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City regional pairings released for high school spring sports

May 15, 2011


Lawrence and Free State high schools will meet in a first-round Class 6A regional softball matchup Tuesday, and FSHS will play host to a baseball regional on Wednesday.

The spring-sport regional pairings were completed after meetings Saturday and released by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Third-seeded LHS (12-8) will meet sixth-seeded FSHS (9-11) at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park in a first-round softball regional. The winner will advance to face second-seeded Topeka (13-7) or seventh-seeded Junction City (2-18) in the 6:30 p.m. championship. The winner of that game will advance to state, which will run May 27-28 at Kansas University’s Arrocha Ballpark.

In baseball regionals, second-seeded Free State (15-5) will host seventh-seeded Junction City (7-13) at 4:30 p.m. at FSHS. The winner will advance to the 7 p.m. championship game against either third-seeded Wichita Heights (14-6) or sixth-seeded Leavenworth (11-9).

Fifth-seeded Lawrence (11-9) will face fourth-seeded Washburn Rural (13-7) at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Manhattan, with the winner advancing to the 7 p.m. championship against No. 1 Manhattan (17-3) or No. 8 Topeka (3-17).

Free State also will host a Class 6A soccer regional Tuesday. Fourth-seeded FSHS (9-6-1) will entertain No. 5 Junction City (6-9-1) at 6:30 p.m. The winner will advance to a 6 p.m. game Thursday at Manhattan, against No. 1 Manhattan (14-2) or No. 8 Leavenworth (2-14).

Seventh-seeded Lawrence (4-12) will travel to second-seeded Washburn Rural (10-5-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. That winner will return to Rural to face No. 3 Wichita Heights (10-6) or No. 6 Topeka (6-10).

And 12-seeded Seabury Academy will face No. 5 seed Bonner Springs (6-9-1) in a Class 4-1A regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bonner. The winner of that game will face No. 4 Lenexa St. James Academy (6-8-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bonner Springs.


Shelley Bock 7 years, 1 month ago

It would be nice to see the "Game of the Week" on Channel 6 be a home playoff soccer game, the Free State - Junction City match. Years ago, the Lawrence High - Free State was televised.

But, it appears that the powers to be think soccer doesn't merit coverage. They're wrong!

Shelley Bock 7 years, 1 month ago

Did a check on common opponents between Lawrence High and Washburn Rural. First, Rural defeated LHS 6-0. LHS played poorly, but I'm certain that Rural will feel confident. In other games, LHS defeated 2 teams played by Rural, although with fewer goals scored. Rural was thumped by SM Northwest 6-0, which also defeated LHS, but by a 5-0 score.

If LHS shows up ready to play and with confidence, they could upset Rural.

Good luck.

not_that_crazy 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes...If LHS could get some offense going they could challenge Rural. I heard the first game was played in a monsoon. The LHS defense and keeper is actually better the Washburn's.
Anyone know anything about Junction City? Or Manhattan?

Shelley Bock 7 years, 1 month ago

Free State and Junction City have 3 common opponents. Free State defeated Shawnee Heights, Topeka and Olathe North, outscoring the opponents by 11-2. Junction City lost to all three by a combined goal score of 0-9. Comparison of scores are tricky, but I think the differences are evident. Junction City has not had any success with teams from the Sunflower League.

Junction City lost to Topeka, which also lost to Lawrence. Both Topeka and Lawrence are seeded lower than Junction City because they played more difficult schedules.

Free State doesn't need to think that this will be an easy game. I think that FS's speed and quality of competition have made them the stronger squad. But, it's the team that shows up ready to play that counts.

Hop2It 7 years, 1 month ago

Except for a good couple shots, Topeka never really challenged LHS. LHS maintained control of the ball in the midfield most of the game.

Good Luck to both teams tomorrow!

Shelley Bock 7 years, 1 month ago

Same here to both local squads. Free State is favored against Junction City. Lawrence High has a big task, but if they play confidently and with passion, anything is possible.

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