Preps Notebook

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: Shane Skwarlo continues to anchor FSHS offensive line

Shane Skwarlo is certain he never won a test of strength with his two older brothers growing up. In fact, Shane Skwarlo recalls that his only win over Sam Skwarlo and Stan Skwarlo came on the basketball court. Still, the Free State senior guard admits that his athletic career has been shaped ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin soccer eliminated in quarterfinals on penalty kicks

If the match had not gone to penalty kicks, Baldwin head coach Matthew McCune believes the game would still be going on. After 110 minutes of scoreless action, which featured four different overtimes, the quarterfinals match between Baldwin and Kansas City Christian Academy turned to penalty ...

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 ...

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: 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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior thriving as multisport athlete

After practice, members of the Lawrence High football team headed straight to the soccer field at LHS. Lawrence players then cheered on senior goalkeeper Ross Brungardt from the sideline. Brungardt, who is also a kicker and punter for the football team, recorded multiple saves en route to a ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks dominating teams during win streak

Moments before the third match of the season, the Bishop Seabury boys soccer team gathered in the tunnel at Bishop Ward. After two losses to open the season, the Seahawks were determined to change things up. In that moment, the team decided to put an end to losing. Since then, Bishop Seabury ...

Preps notebook: A recap of how area teams did this past week

For the second straight season, Free State’s girls tennis team won its regional meet. The Firebirds qualified five players for the 6A state tournament, placing first as a team during the regional meet at Wichita East. Keegan VanPelt led the way, winning all four of her matches to claim first ...

Preps notebook: Senior receiver remains key weapon for FSHS offense

After scoring a touchdown against Sedalia Smith-Cotton (Mo.), Free State senior receiver LJ Mack went up to his coach to give credit for the play call. The Firebirds (5-0) used some trickery during a 51-0 home win last week, and Mack was the biggest beneficiary. In the final minute of the ...

Preps notebook: Area athletes who shined in September

October is already here, which means postseason is right around the corner for most fall sports teams. A number of area squads have a shot to do some damage in the postseason, and have already proved it in the regular season. Lawrence High’s volleyball team is on a mission after last ...

Preps notebook: LHS volleyball team continues to roll, moving to 19-1

The Lawrence High volleyball team kept rolling this past week. LHS won all seven of its varsity matches, moving to 19-1 on the season. The Lions, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, have dropped just four sets this year. To begin the week, Lawrence claimed wins over Olathe North and Olathe ...

Preps notebook: Hard work paying off for LHS senior

Lawrence High senior E.J. Jewsome can vividly remember his first varsity snap. At the time, the then-junior defensive tackle thought he blew by the opposing offensive lineman with ease. Jewsome immediately felt the jitters of his first varsity contest just disappear. It wasn’t until the ...

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

Lawrence is home to a pair of talented gymnastics teams this year. That has been evident through the early part of the season. Lawrence High won each of its first three meets, setting the tone for a strong year. Free State, meanwhile, claimed first over LHS at the FSHS Invitational on ...

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 ...

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 ...