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Free State sports

Defensive errors cost Firebirds in softball twinbill
April 9, 2014
The Free State High softball bats were quiet throughout most of Tuesday’s home doubleheader against Olathe South, but even if they had boomed like the night sky on the Fourth of July, the Firebirds’ defense would have put them in a tough spot. By Matt Tait
FSHS baseball falls at SMNW
April 9, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team collected nine hits but managed just one run in a 5-1 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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
City prep events rained out
April 3, 2014
A steady diet of rain on Wednesday forced Lawrence High and Free State to postpone all outdoor athletic events.
Free State wins Manhattan swim meet
April 3, 2014
Cierra Campbell and Courtney Caldwell each won two events, and Free State won all three relays en route to the team title at the five-team Manhattan Swimming and Diving Invitational on Wednesday.
LHS girls track team edges FSHS in early season rivalry meet
April 2, 2014
It was the second time in five days that Lawrence and Free State high schools competed at the same meet. This time, it was just against each other. Pitted in a dual on Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence High, the Lions girls topped the Firebirds, 76-75, while the FSHS boys beat LHS, 82-67. Though Lawrence’s girls were thrilled with the victory over the defending Class 6A state champions, they were also quick to downplay it. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS girls soccer regroups to win season opener
April 2, 2014
Maddie Dieker had seen too many Free State High shots not end up in the back of the net Tuesday night in the FSHS soccer team’s season opener. The most frustrating part for the senior forward: a lot of those misfires were her own. By Benton Smith
Area basketball players earn all-state honors
April 2, 2014
Several city and area basketball players earned Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors.
LHS golfer fifth at SMS Invitational
April 1, 2014
Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez shot a team-low 80 and placed fifth on Monday at the Shawnee Mission South Invitational at Meadowbrook Country Club.