Lawrence High

LHS senior Chisom Ajekwu signs with KU women’s basketball

Not long before the start of her final preps season, Lawrence High senior Chisom Ajekwu made her collegiate plans official. After announcing her verbal commitment in March, Ajekwu on Friday signed her national letter of intent to play collegiate basketball for the University of Kansas. The ...

Preps notebook: Local athletes ink with colleges during early signing period

It didn’t take long for Lawrence High senior Trey Quartlebaum to make it official. Quartlebaum, a guard for the LHS boys basketball team, signed his national letter of intent to play at St. Francis Brooklyn College at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony took place nearly three months ...

Preps notebook: Top-10 moments of 2018 fall sports season

It was an impressive fall season for plenty of area teams in 2018. A pair of programs took home state titles, while many other squads finished the year with some sort of hardware. It was tough narrowing this list to just 10 accomplishments, given how many programs thrived this year. This list ...

Preps notebook: Free State prepares for postseason battle with Manhattan

This week’s opponent figures to be unlike any Free State’s football team has faced thus far. Free State (10-0) welcomes Manhattan High (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday for a quarterfinals matchup in the 6A west playoff bracket. The Firebirds, who have rolled over nearly every opponent this year, are ...

Preps notebook: Backup setter crucial during Lawrence’s state title run

Lawrence High senior Cortney Hanna made her state tournament debut during the second set of the team’s championship match with Blue Valley. It was not an easy spot to jump into, but one Hanna handled nonetheless. Hanna slid right into the server spot, and helped LHS stretch its lead to ...

Preps notebook: Former LHS player leads team to first title in 23 years

After the Lawrence High volleyball team took a 17-12 lead in the third set of the 6A state championship match, Blue Valley elected to call a timeout. LHS head coach Stephanie Scarbrough clinched both fists in celebration, as she could sense how close the team was at that point. Scarbrough ...

State champs: LHS volleyball claims first state title since 1995

As soon as Michaela Cordova’s kill ricocheted off a Blue Valley player, the celebration ensued. Members of the bench rushed to the center of the court to create a dogpile with the rest of the Lawrence High volleyball team. Cordova’s decisive blow finished off a three-set win over Blue ...

Derby eliminates Lawrence High in 1st round of football playoffs

DERBY — Even under the best of circumstances, the cards were stacked against the Lawrence High football team. Derby, the No. 1 team in Class 6A, stormed over every opponent this regular season and appears poised to make a fourth consecutive trip to the state championship. LHS, meanwhile, ...

LHS volleyball advances to 6A semifinals

The Lawrence High volleyball team is going to play on the final day of the season. LHS advanced to the semifinals of the 6A state tournament at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina by sweeping pool play Friday. Lawrence, which is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated Blue Valley West ...

Preps notebook: FSHS receiver makes explosive plays look routine

Even by Keenan Garber standards, the touchdown was absurd. In the second quarter of last week’s City Showdown, Garber scored on a 30-yard touchdown to add to Free State’s lead. The senior receiver ran a flat route to the FSHS sideline, as junior quarterback Malik Berry hit Garber near the ...

Preps notebook: Lions remain motivated ahead of state tournament

Everything about this year’s trip to the state tournament just feels different for the Lawrence High volleyball team. Last season, LHS notched its first state berth since 2009 before eventually being eliminated on the opening day of the 6A state tournament. This year, though, the Lions are ...

Preps notebook: FSHS cross-country qualifies for state meet

Free State’s cross-country program continued its impressive postseason during its regional meet Saturday in Manhattan. The boys cross-country team won the meet, while the girls cross-country team placed second. Both teams qualified for the 6A state meet, which takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday ...

State bound: Lions win substate championship in convincing fashion

As the match between Wichita Southeast and Hutchinson came down to the wire, the Lawrence High volleyball team ducked into the adjacent hallway at LHS. The Lions were not concerned with who they had to face in the substate championship. After storming past nearly every opponent in the regular ...

LHS claims runner-up at state meet, FSHS places 5th

OVERLAND PARK – After four years in high school, Lawrence High senior Josie Hickerson hadn’t flipped a Yurchenko Pike onto a hard surface since she was in eighth grade. And after she landed it for the last performance of her high school career, Hickerson was surrounded with several people ...

Free State holds off LHS in City Showdown

Regardless of the records, the City Showdown has a tendency to live up to the billing. Free State, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, has eased past most of its competition for much of the season. Lawrence, a team starting nine sophomores, had lost all but one game entering the season ...

Preps notebook: City Showdown highlights last week of regular season

Lawrence High defensive end Sam Bart knows the entire Free State offensive line all too well. In the week leading up to the City Showdown, LHS coaches are calling FSHS players by their respective numbers during practice and film sessions. Yet the Lions, unlike most weeks, know the names of the ...

LHS volleyball relying on chemistry during stellar season

It seemed only fitting that it happened on Senior Night. Earlier this month, the Lawrence High volleyball team exemplified what makes this group so special during a match with Free State in the City Showdown. Despite trailing late in the first set, the Lions never wavered. LHS (31-2) ...

Preps notebook: City teams focused ahead of state gymnastics meet

Following the conclusion of the 2017 season, Lawrence High gymnasts Josie Hickerson and Eden Kingery formed the plan. Hickerson and Kingery, who are now seniors at LHS, came up with the idea to make the most of their final week of practice. As a result, the duo created several different themes ...

City rivals to team up for toy drive at football game

Free State High School and Lawrence High School students will put aside their rivalry to join forces on a toy drive at Friday’s football game between the two schools. Student teams from FSHS and LHS will be collecting new and unopened toys at the game, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the ...

Preps notebook: City golfers prepare for state tournament

Lawrence High senior Beatrice Lopez does not want to think about it being her last tournament. Monday marks the final time Lopez will play in a golf tournament for LHS. She will be joined by teammates Rylie Hayden and Josie Abernathy during the 6A state tournament, which begins at 12 p.m. ...