Bobby Nightengale (Sports reporter)

Bobby covers KU and high school sports for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Free State's spirit squad poses for a picture with Nolan Henderson, middle, and his daughter Ella Avant during halftime of the FSHS boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at FSHS. The spirit squad read messages of support during a ceremony for Henderson's 4-month-old son Grit, who is is battling a rare skeletal muscle cancer.

Free State teacher Nolan Henderson holds onto a check from the school's spirit squad during halftime of the Free State boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at FSHS alongside his daughter Ella Avant. His 4-month-old son, Grit, is battling a rare skeletal muscle cancer and the school held a T-shirt fundraiser.

Free State football players sign their letters of intent during a ceremony Wednesday in the school's Black Box Theatre. From left, Jalan Robinson (undecided), Gabe Clark (Central Missouri), Tanner Cobb (Baker), Nathan Spain (Baker), Gage Foster (Baker), David Johnson (Emporia State) and Spencer Roe (Kansas).

Free State junior Devin Beers holds down Lawrence High's A.J. Powell in the 182-pound match on Wednesday at LHS.

Lawrence High senior Melle Dye (145 pounds) works a move against Free State's Elijah Jacobs on Wednesday at LHS.

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