The Dividing Line

Summer football observations and video

Bobby Nightengale

There's still a few months before the start of football seasons for Lawrence High and Free State, but both schools have have been going full-speed ahead at team camps over the past week. The two schools spent two days at the Kansas University team camp last week, along with about ...

Free State baseball wins 6A state title

Benton Smith

Free State High’s baseball program captured its second Class 6A state championship, and its first since 2006, with a 4-1 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark. Starting pitcher Hunter Gudde and reliever Casey Hearnen took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as Free State’s pitching, which ...

Free State beats Olathe South, 4-1, to reach 6A title game

Benton Smith

Free State High’s baseball team kept its winning streak and state championship hopes alive Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark by handling Olathe South, 4-1, in the Class 6A semifinals. For the second day in a row, the Firebirds (20-4) got a complete game from their starting pitcher. Junior Trevor Munsch ...

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 ...

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