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Firebirds enter fall season with huge expectations

The 2018-19 season is already underway for the Free State fall sports programs. FSHS girls golf competed in a tournament Wednesday to officially kick off a new year. The volleyball team is set to face the top-ranked squad in Class 6A on Saturday, while most programs will begin play next ...

Welcome to our new coverage of local high school teams

Since the start of the fall sports season officially begins this week, I thought I’d take the time to formally introduce myself. My name is Shane Jackson, and I’m the new high school sports reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. I came to Lawrence in June after spending a year covering ...

KU football roster has plenty of local flavor in 2018

Former Lawrence High head coach Dirk Wedd didn’t stay retired very long. Not long after finishing his 19th season at LHS last November, Wedd was offered a chance to make an impact at the collegiate level. David Beaty, who is the head football coach at the University of Kansas, decided to ...

FSHS junior commits to Indiana State volleyball

Free State's Kaitlyn Hamilton, who will be a junior this season, verbally committed to play volleyball at Indiana State University, the FSHS volleyball team announced via Twitter Tuesday night. "We are so proud of our Kaitlyn Hamilton, who had verbally committed to continue her volleyball and ...

Free State lineman releases top-7 list

Free State junior offensive tackle Turner Corcoran released a list of his top-seven collegiate programs Friday evening via his personal Twitter account. The University of Kansas was among the final seven schools along with Ohio State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and ...

East knocks off West in Shrine Bowl

The East team claimed the 45th annual Shrine Bowl with a 21-14 victory over the West team Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium. Gage Foster, a former Free State linebacker, contributed to the team's victory as the lone area athlete in the event. Foster served as a coverage linebacker, a position ...

Former Free State LB learning new role ahead of Shrine Bowl

Former Free State linebacker Gage Foster has been waiting for this moment since January. After getting nominated seven months ago, Foster will serve as the lone representative from the area in the 2018 Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium. Former Lawrence High quarterback Dante ...

New FSHS AD Amanda Faunce ready for latest challenge

Amanda Faunce has always been ready to embrace any challenge thrown at her. For that reason, the prospect of being the Free State High School athletic director was one she couldn’t turn down when she was offered the position earlier this summer. Without any hesitation, Faunce accepted the ...

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 ...