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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
Late surge lifts Free State girls
February 21, 2015
Holding on to a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter, Free State High’s girls basketball players just flipped a switch. There weren’t any magic words said in the huddle. They just knew what this game meant to each other.
Firebirds, Lions set for state swimming
February 19, 2015
When Free State High senior swimmer Jack Ziegler sets his mind on something, he usually finds a way to achieve it.
Piper carries FSHS girls, 59-48
February 18, 2015
During practices in the past week, Free State High’s girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan told sophomore Madison Piper to be more aggressive on offense and try to get more drives to the rim. Piper listened. By Bobby Nightengale
Red-hot FSHS boys roll
February 18, 2015
Free State High’s boys basketball players struggled to shoot the ball in a double-digit loss last week. They had no such problems on the road Tuesday against Shawnee Mission South. By Bobby Nightengale
Falcons stifle FSHS girls
February 14, 2015
Free State High’s girls basketball team has experienced its fair share of stifling defenses this season, but Olathe South might have outdone them all Friday night at FSHS. By Benton Smith
Scoring drought dooms Firebirds
February 14, 2015
Layups, open three-pointers, jumpers. Name it, and Free State’s boys basketball team couldn’t hit it during a stretch that began in the first quarter and lasted into the second half Friday night, costing the Firebirds any chance of earning a victory against Olathe South.
Free State boys hold off Indians
February 11, 2015
Behind a career-high 30 points from senior Weston Hack, the Firebirds beat the sixth-ranked Indians, 69-57, at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds’ girls rout SM North
February 11, 2015
Free State High’s girls basketball team wasn’t expecting to see Shawnee Mission North hold the ball for long possessions on Tuesday, forcing the Firebirds to play defense for minutes at a time.

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