Tom Witherspoon (Lawrence Journal-World Sports Copy Editor)

Recent stories

Opinion: Spread-out state tourney not hoops heaven
March 6, 2013
The format of Kansas high school basketball’s postseason keeps fans from enjoying the best the state tournament has to offer. Column by Tom Witherspoon
Southeast Missouri uses fast start in second half to hang with KU
November 9, 2012
Southeast Missouri State neutralized Kansas University center Jeff Withey in the second half and made a game of it with Jayhawks in a 74-55 loss on opening night Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Free State football advances to quarterfinals with rout of Olathe North
November 3, 2012
Don’t treat the final score as an indicator of what happened Friday night at Free State Stadium — the Firebirds dismantled Olathe North, 38-22. Story by Tom Witherspoon
Opinion: Coaching legends Wier, Diener await city teams in playoffs
November 2, 2012
Free State and Lawrence High kick off the state high school football playoffs tonight against two coaching legends. By Tom Witherspoon
LHS pummels Wyandotte
October 20, 2012
Lawrence High gained 277 first-half yards and cruised to a 57-16 Class 6A district football rout at Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte on Friday night.
Firebirds floor Wyandotte, 49-6, in district opener
October 13, 2012
After a 49-6 district-opening victory over Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte Friday night at Free State Stadium, in which Free State led 42-0 at halftime, the Firebirds sang the alma mater with the few remaining fans who stuck out the halftime drizzle and formality of the second half, then took a knee in front of coach Bob Lisher, who delivered a message directly on point.
FSHS holds off O-North, 34-28
September 22, 2012
Free State High might have gotten away with one Friday night against Kansas’ own old football coach Gene Wier in his first game back in Lawrence in over a decade.
Memory of Charlie Weis: No ‘D’
December 19, 2011
The pressure of Charlie Weis’ new job certainly will be a relief. I witnessed his first season at Notre Dame from the bleachers. I attended nine games that season, but one sticks out.

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