Preps Notebook

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, ...

Preps notebook: Veritas boys claim 61-60 win in overtime thriller

The Veritas boys basketball team edged Omaha Roadrunners, 61-60, in overtime Saturday afternoon. Veritas scored 26 points in the opening period, pouring in 20 more in the final period. As a team, the Eagles shot 48.9 percent from the floor. They outrebounded the opposition by a 30-18 margin, ...

Preps notebook: Firebirds win 2nd straight meet to start season

Free State’s boys swim team claimed a second win in as many meets to start the newest campaign. The Firebirds recorded six event victories to edge Manhattan High for first place in a quadrangular Wednesday at KSU Natatorium. FSHS finished with 362 points in the win, while LHS ended up in ...

Preps notebook: City wrestlers shine in Leavenworth tournament

Both Free State and Lawrence High were in action this weekend at the 30th annual Leavenworth Challenger, held Saturday at Leavenworth High School. Free State's wrestling team placed fourth with a score of 139.5, while Lawrence’s squad came in 10th out of 12 teams with a mark of 31.5 points. ...

Preps notebook: LHS wrestling displays potential in home opener

In the first meet of the new season, Lawrence High’s wrestling team showed glimpses of its potential. Lawrence ultimately dropped a 54-27 decision during a dual with Gardner-Edgerton Wednesday night at LHS. Yet all three of the Lions’ ranked wrestlers recorded wins, while some unranked ...

Preps notebook: Top 5 moments from 2018 football season

Eight state football titles will be on the line across eight different locations in Kansas Saturday afternoon. None of the area teams were able to make it that far, it was still a successful season for multiple programs. To close out the 2018 fall sports campaign, let's recap the top moments ...

Preps notebook: Former Lion earns conference honors at Baker

Former Lawrence High running back JD Woods has had a stellar season with Baker University. Woods was named South Division Offensive Player of the Year by the Heart of America conference, according to an announcement made Tuesday afternoon. Woods, a sophomore, was one of 21 Baker players to net ...

Preps notebook: Local athletes ink with colleges during early signing period

It didn’t take long for Lawrence High senior Trey Quartlebaum to make it official. Quartlebaum, a guard for the LHS boys basketball team, signed his national letter of intent to play at St. Francis Brooklyn College at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony took place nearly three months ...

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 ...