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High school sports

String of strikes lifts Lions’ Erickson at regional
February 26, 2015
It didn’t matter that spots for the state bowling tournament were on the line. Lawrence High senior Ashlee Erickson felt no pressure on Thursday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes.
LHS senior Barbee relishes surprise visit
February 26, 2015
Leo Barbee Jr., the grandfather of Lawrence High boys basketball player John Barbee II, has been to every one of his grandson’s games except two he missed due to illness.
Veritas girls fall to Heritage
February 26, 2015
Alyssa Kresstan scored 11 points and Tori Huslig added 10, but Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team dropped a 49-48 decision to Topeka Heritage on Thursday in the first round of th KCAA state tournament.
Veritas boys bag 52-42 win
February 26, 2015
Veritas Christian broke open a close game by outscoring Manhattan CHIEF by 10 points in the fourth quarter in a 52-42 victory Thursday in the first round of the KCAA boys basketball state tournament.
Free State wrestling enjoys banner season
February 26, 2015
Free State High wrestlers have put together one of their strongest seasons in the past decade. They’re not done yet.
Marissa Pope a fixture for LHS
February 26, 2015
Four years ago, Lawrence High senior point guard Marissa Pope made her varsity debut as a freshman. By Bobby Nightengale
Piper keys rally by Free State girls
February 25, 2015
With her team trailing on the road in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Free State High sophomore guard Madison Piper had seen her previous seven shots rim out. She hadn’t made a basket since the final minutes of the second quarter. But none of that mattered in crunch time.
LHS boys come back for victory over SME
February 25, 2015
It didn’t matter that opposing players were fired up and the crowd turned into a loud roar, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team refused to back down on Tuesday.
Gudde, Hack spark FSHS boys
February 25, 2015
Sometimes scoring is contagious. One guy on a basketball team gets hot, and the others follow suit. Free State High experienced a little of that Tuesday night at Shawnee Mission West. But the Firebirds’ passing turned out just as infectious, as crisp ball movement and open shots helped FSHS coast to a 55-40 victory.
Lawrence High girls cruise past SM East
February 25, 2015
The first quarter has not been friendly to Lawrence High’s girls basketball team this season. That changed on Tuesday against Shawnee Mission East.
Ottawa’s threes doom Eudora
February 25, 2015
Jake Matney knocked down four of Ottawa’s eight three-pointers and scored 17 points to power the Cyclones past Eudora, 56-50, in high school boys basketball Tuesday night.
Hack, Gudde power FSHS
February 22, 2015
No defense was going to stop Free State High senior guard Weston Hack and junior forward Hunter Gudde on Saturday night. Not with the way they were shooting.
FSHS wrestlers win regional
February 22, 2015
Free State High’s Tate Steele, Shayn Morris, Cameron Shanks and Isaiah Jacobs won their weight classes, and the Firebirds finished first at a Class 6A wrestling regional Saturday at Shawnee Mission West.
Veritas boys cruise, 66-50
February 22, 2015
Chad Stieben scored 17 points, and Miles Dressler added 14 as Veritas Christian defeated Manhattan CHIEF, 66-50, on Saturday in high school boys basketball.
Portela, Ziegler spark FSHS swimming to third at state
February 21, 2015
In Hollywood, a sequel never lives up to the success of the original. That doesn’t apply to Free State High sophomore Jordan Portela, who dominated his competition once again at the Class 6A state swimming and diving championships Saturday. By Bobby Nightengale