The Dividing Line

Lawrence High girls hoops grabs first win and Pope leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

The wait was a little longer than they were probably hoping for, but Lawrence High girls basketball players picked up their first win of the season on Monday night. The Lions jumped to a big lead and were the dominant team against [KC Wyandotte in a 52-15 victory.][1] They were ...

Bonner leads LHS boys hoops in BV Shootout player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team survived its first tough test of the season. Not to discount any of the Lions' other wins, but this time they weren't shooting that well, just about everybody was in foul trouble, and they were playing in a true road environment. Despite all of that, ...

Free State sweeps Mill Valley, Coversup and Gudde lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Free State's girls basketball team has so many weapons on offense that it's going to be difficult for opposing teams to figure out a way to slow its offense down. It was my first look at the Firebirds in person, [a 42-40 victory over Mill Valley][1], and I was impressed ...

Lawrence High senior and freshman lead the hoops player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

One of the main things that impresses me about Lawrence High's boys basketball team is how its weaknesses are turned into strengths. The Lions don't have much size inside, but that means they can motor up and down the court at a very quick speed. Wyandotte tried to drive inside ...

Strong starts for city basketball teams and veterans lead the player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

After all of those workouts, scrimmages and team camps over the summer and fall, the high school basketball season is finally here. Both the boys and girls basketball teams for Lawrence High and Free State made their debuts over the last two days. Free State's boys basketball team [routed AC ...

Lawrence High wrestling enters year with star power and youth

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's wrestling team is going through a youth movement this year and probably can go down two paths this season. Either the young wrestlers step up and adjust quickly to varsity level to give the Lions success right away, or it takes a little while for them to get ...

Lawrence High boys swimmers rising to new heights

Bobby Nightengale

One meet into the season, and this much is clear: Lawrence High's boys swimming and diving team is going to be more competitive than they have been in the past. The talent level is up a little with a strong trio of freshmen: Stephen Johnson, Isaac Springe and Alex Heckman. ...

New faces set to lead Free State boys basketball

Bobby Nightengale

After earning a trip to the state tournament in 2013, Free State High's boys basketball team returned a lot of seniors and familiar faces last season. It's quite the change this year, without the many recognizable faces that were on the court for last year's team that lost in the ...

Free State girls basketball reloads for upcoming year

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team went 10-12 last season, losing in the sub-state title game. Probably not the year the Firebirds were hoping for but definitely no reason for panic. But when I stopped by practice last Tuesday, there was a different vibe from their practice. Everybody seemed more ...

Big expectations and talent for Lawrence High boys basketball

Bobby Nightengale

No other winter sports team in Lawrence, and probably very few in the state of Kansas for that matter, are placing the level of expectations on themselves like Lawrence High's boys basketball team. That said, not many basketball teams can match the depth and talent level of the Lions this ...

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