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Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM South; Morgan and Stafford top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team preaches the next man up philosophy and lived up to it in its last few games. If the Lions are missing one of their top players, that just means somebody else gets an opportunity to shine. Without senior point guard Justin Roberts, the Lions don't ...

Lawrence High boys hoops wins Topeka; Free State boys bounce back against Lansing

Bobby Nightengale

It's the Year of the Comeback in Lawrence this season. Down 14 points with 4:05 remaining in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship, Lawrence High's boys basketball team fought back to force overtime and eventually [rip out a 62-61 victory against Highland Park][1]. On one hand, the improbable comeback was impressive ...

Lawrence High splits against Olathe East; Free State boys win in triple OT

Bobby Nightengale

If there was ever a game that brought a playoff atmosphere to the regular season, look no further than Lawrence High on Friday against Olathe East. The Lions were eliminated by the Hawks in 2014 during the sub-state title game, and both schools were in the Class 6A state semifinals ...

Free State splits against Leavenworth; seniors lead player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

It was easy to see the frustration on the faces of Free State High girls basketball players on Tuesday. The Firebirds played one of their most complete games on both sides of the ball against Leavenworth, and they fell a play or two short in [a 42-40 loss at FSHS.][1] ...

Lawrence High basketball splits against Leavenworth; Roberts and Lemus top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

It's hard to know what to expect out of high school basketball teams in their first games back from winter break. For Lawrence High, 18 days between games is a long time and it can be tough to find a rhythm right away. But Lawrence High's boys basketball team made ...

Lions sweep City Showdown; guards mostly top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

At this point of the high school basketball season, wins and losses don't mean a ton. But a win in the City Showdown meant everything for Lawrence High's girls basketball team. The Lions picked up one of their biggest wins in the past few seasons with a [49-48 victory against ...

LHS basketball sweeps before City Showdown

Bobby Nightengale

With a rivalry game looming on the schedule, it's usually easier said than done to focus on your next opponent and avoid overlooking anybody before the rivalry game arrives. But Lawrence High boys and girls basketball teams found ways to pick up wins this week before heading into tonight's City ...

Free State basketball sweeps Mill Valley; Piper and Wilburn lead player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

After chatting with his team in the locker room Friday, Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan said, "We learned a lot about ourselves tonight." He was speaking about his team, but the same thing applied the boys basketball team, after both of the Free State squads earned comeback ...

LHS boys basketball advances to BV Shootout title game

Bobby Nightengale

It never fails year after year. Lawrence High's boys basketball team locked in another close game against Topeka Highland Park. The two schools have faced each other five times over the past four seasons, and the latest chapter was another memorable contest, with the [Lions winning 72-64 in overtime][1] to ...

LHS advances at BV Shootout; Roberts leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Unlike the first game of the season for Lawrence High's boys basketball team, not much went right in the first few minutes on Tuesday against Grandview (Mo.) in the first round of the Blue Valley Shootout. The Bulldogs couldn't miss from the field, drilling their first four shots. And the ...

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