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September 11, 1998


Free State High football coach Bob Lisher has been named High School Coach of the Week, an award sponsored by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chiefs Ambassadors and the National Football League.

The Firebirds knocked off No. 1-ranked Olathe North, 42-27, in last week's season-opener.

Among other items, Lisher will receive a $500 donation from NFL charities to the school's football program. Coaches of the week will be eligible to win the Coach of the Year award and a $1,000 donation to the coach's program.

One coach from Missouri and Kansas are selected each week. Harold Wambsgans of Lee's Summit (Mo.) North was named coach of the week in Missouri.

Wells to receive

Governor's Award

Former Lawrence High volleyball coach Joan Wells will receive the 1998 Governor's Award before tonight's Lawrence High-Manhattan football contest at 7:30 at Haskell Stadium.

The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education.

Wells, still a physical education instructor at LHS, compiled an 865-89 record with 15 state championships in 27 seasons as the LHS volleyball coach.

City gymnastics squad

`excited' after meet

Overland Park -- The combined Free State-Lawrence High gymnastics team finished third at its gymnastics meet on Thursday at Shawnee Mission East.

The Lawrence city team tallied a team score of 84, just behind SM East (96.1) and SM Northwest (103.2). Amanda Rose finished fifth in the all-around and sixth on the uneven bars.

``I'm very proud,'' co-coach Suzie Savage said. ``We did better than expected. They're all very, very happy. It's a young team. Out of the 12 girls only four are returning. We have three ninth graders and only one senior. We're very excited.''

Also competing in the all-around competition was Natalie Kolatch (27.1), Stephanie Lewis (24.7) and Shandi Reeves (23.1). Shanon Kelley competed in three of the four events, and finished with a score of 22.

The team's next dual is at Olathe South on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Results in Scoreboard.

Firebirds volleyball

wins two of three

Roeland Park -- Free State High's volleyball team, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, won two of three matches during Thursday's season-opening quadrangular at Shawnee Mission Miege.

The Firebirds (2-1) defeated SM South 15-4, 15-10, and knocked off SM East 15-8, 15-7. However, Free State was defeated by SM Miege, 6-15, 15-13, 6-15.

``I'm not disappointed that we lost,'' FSHS coach Nancy Hopkins said. ``We didn't play well in the last game. We lost our concentration, dug ourselves a hole and we couldn't get out of it. They did some amazing things tonight and played pretty well, with the exception of that last game.''

The team will travel to Overland Park Aquinas on Thursday.

Lawrence goes 1-2

at volleyball quad

Olathe -- Jo Huntsinger opened her tenure as Lawrence High's volleyball coach with one win in a quadrangular at Olathe South on Thursday.

The Lions beat O-South, 15-4, 13-15, 15-3, but fell to Blue Valley North, 15-9, 15-12, and Olathe East, 15-3, 7-15, 15-12.

``A lot of teams around the state graduated a lot of seniors,'' Huntsinger said. ``There's going to be a lot of parity, and that was the case tonight. There wasn't any one dominating team. The team that can be the most consistent will be the team that's most successful, and we weren't real consistent with our passing or serving at times.''

Huntsinger cited sophomore Ashley Bechard and junior Kayla Dreiling for their play.

LHS (1-2) will travel to Shawnee Mission East next Thursday. Leavenworth and SM West also will attend that quad.

Free State soccer

shut out by Rural

Topeka -- Washburn Rural's boys soccer team blanked Free State High, 4-0, on Thursday.

The Firebirds, who fell to 0-5, trailed 2-0 at halftime and couldn't recover.

``We gave up one goal early. That seems to be our calling card,'' FSHS coach Phil Lee said. ``The guys played hard. It was a pretty good game, both teams were real competitive, real physical. We ended up letting in two goals in last 15 minutes trying to make something happen.''

Free State will play host to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday.

The Firebirds' junior varsity team also failed to score against the Junior Blues, falling to 0-3 on the season with a 2-0 loss on Thursday.

Lions sixth in golf

Gardner -- Lawrence High's girls golf team placed sixth at the eight-team Gardner-Edgerton Invitational on Thursday. Lawrence's Jamie Rusk placed second overall with a nine-hole score of 49. The Lions will compete in the Lawrence Invitational on Tuesday at Alvamar. Results in Scoreboard.

LHS doubles team wins

Kansas City, Mo. -- Lawrence High's Laura Gravino and Brooke Seymour were the Lions' sole winners in a dual tennis defeat to Pembroke Hill on Thursday. The LHS duo won 8-6. Results on page 9C.

Free State netters

second in quad

Topeka -- Free State High's tennis team placed second at the Highland Park quadrangular on Thursday.

``We went 6-6 in matches as a team,'' FSHS coach Jon Renberger said, ``and I was especially impressed by our doubles performance.''

Kim Heck and Molly Winter went 1-2 in singles, while duos of Sarah Coffman-Sandi Biszantz and Magan Pearson-Aminah Thompson went 2-1. Results on page 9C.

FSHS sophs blanked

Olathe -- Free State High's sophomore football team fell to Olathe South, 38-0, on Thursday at O-South's field. FSHS fell to 0-2 and will travel to Manhattan next Thursday.

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