Preps Notebook

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 ...

Preps notebook: Senior linebacker leading LHS defense

Lawrence High senior linebacker Caleb Mondi hasn’t always been a defensive superstar. In fact, Mondi didn’t even play on the defensive side of the ball until the 2017 season. Mondi, who has been playing football since the third grade, only really knew how to play receiver prior to making ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks soaring past competition in 2018

The Bishop Seabury volleyball team has stormed onto the scene through the first 15 games of the 2018 campaign. After going 2-0 in a triangular at East Lawrence Recreation Center Tuesday, the Seahawks are now 12-3 to start the season and are ranked No. 5 in Class 2A via the Kansas Volleyball ...

Preps notebook: Area football teams set for home openers

Free State senior Jax Dineen hasn’t stopped thinking about how the 2017 season ended. Dineen sustained an ankle injury on a 67-yard run in the first quarter of the 6A quarterfinals. Dineen was forced to watch the entire second half from the sideline, as Free State suffered an overtime loss ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior begins final year in gymnastics

Lawrence High senior Josie Hickerson hasn’t fully comprehended the idea that this is her final season in gymnastics. Hickerson, who has been competing in gymnastics since she was 4 years old, doesn’t plan on pursuing the sport at the collegiate level. As a result, Hickerson is relishing ...

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

The fall sports season is in full swing now with most area teams beginning the 2018 campaign this past week. Free State and Lawrence High gymnastics will open the year with a meet Tuesday at LHS, but the rest of the teams have already started the regular season. The Bishop Seabury volleyball ...

Preps notebook: Area football teams to start 2018 campaigns

The high school football season is officially here. Lawrence High started the year off with a Thursday game, while Veritas actually began its regular season last week. The rest of the area football teams are slated to begin the 2018 campaign at 7 p.m. Friday. Free State, Baldwin, Eudora, ...

FSHS senior returns to soccer team after year off

Rowan Laufer made his much-anticipated return Tuesday at Free State High School against Olathe South in the season opener. Laufer scored both goals, including one on a penalty kick, during a 3-2 defeat in Free State's first match of the 2018 season. Prior to that, the Free State senior ...

Week in review: Area teams begin fall sports season

The 2018 fall sports season officially began last week with a number of area teams in action. Free State’s volleyball team put up a good fight against the top-ranked team in the state, while the Lawrence High boys soccer team suffered a narrow defeat against a program that made it to the ...

Firebirds enter fall season with huge expectations

The 2018-19 season is already underway for the Free State fall sports programs. FSHS girls golf competed in a tournament Wednesday to officially kick off a new year. The volleyball team is set to face the top-ranked squad in Class 6A on Saturday, while most programs will begin play next ...

Lions set for start of fall sports season

Lawrence High’s fall sports teams will kick off the 2018-19 season this week. The girls golf team opens the season Wednesday, while the girls tennis team is slated to begin its campaign Thursday. The boys soccer team, which will be the only program to play at LHS this week, has its season ...

Welcome to our new coverage of local high school teams

Since the start of the fall sports season officially begins this week, I thought I’d take the time to formally introduce myself. My name is Shane Jackson, and I’m the new high school sports reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. I came to Lawrence in June after spending a year covering ...