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Free State sports

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.
High schools notebook: Deep batting order lifting LHS baseball
April 1, 2014
It’s no surprise that Lawrence High’s baseball players are swinging the bats well early in the season. The Lions feature some of the top hitters in the Sunflower League. However, the bottom of the order has been much better than anyone could have anticipated. Notes by Bobby Nightengale
FSHS baseball loses first game
March 30, 2014
The Free State High baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling 9-3 to Nixa High School.
FSHS baseball hammers Ozark
March 29, 2014
An eight-run sixth inning helped propel Free State High to a 15-1 baseball victory against Ozark High School Friday.
Back on track: LHS, FSHS finally open season
12:28 a.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 03:38 p.m.
It was only the first track and field meet of the season, but that didn’t mean several runners from Lawrence High and Free State High weren’t in mid-season form. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS swimming first at Emporia
March 28, 2014
Free State High sophomore Cierra Campbell turned in the top times in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle to lead the girls swimming team to a first-place finish in the Emporia Invitational on Thursday at Emporia High.
Firebirds feeling good as spring seasons get underway
March 26, 2014
The cold air won’t go away but Free State High is fired up to begin its spring sports season. Here is a look at what all of the Firebirds’ programs expect out the upcoming season. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds open with pair of victories
March 22, 2014
It didn’t matter that it was just the first day of the season. Free State High junior Cooper Karlin was ready to be the hero. He walked into the batter’s box with the bases loaded, two outs and his baseball team down by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. After fouling off several pitches with two strikes, Karlin drilled the ball into the right-center gap for a two-run double that finished a 7-6 comeback victory over Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday afternoon at FSHS. The win completed a sweep in the season-opening doubleheader after the Firebirds won, 10-7, in the first game.
Free State baseball to open today at home
March 21, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team is looking to figure out its identity for the upcoming season after returning just six seniors from its Sunflower League championship team a year ago.