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Preps notebook: Late rally leads FSHS baseball to 14th consecutive win

It takes a nice blend of luck and skill to go on a streak like Free State’s baseball team has. FSHS extended its win streak to 14 games with a late comeback to secure a 2-1 win over Olathe West Wednesday night at the College Boulevard Activity Center. The game was originally scheduled for ...

Doubles teams lead city tennis squads at Sunflower League meet

OLATHE – After a city series defeat, Kanak Masten and Cooper Wright of Lawrence High found themselves in a rematch with Free State’s No. 1 doubles pair of Davis Steadman and Trey Melvin. Masten and Wright advanced to the semifinals with an 8-6 win, but fell in their next two matches to ...

Preps notebook: Timely hitting helps LHS baseball claim 7th straight win

Make that seven games in a row now. Lawrence’s baseball team extended its win streak to seven consecutive games with a 5-2 victory over Olathe South Tuesday night at LHS. The recipe for win No. 7 was just like the six games before it, too. The Lions, who have practically perfected the art ...

Tatum Clopton tosses perfect game to help Firebirds move on from last week

Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton didn’t expect the ball to go over the fence. With two strikes in the bottom of the fifth, Clopton unleashed a swing on an outside pitch. She initially thought it was going to result in a pop-up. Instead, Clopton actually clobbered it over the left-center ...

‘I wanted to prove people wrong’: Hard work paying off for young female wrestler

Madyson Gray’s first wrestling season was spent, as her dad puts it, “basically getting her head pounded into the mat relentlessly.” She lost almost every match. “It hurt to watch, you know?” Darin Gray said. “I thought she was done.” But Mady didn’t want to quit and find a ...

FSHS softball bounces back with 11-1 win over Leavenworth

At the very least, Free State's softball team knows how to handle a loss now. The defending 2018 state champions suffered their first two defeats of the season during a doubleheader Friday. Free State dropped a 5-2 decision to Washburn Rural, which was a rematch of the 6A semifinals from last ...

Free State’s pitching depth on display in 7-1 win over Leavenworth

Senior Jake Zenger started playing catch when Free State’s baseball team arrived at Hoglund Ballpark at 9 a.m. Saturday. His coaching staff eventually had to tell him to stop in order to save his arm. Zenger then started warming up at 10:35 a.m., which was 40 minutes before he fired the ...

Lawrence High sprint medley team sets school record at Kansas Relays

Another city school record fell at the Kansas Relays on Saturday. Lawrence’s sprint medley team of Asjah Harris, Bella Kirkwood, Evann Seratte and Hannah Stewart took down a four-year old record with a time of 4:15.08 to finish fourth overall. Maya Yoder, Kyleigh Severa, Jensen Edwards and ...

Preps notebook: FSHS tennis takes 2nd at LHS Invitational; Lawrence claims 6th

Behind a balanced attack, Free State’s boys tennis team took second out of six teams at the Lawrence High Invitational Friday at LHS. The Firebirds scored 16 points as a team, finishing seven points shy of event winner Shawnee Mission East. Lawrence placed sixth in its own meet, scoring ...

FSHS baseball erases early deficit to claim 12th consecutive win

Just before the bottom of the third inning, the Free State baseball team huddled near the dugout. After giving up a run in the top of the third, the Firebirds faced an early deficit. Head coach Mike Hill had a message for his team, challenging a squad that hasn’t lost since March 16. And the ...

Bradford’s brilliance: Senior lefty tosses no-hitter in Free State’s 1-0 win

It was only fitting that Free State senior Ethan Bradford had to make the last out. The ball bounced back to Bradford, who fielded it with ease. He tossed the ball to first base and walked toward the rest of his team with a stoic expression on his face. It was not the anticipated reaction, ...

Preps notebook: City track athletes shine at Little KU Relays

During warmups, Lawrence High junior Ella Stewart was off by herself. And there is a reason for that. Stewart discovered that she’s been getting too amped up during the discus competition. Her best throws are in warmups. So, as a result, Stewart has started to work on ways to ensure that she ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls swim cruises to another win on Senior Night

After coming above water, Lawrence High teammates Maddie Dean and Aubrey Fischer looked up at the scoreboard during Tuesday’s meet at LHS. One second separated the two of them, with Dean taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.49. Fischer, who was actually the top seed entering the ...

Coming home: Former Lion Nick Wood named FSHS girls basketball coach

It would have taken the perfect opportunity for Nick Wood to leave Washburn University. Wood had no intentions of leaving his role as an assistant for Brett Ballard. But a chance to return to the Lawrence community was one he couldn’t pass up. So Wood, who graduated from Lawrence High in ...

Preps notebook: After undefeated week, Sawyer Nickel among top local standouts

It was another strong week for local high school athletes. Free State came out on the right end of two different City Showdowns, claiming a 12-0 win on the softball diamond and maintaining bragging rights on the tennis courts. Both city baseball teams extended winning streaks ahead of the ...

Free State lineman Turner Corcoran commits to Nebraska

Free State senior Turner Corcoran has made a decision. The four-star offensive tackle, who had double-digit scholarships offers from Power Five programs, announced via Twitter that he was verbally committed to the University of Nebraska. Corcoran was actually in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend, ...