Free State

Near-perfect Czapinski tops tennis regional

Alexis Czapinski had no interest in underestimating what she could possibly attain Saturday at a Class 6A regional tennis tournament.Seeded No. 1 in the singles bracket, the Free State High senior spoke with her coach, Oather Strawderman, about expectations for the state-qualifying event before ...

Right on time: Skwarlo gives FSHS win, title share

Overland Park ? The entire second half Friday night, Free State High’s football team labored as it tried to move the ball against undefeated Shawnee Mission East. If the Firebirds were lucky, running back Stan Skwarlo or quarterback Joe Dineen might run for a first down. Even when they were ...

FSHS soccer edges ON, 1-0

The streak is dead. Barely.Jordan Patrick scored the only goal as Free State High slipped past Olathe North, 1-0, in Sunflower League soccer on Thursday at FSHS.Eduardo Carballido assisted on the goal — Free State’s first in five games and just the Firebirds’ third in eight games.“We ...

Loss jolted FSHS football awake

The way Free State High’s football players planned it, they wouldn’t even be having these conversations this week.Considered one of Class 6A’s top programs entering the season, the Firebirds — at least among themselves — had a blueprint that included finishing the regular season ...

New football districts split city schools; rivalry moved up

When the Kansas State High School Activities Association released its football district assignments for the next two seasons on Wednesday, the concerned parties at Lawrence High and Free State couldn’t help but think the selections looked a little peculiar.The Firebirds knew this might be ...

City golfers finish 3rd, 6th in Sunflower League

Overland Park ? Two city golfers earned spots on the Sunflower League first team with identical scores on Wednesday at the Olathe East Invitational.Free State High junior Emily Bermel shot an 82 at the tournament, which served as the last leg of the Sunflower League championship, and finished ...

FSHS volleyball 1-1 in Leavenworth

Leavenworth ? Free State’s volleyball team went split a pair of matches Tuesday night. The Firebirds defeated Shawnee Mission West, 28-26, 25-19, and lost to Leavenworth, 25-22, 29-13, 25-16.Free State coach Nancy Hopkins cited the play of Paige Corcoran and Lauren Johnson.The Firebirds ...

FSHS soccer’s scoring funk continues, 1-0

Free State soccer coach Kelly Barah changed up his team’s shooting practices this week. Next game, he’s going to try a different pregame speech.Eventually, Barah believes something is going to break the Firebirds out of their scoring funk, which lasted another 80 minutes in a 1-0 loss to ...

City prep golfers struggle at tricky LCC

Lawrence Country Club isn’t exactly the most popular destination in the Sunflower League.Then again, most courses that ruin players’ rhythms with challenging greens and leave them grumbling about their high scores at the end of a round don’t hold a special place in the hearts of high ...

FSHS football drops to No. 2 after 1st loss

The Free State High football team's first loss of the season only cost it one spot in the rankings.Coming off a 26-19 road loss to Olathe North, the previously top-ranked Firebirds (4-1) dropped to No. 2 in this week's Kpreps.com Class 6A top five.Derby (4-1) supplanted FSHS as 6A's No. ...

FSHS runners first at Newton

Newton ? Free State High’s Bailey Sullivan, Emily Venters and Claire Sanner went 1-2-3 in the girls individual standings, and the Firebirds won both team titles at the Newton Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Centennial Park.Sullivan won the girls 4K race in 14:53.15 and was followed ...

LHS, FSHS tennis tie at Sunflower League

Leavenworth ? 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.The Lions and Firebirds tied for seventh in the team ...

FSHS volleyball finally home, but loses

Few could blame Free State High’s volleyball players if they had started to think somebody, somewhere had it in for them.First, the Firebirds were forced to play the first half of their season away from home.When, a full month into the season, they finally returned to the friendly confines of ...

Top-ranked Firebirds lose first game, 26-19 to Olathe North

Olathe ? It appears the Free State High football team’s stay at the top of Class 6A will be short-lived.After earning the No. 1 ranking in the state this week, the Firebirds’ offense sputtered at times in the first half Thursday night at Olathe District Activity Center, where Olathe North ...

LHS soccer shuts out FSHS in City Showdown

Maybe Lawrence High’s Parker Davies was due some good fortune.After sitting out most of the last three weeks with an ankle injury, the Lawrence High senior knocked in a deflected goal that put Thursday’s game out of reach, as the Lions took a 2-0 victory over crosstown rival Free State in ...

FSHS golf team wins scramble

Overland Park ? Free State High’s Emily Bermel and Katherin Campbell placed first among varsity four-ball teams at the Carol Gillard High School Golf Invitational on Wednesday at the Overland Park Golf Course.Free State placed sixth overall in the varsity team standings, which combined scores ...

Free State wins gymnastics meet

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.So how does that happen?“I actually think the biggest part was the energy,” Moran said ...

FSHS football focuses on Olathe North

The party is over for Free State High’s football team. In fact, the guys in charge squashed it before it had a chance to start.Now that the Firebirds have earned the No. 1 spot in Class 6A, coach Bob Lisher has helped them realize how little that achievement will mean when the opening kickoff ...

FSHS soccer falls to SMNW, 2-0

Free State High’s boys soccer team lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, 2-0, on Tuesday.The Firebirds (3-4-1) take on rival Lawrence High at 7 p.m. on Thursday at LHS.

Firebirds tennis rallies to win City Showdown with Lions

Free State High tennis partners Taylor Hawkins and Caitlin Dodd had just blown a three-game lead Tuesday afternoon, and lost their No. 2 doubles match to rival Lawrence High’s Brooke Braman and Zoe Schneider.As Hawkins and Dodd walked off their home court, they were greeted by coach Oather ...