Free State Football

FSHS football goes all out in summer scrimmage
June 13, 2014
After spending the last week working in non-contact drills, Free State High’s football team finally put on full pads and went up against an opposing team on Thursday. The Firebirds participated in the Baker University football camp Thursday morning and afternoon, held at FSHS. Shawnee Mission East, the Class 6A state runners-up, St. Thomas Aquinas and Shawnee Heights were also at the camp. By Bobby Nightengale
KU football’s Dineen speaks in memory of late rival
June 7, 2014
Kansas University freshman Joe Dineen’s quest to honor the late Andre Maloney — a fellow KU football recruit and Sunflower League standout — included another memorable stop on Friday. By Matt Tait
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
Four city preps in all-star football game
April 12, 2014
Four city football players will play in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star game this summer.
FSHS lineman gathers D-I offers
March 13, 2014
Free State High junior Scott Frantz played a large part of his football team’s success on offense last year. Plenty of Division-I colleges took notice.
Firebirds celebrate football signings
February 6, 2014
Seven Free State High football players turned in their letters of intent to their future colleges Wednesday, which was national signing day. Since school was canceled, they had to delay their signing-day ceremony to Thursday afternoon, but that didn’t curb any of their enthusiasm. By Bobby Nightengale
City athletes sign college letters despite snow day
February 5, 2014
Lawrence high schools were canceled on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop many city athletes from mailing or faxing letters of intent to their future colleges on national signing day.
FSHS football’s Buckingham signs with Emporia State
January 24, 2014
Free State High senior Reid Buckingham has committed to play football as a long snapper at Emporia State next year.
Firebird Khadre Lane taps Butler; Lions’ Kieran Severa headed to Drake
January 22, 2014
Two years ago, senior Khadre Lane transferred to Free State High to improve his chances of playing basketball in college. In a sign of how quickly things change, Lane has committed to play football at Butler Community College next year. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS LB Loneker to play in Kansas Shrine Bowl
January 11, 2014
Free State football senior Keith Loneker will be rewarded for being one of the Sunflower League’s top linebackers. Loneker was chosen as a member of the East squad in the 2014 Kansas Shrine Bowl. The all-star game will be played at 7 p.m. on July 26 at Carney Smith Stadium at Pittsburg State University.
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