Free State tennis

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.
FSHS’ Czapinski repeat champ
September 15, 2013
Alexis Czapinski defended her singles championship, and Free State High took third place Saturday in the Salina Central girls tennis tournament.
FSHS tennis ignores heat, sweeps to win LHS quad
September 11, 2013
Upper-90-degree temperatures and a beaming sun didn’t affect Free State’s Alexis Czapinski at Tuesday afternoon’s Lawrence High quadrangular. The FSHS senior coasted to a 3-0 record in her No. 1 singles matches, helping the Firebirds to a quad victory. By Jesse Newell
Firebirds win J.C. tennis quad
September 6, 2013
Free State High went 10-2 and placed first at the Junction City tennis quadrangular on Thursday.
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.
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
Irick still alive at state tennis
May 11, 2013
Lawrence High’s Thomas Irick went 2-1 in singles on the first day of the Class 6A state tennis tournament and continues play today at the Kossover Tennis Center in the consolation bracket.
City to send six to state tennis
May 7, 2013
Lawrence High’s boys tennis team earned Class 6A regional runner-up honors on Monday at Gardner-Edgerton, and six city athletes qualified for state.