The Dividing Line

Fall Sports Seasons in Review - Part II

Bobby Nightengale

When Free State's football team dropped its record to 2-3 in the middle of the season, with a difficult district schedule upcoming, not many people thought the Firebirds would wind up in the Class 6A state semifinals. Maybe everyone should have seen more potential all along, with two of those ...

Football Game Tape: Week Nine

Bobby Nightengale

When districts started, not many media members and websites predicted Free State and Lawrence High football teams were going to get a spot in the state playoffs. Yet, here they are. When the Firebirds were lined up with two ranked teams in their district, they beat both, showing strong offense ...

Fall sports seasons in Review - Part I

Bobby Nightengale

*Editor's note: As the Lawrence fall sports seasons are ending, we'll start to reflect on their seasons and possibly take a look at how they will look next year. Today we'll tackle gymnastics, volleyball, girls golf and girls tennis. The breakdown for the cross country, boys soccer and football teams ...

Football Game Tape: Week Eight

Bobby Nightengale

After eight weeks, for a lot of football teams, all of those offseason workouts, practices, close games — everything — comes down to one game to make the state playoffs. Free State already clinched its spot with a road victory against Manhattan, but Lawrence High will likely need to a ...

Football Game Tape: Week Seven

Bobby Nightengale

Free State and Lawrence High football teams both picked up wins in the first week of districts and are in a good spot for the upcoming two weeks. However, that doesn't make the road forward much easier. The Firebirds will go on the road to face two teams that have ...

Football Game Tape: Week Six

Bobby Nightengale

After six weeks of high school football, now's the time when the stakes get raised. This upcoming week is the start of district playoffs. Free State won't face another Sunflower League opponent for the remainder of the season unless it's in the state championship. Instead they look towards Topeka schools ...

FSHS gymnastics sights set on championship repeat

Bobby Nightengale

There's not many tougher tasks in sports than defending a championship. It's tough to keep that edge needed to compete at a championship level, the spotlight is always bright, and there's no sneaking up on anybody. But that's the goal for Free State High's gymnastics team. The Firebirds have won ...

Playoffs approaching and teams heating up

Bobby Nightengale

It's almost playoffs time. Regionals start on Saturday for girls tennis, next week for girls golf, and most of the other high school sports follow over the next several weeks. You can tell it's that time of the year because players and coaches are talking about it more, and you ...

Football Game Tape: Week Five

Bobby Nightengale

Since the City Showdown, Lawrence High and Free State's football teams have been trending in opposite directions. The Lions bounced back with two solid outings from their defense and offensive linemen. Meanwhile the Firebirds have lost two and haven't played with the same smashmouth style they had earlier in the ...

Football Game Tape: Week Three

Bobby Nightengale

Unlike most years, the football City Showdown has passed and there's still a lot of season to be played. Instead of all of the playoff hopes riding on the rivalry game, it's back to business as usual for both teams. But before we take a look forward, it's a look ...

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