Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: New high school coaches make debut during first practice of year

Not even the heat could spoil Kevin Stewart’s spirits on his first day. Monday marked the beginning of a new era for the Free State football team with Stewart at the helm. However, due to the heat index, outdoor practices at FSHS did not begin until 5:30 p.m. on the first day of the new high ...

Preps notebook: Trip to state tourney illustrates growth by Bishop Seabury tennis

Bishop Seabury junior Grayson Rader can’t help but think about his first state tournament. Two years ago, Rader qualified as part of a doubles team along with a senior at the time. The duo went 1-2 at the Class 3-2-1A boys tennis state tournament before exiting, but it marked the first time ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf notches 3rd at Sunflower League Championship

After the final leg of the Sunflower League Championship, Free State’s boys golf team secured a third-place finish. FSHS placed fourth at the Olathe North Invitational Monday afternoon, shooting a 319 team score at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Shawnee Mission East (291), Olathe East (297) ...

Preps notebook: Veritas baseball captures second consecutive state crown

For the second consecutive season, the Veritas baseball team will come home with a state title. VHS cruised to a 14-4 victory over Wichita Home School Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s during the championship game of the KCAA state tournament. It is the third such title for the Eagles in ...

Preps notebook: FSHS baseball claims Sunflower League title with lopsided win

For the second consecutive night, Free State’s baseball team secured an 8-1 win over a Sunflower League foe. FSHS (16-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) scored five runs in the first two innings en route to a comfortable win over Shawnee Mission North at home Thursday night. It was enough for Free State ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf claims 2nd at first leg of league tournament

Free State junior Mitchell Spriggs knew it was going to be a good day when he recorded a chip-in from approximately 50 yards out on the sixth hole. Spriggs also birdied on the first hole, as he found a way to post the best performance of his career in chilly temperatures Monday afternoon at ...

Preps notebook: LHS baseball erases early deficit to claim 8th win in a row

The Lions have done it again. Lawrence’s baseball team scored three runs in the fifth to erase an early deficit en route to a 3-1 win over Shawnee Mission West Thursday night at LHS. Lawrence (11-4, 6-3 Sunflower League) has now won eight games in a row, and hasn’t lost since April ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls soccer drops 2-1 decision to Olathe North

After a back-and-forth battle, the Lawrence High girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Olathe North Thursday night. It was a hard-fought loss by the Lions, who fell to 2-4 after their second consecutive defeat. With senior captain Leslie Ostronic out, LHS shifted its lineup ...

Preps notebook: City soccer standouts highlight top area athletes of the week

This past week featured a number of stellar performances by local athletes at the high school level. For starters, Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton threw a perfect game to begin the week. On the same night, a FSHS soccer player recorded a hat trick. Two days later, a LHS senior scored five ...

Preps notebook: Offensive explosion leads FSHS softball to 11-4 win over Olathe West

Much has been made about Tatum Clopton’s otherworldly start to the 2019 season. The Free State sophomore tossed a perfect game and a complete game one-hitter through the first four outings. But the Firebirds, who are the defending 6A state champions, have now shown in back-to-back contests ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Anna Chieu pours in five goals in 6-3 win

Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu fell to the turf in disbelief as her final shot attempt missed just left of the goal. Chieu had three good looks, including one in the final seconds of Lawrence’s 6-3 win over Gardner-Edgerton, to finish off the double hat trick. Gardner-Edgerton goalie Maea ...