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Preps notebook: Top 10 high school sports moments of 2018

It was another remarkable year for area high school sports teams. A total of six teams won state titles in 2018, including a first-time state champion. Multiple squads finished as runners-up in their respective sport, while several individual athletes posted impressive campaigns, as well. ...

Elijah Jacobs making most of final year with FSHS wrestling

Since the first day of his senior year, Free State’s Elijah Jacobs couldn’t wait until the start of the wrestling season. Jacobs has been involved in other sports throughout his career, but wrestling remains his true passion. Jacobs wants to wrestle at the collegiate level, and he’s been ...

Journal-World Fall 2018 All-Area sports teams

At the end of each fall sports season, the Journal-World recognizes outstanding high school athletes from Lawrence and area schools. The All-Area teams are made up of top athletes from Lawrence High, Free State, Bishop Seabury, Veritas Christian, Baldwin, Eudora, Perry-Lecompton and ...

2018 Journal-World All-Area girls cross-country team

Athlete of the year: Riley Hiebert, Eudora Hiebert was consistently dominant throughout her junior campaign with the Cardinals. She never finished lower than fourth in any race, and she posted a season-best time of 19:31. Hieber won three races, including the league meet, and placed third at ...

2018 Journal-World All-Area boys cross-country team

Athlete of the year: Henry Nelson, Bishop Seabury It was a season full of medals for this sensational junior. Nelson earned a medal in seven out of his eight races this season, which included five first-place finishes. Nelson placed first at regionals and third at the 2A state cross-country ...

2018 Journal-World All-Area boys soccer team

Player of the year: Harrison Hartzler, Bishop Seabury After playing outside defender last year, Hartzler transitioned to a dominating scoring threat as a sophomore. Hartzler scored 19 goals and delivered 11 assists in just 13 matches. Despite facing double coverage on a consistent basis, ...

2018 Journal-World All-Area volleyball team

Player of the year: Lauren Maceli, Lawrence High Maceli was a key component of a nine-person senior class that notched Lawrence’s first state title in 23 years. Maceli recorded 423 digs, posting an average of 4.7 digs per set. Maceli was named the Sunflower League player of the year. Coach ...

2018 Journal-World All-Area football team

Player of the year: Jax Dineen, Free State Dineen finished his career as the program’s all-time rushing leader. A Kansas State signee, Dineen was named the Sunflower League player of the year for his performance as a running back and a linebacker. Dineen ran for more than 100 yards in nine ...

Package deal: Free State seniors sign to play football at Kansas State

Free State senior Jax Dineen didn’t make his decision until 90 minutes before his signing ceremony. After wrestling with his collegiate choice for the past two weeks, Dineen spent all of Wednesday morning trying to nail down his plans. In the end, Dineen decided to sign his national letter ...

Free State boys knock off Gardner-Edgerton in final game of 2018

The Free State boys basketball team didn’t have many answers for Gardner-Edgerton’s 2-3 zone defense on Tuesday at FSHS, but one hot hand was enough for the Firebirds to earn a 58-40 victory over the Trailblazers. After missing his first two shots from downtown, Free State junior Ethan ...

Free State’s Bob Lisher earns Lifetime Achievement award

Free State coach Bob Lisher was recognized for his illustrious career this past weekend. Lisher, who announced his plan to retire after the final game of 2018, received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Simone Awards ceremony. Seniors Keenan Garber and Jax Dineen, along with junior Turner ...

Preps notebook: Bishop Seabury boys claim runner-up in tournament

Despite losing its final game of 2018, the Bishop Seabury boys basketball team appears to be coming into form. The Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, dropping a 59-48 decision to Grandview Christian in the championship game of the Grandview Christian tournament. ...

Preps notebook: City swim teams close out 2018 with strong showing

It was a clean sweep for the city boys swim and dive teams during Wednesday’s quadrangular at Shawnee Mission North. Free State won 11 of the 12 events, including all three relays, to notch first place out of four teams, with 469 points. It marked the team’s third victory in four meets to ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Evann Seratte signs to run track at KU

On some level, Lawrence High senior Evann Seratte always knew she’d end up going to the University of Kansas. After all, Seratte spent the last four years going to high school at a place just down the road from KU’s campus. Seratte did her due diligence during her recruiting process, ...

Firebirds notch 1st league win of year with 50-44 victory over Vikings

Free State’s boys basketball coach Sam Stroh understands how difficult it can be to win in the Sunflower League, especially on the road. Stroh won’t take any victory for granted, particularly in a season when his team is trying to replace nearly everyone from last year’s league-winning ...

FSHS girls falter in final period, drop 46-35 decision at SM West

Free State coach Ted Juneau has seen glimpses of what his team is capable of. That was especially evident during the third quarter, as the Free State girls basketball team was in control during the duration of the eight-minute period and responded anytime Shawnee Mission West made a play. ...

Preps notebook: Veritas boys claim 61-60 win in overtime thriller

The Veritas boys basketball team edged Omaha Roadrunners, 61-60, in overtime Saturday afternoon. Veritas scored 26 points in the opening period, pouring in 20 more in the final period. As a team, the Eagles shot 48.9 percent from the floor. They outrebounded the opposition by a 30-18 margin, ...

Free State girls earn 7th place in Lady Hawks Basketball Classic

OLATHE — Free State’s girls basketball team was able to hold Barstow to 20 points on defense without allowing 3-pointer en route to a 40-20 win to take seventh place in the Lady Hawks Basketball Classic Friday night at Olathe East. “We still missed a lot of opportunities to score in and ...

Free State girls surrender early lead in loss to Blue Valley Southwest

OLATHE — Free State’s girls basketball team couldn’t hold on to a five-point halftime lead, as Blue Valley Southwest surged back to claim a 47-41 win over FSHS Thursday night. It marked Free State’s second loss in as many games during the Ladyhawks Basketball Classic at Olathe ...

Preps notebook: Firebirds win 2nd straight meet to start season

Free State’s boys swim team claimed a second win in as many meets to start the newest campaign. The Firebirds recorded six event victories to edge Manhattan High for first place in a quadrangular Wednesday at KSU Natatorium. FSHS finished with 362 points in the win, while LHS ended up in ...