Free State

FSHS boys struggle on offense, fall to SM East

Prairie Village ? Shawnee Mission East challenged Free State High’s boys basketball team to make jump shots as the Lancers played a zone for the majority of the game. The Firebirds couldn’t answer the bell as they struggled shooting the ball in a 52-44 loss on Tuesday night. In the first ...

Fouls plague FSHS girls in 38-34 loss to SME

Prairie Village ? For stretches in the second half against Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday night, Free State High’s girls basketball team had to play without its top two scorers — freshman Madison Piper and senior Scout Wiebe — because of foul trouble. Despite losing their offensive ...

LHS girls bowlers runners-up at FSHS invite

In the quarterfinals of the Free State Invitational, Saturday at Royal Crest Lanes, Lawrence High senior Kierstan Warren stepped up to the lane with her team on the verge of elimination and facing a difficult 7-4-10 split. Warren rolled the ball toward the two pins on the left side of the lane, ...

City bowlers eager to open season

The Lawrence High and Free State bowling teams will begin their seasons at the FSHS Invitational today at Royal Crest Lanes.The home venue will be warmly welcomed by the Lions and Firebirds for the first competition of the season, as neither team was allowed to start organized practice until ...

Catching fire: Firebirds heat up to open new year

Free State High’s boys basketball team opened the new year by putting any offensive trouble that it had in its last few games behind it. Whether the reason was playing against a softer defense or a new year’s resolution, it worked, as the Firebirds shot 70 percent in the first half on their ...

Firebird Joe Dineen gives Kansas football recruit blessing

In the typically cut-throat world of college football recruiting, where coaches often hand out more scholarship offers than they have to give and occasionally pull them at the last minute, Kansas University recently made a gesture that is almost unheard-of with one of its prospects in the Class ...

Freshman Madison Piper lifts Firebirds girls over Lions

Playing in her first City Showdown, Free State High girls basketball freshman Madison Piper had shown glimpses of how she might change the game for the Firebirds in a hostile environment at Lawrence High Friday night.The 5-foot-10 guard even buried a three-pointer to break a tie in the final ...

LHS boys savor 67-48 win over FSHS

Someone should tell Lawrence High’s boys basketball team that City Showdowns are supposed to come down to the wire.With no apologies to the spectators who showed up Friday night at LHS expecting late-game theatrics, Lawrence put rival Free State away with minutes to spare in a 67-48 home ...

LHS girls look to snap four-year losing streak to FSHS

Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood downplays it. So does his counterpart at Free State, Bryan DuncanAn eight-game City Showdown streak — four years of winning for the Firebirds and four years of losing for the Lions — has to mean something to someone, right?Well, she might not ...

Bragging rights: Rivalry motivates more than rankings for city boys

If this was another game, Free State High’s boys basketball players might be more concerned with the prospect of proving their No. 5 ranking in Class 6A against a fellow top-10 team.But this is the City Showdown. Both FSHS and rival Lawrence could be winless, unheralded and downright dismal, ...

Column: Firebirds’ backup point guard Garber works his way up

So many factors could have turned Tristan Garber into a voice in the wilderness on the top row of the bleachers Friday night in The Jungle, where Free State High’s boys basketball team visits Lawrence High in the nightcap of a doubleheader kicked off with the girls game at 5:30 p.m.He could ...

Column: This year’s City Showdowns should be extra-special

A little more than a year ago, the football programs at Lawrence High and Free State treated the city every week with two of the most exciting teams in the state.This winter, expect that same kind of entertainment on the basketball court.The Lions (3-1) and Firebirds (3-1) both began the season ...

Lansing defeats FSHS girls

Freshman Madison Piper scored 22 points for Free State High's girls basketball team, which lost its fourth straight game to open the season, 49-44 to Lansing.Down 26-22 at halftime, Free State used a 15-6 run to pull ahead 37-32 with 6:50 left in the game. A three-point play by senior Millie ...

FSHS wrestling sixth at SMNW

Shawnee ? Sam Skwarlo, at 170 pounds, and Tyler Sampson, 285, won their weight classes as the Free State wrestling team took sixth at the Cougar Invitational on Saturday at Shawnee Mission Northwest.Quailan Fowler, at 113 pounds, placed third.The Firebirds will wrestle again Saturday at the ...

FSHS boys force OT but suffer first loss

Trailing Lansing by three with 9.3 seconds left in regulation Saturday, Free State High’s boys basketball team needed something big to overcome the second-ranked team in class 5A. Coach Chuck Law and the Firebirds figured Lansing would be expecting the ball in the hands of senior Cole ...

FSHS girls struggle on offense in loss to Shawnee Heights

Tecumseh ? When Free State High’s girls basketball team kept missing shots through a two-quarter drought Friday night at Shawnee Heights, it didn’t surprise coach Bryan Duncan.Though his Firebirds led after a quarter, they only made two baskets in the second and third quarters combined, ...

Free State boys rally past Shawnee Heights, 57-54

Tecumseh ? No one would have blamed Free State High’s boys basketball players if the multi-skilled Shawnee Heights backcourt caught fire at home Friday night and sent the Firebirds (ranked No. 5 in Class 6A) back to Lawrence with their first loss of the season.It certainly seemed to be the ...

Denny paces Free State swimmers

Olathe ? Zachary Denny’s fifth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and two top-10 individual finishes by Jack Ziegler highlighted Free State High’s performance at the Olathe Swimming and Diving Invitational on Friday at Mission Trail Middle School.Denny was fifth in the 500 free in ...

2013 Journal-World All-Area Football Team

Player of the yearJoe Dineen, Free StateQuarterbacking the Firebirds’ offense, and essentially doing the same on defense, where the senior free safety made reads to get everybody in place, Dineen rarely left the field and helped the multi-talented Firebirds finish 9-2 and reach the Class 6A ...

2013 Journal-World All-Area Volleyball Team

Player of the yearShelby Dahl, Santa Fe TrailEn route to the Chargers’ Class 4A, Division II state championship, the senior outside hitter flew all over the court. Dahl scored 250 serving points (39 aces) and 351 kills, while providing 68 blocks and 257 digs in a magical season for Santa Fe ...