texts from former players. Jambars FC, a soccer club located in Lawrence, announced in May that it would be one of seven inaugural members of the BVB International Academy in the United States. The partnership is a direct extension of the Borussia Dortmund professional football club in Dortmund, Germany. The club in Lawrence, which is the only one in the ...

Hussam Mohammed excited for opportunity to coach Free State soccer

Hussam Mohammed wasn’t sure what to expect when he applied to be the new Free State soccer coach. Mohammed, who has been playing the sport for as long as he can remember, has been coaching since graduating from Wichita State with a mechanical engineering degree three years ago. He’s served on the Sporting Kaw Valley staff and was turned down for an assistant position at Lawrence High last year. But ...

KU football camp was good learning experience for Free State, Lawrence High

Free State head coach Kevin Stewart called a quarterback draw on the final play Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Family Football Complex. By then, it had been two full days of scrimmaging in the University of Kansas football team camp, which featured several high school football teams. FSHS quarterback Colter Maldonado dropped back three steps before exploding through the right side of the line. Maldonado ...