Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: A look at the top area athletes from this past week

Although Mother Nature has done its best to mess things up the past few days, nearly every spring sports team was in action this past week. With that, I’d like to highlight some athletes who did especially well this past week. The goal is for this type of notebook to be more of a routine, ...

Preps notebook: LHS softball falls in Steve Seratte’s debut as head coach

Lawrence High softball coach Steve Seratte is no stranger to being on the the third base line. Despite making his debut as a varsity softball coach Tuesday night, Seratte brings plenty of crucial experience to the Lions. He spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant crosstown for Free ...

Preps notebook: A look back at first full week of spring sports

The first spring sports week is now in the books. Even though a pair of baseball teams began playing over spring break, this past week marked the beginning for most spring sports. Plenty of local teams started off on the right foot for their respective 2019 campaigns. Lawrence High girls swim ...

Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with ...

Preps notebook: LHS practice partners prepared for 6A state wrestling meet

It only makes sense that sophomore Logan Farrell and freshman Kevin Honas are headed to the state tournament together. After being practice partners all season, the Lawrence High wrestlers will represent the program, along with senior EJ Jewsome, at the 6A state tournament this weekend in Park ...

Preps notebook: City wrestlers qualify for state after earning hardware at regionals

A total of nine city wrestlers are headed to the 6A state tournament. Free State is sending six athletes to the final meet, while Lawrence High will have three competitors after a strong showing at the regional meet in Garden City this past weekend. The Firebirds placed seventh as a team with ...

Preps notebook: Eagles, Seahawks set for riveting rematch in cross-town affair

It is no secret that the City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State is a big deal. But the private school version of the City Showdown, at least in boys basketball, has been just as electric as of late. Bishop Seabury (11-4, No. 7 in Class 2A) and Veritas (16-8) proved just that nearly ...

Preps notebook: Area athletes post standout performances in January

Area athletes got off to a strong start in 2019, posting stellar individual performances in January. It is a privilege to cover high school sports in Lawrence, because there is never a shortage of spectacular athletes in the area. Just look at how many basketballs teams are ranked in the ...

Preps notebook: Five takeaways from midseason basketball tournament week

Midseason basketball tournament week is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a chance to see a ton of basketball, and watch squads grow in the process. This past week was no different, as a number of area teams were in action during their respective midseason basketball ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling places 4th at Husky Invitational, LHS takes 11th

Both city wrestling teams were in action this past weekend during the Husky Invitational. In the two-day event, which featured 21 teams, Free State’s wrestling team did well enough across the board to secure a fourth-place finish with 127.5 points. Lawrence High, meanwhile, scored 51.5 ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling takes down Shawnee Mission Northwest

Free State’s wrestling team claimed another impressive dual win Wednesday afternoon. Despite the meet being moved up two hours due to potential weather, the Firebirds took care of business from the very beginning. Free State defeated Shawnee Mission West by a 64-12 margin to extend its dual ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling claims sixth at Bobcat Classic

A total of 30 teams competed in the Basehor-Linwood tournament this past weekend. Free State’s wrestling team proved it can hang with the best, placing sixth as a team with a score of 113 points. FSHS actually tied with Andale, though both programs finished behind Bonner Springs (232), St. ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys swim claims convincing win on Senior Day

Since the start of the season, the Free State boys swim and dive team has had a clear goal on what it wants to accomplish this season. The Firebirds want to be Sunflower League champions for the first time in program history. They demonstrated how they can accomplish that feat during a ...

Preps notebook: City teams eager for start of 2019 bowling season

The two city bowling teams will kick off the season with one of the largest meets of the year. A total of 16 teams will compete in the Firebird Invitational, including both Free State and Lawrence High. The boys meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, while the girls meet is slated to start at ...

Preps notebook: Top 10 high school sports moments of 2018

It was another remarkable year for area high school sports teams. A total of six teams won state titles in 2018, including a first-time state champion. Multiple squads finished as runners-up in their respective sport, while several individual athletes posted impressive campaigns, as well. ...

Preps notebook: Bishop Seabury boys claim runner-up in tournament

Despite losing its final game of 2018, the Bishop Seabury boys basketball team appears to be coming into form. The Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, dropping a 59-48 decision to Grandview Christian in the championship game of the Grandview Christian tournament. ...

Preps notebook: City swim teams close out 2018 with strong showing

It was a clean sweep for the city boys swim and dive teams during Wednesday’s quadrangular at Shawnee Mission North. Free State won 11 of the 12 events, including all three relays, to notch first place out of four teams, with 469 points. It marked the team’s third victory in four meets to ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Evann Seratte signs to run track at KU

On some level, Lawrence High senior Evann Seratte always knew she’d end up going to the University of Kansas. After all, Seratte spent the last four years going to high school at a place just down the road from KU’s campus. Seratte did her due diligence during her recruiting process, ...