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High school sports

Focus on serve pays dividends for LHS senior Irick
April 9, 2014
Lawrence High senior tennis standout Thomas Irick has been working on his serve for a couple of months. That’s going to cause plenty of trouble for his opponents. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS tennis freshmen experience trial by fire
April 9, 2014
When some of the youngest players in Free State High’s boys tennis program found themselves on the wrong end of some lopsided scores Tuesday afternoon at their home quadrangular, coach Oather Strawderman didn’t think about the short-term effects of losing. By Benton Smith
High schools notebook: LHS softball shelves C Team
April 8, 2014
Lawrence High softball has canceled its C Team’s season. Injuries and low turnout were factors, but the biggest issue was the high school limit of 20 games for any girl during the softball season. Notes by Bobby Nightengale
FSHS golfers 6-7 at SMNW Invite
April 8, 2014
Free State High’s Matt Siler and Jack Flynn shot matching 78s, but Siler edged his teammate in the scorecard playoff to take sixth, relegating Flynn to seventh at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Golf Invitational on Monday at Lake Quivira Country Club.
Jeff Hawkins resigns as Perry-Lecompton coach
April 6, 2014
Former Kansas University guard Jeff Hawkins has decided to step down as boys basketball coach at Perry-Lecompton High after four seasons, Hawkins confirmed Sunday night.
FSHS tennis ties for 3rd at Emporia
April 6, 2014
Free State High tied for third at the Emporia Tennis Invitational on Saturday at Emporia High.
LHS baseball rolls over BV North
April 6, 2014
Lawrence High’s offense clicked in Saturday’s 13-3 baseball victory against Blue Valley North.
Free State softball splits at SM South
April 6, 2014
Free State High’s softball team received two strong outings from pitchers Meredith Morris and Kaley Delg in its season-opening doubleheader against Shawnee Mission South, and came away with a 1-1 record.
Doubles lift Lawrence High tennis over Seabury
April 5, 2014
The doubles points ended up being the deciding factor in Friday’s boys varsity tennis match between Lawrence High and Seabury Academy, as the Lions edged the Seahawks, 5-4, at LHS. By Chris Duderstadt
Lions soccer players lament lack of focus in OT loss
April 5, 2014
Lawrence High’s girls soccer players didn’t get to feel good about some late-game heroics very long Friday night. Shortly after Lions sophomore Kennedi Wright-Conklin tied the game in the 78th minute to force overtime against Barstow, Mo., a defensive breakdown — a recurring issue — allowed the Knights’ Jeanne Brown to score the golden goal in a 3-2 Knights victory. By Benton Smith
Pitching sets up Lions baseball for scrappy win
April 4, 2014
Shawnee Mission West hitters couldn’t keep up with Brandon Bell’s fastball and were fooled by his offspeed pitches during the Lawrence High baseball team’s 2-0, home-opening victory on Thursday at LHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Lawrence softball at SMNW ppd.
April 4, 2014
Poor field conditions forced postponement of Lawrence High’s softball games Thursday.
LHS swimming trips SM South
April 4, 2014
Alex Ginsberg won two individual titles, five of her Lawrence High teammates won individual crowns, and the Lions won all three relays en route to a 127-49 dual-meet rout Thursday at Shawnee Mission South.
FSHS baseball tumbles, 6-5
April 4, 2014
Less than two weeks into their season, Free State High’s baseball players already had rallied for two victories, so the Firebirds weren’t panicking Thursday evening in their Sunflower League opener, even when Shawnee Mission East held a three-run lead in the fifth inning. By Benton Smith
Firebirds fall short
SM East edges FSHS soccer, 3-0
April 4, 2014
When the Free State High girls soccer schedule first came out, Firebirds coach Kelly Barah noticed almost immediately an early-season matchup with perennial power Shawnee Mission East. By Matt Tait