Free State

FSHS swimmers fall in SME dual

Prairie Village ? The Free State girls swimming and diving team lost a dual against Shawnee Mission East, 111-75, Tuesday at SME.Junior Courtney Caldwell and sophomore Cierra Campbell led the Firebirds with a pair of first-place finishes apiece. Caldwell took first in the 50 free and 100 free, ...

Firebirds golf third at MHS Invite; FSHS, LHS compete at SME

Firebirds golf third at MHS InviteManhattan — Coleman Houk placed 18th as Free State’s golfers took third Monday in the eight-team Manhattan High Invite.Houk shot an 84 to lead the Firebirds.Manhattan High InviteMonday at Manhattan Country ClubTeam scores: 1. Manhattan (blue) 324; 2. Dodge ...

FSHS tennis first at Topeka quad

Topeka ? Free State High’s boys tennis team took first place Monday at the Topeka quadrangular.No. 2 singles player David Neff and No. 2 doubles partners Jackson Schneider and Seamus Ryan went 3-0 to lead FSHS over Olathe South, THS and Highland Park.Topeka High QuadrangularMonday at Kossover ...

Firebirds baseball jumps league leaders early in 10-1 win

For six games this spring, no Sunflower League baseball team had figured out a way to defeat high-scoring Olathe East High. When Free State capitalized early on a couple of O-East errors Monday evening, however, Firebirds senior pitcher Ryan Stagg had all the room he needed to keep the Hawks ...

Leg-weary Lions third in 4×400

Lawrence High’s girls 4x400 relay team, fresh off running the fastest 4x400 relay time in Kansas this season, tried to raise the bar even further at the Kansas Relays on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.The relay members — Myah Yoder, Kyleigh Severa, Marissa Pope and Jensen Edwards — ...

Free State girls runners-up in distance medley at Kansas Relays

Free State High’s track and field team features some of the top girls middle-distance runners in the state. At most meets, they are their own best competition, so it can be fun to watch when they’re all running together, as they did on the distance medley relay team, Friday at the Kansas ...

FSHS soccer beats ONW, 2-1

Olathe ? Tanna Fanshier and Maren Kahler scored goals, and Free State High’s soccer team defeated Olathe Northwest, 2-1, on Thursday night.Hayden Hutchison had an assist on Kahler’s goal, and goalkeeper Annie Hierl allowed just one goal.“Our passing was crisp,” FSHS coach Kelly Barah ...

FSHS baseball escapes with win against SMN

Shortstop Cooper Karlin may be the shortest player on Free State High’s baseball team, but he’s come up big in clutch situations throughout the season.Karlin delivered a one-out walkoff single in the eighth inning to give the Firebirds a 1-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Thursday ...

Free State softball ‘coming alive,’ sweeps again

Free State’s softball team has struggled in close games this season. Sometimes the defense faltered, and in others the bats just wouldn’t cash in with runners in scoring position. That’s not the case anymore. Junior Emily Bermel hit a two-out, run-scoring single and senior Meredith Morris ...

FSHS tennis falls to Rural, 9-0

Free State High suffered a 9-0 tennis setback to Washburn Rural on Wednesday at FSHS.“Today was a tough day,” Firebirds coach Oather Strawderman said. “Going 0-9 is never good. My hope is that the guys view this as a learning experience. We want to be competitive with Rural, and today ...

‘Little KU Relays’ still big deal

It didn’t matter that some of the best track and field athletes weren’t competing in the Lawrence High Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at LHS. There was still a lot to prove.The Lawrence Invite — also called “Little KU Relays” — is for all the athletes who didn’t qualify for ...

Firebirds continue dual dominance in city tennis showdown

Free State 6, Lawrence High 3SinglesThomas Irick, LHS, def. Ian Pultz-Earle, FS, 9-0Elliott Abromeit, LHS, def. Stephen Anderson, FS, 9-7Sam Solis, FS, def. Panyin Boye-Doe, LHS, 9-8 (7-4)David Neff, FS, def. Adam Eudaly, LHS, 9-1Seamus Ryan, FS, def. Matt Carmody, LHS, 9-4Tucker Nickel, FS, ...

Free State swimmers cruise

Free State High’s girls swimmers are beginning to realize it’s difficult to feel upset about placing second or third in a race when the competitors finishing ahead of them are teammates.FSHS blew away the other five schools to win its Tuesday home meet at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, ...

Firebirds sweep softball twinbill

Overland Park ? Emily Byers went 6-for-8 and Emily Bermel was 6-for-9 on Tuesday as Free State swept a high school softball doubleheader from Shawnee Mission North, 24-2 and 10-2.Free State had a pair of 11-run innings in the opener, and Byers had six RBIs in the first game.“We swung the ball ...

Free State soccer blanks SM North

Overland Park ? Maren Kahler, Hadyn Hutchison and Jessica Ferguson scored goals for Free State High’s girls soccer team Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North.Maddie Dieker had an assist for FSHS, and goalkeeper Annie Hierl recorded the shutout.“I think we played really ...

FSHS baseball edges Pioneers

Liberty, Mo. ? Free State used a six-run sixth inning for a 7-5 victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday in a high school baseball game played at William Jewell College.Cameron Pope had a double and an RBI for the Firebirds, and Ryan Cantrell went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Ryan Stagg earned the ...

2014 J-W All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Player of the YearMitchell Ballock, EudoraThe 6-foot-5 freshman wing opened the season by scoring 40 points in his varsity debut and ended the year scoring a team-high 20 points to help the Cardinals win a Class 4A-II state championship. He picked up postseason first-team all-state and ...

2014 J-W All-Area Girls Basketball Team

Player of the YearShelby Dahl, Santa Fe TrailFresh off a volleyball state title, the 5-foot-11 forward brought the Chargers another Class 4A-II state championship. Dahl led Santa Fe Trail in scoring and assists and was third in rebounding. She frustrated opponents with her ability to score in ...

2014 J-W All-Area Wrestling Team

Wrestler of the YearAlan Clothier, LawrenceThe sophomore 182-pounder avenged a loss in the state tournament semifinals as a freshman by earning Sunflower League Wrestler of the Year honors and winning a Class 6A state championship. Clothier has proven to be one of the best wrestlers in the ...

Free State swimming and diving third at Olathe Invitational

Olathe ? Free State's Cierra Campbell placed second in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races to lead the Firebirds' swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the Olathe Invitational on Friday.Free State scored 172 points to finish behind Blue Valley Northwest (192) and champion ...