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Firebirds secure state track and field berths

Throwing the javelin didn’t become a part of Bo Miller’s life until a few months ago. Perhaps that’s why an unorthodox lead-up to the Free State High senior’s first Class 6A regional didn’t faze his performance. “This is probably gonna sound bad,” Miller warned before chronicling ...

Lawrence High’s Eden Kingery leads area divers at state meet prelims

Lawrence High junior Eden Kingery was the top area performer in the 1-meter dive at the Class 6A state swim and dive prelims on Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Kingery finished with a score of 176.35 to end up in fifth place going into Friday's semifinals. Free State's ...

FSHS softball wins regionals, headed to state tournament

Freshman Tatum Clopton had it going in the batter’s box and in the circle to lead the Free State softball team to a Class 6A state tournament berth on Monday at the Two Rivers Youth Complex in Wichita. Clopton belted a grand slam in the Firebirds’ 17-2 run-rule victory over Wichita South ...

Free State team, Lawrence High individual qualify for 6A state tournament

Topeka — The rolled, freshly cut greens were slicker and his putter didn’t cooperate as well as it did in the previous day’s practice round. Still, Ross Brungardt made his way around challenging Topeka Country Club well enough Monday that he put himself right at the projected cut ...

KSHSAA releases regional matchups for soccer, baseball, softball

The Kansas State High School Activities Association released postseason pairings on Saturday for baseball, softball and soccer. Here's a rundown of regional matchups for Lawrence High and Free State in all three sports, as well as the full Class 6A brackets. The Lawrence High girls soccer ...

City may be becoming fertile ground for talented throwers

LEAVENWORTH — San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, is known as the cradle of shortstops and has sent more than 70 players, most of them gifted with strong arms, to Major League Baseball. Western Pennsylvania pumps out quarterbacks the way Detroit does Fords. Joe Montana and Joe Namath, ...

Free State’s Erik Czapinzki/Trey Melvin advance to 6A state tennis semifinals

The Free State doubles team of Erik Czapinski/Trey Melvin won both of its matches on Friday to reach the doubles semifinals of the Class 6A state tennis tournament at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka. After receiving a first-round bye, Czapinski and Melvin defeated Olathe South's Lleyton ...

Firebirds 4th, Lions 12th at 6A boys state tennis tournament

TOPEKA — The points weren't going in the favor of Free State's Erik Czapinski and Trey Melvin late in their third-place doubles match at the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at the Kossover Tennis Center, but that didn't change Czapinski's demeanor. Czapinski's upbeat attitude helped ...

Free State softball shuts out SM South

The Free State softball team coasted to a 22-0 win over Shawnee Mission South on Thursday at the Shawnee Mission Softball Complex. Lauryn Jones and Andie Veeder collected three hits apiece. Jones had three RBIs, while Veeder scored three times. The Firebirds closed the regular season with a ...

Jake Baker lifts Free State baseball past SM East in extras

Jake Baker blasted a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning to help send the Free State baseball team to a 4-3 road win over Shawnee Mission East on Thursday. Play was previously suspended due to darkness on March 28 after nine innings with the Firebirds and Lancers tied at 3-3. The SM East ...

Barah, Free State girls soccer make most of senior night despite loss to Hayden

Free State girls soccer coach Kelly Barah knew this night was coming. But he still wasn’t ready to let his seniors go. After his team suffered a gut-wrenching, 2-1 loss to Hayden on Thursday at FSHS, Barah invited the home crowd onto the field to celebrate the senior group on senior night. ...

Free State baseball set to resume game with SM East

The Free State baseball team will resume its road game against Shawnee Mission East at 3:30 today. The Firebirds and Lancers started the game on March 28, but it was suspended due to darkness since the SM East campus field has no lights. Play will resume with the score tied at 3-3 in the top ...

Free State softball stifles SM East, 13-1

Sara Roszak went 2-for-2 with three RBIs to lead the Free State softball team to a 13-1 win over Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday at the Shawnee Mission Softball Complex.Taylor Burks also had two hits, and Georgia Rea reached base and scored three times.The Firebirds (12-7) will take on Shawnee ...

Free State girls soccer falls to Olathe West, 3-0, in Sunflower League playoffs

The Free State girls soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to Olathe West in the Sunflower League playoffs on Tuesday at the College Boulevard Activity Center. The Firebirds (7-7-1) finished eighth in the Sunflower League after the loss.Free State will play host to Topeka Hayden at 6 p.m. Thursday.