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

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Lawrence High senior Sammy Williams records a kill against Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

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 Northwest. LHS then notched a three-set sweep over Shawnee Mission East on Thursday before dominating its tournament at home on Saturday.

At the Joan L. Wells Invitational, Lawrence knocked off Olathe Northwest (25-12, 25-18), Blue Valley West (25-19, 25-10), Blue Valley (25-23, 25-22) and Manhattan. The match against MHS was the lone contest to go three sets, as Lawrence won the first set (26-24) and third set (25-15) to claim first in the tournament.

Several seniors have played a part into this remarkable season for the Lions. Sammy Williams leads the team with 126 kills, while Baylee Unruh has delivered 122 kills. Michaela Cordova and Brooke Wroten have 79 and 75 kills, respectively.

Wroten leads the team with 27 blocks, though Abby Monroe is not far behind her with 19 blocks. Lauren Maceli has been a dig machine, recording a team-high 207 digs. Hannah Stewart has registered 104 digs, as well. The offense is centered around Laura Willoughby, who leads the squad with 401 assists.

Firebirds claim 2 wins

Free State’s volleyball tacked on two more victories this past week.

FSHS knocked off Olathe West (25-21) and Shawnee Mission West (25-17) in its home triangular Thursday. The Firebirds, who were ranked No. 7 in Class 6A in the latest poll, are now 16-9 on the season.

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Junior Kaitlyn Hamilton swings for a kill in a match against Olathe West on Sept. 25, 2018.

Yet, Free State, which dropped the first three matches of the season, has quietly been playing much better as of late. Over the last 11 contests, Free State has posted a 9-2 clip and has demonstrated the ability to close matches.

For the season, junior Kaitlyn Hamilton is leading the team with 239 kills and senior Rachel Hickman has registered 182 kills. Juniors Haylee Kern and Haley Hippe have each logged 30 blocks for the Firebirds. Senior Kelsey Davis is leading the team with 152 digs, while junior Mya Gleason is pacing the squad with 336 assists.

Seahawks improve to 23-12

After two more victories this past week, the Bishop Seabury volleyball team is now 20-10 on the year.

The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 10 in Class 2A, have just three matches left in the regular season. Bishop Seabury will play host to Kansas City East Christian Academy and Veritas Christian on Tuesday for its final home event of the season.

Senior Lindsey Hornberger has 390 kills on the season and now has over 1,000 kills in her career with Bishop Seabury. The team actually created a sign to celebrate the senior’s accomplishment, which was posted on the school’s official Twitter account.

Seahawks can’t be stopped

Bishop Seabury’s soccer team extended its win streak to seven straight matches this past week.

The Seahawks claimed a 3-0 road win over Wichita Independent and notched a 2-1 victory over Maur Hill in its final home match of the season. Chris Green has registered five shutouts in the previous six matches.

Bishop Seabury (7-2) travels to Cair Paravel Monday.

Lions move to 4-4-1

The Lawrence High soccer team did not record a win this week.

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Lawrence High senior Gary Schmidt dribbles a ball in a game against Shawnee Mission South on Sept. 27, 2018.

LHS dropped a 4-0 decision to Olathe South on Tuesday before claiming a 1-1 tie against Shawnee Mission North on Thursday. Mason Anderson scored the team’s lone goal via an assist by Will Yanek.

Lawrence travels to Wyandotte at 7 p.m. Monday.

Firebirds drop 2 matches

Free State’s soccer team suffered a pair of losses in as many matches this week.

FSHS (5-3) dropped a 1-0 decision against Shawnee Mission Northwest before losing a 5-2 contest to Olathe East. Jacob Appleman scored both goals on assists from Ashton Owen in the defeat.

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Junior Peter Boncella dribbles the ball in a game against Shawnee Mission Northwest on Sept. 25, 2018.

Free State travels to Olathe West at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Lawrence continued its stellar season, while Free State sophomore Talia Gay maintained her dominating campaign this past week.

As a team, LHS placed first at its home meet and FSHS claimed third. Gay, though, finished first in the all-around rankings after placing first in bars and beam to go along with a second-place finish in vault and third-place mark in floor. Chaney Finkeldei also logged fourth on beam.

The Lions finished first at the Newton Invitational, as well. That marks their fifth win of the season.

City golf teams have strong week

Both Free State and Lawrence High girls golf had a busy week on the course.

Free State placed sixth in the first round of the Sunflower League meet, as Kenneth Birk claimed 18th. FSHS then finished 13th out of 23 teams at the Lawrence High Invitational at the Eagle Bend golf course behind a solid performance from Tyler Bane, Claire Covert and Kate Lawrence. All three golfers shot a 94 in the event.

LHS, meanwhile, placed 15th at its home meet. Senior Beatrice Lopez shot an 84 to claim 24th on the individual leaderboard. Olivia Wallen carded a 98 in the event.

Nelson nets 1st

Henry Nelson notched first place at Maranatha Academy Thursday, helping the Bishop Seabury boys cross-country team place fifth out of eight teams. The girls team also finished in fifth place.

For the Seahawks, Sami Dennon (20th place), Darby Harris (17th place) and Diego Klish (20th place) all claimed a medal in the event.


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