Ben Ward

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Triple jumpers spark LHS boys to 15th
May 29, 2011
Even with their knees fatigued and swollen from a season’s worth of jumps, Lawrence High triple jumpers Austin Flory and Steven Hill had plenty of spring left.
Free State girls track thrilled with third
May 29, 2011
The races were over, the times were fast, and all that was left for the Free State High girls track and field team to do was wait for the good news.
Free State’s Harmon-Thomas triumphs
May 28, 2011
Before Free State High’s Alexa Harmon-Thomas could get a chance to sit down and catch her breath, the freshman sensation was clambering atop the podium to accept what might be the first of many state championships.
Hocking king of shot put
May 28, 2011
Hulking shot putters from various schools grunted and heaved with all of their might, mustering a number of impressive distances at the Class 6A state track and field championships on Friday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
Free State senior Austin Hoag excels at high jump, seeded second at state meet
May 27, 2011
As a member of Free State High’s basketball team, Austin Hoag was merely one of a handful of Firebirds with enough hops to dunk.
Free State Firebirds ready for grueling 4x800 relay at state championships
May 27, 2011
The 4x800 relay is by far one of the most demanding track and field events. Each two-lap, 800-meter leg takes considerable stamina, but requires an almost sprint-like pace to achieve a solid time.
LHS triple jumpers full of surprises
May 25, 2011
As they ready for their turn down the runway, it’s easy for a triple jumper to stand out.
City swimmers encouraged at state
May 21, 2011
Free State High’s swim team needed to have a big showing in the preliminary heats of the Class 6A state championships, and boy did it deliver.
FSHS diver in finals
May 20, 2011
When Free State High diver Annie Soderberg steps onto the board, the silence of the crowd engulfs her. Everything slows down, and her mind goes blank to tune out any excess noise
‘Unbelievable’ finish: Free State soccer falls just short of state, loses to Manhattan
May 20, 2011
In few sports can one or two plays make a greater difference than in soccer. This time around, Free State High’s girls soccer team was on the wrong side of that hard lesson.

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