Lawrence High Gymnastics

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: Lions eager to kick off season
August 28, 2013
In the coming days and weeks, Lawrence High’s athletes will find themselves done with preseason training and back to the world of live competition. Some LHS programs are in search of new identities, while others plan to build on last season’s successes. 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
Right at home: New LHS athletic director Bill DeWitt comes full circle
July 17, 2013
In Bill DeWitt’s mind, the word hometown doesn’t have to be defined by origins. A native of Hays, DeWitt grew up loving football, wrestling, track and academics as a high schooler at Thomas More Prep-Marian. But spend a few minutes with Lawrence High’s new athletic director and assistant principal and his pride for the city and school he now calls home comes across as strong and sincere as his handshake. 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.
Free State eyes repeat at state gymnastics meet
October 20, 2012
When the state gymnastics meet begins at noon today at Lawrence High, neither the Lions nor defending state champion Free State will be at full strength.
Lions’ AD Ron Commons to retire
October 18, 2012
A graduate of Lawrence High and an employee at the school since 1973, LHS athletic director Ron Commons will retire at the end of the school year.