Free State Gymnastics

Free State High fall sports get underway
August 27, 2014
Here is a look at what all of the Firebirds’ programs expect out of the upcoming season. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS runners eye state-title repeat
August 20, 2014
At the beginning of fall practices last year, nobody could have predicted a Class 6A state championship for Free State High’s girls cross country team. By Bobby Nightengale
Free State gymnast lands scholarship
June 17, 2014
Free State High senior Natalie Rainbolt always had a goal of competing at the Div. I level in gymnastics and earning a full scholarship. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS gymnasts beaming over title
Led by junior Bartle, Firebirds win second state crown in three seasons
October 27, 2013
Every pair of eyes in the Olathe North High gymnasium focused on Free State’s gymnasts Saturday evening, and the Firebirds, though worried, gave them a show. By Benton Smith
FSHS gymnasts 2nd at Sunflower League
October 13, 2013
Free State High junior gymnast Grace Bartle placed first in floor exercise and third in all-around competition to lead FSHS to a runner-up finish at the Sunflower League meet Saturday at Olathe North.
Free State wins gymnastics meet
October 3, 2013
Free State High senior Hannah Moran admits that she forgot part of her floor routine during Wednesday’s home invitational. Then again, she also posted a personal-best score of 8.75 in the same event. By Jesse Newell
Free State wins gymnastics meet
September 29, 2013
Free State High’s Grace Bartle won the bars and floor, tied for second on the vault and placed third on the beam to help the Firebirds win a four-team gymnastics invitational on Saturday at FSHS.
FSHS gymnastics 2nd at O-East
September 25, 2013
Grace Bartle placed fourth and Carrie Howland sixth in the all-around to pace Free State High to a second-place finish in the team race at the Olathe East gymnastics invitational on Wednesday.
Floor exercise mastery lifts FSHS gymnastics
September 13, 2013
There is something about the floor exercise that always brings out the best in Free State High’s gymnastics team. By Benton Smith
Fall sports preview: Firebirds setting high goals for season
September 2, 2013
September is here and this week almost all of Free State High’s fall sports teams start their seasons and find out how much all of their preseason practice work has paid off. By Benton Smith
First impressions: Lawrence High, Free State fall sports begin practices
11:57 p.m., August 19, 2013 Updated 07:49 a.m.
Free State High football coach Bob Lisher had some decent reasons to hold his players to high standards Monday, the first day of preseason practices for fall sports teams in Kansas. By Benton Smith
Schedules set for LHS, FSHS fall sports jamborees
August 14, 2013
The athletic departments at both Lawrence and Free State high schools will showcase their fall sports teams at jamborees during the last week of August. The campus-wide festivities kick off Aug. 28 at LHS, and Aug. 29 at FSHS.
District hires coach to stabilize gymnastics programs
August 12, 2013
The gymnastics teams at Lawrence and Free State high schools might finally have a long-term coaching solution. This summer the school district named Brooke Kissinger as head coach of the programs, making her the fourth person to hold the dual position in the past four seasons — despite Free State winning the state championship in 2011 and finishing second in 2012. By Benton Smith
World Company Cup returns to Free State
June 12, 2013
For the seventh time in eight years, the World Company Cup belongs to Free State High. The trophy, awarded since 2006 to the school that prevails most often in City Showdowns and other competitions between rivals Lawrence High and Free State, spent the last year on display at LHS. However, the Lions’ claim to the cup proved short-lived, as Free State conquered the Lions, 17-9, in the standings. By Benton Smith
Short-handed FSHS settles for second at state
October 21, 2012
Free State High senior Jackie Zaitz spent all Saturday at Lawrence High wearing a walking boot that supported her right ankle. Instead of showing off her all-around skills at the state gymnastics meet, she jotted down scores, walked around gingerly and watched her Firebirds teammates chase a second consecutive state title without her.