Free State

Sunflower League football divides

Scheduling just got a little more flexible for the Sunflower League’s 12 football programs.Beginning next season, the league will be split into two divisions, according to a proposal accepted by league school principals this past week — a move which came about due to the desire of some head ...

Vikings, Firebirds top rankings headed into clash

Just in time for its clash with top-ranked Shawnee Mission West, Free State High's football team moved up to No. 2 in the latest Class 6A rankings from Kpreps.com.The No. 1 Vikings (3-0) visit the Firebirds (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at FSHS.Rounding out 6A's top five are No. 3 Derby (2-1), No. 4 ...

Free State cross country teams rule meet

Baldwin City ? Cole Stallard epitomized the state of surprise as his eyes widened and his jaw dropped.The Free State High junior couldn’t help himself upon hearing what the boys cross country team had accomplished Saturday morning at the Baldwin Invitational.“Are you serious?” Stallard ...

Firebirds storm back after half, hold on, 28-26

Joe Dineen was convinced he and his Free State High football teammates knew exactly what Olathe East was about to run on a critical two-point conversion Friday night at FSHS.They paid no attention to the man in motion and zeroed in on Hawks senior running back Jordan Brown, who had just rushed ...

Free State soccer falls, 1-0

Free State High dropped a weather-shortened soccer game, 1-0, to Shawnee Mission East on Thursday at FSHS.The match was halted at the half by a storm.Free State will travel Tuesday to Shawnee Mission North.

Bermel paces Free State golf

Overland Park ? Free State’s Emily Bermel placed fourth and Lawrence High’s Abigail Schmidtberger tied for eighth at the weather-altered Shawnee Mission South golf tournament on Thursday at Deer Creek Golf Club.FSHS placed seventh as a team and LHS eighth.A storm prevented the teams from ...

FSHS tennis beats Mill Valley

Shawnee ? Free State High doubled-up Mill Valley, 6-3, in a tennis dual Thursday, but FSHS coach Oather Strawderman wasn’t particularly impressed.“Even though the overall score points toward a strong result, today was a mixed bag,” he said. “Half the team came out really strong, ...

Fundraiser set at tonight’s FSHS football game

Former Free State High football and basketball standout Dain Dillingham won’t be at his alma mater’s home football game tonight against Olathe East, but he will be on the minds and in the hearts of those in attendance.Dillingham is at Harbor View Hospital in Seattle, undergoing therapy for ...

Firebirds expect test from O-East

The last time Free State High’s football team faced Olathe East, in the second round of the 2012 Class 6A playoffs, a lot was riding on the outcome.Postseason life or death won’t be part of the equation at 7 tonight at FSHS when the Hawks return to the site of their demise, but Firebirds ...

Lions hold off FSHS in volleyball

There was no time left to be passive.With her team needing a spark immediately, Lawrence High senior Caitlin Broadwell — after taking it easy earlier in the day — decided to bring out her nastiest serves.“After I got the first one down, I got more confidence, and I think it got the whole ...

High school soccer start times swapped

In anticipation of inclement weather this evening, Free State High has rearranged its home boys soccer schedule for Thursday night.The FSHS varsity will now play at 4:30 p.m., against Shawnee Mission East, instead of 6:30. The junior varsity will play the late game, at 6:30, if weather ...

Former Free State star Christian Ballard calls it quits in NFL

Former Free State High three-sport superstar Christian Ballard has had a whirlwind past month in which he: Left Minnesota Vikings training camp on Aug. 18, citing personal reasons.Married Victoria Hallenbeck on Aug. 30 in a Lawrence courthouse.Was arrested with Hallenbeck on Thursday for ...

FSHS volleyball splits matches

Emporia ? Free State High’s volleyball team split a pair of matches Tuesday night, defeating Emporia, 25-11, 20-25, 25-16, and falling to Topeka Seaman, 27-25, 19-25, 25-21.Free State coach Nancy Hopkins cited the play of Paige Corcoron and Grace Miller.“(The Firebirds were) sluggish in the ...

FSHS soccer lacks fire in 2-0 loss to SM West

Free State High’s boys soccer players too often were more coy than confident Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission West, and their reluctant approach didn’t do them much good at home, in their Sunflower League opener.The Firebirds hesitated on possessions through most of their home match, ...

Girls golf tournament postponed

Lawrence High's girls golf team postponed its annual home tournament Tuesday at Alvamar Golf Course due to wet conditions.The Lawrence Invitational, in which both LHS and Free State compete, has been moved to Oct. 1.

FSHS soccer slips past De Soto

The steady drizzle coming down throughout the Free State High boys soccer team’s home opener Monday night made performing simple game tasks much trickier than usual.“It’s a completely different game,” Firebirds senior forward AJ Ware said. “If you’re looking for any kind of ...

Firebirds still No. 3 in 6A rankings

Free State High's football team maintained its No. 3 spot in this week's Kpreps.com Class 6A rankings.The Firebirds (2-0) recovered from a scoreless first half Friday at Shawnee Mission Northwest to win, 20-3, and their competition gets tougher this week, when they play host to Olathe East ...

FSHS’ Czapinski repeat champ

Alexis Czapinski defended her singles championship, and Free State High took third place Saturday in the Salina Central girls tennis tournament.Czapinski dropped only one game in four matches.Megan McReynolds improved from a 21st-place finish last year to go 4-1 and finish ninth.The ...

FSHS volleyball 0-4 at tourney

Lee's Summit, Mo. ? Free State’s volleyball team went 0-4 on Saturday at the Lee’s Summit Mo-Kan Invitational.The Firebirds (3-6) fell to Lee’s Summit West, 25-16, 25-11; St. James Academy, 25-11, 25-12; Blue Springs, 25-22, 25-14; and Blue Valley West, 25-18, 25-19.

FSHS girls win Nebraska meet

Omaha, Neb. ? Free State High’s girls cross country team took first place Friday in the Millard South Invitational.Claire Sanner finished fourth to lead the Firebirds, followed by Emily Venters (fifth), Bailey Sullivan (seventh), Kiran Cordes (15th), Molly McCord (16th), Rosemary Newsome ...