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Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with ...

LHS baseball begins 2019 campaign with 9-0 win over Wichita Northwest

A pair of Lawrence High pitchers combined to throw a shutout in a 9-0 win over Wichita Northwest Saturday afternoon at LHS. Preston Harris tossed five innings of one-hit ball, and Jake Miller followed suit by giving up one knock over the next two frames. Harris fanned four batters and walked ...

Lawrence’s Mike Lewis named Sunflower League Coach of the Year

The two city teams were represented well on the All-Sunflower League selections for both boys and girls basketball. On the boys side, Lawrence High’s Mike Lewis took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lions to their first Sunflower League title since the 2014-15 season. Prior to ...

Despite valiant effort, FSHS boys suffer overtime loss to Washburn Rural

WICHITA — The tires eventually ran out on Free State’s remarkable ride. Free State went toe to toe with the top seed in the 6A state tournament, in a game that featured 12 lead changes. FSHS ultimately ran out of juice in overtime, though, in a 54-45 loss to Washburn Rural Wednesday night ...

Free State boys setting standard with third straight trip to state tourney

It would have been easy to call this a rebuilding year for the Free State boys basketball team. After all, the Firebirds lost nine seniors from last year’s squad that went to its first state championship game in program history. Noah Butler is the only returning player that scored in that ...

Opening round matchups announced for six area teams headed to state

The brackets have been set, and it is time to see who will be crowned a champion. Six of the 13 area basketball teams qualified for their respective state tournament, and will be playing in the final week of the season. Of those six squads, three received a top four seed in their respective ...

Free State boys knock off Derby, earn third consecutive trip to 6A state tournament

On the bench with four fouls and less than 5 minutes to go, DK Middleton couldn’t handle sitting. He needed to be in the game, he needed to make plays. “I want to go back in and help my team win,” Middleton recalled telling his coach. “I thought I could play with four fouls.” He ...

Free State boys bowling places 6th at state meet

Free State’s boys bowling team took home a sixth-place finish at the 6A state bowling meet Friday afternoon at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. The Firebirds scored 2825 as a team, while Campus won the event with a 3084. Joey Taylor led Free State with a series score of 566, which was good enough ...

Free State girls suffer season-ending loss at Garden City

After a slow start, the Free State girls basketball team never clawed its way fully back. The Firebirds scored just 4 points in the first quarter in an eventual 33-27 road loss to Garden City Thursday night during the sub-state opener. It was an one-possession game with 1:30 left, but FSHS was ...

Several city bowlers excited for first trip to 6A state bowling meet

After a strong freshman season, Jayden Cress eventually missed qualifying for the state meet by just two pins. For Cress, who has been bowling all his life, it was a moment that stuck with him for the next year. Cress worked on his consistency in the offseason, and came back better than ever ...

Free State boys crush Junction City in sub-state opener

Faces might change, but the expectations will remain the same for the Free State boys basketball team. The Firebirds lost nearly all of their production from last year’s team, which made it to the first state championship game in program history before falling to Blue Valley Northwest. Free ...

FSHS girls excited for bonding opportunity during trip to Garden City

For a few days, the Free State girls basketball team is going to understand what it feels like to play for a college squad. After being listed as a No. 9 seed in the 6A west bracket, FSHS (10-10) is forced to travel for its first sub-state game. The Firebirds will take on Garden City, the ...

Senior Noah Butler hopes to lead Free State boys back to state tournament

Senior Noah Butler is the only current Free State player that scored during the state championship game last season. If the Firebirds (13-6, No. 10 in Class 6A) hope to avenge last year’s loss to Blue Valley Northwest, Butler will likely have to shoulder the load this postseason. Plenty of ...

FSHS boys bowling claims second at regionals; LHS sends 4 to state meet

There will be plenty of city flavor at the 6A state bowling meet next weekend. Free State’s boys bowling team qualified after placing second at the 6A regional competition at West Ridge Lanes in Topeka. The Firebirds had three medalists, scoring 3,096 as a team. Junction City won the event ...

Preps notebook: LHS practice partners prepared for 6A state wrestling meet

It only makes sense that sophomore Logan Farrell and freshman Kevin Honas are headed to the state tournament together. After being practice partners all season, the Lawrence High wrestlers will represent the program, along with senior EJ Jewsome, at the 6A state tournament this weekend in Park ...

Several area basketball teams to host opening round of sub-state

The Kansas State High School Activities Association released sub-state brackets at every level Wednesday afternoon. Many area teams will get the opportunity to host the first round next week. All but one city team will get the opportunity to play at home in the opening round. Lawrence High’s ...

Senior manager Kyle Portela nets first basket in Free State’s 69-63 win

When the Free State boys basketball team steps on to the court, it’s rare for anyone to have a bigger smile than senior manager Kyle Portela. Portela’s smile was even bigger than usual for Free State’s game on Monday against Shawnee Mission Northwest. In the game’s opening seconds, ...