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No more tears: Lions spoil Firebirds’ Senior Night

Free State High’s Shelby Holmes (16) sends a spike through the Lawrence side of the court. The Lions swept the Firebirds in their City Showdown on Thursday at Free State.

Free State High’s Shelby Holmes (16) sends a spike through the Lawrence side of the court. The Lions swept the Firebirds in their City Showdown on Thursday at Free State.

October 22, 2010


Lawrence High’s volleyball seniors cried when they lost to Blue Valley North on their Senior Night on Tuesday, so they set out on a mission: ruin Free State’s Senior Night on Thursday.

The Lions did just that, defeating the Firebirds in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-19) in front of a raucous City Showdown crowd in Free State’s gymnasium.

“We came in here with confidence, which is what we needed to do,” LHS senior Kendyll Severa said. “This is redeeming ourselves for Tuesday night.”

Severa said her team was so excited for its Senior Night the Lions ended up a little shaky on the court.

“I think after we got all of our jitters out Tuesday night for the whole Senior Night thing,” Severa said. “We were just ready to pound some balls.”

Sisters Kelsey and Caitlin Broadwell led the offensive attack, finishing with nine and seven kills, respectively. Senior Kiely Mosiman had 16 assists, and Severa had 10 digs in the winning effort.

The Lions displayed a little shakiness to open the match, falling behind 10-6 before coach Stephanie Magnuson called a timeout.

“We had to remind them that our crowd is here, and they were being the loud ones and to feed off that energy,” Magnuson said.

Both fan bases were well represented. Guys in red body suits and black trashbags supported the Lions, while fans in highlighter-green T-shirts cheered for the Firebirds.

Free State senior Reilly Moore said her team struggled to handle the intense environment.

“We play the best when we have fun,” Moore said. “I’ve said that the whole season, and it’s just hard for us to deal with when the crowds are just going crazy.”

Moore and Severa are best friends, so Severa immediately found Moore after the game and hugged her. Severa told her that she played a great game and shouldn’t be upset with how she played.

Moore, a member of the chamber choir and chamber singers, sang the national anthem, so Severa complimented her on that, too.

“She’s my best friend ever, so she’s kind of the one person that I wanted to talk to,” Moore said. “She knows me inside and out.”

The duo — both liberos for their respective teams — planned to go out for wings with their parents after all the hugs and screams.

Moore said her team needed to stay calm in tough situations.

“We just have a lot of things to work on before Saturday,” Moore said. “We’ll use this as fuel to just crush the teams that we play on Saturday.”

Sub-state play is on Saturday at LHS. The teams were placed into four-team brackets Wednesday. Lawrence (19-16) is the No. 3 seed opposite No. 2 Olathe East (21-13). Free State (14-22) is the No. 4 seed across from No. 1 Olathe Northwest (32-5).

Magnuson brought her team together after the game and the Lions she wants her team to conquer sub-state. Per team superstition, all the Lions immediately knocked on the hardwood.

“We’ve been working hard all season, and we’re ready to take on that challenge now,” Magnuson said.


volleydad 7 years, 7 months ago

Free State's senior night - and who are the seniors on the Free State squad?

So, when do we get to see an article about Free State volleyball, Clark?

wakarusan 7 years, 7 months ago

When they beat the Lions on Sr. Night?

ECM 7 years, 7 months ago

If you only deserve to be covered when you beat your opponent on Sr Night LHS would get very little coverage. Covering Sr Night should be about the game yes but the Sr's as well. I believe there was much written about this last year when some of the LHS did not get the coverage they should have. When the LHS parents complained they had lots of support and rightly so.

ECM 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow who were the Free State Seniors? No mention of the others include the fact that Free State has struggled since loosing their senior middle hitter to a injury. That player is still going to play Div 1 volleyball next year. Wow maybe that should have been mentioned. This article should have been named LHS Sr Night Part 2! What horrible reporting. Yes cover the game but the article was entirely about LHS and/or a repeat of previously written article by this writer.

Ken Miller 7 years, 7 months ago

C'mon, folks, take a deep breath. The article is fine, and there is still volleyball left to be played. There is also opportunity for Clark or any other LJW sports reporter to do a feature or two in the next week that focuses on the seniors and what they are doing after this season. I think the photos online are great.

ECM 7 years, 7 months ago

Not really there is Sub State on Saturday. Will the LJW/Clark even show up when Free State plays and if so how is he going to spin that into yet another story about the two Liberos???
As for an additional article there was nothing at the begining of the year. I thought last year's feature on all the Fall sport athletes was great. There is a great story, suggested by folks from both schools they have done nothing with as there are sister's on both the LHS and Free State teams. As for the pictures Mr Yoder is a wonderful photographer and I have yet to see a bad picture from him yet.

Hop2It 7 years, 7 months ago

Hotwings? This is a really "nice" story about friends, but it has very little to do about volleyball. However, this year's LJW coveage of most high school sports (except football) has been highly disappointing.

hometownhero 7 years, 7 months ago

It's always nice to see the Freestate people complain when the LJ world writes about LHS success instead of giving them the headlines like usual!!

Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 7 months ago

Way to miss the point of the complaints completely.

bluemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

I did notice that a reporter made it to the FSHS football game that was out of town. I'm guessing the LHS boys soccer players would have been thrilled if a reporter or photographer had even bothered to show up for their Senior Night. Instead there is briefly any mention of it, which has been pretty typical of the coverage this year - with the exception of the LHS/FSHS match up.

Jeff Bandle 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey hth, at least the LJWorld didn't report on the LHS students taunting the Free State girl who got injured at the match at LHS..as an LHS grad, that was not a proud moment for me.

hail2oldku 7 years, 7 months ago

You must be mistaken. That would never happen. (removing tongue from cheek)

Deb Engstrom 7 years, 7 months ago

I was there, keeping score actually, and there was no taunting. When she was lying on the floor and the trainer was coming to her aid, the LHS students were chanting, "Jer-e-my, Jer-e-my" (which is the name of the trainer). Coach Magnuson asked them to stop and they did, but there was no taunting. Obviously you didn't listen to what they were saying.

Ken Miller 7 years, 7 months ago

There may not have been taunting after the player went down with an injury, but the LHS crowd was chanting "Tree" at the player before her injury. I was there and standing behind the LHS section.

Look, this isn't Yankee Stadium. Show some class.

rockchalk677 7 years, 7 months ago

How about last year for the entire week before the basketball game KJ Pritchard had to turn his phone off because him and the rest of his family were receiving texts that said "MILF." And then the Free State student section chanted it at the game. Obviously nothing the LHS student section has done or will do stoops that low.

ECM 7 years, 7 months ago

You are wrong. Several people heard it.

Hop2It 7 years, 7 months ago

There has been some guy name "staff reports" that has been busy this year. Regardless of which high school, the quality and quantity of the coverage has declined this year. Pictures are still great. No comparision to coverage of the "city" schools in Cap Journal.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 7 months ago

I hate to say it, because he's a mizzou grad, but the local high school sports coverage has slipped greatly since Woodling stepped down as Sports Editor. Keegan is a big windbag that has the sports section focused more on KU than ever at the expense of the hs teams.

not_that_crazy 7 years, 7 months ago

Why does the Cap Journal do such a good job covering their local teams? CJ online updates all the local scores the night OF the game. This is true with not just football, but soccer and sports LJW relgates staff reports.

Ryan Wood 7 years, 7 months ago

The local high school sports coverage has slipped greatly in every town in America. Newspapers are going down the drain and high school sports coverage is not immune from it. Quite the opposite.

If you want to see high school sports coverage thrive again, stop using craigslist and start using print advertising again.

gorilla10 7 years, 7 months ago

LHS WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!.... all that matters!!!!!!!!!

mom_of_three 7 years, 7 months ago

Did anyone bother to look at the pictures. It looks like all three free state seniors are mentioned along with their parents.

Stephanie Magnuson 7 years, 7 months ago

Is it really about media coverage and the stories in the Journal World? Shouldn’t it be about how the seniors were honored by the student body, teammates, Coaches and families? Who cares if the LJW even covered it! I have never added to these blogs and try not to even read them, but it is midnight the night before sub-state and I can’t sleep. I am so proud of these kids and how hard they have worked. I am so excited to see them shine tomorrow; I can’t get myself to sleep! Whether LJW covers these kids or not, we should not let the argument of media coverage overshadow the accomplishments of the kids! I hope I have instilled in the Lawrence High Volleyball team that it is about playing for the love of the game and for the love of competition. I am so proud of all of the volleyball teams at both Lawrence schools. Both LHS and FSHS have represented Lawrence very well in the Sunflower League. Can we please stop the banter of who has the bigger piece of the pie, and start celebrating the accomplishments of ALL the youth of Lawrence, KS? To all the staff and students in all of the schools of USD497, I am so proud of all of you and of us. Lawrence is an incredible town to live in, celebrate that.

Best of luck to LHS and FSHS at sub-state! How great would it be if we both went to State and made a statement for our town, not just our school!

Coach Stephanie Magnuson LHS

Ryan Wood 7 years, 7 months ago

Well said, Coach. Unfortunately, ever since Free State opened 13 years ago, this town has been obsessed with which school gets more names in the paper. It's really weird.

The truth of the matter is, both schools get excellent coverage in the newspaper compared to most schools in the United States. But human nature dictates that when you get a lot of something, you want a lot more.

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