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Several area basketball teams to host opening round of sub-state

The Kansas State High School Activities Association released sub-state brackets at every level Wednesday afternoon. Many area teams will get the opportunity to host the first round next week. All but one city team will get the opportunity to play at home in the opening round. Lawrence High’s ...

Senior manager Kyle Portela nets first basket in Free State’s 69-63 win

When the Free State boys basketball team steps on to the court, it’s rare for anyone to have a bigger smile than senior manager Kyle Portela. Portela’s smile was even bigger than usual for Free State’s game on Monday against Shawnee Mission Northwest. In the game’s opening seconds, ...

FSHS girls drop regular-season finale to snap 3-game win streak

The Free State girls basketball entered Monday night’s regular season finale against Shawnee Mission Northwest full of confidence, but the Firebirds weren’t able to cool down the hot-shooting Cougars in a 66-38 loss at FSHS. Twelve different Cougars (13-6) tallied points en route to ...

City basketball games moved up due to inclement weather

Due to the threat of inclement weather, multiple area games have been moved up a day. Free State and Lawrence High, which were both slated to play home games Tuesday night, will now play those games tonight. LHS will face Olathe Northwest, while Free State will take on Shawnee Mission ...

Preps notebook: City wrestlers qualify for state after earning hardware at regionals

A total of nine city wrestlers are headed to the 6A state tournament. Free State is sending six athletes to the final meet, while Lawrence High will have three competitors after a strong showing at the regional meet in Garden City this past weekend. The Firebirds placed seventh as a team with ...

Free State swim finishes 4th at state meet, Lawrence High places 22nd

TOPEKA – After just missing the state title in the 50 freestyle by four tenths of a second, Free State freshman Benjamin Vorthmann found himself on the other end of things. Vorthmann won his first state title in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.00, six-tenths of a second ahead of the ...

FSHS girls top Shawnee Mission North for third straight win

As the regular season winds down, the Free State girls basketball team has a long list of goals that it wants to achieve. The Firebirds made some tremendous strides toward reaching those goals over the past four days with picking up three victories, the last of which came on Thursday night in ...

Sam Stroh earns 100th win as Free State knocks off Shawnee Mission North

After going into the locker room facing a 2-point deficit against Shawnee Mission North on Thursday night, the idea of a four-game losing streak didn’t sit well with the Free State boys basketball team. The Firebirds put a convincing end to their three-game skid in the second half, as they ...

Senior bowlers shine during last City Showdown

Lawrence High senior Ashley Dykes couldn’t have asked for a better ending. In her final game on Senior Night, Dykes made the most of it by putting together her best game of the year. Dykes began the game off with a four strikes in as many frames, which even warranted high fives from Free ...

Preps notebook: City swimmers prepared for state swim meet

Both city swim teams have been building for this moment all season. Free State and Lawrence High boys swim teams will be in action this weekend at the state meet at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Preliminaries are slated to take place Friday, while finals will occur ...

FSHS boys falter in final quarter during loss to Olathe West

OLATHE – The only thing audible from the outside of the visiting locker room at Olathe West was the opening and closing of the door. Quiet as can be, the Firebirds left and gathered for the buses. Free State surrendered its lead in the fourth quarter to Olathe West to fall on the road, ...

FSHS girls score season-high 63 points in win over Olathe West

OLATHE – Against the Sunflower League's highest-scoring offense, Free State hit a season high in its own scoring efforts to defeat Olathe West by a 63-53 margin Tuesday night. “We knew it had the possibility to be a high-scoring game,” FSHS coach Ted Juneau said. “We had a lot of ...

LHS boys take down FSHS boys in City Showdown

Bragging rights for the City Showdown once again belong back with the Lawrence High boys basketball team. After falling in the rivalry matchup last season, Lawrence flexed its dominance in the crosstown clash with a 71-55 win over Free State Monday night at LHS. After leading by just 1 point ...

Free State girls push past LHS to end 5-game skid in City Showdown

The story of the first installment of the city showdown of 2019 could have easily been the age-old tale of Free State walking up to its intercity rivals, Lawrence High, and running away with an upset. To some of the students in the stands, it may have been, but to the girls on the court, it ...

FSHS, LHS look to get back on track in friendly affair during City Showdown

A pair of instances from this season illustrate just how special the City Showdown is. On Jan. 15, Free State junior DK Middleton threw down a powerful dunk over Blue Valley West defender Matt Cairns in the first quarter of a 51-36 win. In the crowd, Lawrence High players rose to their feet to ...

FSHS wrestling nets runner-up at Sunflower League meet; Lions place 7th

It was hard for Free State senior Devin Beers to contain his excitement, and it was even harder for his teammates and coaches to contain theirs. Beers pinned Olathe East’s Wyatt Mackley 18 seconds into the second round for the Firebirds’ third and final individual league title on the day. ...

Despite second-half surge, FSHS boys fall to Shawnee Mission South

Moments after Free State junior DK Middleton drilled a triple at the buzzer, he headed toward the bench and buried his head to the floor. Middleton, and the rest of the Free State boys basketball team, used every ounce of energy to put together an incredible comeback bid. In the end, though, ...

Firebirds unable to complete comeback in overtime loss to Raiders

Despite a resilient effort, the Free State girls basketball team was unable to extend its win streak to three games. After being down by as many 9 points in the fourth quarter, the Firebirds stormed back over the final frame to force overtime. Free State did not score in the free period, ...

Preps notebook: Eagles, Seahawks set for riveting rematch in cross-town affair

It is no secret that the City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State is a big deal. But the private school version of the City Showdown, at least in boys basketball, has been just as electric as of late. Bishop Seabury (11-4, No. 7 in Class 2A) and Veritas (16-8) proved just that nearly ...

Preps notebook: Mozae Downing thriving as freshman point guard for FSHS

Being a point guard on a 6A boys basketball team is no easy task. Doing so as a freshman is almost unheard of. That is the case for freshman Mozae Downing, who serves as the starting point guard for Free State. Downing has handled the rock more than anyone else, leading the Firebirds to an ...