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KU football camp was good learning experience for Free State, Lawrence High

Free State head coach Kevin Stewart called a quarterback draw on the final play Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Family Football Complex. By then, it had been two full days of scrimmaging in the University of Kansas football team camp, which featured several high school football teams. FSHS ...

Local football players help clean up damage from tornado

Free State’s first-year head coach Kevin Stewart wasn’t surprised so many of his players wanted to help. Stewart, who was introduced to the FSHS football team in January, has come to learn about how much pride his players take in the Lawrence community. So when members of the community ...

FSHS softball sweeps top Sunflower League honors

After winning another state title, Free State’s softball team swept the top Sunflower League awards. Sophomore pitcher Tatum Clopton was named the Player of the Year for her prolific presence in the circle this season. She tossed five shutouts in as many games during the postseason, ...

Free State’s Tatum Clopton named Gatorade Kansas Softball Player of the Year

It was a sensational spring for Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton. Clopton enjoyed her first full year in the circle, helping the Firebirds secure a second consecutive state title. Clopton baffled opposing hitters all year and did not give up a single run in her five postseason performances, ...

Lawrence’s 4×100-meter relay wins another state title before meet is postponed

WICHITA — On the surface, it looked like an easy title defense by the Lawrence High girls 4x100-meter relay. LHS junior Asjah Harris nonchalantly crossed the finish line in first place, finishing nearly a full second faster than runner-up Olathe North. There was no celebration like last ...

Colts trample Firebirds’ title hopes with 9th inning walkoff

If the severe weather rolling through Lawrence hadn’t forced them out of the dugout, the shellshocked Firebirds may have sat inside Hoglund Ballpark all night. Instead, members of the Free State High baseball team filed out despondently Friday evening with the Class 6A state runnerup ...

Free State softball sits 12 outs away from second consecutive state title

Three timely hits in a pair of Class 6A state tournament games on Friday put the Free State softball team 12 outs away from winning its second consecutive state title. But thanks to Mother Nature and unbeaten Washburn Rural, there remains work to be done before the defending champs can hoist ...

FSHS senior Malachi Starr determined to claim gold medal in last trip to state meet

Free State senior Malachi Starr is not a fan of losing. So it was business as usual when the FSHS sprinter took home the gold in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.43 at Free State’s regional meet last week. It earned him a trip to the state track meet in an individual event, though he will ...

Free State dominates Olathe Northwest in state softball opener

The deja vu ran wild on Thursday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, where the Free State softball team advanced to the Class 6A state semifinals for the second year in a row with a dominant 6-0 victory over Olathe Northwest in Round 1. Same field. Same team. Same result. Even the magic bush ...

Bradford spins complete-game shutout to propel FSHS baseball past Olathe East

The only thing that could have pulled Free State senior Ethan Bradford from the mound was his pitch count. In the final inning, junior Camden Karlin started warming up in the bullpen at Hoglund Ballpark. The Firebirds wouldn’t need him. On the 103rd pitch of the contest, Bradford induced a ...