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Free State boys basketball

FSHS boys basketball pleased with summer progress
July 3, 2014
For a group of players who don’t have much varsity experience and haven’t played in many games together, Free State’s boys basketball team has to be pleased so far this summer.  The Firebirds went 5-3 in the KAMO boys’ team shootout a few weeks ago and also played well against opponents in a summer league at Blue Valley West. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS boys basketball team adjusts to new roster
June 12, 2014
The Free State High boys basketball team’s summer practices don’t feature many familiar faces who helped the school to the Class 6A state tournament in 2012 or a regional title game in March. Seven Firebirds seniors graduated, leaving little varsity experience on the squad heading into the upcoming season. For some teams, that unknown can be terrifying. However at Free State, plenty of players and coaches are embracing it. By Bobby Nightengale
Column: Lions, Firebirds united by firing
April 30, 2014
When hundreds of community members, young and old, packed the meeting room at the school district office Monday to show their support for recently fired Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis, they did so as one voice. Column by Matt Tait
2014 J-W All-Area Boys Basketball Team
April 16, 2014
A look at the 2014 Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball Team By Bobby Nightengale
Area basketball players earn all-state honors
April 2, 2014
Several city and area basketball players earned Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors.
Roberts leads city boys on All-League rosters
12:00 a.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 03:50 p.m.
Lawrence High sophomore Justin Roberts was named the Sunflower League’s Sophomore of the Year and was the only non-senior to be recognized on the first-team All-League boys basketball team.
Ailing Firebirds fall at Wichita SE
March 8, 2014
Free State’s offense couldn’t keep up with Wichita Southeast’s quick guards in a 72-57 sub-state loss. By Bobby Nightengale
Lions, Firebirds hit road with state trips on line
March 8, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players kept it loose in practice on Friday. They needed a day to rest both physically and mentally after beating Gardner-Edgerton, 62-45, in the first-round of Class 6A sub-state on Thursday and hearing that assistant coach Kermit Aldridge had a turn for the worse in his battle with cancer. Now, a win away from a state tournament appearance, they want to re-energize.
Loneker helps FSHS boys advance at sub-state
March 7, 2014
About the only things senior Keith Loneker didn’t do Thursday night for Free State High in its 74-60 sub-state opening victory at Derby High were miss a shot from the field and blow out 18 birthday candles. By Tom Keegan
Free State boys basketball seeking repeat
March 6, 2014
Free State High’s boys basketball team knows what it’s like to play the underdog role. The Firebirds were the seventh seed in last year’s sub-state bracket before winning two road games on their way to the state tournament.
LHS boys hoops falls to 5th in poll
March 3, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team fell to No. 5 in the final Class 6A poll of the season, released Monday by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
LHS, FSHS hoops sub-states set
March 2, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team was seeded third in its sub-state bracket and will get to play at least one more home game.
Column: Morgan, Henrichs key complements for LHS boys
March 1, 2014
Even on a unit with the star power of Lawrence High’s boys basketball team, it takes players perfectly suited for their roles to turn a good team into a great one. By Benton Smith
Justin Roberts carries LHS boys past FSHS
March 1, 2014
Justin Roberts scored 13 of his game-high 24 points to power the Lions to a 68-61 victory in the latest chapter of the City Showdown on Friday night at FSHS.
Undersized posts huge in city boys’ successes
February 28, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players were relaxed at practice Thursday. Free State’s practices this week had a more serious tone as they prepared for tonight’s City Showdown, 7 p.m. at FSHS. The Firebirds are working to avenge their 67-48 loss on Dec. 20 at LHS. The Lions are looking for their first win at Free State since an overtime victory on Dec. 16, 2011. By Bobby Nightengale

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