Free State

FSHS girls hold off Lansing, Free State boys earn easy win

Free State girls basketball coach Ted Juneau thought his halftime speech might have left his team too confident. The Firebirds held on defensively in the second half after a fast start to defeat Lansing, 49-44, Tuesday night at FSHS. Free State (7-8) led for the entire game and by as much as ...

FSHS boys survive late scare in 47-37 win over Mill Valley

SHAWNEE — Free State’s boys basketball team has become all too familiar with closing out games this season. Regardless of the situation, the Firebirds have often found themselves in games that come down to the final minutes. Monday’s rematch with Mill Valley was no different, even though ...

Preps notebook: Evy Harrell emerging as offensive threat for Firebirds

During Friday’s 51-37 victory over Shawnee Mission East, the Free State girls basketball team was clicking on the offensive end. The biggest key to the Firebirds (6-8, 2-5 Sunflower League) scoring over 50 points for just the fifth time this season was the emergence of sophomore Evy Harrell, ...

Free State boys take down Shawnee Mission East in rematch

The Free State boys basketball team didn’t have to wait long to avenge its loss from the McPherson Invitational. Exactly two weeks after suffering a 4-point loss to Shawnee Mission East in the semifinals of the midseason tournament, Free State got its much-needed revenge. The Firebirds were ...

Second-half surge leads FSHS girls to 51-37 win over Shawnee Mission East

It all started with a beautiful step-back jumper from Free State junior Caely Kesten. With 2:40 left in the third quarter, Kesten threaded her way through the Shawnee Mission East defense before pulling up from the left elbow to drill a bucket with ease. Kesten’s basket was the start of a ...

Preps notebook: Area athletes post standout performances in January

Area athletes got off to a strong start in 2019, posting stellar individual performances in January. It is a privilege to cover high school sports in Lawrence, because there is never a shortage of spectacular athletes in the area. Just look at how many basketballs teams are ranked in the ...

Free State boys drop 52-51 nail-biter to Olathe East

After Ethan Lincoln's 3-point attempt missed the net, Free State coach Sam Stroh wasn’t too concerned about what shot the Firebirds would take on their last chance at sending the game to overtime, down three points to Olathe East with 5.6 seconds on the clock. Instead of inbounding it ...

FSHS girls struggle to hit shots in 45-24 loss to Olathe East

About five minutes to go in the game, there was at least one thing the Free State girls basketball team was laughing about. Lilliana Keathley’s shoe went airborne and crashed into the scorers table, causing an official timeout with just under four minutes to go in the game. Only, the ...

Free State girls outlast Leavenworth 49-42 in gutsy overtime win

In an electric finish, Free State High School came away with a 49-42 win over Leavenworth Saturday afternoon to earn third place in the Firebirds Winter Classic. The Firebirds (5-7) finished 2-1 during their home tournament. “A lot of teams never get a chance to play for a trophy,” ...

FSHS girls fall to Maize in semifinals of Firebirds Winter Classic

By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Free State’s girls basketball team was neck and neck with Maize. However, because of a 10-point run to start the third quarter, Maize (No. 3 in 5A) took advantage of turnovers and dealt the Firebirds a 54-29 loss. “We went in thinking we had a ...

Free State girls dominate opening round of Firebirds Winter Classic

Before a second even ticked off the clock, the Free State girls basketball team faced a deficit on the scoreboard. Junior guard Caely Kesten grabbed the wrong jersey, which gifted Hutchinson a trip to the free-throw line at the start of the game. The Salthawks hit one of the two freebies, and ...

Area high school games postponed due to inclement weather

Mother nature spoiled another night of area high school athletics Wednesday evening. One night after the City Showdown was postponed, both boys basketball teams were unable to be in action yet again. Free State's road tilt at Mill Valley was ultimately postponed, while Lawrence High's home ...

City Showdown canceled due to inclement weather

Due to inclement weather, the Lawrence school district has canceled all athletic events for Tuesday night, including the basketball doubleheader between Lawrence High and Free State. A makeup date has not been announced yet. The City Showdown was scheduled to take place at Allen Fieldhouse for ...

Preps notebook: Five takeaways from midseason basketball tournament week

Midseason basketball tournament week is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a chance to see a ton of basketball, and watch squads grow in the process. This past week was no different, as a number of area teams were in action during their respective midseason basketball ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling places 4th at Husky Invitational, LHS takes 11th

Both city wrestling teams were in action this past weekend during the Husky Invitational. In the two-day event, which featured 21 teams, Free State’s wrestling team did well enough across the board to secure a fourth-place finish with 127.5 points. Lawrence High, meanwhile, scored 51.5 ...

Free State boys notch 3rd place at McPherson Invitational

Despite a loaded field of teams, the Free State boys basketball squad came away with some hardware at the McPherson Invitational. FSHS notched third place with a 48-30 win over Shawnee Heights Saturday afternoon, finishing the tournament with a 2-1 clip. The team's only loss came at the hands ...

FSHS boys fall to Shawnee Mission East in semifinals of McPherson Invitational

Free State's boys basketball team gave up 16 points in the fourth quarter in an eventual 50-46 loss to Shawnee Mission East Friday at McPherson High School The Firebirds, who have had plenty of experience at closing out games this season, were unable continue their recent success in the final ...

Caely Kesten sets assist record in Free State’s 56-26 win over Gardner-Edgerton

Free State sophomore Shannon Clarke has been accustomed to being on the other end of assists from junior Caely Kesten, but her eyes got a little bigger than usual when she saw a pass coming her way from the Firebirds point guard in the first half of Thursday’s 56-26 home win over Gardner ...