The Dividing Line

Live from Hoglund Ballpark: Free State baseball vs. Olathe South

Benton Smith

[After breezing past Campus, 4-0,][1] in the Class 6A semifinals, Free State High’s baseball team needs two victories today at Hoglund Ballpark to win its first state championship since 2006. It’s a four-team, one-day Sunflower League tournament for the 2015 title, with the Firebirds (19-4) facing Olathe South (16-7) in ...

FINAL: Free State baseball beats Campus, 4-0, at 6A state tournament

Benton Smith

Free State starting pitcher Hunter Gudde limited Campus to just two hits Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark, and the Firebirds utilized a three-run fifth to take control in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball tournament. Cooper Karlin drove in Marcelino Cortez in the fifth to build the ...

LHS boys hoops falls in the state title game; Roberts leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." It just wasn't the ending that Lawrence High's boys basketball players were hoping for. The Lions just couldn't get their shots to drop [in a 58-43 loss to Wichita East in the Class 6A state championship on Saturday ...

LHS boys hoops advances to state title game; Roberts tops player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Not long after Lawrence High's boys basketball season ended in the sub-state finals last year, the Lions felt like they had some unfinished business. They weren't going to be satisfied with anything short of a state title. Now they are one win away from achieving what they set out to ...

LHS boys basketball advances to the state semis; Roberts leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball players weren't going to let much get in their way of a state quarterfinal victory on Wednesday. The Lions shot well, defended tightly, won the battle on the boards and limited turnovers [in a 64-46 victory against Wichita South][1] at Wichita State's Koch Arena. In terms ...

Chuck Law's final season at Free State a success

Benton Smith

Chuck Law likely knew last week when he emerged from the visitors’ locker room at Shawnee Mission North High that he had just coached his final boys basketball game for Free State, but it didn’t show on his face or in his words. The news of his resignation would come ...

Free State's girls basketball season ends in sub-state finals; Thomas leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Once Free State High girls basketball players look back upon their season, they will be proud of their accomplishments. They had the most regular season wins in school history. But on Saturday night, it was just too painful to put a positive spin on anything. The Firebirds [lost 49-45 to ...

Lawrence High boys basketball punches ticket to state; Roberts leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis said he was proud and he was relieved. Justin Roberts said it was hands down his favorite basketball memory and John Barbee said he was excited the moment he stepped on the floor. Ben Rajewski said it was mostly a blur. Those were ...

Lawrence High girls basketball picks up sub-state road win; Pope tops player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's girls basketball players had revenge on their minds when they took the court on Thursday in the first round of sub-state against Shawnee Mission South. The Lions didn't forget their last game at SM South, when they fell into a big hole in the first quarter and never ...

Lawrence High boys hoops advances in sub-state; Barbee leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

If there was any question whether Lawrence High's boys basketball team was ready to play in the postseason, the Lions answered that in the first few minutes. The Lions scored on their first eight possessions in their sub-state opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday, and they never really slowed ...

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