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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 ...

The Football City Showdown has arrived

Bobby Nightengale

After a long week of practices, it's finally time for Lawrence High and Free State football teams to take the field. Even though this City Showdown is much earlier in the season and doesn't have the usual postseason implications, it hasn't toned down the excitement from players for the game ...

Football Game Tape: Week Two

Bobby Nightengale

It's a lot earlier than usual, but City Showdown week is here. Usually there are playoff implications on the line, but this year will be all about momentum as Free State tries to bounce back from a loss and Lawrence High hopes to stay unbeaten against Sunflower League foes. But ...

Free State soccer is fine with fashionably late

Bobby Nightengale

Most high school teams are full steam ahead into their fall schedules, but Free State High's boys soccer team is still waiting for its first game. There's no mistake about it. The Firebirds, who debut on Thursday against Lansing at home, are happy to get extra practice time before their ...

Football Game Tape: Week One

Bobby Nightengale

After an entire summer of workouts and weight training, then two-a-days, scrimmages and jamborees last month, the high school football season has finally arrived for Lawrence High and Free State. After each game for the two schools, I plan on having this blog post: Football Game Tape, where I give ...

The fans' guide to beating the bandwagon jumping

Bobby Nightengale

Nobody likes to have the title of a “bandwagon fan.” Of course, it's easy to cheer for the Cleveland Cavaliers now that LeBron is back with them; but the new fans aren't allowed to celebrate any potential championships as much as those fans who were cheering for the Cavs beforehand. ...

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