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FSHS baseball looking for different result in rematch with Olathe East

There will be no surprises when Free State and Olathe East square off in the opening round of the Class 6A state baseball tournament. Both teams know what to expect when they take the field Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The clash between a pair of Sunflower League foes figures to be ...

Defending state champion Firebirds aspire to ‘go take’ another title

Sure, some of them already own Class 6A state championship rings. But members of Free State High’s softball team know that jewelry they earned in 2018 guarantees them nothing as they try to defend their title this week. The Firebirds enter their very short trip to Arrocha Ballpark at Rock ...

Camden Karlin flourishing as pitcher/catcher for Free State baseball

Free State junior Camden Karlin has never wasted an opportunity to get better as a baseball player. When he was in elementary school, Karlin used to bring his glove and a baseball to the bus stop. He would throw about 20 pitches to his dad, who made Karlin play both pitcher and catcher as ...

City baseball teams garner postseason accolades

Both city programs garnered plenty of All-Sunflower honors, which was released Monday afternoon. Free State senior Ethan Bradford, a Nebraska signee, was named the Pitcher of the Year for his prolific play this year. Lawrence’s Brad Stoll was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to ...

State golf suspended due to rain

Due to weather, play was suspended in state golf tournaments featuring area athletes Monday afternoon. In Class 6A, a trio of Free State golfers were in the top-31 on the individual leaderboard before the delay at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton. Play was supposed to be resumed ...

Landon Berquist aims to end FSHS career on high note at state golf tournament

It will be an unfamiliar feeling for Free State senior Landon Berquist. Berquist has plenty of experience with postseason golf, as Monday marks his fourth trip to the state tournament in as many years. But it will be his last action as a Firebird, capping a stellar high school career. “It ...

LHS girls track continues prolific postseason with regional title

Before she even competed in Friday’s regional meet, Lawrence High senior Josie Hickerson knew she was going to qualify for the state track meet in triple jump. After all, history was on her side. In last year’s regional meet, Hickerson placed fifth in triple jump to just miss out on ...

Baseball, softball state tournament brackets released for area teams

Four area baseball and softball teams will be in action in the final week of the season, two of which will compete right here in Lawrence. Both Free State baseball and softball squads are the No. 2 seed in their respective 6A state tournament. Both teams are in the state tournament for the ...

Firebirds get angry, win regional title game, 1-0

In the heat of a scoreless Class 6A regional championship game Thursday evening, Free State High’s softball players proved it’s a bad idea to anger them. The Firebirds were not at all pleased when the bottom of the fifth inning concluded on their home field with a double play on a would-be ...

Free State baseball returns to state tournament with two contrasting wins

Once junior Colter Maldonado reached first base safely, Free State’s baseball team rushed the field. A brief dogpile took place just beyond first base, as Free State finished off a crucial sweep Thursday night with a 10-0 run-rule victory over Wichita West in the regional championship game. ...

LHS softball set to face Free State in third installment of City Showdown

Nobody wants to kick off the postseason by facing the defending champions. After a 3-17 campaign, though, the Lawrence High softball team knew it was going to get a tough test in the regional opener. At the very least, the Lions will be all-too familiar with their first-round opponent when ...

Senior first baseman Jake Baker enters final postseason with Free State baseball

It is a week that Free State senior Jake Baker will never forget. Six years ago, Baker got the opportunity to play at the Field of Dreams Ballpark in Cooperstown, New York. He played in multiple games during an under-12 youth tournament, and even hit a grand slam in one at-bat. Baker also won ...

FSHS girls soccer cruises past Wichita Southeast

Free State’s girls soccer team will live to fight another day. In the play-in game Monday night, FSHS cruised to a 10-0 victory over Wichita Southeast to earn a trip to top-seeded Washburn Rural. The Firebirds (3-12-2) scored all 10 goals in the first half in their lopsided postseason ...

FSHS team, LHS individual advance to 6A state boys golf tournament

Free State’s entire boys golf team punched its ticket to the 6A state tournament Monday afternoon at the Wamego Country Club. The Firebirds shot a 324 as a team, claiming a runner-up finish at their regional meet. Washburn Rural, the event winner, finished with a 305. Lawrence High finished ...