Free State boys soccer thrashes Junction City
Junction City -- Joel Angelone scored two goals, and Brian Ozorkiewicz and Dylan Kimbrell each added one, leading Free State High's soccer squad to a 5-1 victory Saturday over Junction City.
Jake Schneider and David Turvey added assists for the Firebirds (5-1-2, 2-1-1 Sunflower League), and Junction City didn't help its cause by contributing an own goal.
FSHS coach Jason Pendleton cited Aaron Ideus, Dustin Nye and Sam Buhler for solid defensive play.
The Firebirds will play host to Shawnee Heights at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Firebird volleyball second at Seaman
Topeka -- Free State High went undefeated in pool play and won its semifinal match, but fell to Silver Lake in three games in the championship match of the Topeka Seaman Invitational Saturday.
The Firebirds (12-7 overall) beat Topeka Hayden, 25-19, 25-13; Santa Fe Trail, 25-18, 25-18; Wichita North, 25-20, 25-18; and Olathe North, 25-17, 25-22, in pool play. FSHS beat Holton, 25-18, 23-25, 15-7 in the semifinals, but fell to Silver Lake, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, in the championship match.
"We passed well and played good defense," FSHS coach Nancy Hopkins said. "We got rid of a lot of mental errors, and there were some good teams there. It's a good tournament."
Hopkins cited the play of Kristin Baker, Jamie Stanclift and Jenny Heppert, who was named to the all-tournament team.
Free State will play at a quad Thursday at Lawrence High.
FSHS girls tennis second at quad
Emporia -- The Free State High girls tennis squad placed second at a quad Saturday.
The Firebirds' doubles teams led the way, winning first place at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Rachel Koch and Andrea Koch took first at No. 1, and Ellie Ott and Brenna Spurgeon were tops in No. 2.
Marisa Steinbach struggled to an 0-4 finish at No. 1 singles, and Kristen Bushouse was 2-1 at No. 2 and placed second.
"Our doubles teams played solid, aggressive tennis and handled the severe crosswinds quite well," FSHS coach Jon Renberger said.
Free State will play a dual at Lawrence High at 3 p.m. Monday.
Valencia triumphs at Seaman CC invite
Topeka -- Free State High's Alysha Valencia took first place Saturday at the Seaman Invitational cross country meet, but the Free State girls could only muster a fifth-place finish.
Valencia finished in a time of 11:46.
The Firebird boys were second overall. Danny Schneider was the top Free State finisher, placing fourth in 17:10.
Lawrence High saw its boys finish fifth and its girls fourth. Drew Vogel was sixth in 17:16.7, and Megan Johnson placed fourth in 12:21.
Free State travels to the Topeka Hayden Invitational at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while the Lions' next action comes at 3 p.m. Friday at the Emporia Invitational.