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The Dividing Line

More practices and ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

Bobby Nightengale

Today I have more video of a football practice, this time from Free State High, as Wednesday was mostly teams finishing up tryouts. If anyone is wondering why there's only been footage of football practices so far, the main reason is that I didn't want to interfere with any tryouts, ...

Another day of practices ... and drum solos

Bobby Nightengale

At the beginning of all of the sports seasons (fall/winter/spring), I do my best to stop by to all of the teams at Free State and Lawrence High to get updates and look for stories. Doing so doesn't allow me to watch practices for very long as I try to ...

High school sports are back in action

Bobby Nightengale

It doesn't really feel like a few months have flown by since the end of the spring sports season, but here we are on the first day of the fall season. Most of the teams from both schools spent the day running through conditioning tests or doing simple drills to ...

Track and Field regional performance list

Bobby Nightengale

The KSHSAA released the performance list from regionals, which basically stacks up how all of the state qualifiers did from every regional. Of course, some people will improve their times during the state meet in Wichita on Friday and Saturday and rise up to the competition, but this gives a ...

Softball City Showdown Thoughts

Bobby Nightengale

One day after Lawrence High's offense provided a few blast-offs, Free State's softball team won on a walkoff Wednesday. The two games were completely different, but somewhat fitting for the rivalry. LHS can swing the bats as good as any team in the Sunflower League, and that was on display ...

Boys tennis at regionals

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High senior Stephen Anderson and junior Sam Solis had a state tournament berth within their grasp but they just couldn't fully grab it. The doubles pair fought back from a one-set deficit to force a tiebreaker, but ultimately lost, 7-6, 2-6, (7-2). "It was really hard, especially in ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

Just a week after Lawrence High junior Rebecca Finley set a school record in the discus, her twin sister, Matia, topped it. Matia Finley had a throw of 155 feet, 8 inches on Friday which ranks 10th all-time in Kansas state history. Ottawa's Kearsten Peoples set the all-time mark at ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

I'm a week late on posting this, but the Athletes of the Week (honored on April 28) both own school records in their respective sports. Free State junior Courtney Caldwell has dominated for the girls swimming and diving team, winning a state title in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls soccer team and Lawrence High's baseball teams finished undefeated last week. One big piece of the Firebirds' success was senior Maren Kahler, who scored goals in wins over Shawnee Mission North and Olathe Northwest. For LHS baseball, sophomore Parker Kirkpatrick was great at the plate and ...

Free State baseball has terrible luck

Bobby Nightengale

There's plenty of types of bad luck. Sometimes when you're playing poker, you just can't get the right cards. Sometimes you forget your umbrella when it rains. Then there's what happened to Free State's baseball team on Thursday. The Firebirds stranded 13 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. ...

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