Preps Notebook

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 ...

Preps notebook: Shane Skwarlo continues to anchor FSHS offensive line

Shane Skwarlo is certain he never won a test of strength with his two older brothers growing up. In fact, Shane Skwarlo recalls that his only win over Sam Skwarlo and Stan Skwarlo came on the basketball court. Still, the Free State senior guard admits that his athletic career has been shaped ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin soccer eliminated in quarterfinals on penalty kicks

If the match had not gone to penalty kicks, Baldwin head coach Matthew McCune believes the game would still be going on. After 110 minutes of scoreless action, which featured four different overtimes, the quarterfinals match between Baldwin and Kansas City Christian Academy turned to penalty ...

Preps notebook: Former LHS player leads team to first title in 23 years

After the Lawrence High volleyball team took a 17-12 lead in the third set of the 6A state championship match, Blue Valley elected to call a timeout. LHS head coach Stephanie Scarbrough clinched both fists in celebration, as she could sense how close the team was at that point. Scarbrough ...

Preps notebook: FSHS receiver makes explosive plays look routine

Even by Keenan Garber standards, the touchdown was absurd. In the second quarter of last week’s City Showdown, Garber scored on a 30-yard touchdown to add to Free State’s lead. The senior receiver ran a flat route to the FSHS sideline, as junior quarterback Malik Berry hit Garber near the ...

Preps notebook: City Showdown highlights last week of regular season

Lawrence High defensive end Sam Bart knows the entire Free State offensive line all too well. In the week leading up to the City Showdown, LHS coaches are calling FSHS players by their respective numbers during practice and film sessions. Yet the Lions, unlike most weeks, know the names of the ...

Preps notebook: City teams focused ahead of state gymnastics meet

Following the conclusion of the 2017 season, Lawrence High gymnasts Josie Hickerson and Eden Kingery formed the plan. Hickerson and Kingery, who are now seniors at LHS, came up with the idea to make the most of their final week of practice. As a result, the duo created several different themes ...

Preps notebook: City golfers prepare for state tournament

Lawrence High senior Beatrice Lopez does not want to think about it being her last tournament. Monday marks the final time Lopez will play in a golf tournament for LHS. She will be joined by teammates Rylie Hayden and Josie Abernathy during the 6A state tournament, which begins at 12 p.m. ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior thriving as multisport athlete

After practice, members of the Lawrence High football team headed straight to the soccer field at LHS. Lawrence players then cheered on senior goalkeeper Ross Brungardt from the sideline. Brungardt, who is also a kicker and punter for the football team, recorded multiple saves en route to a ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks dominating teams during win streak

Moments before the third match of the season, the Bishop Seabury boys soccer team gathered in the tunnel at Bishop Ward. After two losses to open the season, the Seahawks were determined to change things up. In that moment, the team decided to put an end to losing. Since then, Bishop Seabury ...

Preps notebook: A recap of how area teams did this past week

For the second straight season, Free State’s girls tennis team won its regional meet. The Firebirds qualified five players for the 6A state tournament, placing first as a team during the regional meet at Wichita East. Keegan VanPelt led the way, winning all four of her matches to claim first ...

Preps notebook: Senior receiver remains key weapon for FSHS offense

After scoring a touchdown against Sedalia Smith-Cotton (Mo.), Free State senior receiver LJ Mack went up to his coach to give credit for the play call. The Firebirds (5-0) used some trickery during a 51-0 home win last week, and Mack was the biggest beneficiary. In the final minute of the ...