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Lawrence High Gymnastics

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.
Free State gymnasts repeat as Sunflower League champs
October 14, 2012
Carrie Howland and Grace Bartle took first and second, respectively, in the vault, and the Free State High gymnastics team repeated as Sunflower League champions on Saturday at Olathe East.
FSHS, LHS gymnasts hope to build on season’s successes
October 13, 2012
The concept of a perfect 10 no longer exists in gymnastics. But the gymnasts at Free State High know something about a perfect five.
FSHS gymnastics first at O-East
September 27, 2012
The Free State gymnastics team took first place overall in the team competition on Wednesday at the Olathe East Invitational.
FSHS gymnastics first, LHS second at Free State Invitational
September 23, 2012
Free State’s Jackie Zaitz finished first in all-around, vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise, and the Firebirds won the Free State Invitational girls gymnastics meet Saturday at FSHS.
FSHS gymnasts win at SM North
September 16, 2012
Free State High’s girls gymnastics team took first place Saturday at the Shawnee Mission North Invitational.
Firebirds win gymnastics quad
September 7, 2012
Free State High’s Jacqueline Zaitz took the all-around and the Firebirds won the team title Thursday at the Shawnee Mission East quadrangular gymnastics meet. Free State totaled 102.5 points and LHS 94.55. Scores for SM East and North were not available.
Lawrence High teams to scrimmage tonight
August 22, 2012
As far as Lawrence High athletic director Ron Commons is concerned, tonight will be a dress rehearsal.