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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. ...

LHS volleyball prepares on the fly

Bobby Nightengale

It's tough for a lot of teams to prepare for the season with just two weeks of practice time beforehand. Lawrence High's volleyball team didn't even get to use that much time as they had tryouts for almost the entire first week. When the Lions took the court for the ...

From the World Cup to Lawrence soccer fields

Bobby Nightengale

Along with the rest of the country, and especially downtown Lawrence and Kansas City, I was pretty wrapped up in the FIFA World Cup this summer. Not that I didn't watch soccer beforehand, but I feel like I have a better understanding of possession soccer and how the current game ...

Volleyball season is heating up

Bobby Nightengale

Last week was tryouts, this week is practices, and next week are the games. That's the schedule for many high schools teams including Free State High's volleyball team, which opens the season on the road in the Lansing triangular on Sept. 4. Yet, unlike most other Lawrence high school teams, ...

What caught my eye at the football scrimmages

Bobby Nightengale

The high school football season for Lawrence High and Free State begins in just 11 days, but both schools got their first taste of live football during intrasquad scrimmages Saturday afternoon. Despite battling relentless heat during the day, both teams accomplished a lot, playing about two hours each (not counting ...

LHS boys soccer team making moves

Bobby Nightengale

There's a lot of optimism from teams at both Lawrence High and Free State for the upcoming fall season. One team that is hoping to make major strides this year is LHS' boys soccer team. I stopped by the Lions' practice on Thursday, and shot some video. I talked to ...

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