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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. ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

Two future college athletes had big weeks and helped their respective teams in large ways. Free State High's Bailey Sullivan, a TCU signee, led the Firebirds track and field team to first place in the Blue Valley Relays. Along with her record setting run in the 1600-meters, she also helped ...

Free State's boys track and field team looking to surprise

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's boys track and field team finished in fourth place at the Blue Valley Relays on Friday. Though they didn't win the meet like their girls' team did, that doesn't mean they haven't shown a lot of potential. Free State coach **Jordan Rose** had an interesting take on ...

LHS sophomore making his way as a relief pitcher

Bobby Nightengale

It's not easy being a pitcher when your team trails by a few runs. One bad inning, and you can take your team out of the game. Pitch a good inning, and you can only hope your team can give you a lead. Lawrence sophomore **Daonte Lowery** had to do ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

It's early in the spring season for every sport, but that hasn't stopped a few athletes from rounding into midseason form. Lawrence High senior Allison Williams has already qualified for the state tournament in the one-meter dive as she's finished in first place in all three of her team's meets. ...

Two big plays helped LHS baseball beat SM West

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys baseball team won its Sunflower League and home opener, 2-0, against Shawnee Mission West. In what was essentially a pitcher's duel, with both teams using their ace, the game was essentially decided by a couple big plays that turned the tide in the Lions' favor. Below, we'll ...

Athletes of the Week

Bobby Nightengale

Eliza Anderson helped the Firebirds take first-place at the Emporia Invitational and she also qualified for the state tournament in both of her events and both of the relays she's on. Michael Sinks went 4-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs in an 11-run comeback win over Putnam City North ...

Opening track meet serves as good barometer

Bobby Nightengale

It was only the first meet of the season. Some of the top athletes didn't participate. Some people were still adjusting after Spring Break. There are plenty of reasons that coaches don't put a lot of stock into the early meets. But that doesn't take away from some of the ...

Free State's girls swim team doesn't miss a beat

Bobby Nightengale

Expectations are sky high for Free State's girls swim team. After taking second place in the state tournament last year, and returning nearly every swimmer from that team, the Firebirds are expected to speed past opponents. The Firebirds finished in first place in their season-opening meet, the Emporia Invitational, on ...

LHS girls soccer starts the season on the right foot

Bobby Nightengale

After a 1-15-1 season, Lawrence High's girls soccer team can only go up. However, they showed much more than that in its season-opening 2-0 win on Tuesday over Pembroke Hill. Of course the Lions still have room for improvement. Every team does this early in the season. But they showed ...

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