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LHS assistant takes over Free State volleyball reins
March 6, 2015
Free State High athletic director Mike Hill didn’t have to look too far to find the Firebirds’ new volleyball coach.
Free State girls cruise in sub-state opener
March 5, 2015
The Kansas 6A state tournament has been on the minds of Free State High’s girls basketball players all season, and the Firebirds came one step closer to reaching it after disposing of Kansas City Wyandotte, 61-12, Thursday in the first round of sub-state action at FSHS.
Free State stumbles at SM North
March 4, 2015
As early as pre-game warmups Wednesday night, Free State High senior Weston Hack sensed something amiss for the black-clad visitors at Shawnee Mission North, site of the Firebirds’ Class 6A sub-state opener.
FSHS, LHS girls set sub-state sights high
March 4, 2015
Free State High’s girls basketball team set a school record by winning 16 regular-season games, but starting today, none of those matter to the Firebirds.
Lions, Firebirds set for sub-state openers
March 4, 2015
Last summer, Lawrence High senior guard Anthony Bonner announced his expectations for the boys basketball team this season. “Nothing less than a state championship, honestly,” he said in June.
Lions rely on defense to subdue Firebirds
February 28, 2015
All it takes is a few plays for Lawrence High’s boys basketball players to find a rhythm on offense. On Friday in the City Showdown, the Lions used their defense to create some momentum.
Free State girls extend winning streak to four
February 28, 2015
Lawrence High’s and Free State’s girls basketball teams both entered Friday night’s City Showdown with three-game winning streaks, but it was the Firebirds who stayed hot to beat the Lions, 58-45, at LHS.
Column: Second quarter fateful for FSHS prospects
February 28, 2015
Ten weeks after the boys basketball teams from the city’s two public high schools first faced each other, Free State High coach Chuck Law’s confidence in his team’s ability to play Lawrence High straight-up increased tenfold.
Firebirds’ Ziegler, Hack stellar student-athletes
February 26, 2015
One day, a Free State High student will come along and break swimmer Jack Ziegler’s school record in the 50-freestyle, established while winning the state title and helping his school to a third-place finish at the state meet.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ziegler, Portela lead swim qualifiers
February 21, 2015
Free State High’s Jack Ziegler was top qualifier in the 50 free, teammate Jordan Portela led qualifiying in the 100 butterfly, and both swam on the top 400 freestyle relay team during preliminary rounds of the Class 6A state swimming and diving meet on Friday at Capitol Federal Natatorium.
FSHS boys can’t catch O-East
February 21, 2015
Free State High’s boys basketball team knew what to expect out of Olathe East on Friday night. But Free State just couldn’t hit enough shots down the stretch in a 52-44 loss at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale

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