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Free State tennis

FSHS tennis falls to Rural, 9-0
April 17, 2014
Free State High suffered a 9-0 tennis setback to Washburn Rural on Wednesday at FSHS.
Firebirds continue dual dominance in city tennis showdown
April 16, 2014
Free State High junior Sam Solis was locked in a back-and-forth tennis match against Lawrence High senior Panyin Boye-Doe on Tuesday afternoon at FSHS. The Firebirds had already clinched the dual victory, but sometimes there’s more on the line in the City Showdown. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS tennis freshmen experience trial by fire
April 9, 2014
When some of the youngest players in Free State High’s boys tennis program found themselves on the wrong end of some lopsided scores Tuesday afternoon at their home quadrangular, coach Oather Strawderman didn’t think about the short-term effects of losing. By Benton Smith
FSHS tennis ties for 3rd at Emporia
April 6, 2014
Free State High tied for third at the Emporia Tennis Invitational on Saturday at Emporia High.
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.
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
Firebird Alexis Czapinski second at state
October 21, 2013
Alexis Czapinski, a Free State High senior, placed second in singles at state on Sunday at Maize South High, completing a steady progression during her four years.
Alexis Czapinski advances at state tennis
October 19, 2013
Free State High’s Alexis Czapinski won two matches and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Saturday at Maize South High.
6A state tennis postponed
October 18, 2013
The Class 6A girls tennis state tournament was postponed Friday when rain, sleet and even a few snow flakes fell at Maize South High.
FSHS tennis moves up to runner-up at regional
October 16, 2013
Free State High’s girls tennis players received some surprising news from coach Oather Strawderman at Wednesday’s practice. It took a few days, but the Firebirds were awarded second place at their Class 6A regional tournament. By Benton Smith
Near-perfect Czapinski tops tennis regional
11:58 p.m., October 12, 2013 Updated 08:59 a.m.
Alexis Czapinski had no interest in underestimating what she could possibly attain Saturday at a Class 6A regional tennis tournament, so she accepted an ambitious goal: try to win the tournament without losing a single game. Czapinski just about pulled it off, too, winning 48 of the 49 games she played on the way to her first regional championship. By Benton Smith
LHS, FSHS tennis tie at Sunflower League
October 4, 2013
Lawrence High’s Yelena Birt and Caroline Bologa placed second in No. 2 doubles while Free State’s Alexis Czapinski was runner-up in No. 1 singles, Thursday at the Sunflower League girls tennis tournament.
Firebirds tennis rallies to win City Showdown with Lions
October 2, 2013
Free State High tennis partners Taylor Hawkins and Caitlin Dodd blew a three-game lead Tuesday afternoon and lost their No. 2 doubles match to rival Lawrence High, but the players’ quick recovery in singles play proved critical in Free State’s 5-4 victory over the Lions at the dual. By Benton Smith
Refocused Czapinski cruises at FSHS quad
September 25, 2013
The way Free State High senior Alexis Czapinski has played this season, Czapinski, the girls tennis team’s No. 1 singles player, doesn’t often need any motivation to steamroll her competition. By Benton Smith
FSHS tennis beats Mill Valley
September 20, 2013
Free State High doubled-up Mill Valley, 6-3, in a tennis dual Thursday, but FSHS coach Oather Strawderman wasn’t particularly impressed.

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