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Free State Football

Firebird Joe Dineen gives Kansas football recruit blessing
January 2, 2014
In the typically cut-throat world of college football recruiting, where coaches often hand out more scholarship offers than they have to give and occasionally pull them at the last minute, Kansas University recently made a gesture that is almost unheard-of with one of its prospects in the Class of 2014. By Matt Tait
2013 Journal-World All-Area Football Team
December 13, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Football Team
Firebirds’ Dineen named state’s top football player
December 5, 2013
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, named Free State High senior Joe Dineen the 2013-14 Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year. By Benton Smith
City football stars named all-league
December 2, 2013
Free State High senior quarterback Joe Dineen became the Sunflower League’s first recipient of the Andre Maloney Award, given to the football league’s season MVP, and the Firebirds landed four players on the all-league first team in 2013.
Opinion: O-North coach Wier praises Free State, QB Dineen
November 16, 2013
Walking across the field on his way to meet an old friend, Olathe North coach Gene Wier, Friday in the moments after a 22-18 victory over Free State High, spotted a crushed young man and showered him with genuine respect. Column by Tom Keegan
Snatched away: Turnovers dash FSHS football’s rally hopes, season
November 16, 2013
Unlikely as it seemed when the drive began, Free State High’s football team had a shot to get out of Olathe District Activity Center Friday night with a second-round playoff victory. By Benton Smith
Firebirds out to avenge loss in rematch with Olathe North
November 15, 2013
As far as Free State High football coach Bob Lisher is concerned, his team suffered the consequences of playing with fire. The Firebirds’ offense had far too many shortcomings early on, in an Oct. 3 road loss to Olathe North. Free State will see the Eagles again tonight at Olathe District Activity Center — kickoff at 7 — in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. By Benton Smith
Winslow relentless on offense, defense for Free State football
November 15, 2013
If Free State High is playing football, odds are spectators can find senior Blake Winslow on the field. Appropriately built for his linebacker position, the 6-foot, 215-pounder also lines up as a running back or slot receiver on offense. Oh, yeah. He also punts. By Benton Smith
Free State football out to slow Olathe North star
November 14, 2013
The first and last name of the running back who scorched Free State High’s defense like no other this season might not have been uttered by football coach Bob Lisher in the past few days, but his players have heard the name Venus Triplett — amongst themselves or from assistants — more than they would care to. By Benton Smith
Firebirds eager for rematch
November 13, 2013
The first inkling of a rematch crept into the heads of Free State High’s football players on a Thursday night in early October. The Firebirds, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A at the time, had just lost their first game of the season, at Olathe North.
True to form, FSHS football rolls on
After another slow start, Free State advances, 40-14
November 9, 2013
All season the Firebirds have bemoaned their slow starts. Sure enough, they had another one Friday, in the first round of the playoffs against Shawnee Mission Northwest, the bottom seed of the Class 6A east playoffs bracket. By Benton Smith
Final: Free State 40, SM Northwest 14
08:04 p.m., November 8, 2013 Updated 09:30 p.m.
Even another slow start couldn’t keep Free State High from advancing to the second round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday night at FSHS.
Free State football looking for faster starts in playoffs
November 8, 2013
It’s not that they’re curmudgeons. More like perfectionists. Even with an 8-1 record that earned Free State High’s football team the No. 1 seed in the east bracket of the Class 6A playoffs, coaches and players often left the field after victories unsatisfied with the Firebirds’ overall performance. By Benton Smith
Firebirds’ cornerbacks locked in for playoffs
November 7, 2013
As Free State High prepares for its Friday playoff opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest, coach Bob Lisher has a corner tandem on which he can rely — junior Joel Spain and sophomore Bryce Torneden. By Benton Smith
Firebirds brace for tough test in playoffs
November 6, 2013
Yes, Free State High football owns the top seed on the east side of the Class 6A playoffs bracket. Yes, the Firebirds’ goal is to win the next four games and earn the program’s first state championship. And, no, none of that will matter once the whistle blows for kickoff Friday night at FSHS for their first-round matchup with Shawnee Mission Northwest.