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FSHS erases early deficit in 36-30 win over Shawnee Mission East

OVERLAND PARK — On the final play of the first half, junior quarterback Malik Berry received a low snap. It did not matter. Senior receiver Keenan Garber had three Shawnee Mission East defenders around him in the end zone. It did not matter. Berry launched the ball up to his favorite ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior thriving as multisport athlete

After practice, members of the Lawrence High football team headed straight to the soccer field at LHS. Lawrence players then cheered on senior goalkeeper Ross Brungardt from the sideline. Brungardt, who is also a kicker and punter for the football team, recorded multiple saves en route to a ...

LHS boys soccer tops FSHS in City Showdown

As soon as the match ended, the Lawrence High boys soccer team rushed over to the student section. Lawrence celebrated with its fanbase in the moments following a 2-0 victory over Free State High School Wednesday at LHS. It was an impressive win for the Lions, who had notched two ties and one ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks dominating teams during win streak

Moments before the third match of the season, the Bishop Seabury boys soccer team gathered in the tunnel at Bishop Ward. After two losses to open the season, the Seahawks were determined to change things up. In that moment, the team decided to put an end to losing. Since then, Bishop Seabury ...

Area golfers qualify for state tournament

Despite unfavorable conditions, a number of area golfers were able to do enough to qualify for their respective state tournament Monday. Free State’s girls golf team placed third at its 6A regional meet at Tex Consolver Golf Course in Wichita, which was good enough to qualify the whole team ...

Preps notebook: A recap of how area teams did this past week

For the second straight season, Free State’s girls tennis team won its regional meet. The Firebirds qualified five players for the 6A state tournament, placing first as a team during the regional meet at Wichita East. Keegan VanPelt led the way, winning all four of her matches to claim first ...

LHS gymnastics claims 2nd at Sunflower League, FSHS places 3rd

OVERLAND PARK — With the Lions a half point ahead of Olathe East heading into the final event, Lawrence High and Free State coach Michelle Seidner told her team the same thing she always does. “Stay focused and do their best, and that’s what they do every time,” Seidner said. In ...

Free State rolls past Olathe South to stay undefeated

Olathe South did what no other team had done against the undefeated Free State Firebirds, which was score a touchdown on a kickoff return. However, it only took 13 ticks off the clock for the Firebirds to respond with a 95-yard kickoff return of their own. It was the third touchdown within a ...

Preps notebook: Senior receiver remains key weapon for FSHS offense

After scoring a touchdown against Sedalia Smith-Cotton (Mo.), Free State senior receiver LJ Mack went up to his coach to give credit for the play call. The Firebirds (5-0) used some trickery during a 51-0 home win last week, and Mack was the biggest beneficiary. In the final minute of the ...

LHS volleyball knocks off FSHS in City Showdown

Members of the Lawrence High volleyball team couldn’t help but look forward to the City Showdown. Despite storming past nearly any opponent it faced this year, Lawrence was looking forward to Tuesday’s tilt with Free State at LHS. The Lions didn’t disappoint either, as they claimed a ...

Preps notebook: Area athletes who shined in September

October is already here, which means postseason is right around the corner for most fall sports teams. A number of area squads have a shot to do some damage in the postseason, and have already proved it in the regular season. Lawrence High’s volleyball team is on a mission after last ...

Preps notebook: LHS volleyball team continues to roll, moving to 19-1

The Lawrence High volleyball team kept rolling this past week. LHS won all seven of its varsity matches, moving to 19-1 on the season. The Lions, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, have dropped just four sets this year. To begin the week, Lawrence claimed wins over Olathe North and Olathe ...

Free State remains undefeated with 51-0 victory

It doesn’t matter who the opponent is for Free State’s football team. Despite facing an unfamiliar foe, the Firebirds executed in all facets for the fifth time in as many weeks of the 2018 season. Free State was in complete control for the duration of its 51-0 win over Sedalia Smith-Cotton ...

FSHS tennis claims 2nd at league tournament, LHS places 12th

OLATHE — The Free State girls tennis team demonstrated its depth in the first event of the postseason. For the second straight season, FSHS placed second at the Sunflower League tournament, scoring 75 points as a team. Lawrence High claimed 12th with 33 points as a team on Thursday at ...

Preps notebook: Hard work paying off for LHS senior

Lawrence High senior E.J. Jewsome can vividly remember his first varsity snap. At the time, the then-junior defensive tackle thought he blew by the opposing offensive lineman with ease. Jewsome immediately felt the jitters of his first varsity contest just disappear. It wasn’t until the ...

Free State girls tennis pushes past LHS in dual

Free State and Lawrence High girls tennis squared off one last time before the postseason in a dual Tuesday at LHS. Both the Firebirds and Lions understood the importance of going into the Sunflower League tournament on a strong note. Yet, Tuesday’s meet was unique, as players got the ...

Preps notebook: Midseason takeaways for area football teams

It’s hard to believe that the first half of the regular season is already in the books. Since it is the midway point of the football season, it’s worth mentioning some notable items regarding the area football teams. A lot can certainly change in the second half of the regular season, but ...

Preps notebook: A look at how area teams did this past week

Lawrence is home to a pair of talented gymnastics teams this year. That has been evident through the early part of the season. Lawrence High won each of its first three meets, setting the tone for a strong year. Free State, meanwhile, claimed first over LHS at the FSHS Invitational on ...

Free State overcomes mistakes in 35-14 win

It wasn’t as quick as usual, but Free State’s football team was able to take care of business for the fourth consecutive week. After being a tied through two quarters, the Firebirds scored four times in the second half to claim a 35-14 victory over Shawnee Mission West Friday at FSHS. ...

Preps notebook: Jake Zenger enjoying senior year at FSHS

Free State senior Jake Zenger couldn’t remember much in the moments following his first career touchdown catch. Junior quarterback Malik Berry connected with Zenger on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Free State’s 62-0 route of Shawnee Mission North. After that, it was all ...