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Preps notebook: Trip to state tourney illustrates growth by Bishop Seabury tennis

Bishop Seabury junior Grayson Rader can’t help but think about his first state tournament. Two years ago, Rader qualified as part of a doubles team along with a senior at the time. The duo went 1-2 at the Class 3-2-1A boys tennis state tournament before exiting, but it marked the first time ...

City Showdown should be good test for FSHS and LHS ahead of postseason

Bragging rights will be the only thing on the line Friday night. Well, that and perceived momentum heading into the postseason. With regional assignments released and a Sunflower League title decided, there isn’t as much at stake for the city baseball teams in the regular-season finale. Yet ...

Regional assignments released for area baseball and softball teams

The postseason is right around the corner for area baseball and softball teams. Regional brackets were released Wednesday morning, as postseason action will begin next week. Multiple area teams will be vying for a state berth, including a pair of city baseball teams that earned the opportunity ...

Baseball game between FSHS and LHS postponed to Friday

The final City Showdown of the regular season in the 2018-19 school year was pushed back one day. Free State and Lawrence High were scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Thursday for the regular-season finale, but is now slated for 6 p.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. Bragging rights will be the only ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf notches 3rd at Sunflower League Championship

After the final leg of the Sunflower League Championship, Free State’s boys golf team secured a third-place finish. FSHS placed fourth at the Olathe North Invitational Monday afternoon, shooting a 319 team score at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Shawnee Mission East (291), Olathe East (297) ...

Seniors get opportunity to shine in Firebirds’ 11-1 win over Lancers

Free State senior pitcher Morgan Leslie doesn’t cry much, but she came close to showing emotion when she noticed senior catcher Emma Stanwix tearing up just before the national anthem. “I was like, ‘girl you are going to send me over before we even start,’” Leslie said. Instead, ...

Lefty Ethan Bradford anchoring Free State staff during final season

Ethan Bradford can still picture how nervous he was when he stepped on the mound. Bradford, who has been a lifelong fan of Nebraska because his family is from there, has always dreamed of pitching for the Cornhuskers at the collegiate level. So when Bradford got the opportunity to pitch in a ...

Preps notebook: Veritas baseball captures second consecutive state crown

For the second consecutive season, the Veritas baseball team will come home with a state title. VHS cruised to a 14-4 victory over Wichita Home School Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s during the championship game of the KCAA state tournament. It is the third such title for the Eagles in ...

LHS girls swim claims Sunflower League title; Free State places 6th

OLATHE — After going undefeated in the regular season, it only made sense for Lawrence High girls swim and dive coach Kent McDonald to have his team practice winning prior to the Sunflower League meet, which concluded Saturday at Summit Trail Middle School. McDonald had the Lions practice a ...

Anna Chieu scores golden goal, LHS girls soccer outlasts Free State

As soon as the soccer ball touched the back of the net, Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu sprinted toward the student section. Lawrence head coach Matt McCune joked afterward “that it was faster than she ran all game.” The rest of Chieu’s teammates followed her to the fans at the edge of ...

Preps notebook: FSHS baseball claims Sunflower League title with lopsided win

For the second consecutive night, Free State’s baseball team secured an 8-1 win over a Sunflower League foe. FSHS (16-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) scored five runs in the first two innings en route to a comfortable win over Shawnee Mission North at home Thursday night. It was enough for Free State ...

Area baseball roundup: Free State returns to win column with 8-1 victory

Free State handled Shawnee Mission South in an 8-1 home victory Wednesday night to get back in the win column. The Firebirds (15-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) were coming off a 5-3 loss to Olathe East last week, which snapped a 14-game win streak. Free State recorded nine hits as a team, holding ...

FSHS softball tops LHS behind another perfect game from Tatum Clopton

For a brief moment during Free State’s 13-0, five-inning victory over Lawrence High on Wednesday afternoon at FSHS, Free State coach Lee Ice thought about pulling pitcher Tatum Clopton. “You can’t ruin a perfect game like that,” Ice said. Instead, Clopton, who had retired 12 batters ...

Soccer match between city teams postponed to Friday

Another City Showdown has been postponed due to inclement weather. One day after Tuesday’s softball matchup between Lawrence High and Free State was pushed back one day, LHS announced that the soccer game originally scheduled for Tuesday was also going to be postponed. FSHS and Lawrence will ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf claims 2nd at first leg of league tournament

Free State junior Mitchell Spriggs knew it was going to be a good day when he recorded a chip-in from approximately 50 yards out on the sixth hole. Spriggs also birdied on the first hole, as he found a way to post the best performance of his career in chilly temperatures Monday afternoon at ...

FSHS boys golf places 2nd at Leavenworth Invitational

Free State’s boys golf team came home with a runner-up finish this past week. The Firebirds scored 328 to place second behind Chris Prep Academy, which scored 316 as a squad. Lawrence came in eighth out of 10 teams after scoring 430 at the Leavenworth Country Club during a meet on ...

Josie Hickerson secures school record to lead LHS girls track to victory

A school record went down, as the Lawrence High girls track and field team secured a victory at the Bob Camien-Claudia Welch Invitational Friday night at Seaman High School. Senior Josie Hickerson cleared 12-foot-0 to win the pole vault competition and set a school record. Hickerson claim one ...

Emma Yackley continues to prove doubters wrong in final season with FSHS soccer

When asked what Emma Yackley means to the Free State girls soccer program, head coach Kelly Barah said that there wasn’t enough time to give an appropriate answer. It makes sense, too. The Free State senior has been one of the most-talented players on the team ever since she joined the ...