The Dividing Line

Football Game Tape: Week One

There was plenty to celebrate in Lawrence over the holiday weekend. For the first time since 2010, Lawrence High and Free State football teams both won their season openers. The Lions began their 2017 campaign with a [42-21 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest][1], handing coach ...

Firebirds split against Mill Valley; Two-Hearts and Thomsen lead rankings

During the high school basketball season, I like to think of the year in three separate sections: pre-winter break, after winter break and post tournament week. Throughout winter break and tournament week, teams usually get about a week to practice without any interruption for games. ...

Lions sweep Topeka in season openers; post players top player rankings

It's a new high school basketball season and Lawrence High's basketball programs are both ranked, but enter the season with completely different types of teams. Lawrence's girls basketball team, which returned all five starters from last season, has plenty of experience and its ...

Football Game Tape: Week Seven

In a matchup between the top two teams in the Sunflower League standings, Lawrence High's football team learned why Shawnee Mission East is such a tough matchup for opponents. The Lancers feature the top offense in the state, scoring 35 points in the first half on their way to a ...

Football Game Tape: Week Six

Through the first few weeks of the season, Free State football team's main focus was fixing a few holes in its secondary after giving up some big plays. The Firebirds saw the benefits of their hard work with a [35-0 victory against Olathe Northwest][1]. It was the second shutout of ...

Football Game Tape: Week Five

During the past two weeks, it would be hard to find a defense that has stopped the run better than Free State's football team. The Firebirds have allowed opponents to rush for 80 yards on 59 attempts in their two-game winning streak, a minuscule 1.36 yards per carry. When the ...

Football Game Tape: Week Four

Lawrence High football players were upset about their loss against Lee's Summit West and were looking to make a statement when they played Shawnee Mission West. That message was heard loud and clear. The Lions were dominant with their no-huddle offense and rolled to a [49-19 ...

Football Game Tape: Week Three

The first season of the Sunflower League/Suburban Conference Showdown turned into a beatdown with Missouri winning all 11 football games against Kansas teams. Both of the games involving Lawrence High and Free State were close for the first 30 minutes until their opponents pulled ...

Football Game Tape: Week Two

Following their first win of the season, the main message from Free State High football players was they were happy but not satisfied. The Firebirds dominated on both sides of the ball in a [38-0 victory at Shawnee Mission South][1], holding the Raiders to only 113 yards of offense. ...

Alumni watch: College football

College football season is a couple of weeks old and for a long list of Lawrence natives, it means they are back on the field. Most of these former Lawrence High and Free State players are about two weeks into their season, and here's a look at how they've been playing (stats through ...

Football Game Tape: Week One

Heading into the first game of the season, high school football coaches usually agree they need to see their team play a game before they can gauge how they look. Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd said he was entering this season with more question marks than any other season in his ...

What caught my eye: Summer football practices

In about two weeks, Lawrence High and Free State football teams will open their seasons with their first day of practice. But both schools have competed at team camps, padded camps and scrimmages throughout the summer. In June, the two schools spent two days at the University of ...

Free State and Lawrence High boys and girls hoops sweep into sub-state finals

For the first time since 2007, Free State and Lawrence High are sending both of its boys and girls basketball teams into the sub-state championship games. It's a credit to all of the teams for having such strong seasons — all four teams will finish the year with winning records. ...

Free State basketball sweeps SM West heading into City Showdown

With only one regular season game remaining, it's the time of the year when every high school basketball team wants to be playing its best basketball of the season. Free State High's boys basketball team showed off its offensive potential in a [77-66 victory over Shawnee Mission West ...

Free State hoops swept by Olathe East; Gudde and Piper lead player rankings

With sub-state approaching closer each day, Free State High girls basketball players have a different look in their eyes. Each game means a little more. Each possession is more important. That's what makes the close losses so much more frustrating. The Firebirds [suffered a 58-51 loss ...

Lawrence High hoops split against SM North; Stafford and Morgan top player rankings

As the defending Sunflower League champions and top-ranked team in the state, Lawrence High boys basketball players know they are going to get their opponent's best shot. Heading into Tuesday's game against Shawnee Mission North, the Lions knew what was at stake before their [71-62 ...

Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM South; Morgan and Stafford top player rankings

Lawrence High's boys basketball team preaches the next man up philosophy and lived up to it in its last few games. If the Lions are missing one of their top players, that just means somebody else gets an opportunity to shine. Without senior point guard Justin Roberts, the Lions don't ...

Lawrence High boys hoops wins Topeka; Free State boys bounce back against Lansing

It's the Year of the Comeback in Lawrence this season. Down 14 points with 4:05 remaining in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship, Lawrence High's boys basketball team fought back to force overtime and eventually [rip out a 62-61 victory against Highland Park][1]. ...

Lawrence High splits against Olathe East; Free State boys win in triple OT

If there was ever a game that brought a playoff atmosphere to the regular season, look no further than Lawrence High on Friday against Olathe East. The Lions were eliminated by the Hawks in 2014 during the sub-state title game, and both schools were in the Class 6A state semifinals ...