With three weeks left in the regular season, class 6A sub-state basketball pairings involving the two city schools are taking shape.
Lawrence High's boys and girls are guaranteed to play host to a four-team sub-state on March 1-3 at LHS.
If pairings were announced today, the LHS boys (12-4) would be a No. 2 seed and be matched with No. 7 Free State High (6-9) in a sub-state semifinal on Thursday, March 1. No. 3 Overland Park Aquinas (11-4) and No. 6 Olathe South (7-7) would meet in the other semifinal. The sub-state final will be on Saturday, March 3.
LHS and FSHS have played twice already this season with each team winning once.
Other teams that figure in Lawrence's sub-state are Leavenworth (12-2), Olathe East (9-5), Topeka (8-7) and Olathe North (5-9). Leavenworth is likely the No. 1 seed and would face No. 8 Olathe North. No. 4 Olathe East would play No. 5 Topeka. Site for the second sub-state has yet to be determined.
If pairings for the girls were announced today, LHS (3-9) would be the No. 8 seed and open against No. 1 Overland Park Aquinas (14-1) on Friday, March 2. Aquinas has already defeated the Lions twice this season. No. 4 Olathe East (9-5) and No. 5 Olathe South (7-7) would also be at Lawrence's sub-state. The sub-state final will be Saturday, March 3.
At the second sub-state site, No. 2 Olathe North (10-3) would meet No. 7 Topeka (4-11) and No. 3 Free State (9-4) would meet No. 6 Leavenworth (5-9).
Sub-state seedings will be announced on Feb. 24.
The Class 6A state boys and girls tournaments will be at Emporia's White Auditorium March 7-10.
Baldwin High's boys and girls will play host to a Class 4A sub-state basketball tournament the first week of March. Other teams at the sub-state are Burlington, Anderson County, Iola, Prairie View, Louisburg, Osawatomie and Ottawa.
Firebirds invite LHS girls
After facing each other just once the first season, and playing a home-and-home series the following three seasons, Free State hopes the Lions and Firebirds possibly could meet three times next year.
Free State has asked LHS to compete in the Firebird Winter Classic in January 2002.
"We really hope Lawrence High accepts the invitation to join the tournament," FSHS coach Craig Hershiser said.
Davis assisting LHS
Steven Davis, a 2000 Lawrence High graduate and former LHS manager, is spending the basketball season as an intern for the Lions. The Kansas University freshman and statistics guru is receiving class credit for the internship. Davis is no relation to LHS head coach Chris Davis.
Baseball slate set
Rather than the traditional high school baseball doubleheader, Lawrence High and Free State High have agreed to play single games at different sites this spring. The first LHS-FSHS baseball game is March 31 at Free State. The two teams are scheduled to meet again on May 7 at Kansas University's Hoglund Ballpark.