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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 ...

Former FSHS standouts continue to lead KU defense

The names broadcast over the public address system for tackles in Kansas' 55-14 Saturday win over Rutgers had a familiar ring with Lawrence residents. After three weeks, a trio of former Free State players have become the Jayhawks' go-to line of defense. Joe Dineen Jr., Bryce Torneden and ...

Preps notebook: Henry Nelson dashing past competition this fall

For as long as he can remember, Bishop Seabury junior Henry Nelson hasn’t been able to slow down. That has been evident during his time with the Seahawks over the last two-plus years. Nelson runs for both the cross-country team and track squad. Nelson also played soccer and basketball during ...

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

Lawrence High’s volleyball team has demonstrated its dominance on a weekly basis this season. This past week was no different, as LHS swept its first home meet of the year. Lawrence (9-1) knocked off Olathe West and Shawnee Mission North during Tuesday’s triangular. The Lions moved up to ...

Free State dominates Shawnee Mission North to stay unbeaten

OVERLAND PARK – There was only one mistake Free State High coach Bob Lisher’s Firebirds made in their 62-0 win over Shawnee Mission North on Friday night: a missed extra point that would have increased his team’s scoring margin on the season from 144-0 to 145-0. For just three plays ...

Preps notebook: Senior linebacker leading LHS defense

Lawrence High senior linebacker Caleb Mondi hasn’t always been a defensive superstar. In fact, Mondi didn’t even play on the defensive side of the ball until the 2017 season. Mondi, who has been playing football since the third grade, only really knew how to play receiver prior to making ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks soaring past competition in 2018

The Bishop Seabury volleyball team has stormed onto the scene through the first 15 games of the 2018 campaign. After going 2-0 in a triangular at East Lawrence Recreation Center Tuesday, the Seahawks are now 12-3 to start the season and are ranked No. 5 in Class 2A via the Kansas Volleyball ...

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

The Lawrence High volleyball team has hit the ground running to start the 2018 season. Lawrence defeated Olathe South (25-11, 25-14) and Shawnee Mission South (25-12, 25-17) in a triangular Tuesday. The Lions then finished second at the Olathe South tournament Saturday, which included wins ...

Free State eases past Olathe East in home opener

Not even Mother Nature could slow down the Free State football team. Despite the wet conditions, Free State looked just as flawless on the offensive end during a 41-0 victory over Olathe East Friday at FSHS. The Firebirds scored a touchdown on all four possessions in the first half of their ...

Preps notebook: Area football teams set for home openers

Free State senior Jax Dineen hasn’t stopped thinking about how the 2017 season ended. Dineen sustained an ankle injury on a 67-yard run in the first quarter of the 6A quarterfinals. Dineen was forced to watch the entire second half from the sideline, as Free State suffered an overtime loss ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior begins final year in gymnastics

Lawrence High senior Josie Hickerson hasn’t fully comprehended the idea that this is her final season in gymnastics. Hickerson, who has been competing in gymnastics since she was 4 years old, doesn’t plan on pursuing the sport at the collegiate level. As a result, Hickerson is relishing ...

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

The fall sports season is in full swing now with most area teams beginning the 2018 campaign this past week. Free State and Lawrence High gymnastics will open the year with a meet Tuesday at LHS, but the rest of the teams have already started the regular season. The Bishop Seabury volleyball ...

Strong start lifts Free State to convincing win over Olathe West

OLATHE — After winning the coin toss, Free State’s football team elected to defer to Olathe West. Yet it merely delayed the inevitable. The Firebirds forced the opposition into a punt after three plays on the first drive and wasted no time sending a message. Free State scored on the ...

Preps notebook: Area football teams to start 2018 campaigns

The high school football season is officially here. Lawrence High started the year off with a Thursday game, while Veritas actually began its regular season last week. The rest of the area football teams are slated to begin the 2018 campaign at 7 p.m. Friday. Free State, Baldwin, Eudora, ...

FSHS coach Bob Lisher reflects on career ahead of season opener

Even amid his busy schedule, Free State football coach Bob Lisher allows himself to sit back and reflect on his career every now and then. Just before the season opener, Lisher does just that when looking at his first opponent of the 2018 campaign, as FSHS squares off with Olathe West at 7 ...

FSHS senior returns to soccer team after year off

Rowan Laufer made his much-anticipated return Tuesday at Free State High School against Olathe South in the season opener. Laufer scored both goals, including one on a penalty kick, during a 3-2 defeat in Free State's first match of the 2018 season. Prior to that, the Free State senior ...

Week in review: Area teams begin fall sports season

The 2018 fall sports season officially began last week with a number of area teams in action. Free State’s volleyball team put up a good fight against the top-ranked team in the state, while the Lawrence High boys soccer team suffered a narrow defeat against a program that made it to the ...

KU linebackers prepare for final season together

For as long as they can remember, University of Kansas senior linebackers Joe Dineen and Keith Loneker Jr. have been inseparable. Loneker, who is 20 days older, and Dineen have been lifelong friends due to their parents’ connection. Dineen was the only pint-sized peer at Loneker’s first ...

Firebirds enter fall season with huge expectations

The 2018-19 season is already underway for the Free State fall sports programs. FSHS girls golf competed in a tournament Wednesday to officially kick off a new year. The volleyball team is set to face the top-ranked squad in Class 6A on Saturday, while most programs will begin play next ...

Welcome to our new coverage of local high school teams

Since the start of the fall sports season officially begins this week, I thought I’d take the time to formally introduce myself. My name is Shane Jackson, and I’m the new high school sports reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. I came to Lawrence in June after spending a year covering ...