Free State sports

Reloading: Firebirds begin summer football with new group
June 4, 2014
Free State High football coach Bob Lisher has seen his team practice twice this summer, and he’s feeling upbeat. Sure, the Firebirds lost plenty of starters and a lot of talent with last year’s senior class, but Lisher is confident they can remain a contender in the Sunflower League for this upcoming season. By Bobby Nightengale
Back to back: Free State girls repeat as state track champions
June 1, 2014
Free State High’s girls track and field team won a state championship and seniors Alexa Harmon-Thomas and Bailey Sullivan were back at the top of the medal podium. It was deja vu all over again on Saturday at Cessna Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale
Former LHS, FSHS standouts continue play at NCAA baseball regionals
June 1, 2014
Former high school baseball standouts from the city of Lawrence continued play in NCAA regionals on Saturday.
Lawrence High’s Finley twins 1-2 in state discus
May 31, 2014
Matia Finley wasn’t happy with all of her throws in the discus Friday morning, but she was happy with the result. By Bobby Nightengale
Shhh! FSHS girls track has shot at repeat state title
May 30, 2014
All of the athletes on Free State High’s girls track and field team know they have a chance to repeat as state champions this weekend. They also prefer not to talk about it. By Bobby Nightengale
Veteran Sullivan leads FSHS track
May 29, 2014
Free State senior distance runner Bailey Sullivan has never been shy to offer advice to her teammates. That was no different Wednesday when she was asked by two of her coaches to talk about her past experiences at the state track meet. By Chris Duderstadt
Inconsistency strikes city golfers at state tourney
May 28, 2014
Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez had plenty of luck on the back nine Tuesday at the Class 6A state golf tournament. All of that luck disappeared in the front nine — his last nine holes. By Bobby Nightengale
City sending three to state golf
May 27, 2014
In mid-April, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn shot an 84 at the Topeka Country Club, taking 20th place in the tournament. He hopes his next round on the Topeka CC course is even better. By Bobby Nightengale
Free State High girls second at state swimming
May 25, 2014
Courtney Caldwell won two individual state titles and the Firebirds finished second in state at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. By Bobby Nightengale
Free State swimmers take aim at state champs
May 24, 2014
Today is the day Free State High’s girls swimmers have waited for all season long — one they’ve talked about, thought about and swam for. Sure, every high school swimmer circles the date of the state championships on her calendar. But today means so much to the Firebirds because they aim to dethrone four-time defending Class 6A champion Shawnee Mission East at Capital Federal Natatorium. After Friday’s prelims, they know it won’t be easy. By Benton Smith
Column: Free State boys team up for relay rewards
May 24, 2014
Linebackers don’t become distance runners. They throw quarterbacks in the fall and weights in the spring. And then there is Stan Skwarlo, standout Free State High senior running back and linebacker in autumn, distance runner in the spring. Column by Tom Keegan
Just one hurdle left: Firebirds girls repeat as regional track champs; state next
May 24, 2014
Free State High’s girls track and field team features three of the best hurdlers in the state — Kiara Clark, Gabbi Dabney and Alexa Harmon-Thomas. The trio left competitors in the dust at the Class 6A regional meet on Friday, sweeping the top three spots in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Their performance helped the Firebirds capture their second straight regional championship at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
City represented on all-league softball, baseball teams
May 23, 2014
Plenty of city baseball and softball players earned 2014 All-Sunflower League recognition.
Firebirds eyeing another podium spot at state swimming
May 23, 2014
Free State High’s girls swimming and diving team has grown accustomed to first-place finishes for the majority of its season, having won six meets convincingly. By Chris Duderstadt
Finley sisters lead LHS girls track squad
May 23, 2014
Lawrence High juniors Rebecca and Matia Finley root for the other to do well in the discus and shot put. Each just hopes she does a little bit better than her sister. By Bobby Nightengale