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Journal-World 2018 All-Area girls soccer team

Player of the Year: Emily Heinz, Bishop Seabury For the second consecutive spring, the sophomore forward was unstoppable on the soccer pitch. Heinz, who often faced multiple defenders, finished with a team-high 21 goals and four assists. She ultimately played every position, including ...

Journal-World 2018 All-Area boys track team

Athlete of the Year: LeeRoi Johnson, Tonganoxie The 2018 season didn’t go as smoothly for Johnson who went through a rehab after sustaining injuries during the football season. Still, Johnson repeated as a state champion in the 4A boys discus competition with a throw of 192-11. The Arkansas ...

Journal-World 2018 All-Area girls track team

Athlete of the Year: Evann Seratte, Lawrence Seratte broke the school record at the state track meet this spring, clocking a time of 2:16.09 to win the 800-meter run. Seratte did not qualify for the event during her sophomore season before claiming a title this spring. Seratte also placed ...

Journal-World 2018 All-Area softball team

Player of the Year: Sara Roszak, Free State The freshman shortstop overwhelmed opposing pitching staffs this spring. She ended up leading the Sunflower League with a .619 batting average, earning a first-team selection in Class 6A. Roszak helped Free State capture its first state title in ...

Tom Keegan: Eric Peterson follows baseball dream back home to Lawrence

Dreams take the sleeping mind to such strange places, so different from anywhere the waking mind wanders. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that young people so often are willing to take wild detours to places so different from where they imagined they would travel to pursue their career ...

Journal-World 2018 All-Area baseball team

Player of the Year: Khalil Thrasher, Eudora The Eudora senior wreaked havoc on opposing pitching staffs throughout the season. Thrasher, who is signed to play baseball at Neosho County Community College, clubbed .477 with 25 RBIs and swiped 16 stolen bases. Thrasher was also named to the first ...

Former Free State golfer wins tournament in Salina

Coleman Houk put together a strong final round to win the Saline County Medal this past weekend. Houk, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas Wesleyan University, never let his lead get below four strokes during his final round. After entering the day with a four-shot advantage, Houk notched ...

Local riders demonstrate growth of cycling at Dirty Kanza

Earlier this month, there was plenty of local flavor at the top of the leaderboard in the Dirty Kanza. Will Shultz, who will be a junior at Free State High School, won the bicycle race in Emporia with a strong performance. Shultz was joined by a trio of Lawrence riders to sweep the top four ...

Former KU athletic director to join Free State football staff

Former University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger won’t be leaving Lawrence anytime soon. On Friday, Zenger told the Lawrence Journal-World that he plans to join the coaching staff for the Free State football team. Zenger will serve as the linebackers coach for the Firebirds, who ...

Former Free State runner makes Team USA in 5,000-meter run

Former Free State standout Emily Venters placed second in the women's 5,000-meter run at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Bloomington, Ind. Venters, who will be a sophomore at Boise State this next season, will now represent the United States at the 2018 IAAF World ...

Lawrence school district selects new athletic directors for Free State and LHS

New athletic directors have been selected for both of Lawrence's public high schools. Interim Superintendent Anna Stubblefield announced both selections in a news release Monday afternoon. John Hilton will be the assistant principal/athletic director for Lawrence High School while Amanda ...

Free State newcomers highlight all-state softball selections

A pair of Free State softball players and a Lawrence High pitcher netted all-state honors, which was announced Friday afternoon. Freshman Tatum Clopton, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State, was named to the Class 6A first team as a pitcher. Freshman Sara Roszak joined her teammate on ...

FSHS, LHS continue to improve defenses in summer football camp

Lawrence High head coach Steve Rampy has known since this past winter that the defense has a chance to be a difference maker in 2018. The Lions bring back plenty of experienced players from last year’s team, and it has shown this summer. Lawrence made several defensive plays during the final ...

FSHS, LHS quarterbacks display growth at summer camp

Both Free State and Lawrence High will have new signal callers this fall. Junior Malik Berry is expected to start under center for the Firebirds, while senior Garrett Romero and sophomore Tre’ Jackson will take snaps for the Lions in the 2018 campaign. All three new quarterbacks showed ...

Free State’s Abrahamson, Lawrence High’s Stewart shine in KCMBCA All-Star Game

LENEXA — Left fielder Kyle Abrahamson and shortstop Andrew Stewart were quick to show why they belonged in the Kansas City Metro Baseball Metro Coaches Association All-Star Game on Monday at 3&2 East Baseball Complex. In a game that featured some of the top graduating seniors in ...

Free State defensive back commits to K-State

Free State’s Keenan Garber won’t have to worry about his collegiate plans during his senior season. Garber, a 5-foot-11 defensive back, announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he plans to play football at Kansas State University at the collegiate level. "It wasn’t ...

Year in Review: Firebirds capture softball crown during stellar season

Free State High School posted a strong season across the board this past school year, claiming a historic team title in the process. The softball team, which was seeded eighth in the state tournament, won its first title in program history with a stellar showing during a weekend in May. Free ...