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Lawrence High, Free State athletic directors to step down

Just more than two weeks ago, Lawrence High, Free State High School and the University of Kansas all had athletic directors in place. Now all three schools are seeking replacements. Both Bill DeWitt of Lawrence High and Mike Hill of Free State are stepping down from their current roles as ...

Area baseball players close out high school careers at KABC All-Star Game

Lawrence High senior Austin Quick closed out his high school career in fitting fashion. Quick entered the game in the top of the ninth during the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC) All-Star game Wednesday, retiring the only two batters he faced at Hoglund Ballpark. His performance ...

Free State sharpshooter commits to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Free State’s Bansi King will continue playing basketball in college. King plans to play at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which was announced via Twitter Wednesday afternoon. According to ndnsports.com, King was the No. 11-ranked prospect at the Native Top 50 Combine last ...

Class of 2019 Free State teammates Keenan Garber, Jax Dineen weighing options

Broad-shouldered offensive tackle Turner Corcoran isn’t the only member of Free State High’s football team picking up interest from a number of college programs. Offers for rising seniors Keenan Garber and Jax Dineen also began piling up this past spring. For Garber, May 10 likely will be ...

4-star Class of 2020 OT Turner Corcoran’s long list of options includes KU

It seems just about everywhere Turner Corcoran goes these days he’s met with some variation of the same question. “Where are you gonna go?” The 6-foot-6 Free State High offensive lineman’s college recruitment exploded over the past couple of months, as he began receiving scholarship ...

Firebirds open summer in search of depth up front

Before Free State High’s football team opened its four-day summer camp this week, head coach Bob Lisher and his staff mostly knew what to expect out of their roster. Still, one rather large question loomed. “Receiving, running back, quarterback, defensive back, linebackers, we’re in ...

Six area javelin throwers medal on Day 1 of state track and field meet

WICHITA — The Lawrence High duo of Hunter Krom and Harrison King and the Free State tandem of Bo Miller and Nathan Spain have always enjoyed sharing the same javelin runway, and they got to do it one last time at the high school level on Friday at the state track and field meet at Wichita ...

Mistake-filled 5th derails Free State baseball in 6A quarterfinal

Half innings don’t turn more nightmarish than the one Free State High’s baseball players suffered Friday afternoon at the Class 6A state tournament. Tormented by errors, walks wild pitches and hits throughout the top of the fifth, the Firebirds’ one-run lead against Haysville-Campus ...

Free State softball advances to state title game with 2-0 victory

Karsen Jacobson's best birthday present was one she gave to her team. With the Free State softball team leading 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, and needing just two outs to earn its first trip to the state title game in school history, Jacobson, the junior left fielder who started Friday ...

Free State baseball player Kyle Abrahamson signs with College of the Ozarks

Prior to rounding out his high school baseball career at the Class 6A state tournament, Free State senior Kyle Abrahamson signed his letter of intent on Monday to play at the next level for the College of the Ozarks. Abrahamson has been a fixture in the No. 3 hole of the Firebirds lineup. The ...

Free State javelin thrower Bo Miller inks with Belmont

Free State senior Bo Miller signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday to be a javelin thrower at Belmont University. "A huge thanks to my family, coaches and teammates for believing in me and working with me through this journey. Also thanks to the Man above for blessing me with this ...

Firebirds’ state baseball quarterfinal postponed until Friday

The Free State baseball team had to hit pause on its pursuit of a state championship. Between lightning nearby and rain Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark on the University of Kansas campus, weather delays devastated the Class 6A state tournament schedule. The first game of the quarterfinals — a ...

Late home runs propel Free State softball into state semifinals

A game that began and ended with fireworks all over the field and was the pitcher's duel many expected in between went to the eighth-seeded Free State softball team, 2-1 over top-seeded Blue Valley, in the opening round of the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday at Arrocha Ballpark. ...

Lineup shake-up sparked Free State baseball’s run to 6A state tournament

With just a few weeks remaining in his Free State High baseball team’s season, coach Mike Hill knew the Firebirds didn’t have a bad lineup. But he also recognized the offense required some type of modification in order to peak. The refinement presented itself when Hill told senior Jake ...

Firebirds full of confidence entering Class 6A state softball tourney

The Free State softball team may be the No. 8 seed at this year's Class 6A state tournament, but the Firebirds also have arguably the most feared pitcher in the entire field in their dugout. For that reason, and many others, the Firebirds (15-7) are looking at today's 11 a.m. round 1 matchup ...