The Dividing Line

Football Game Tape: Week Four

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High football players were upset about their loss against Lee's Summit West and were looking to make a statement when they played Shawnee Mission West. That message was heard loud and clear. The Lions were dominant with their no-huddle offense and rolled to a [49-19 victory over SM West.][1] ...

Football Game Tape: Week Three

Bobby Nightengale

The first season of the Sunflower League/Suburban Conference Showdown turned into a beatdown with Missouri winning all 11 football games against Kansas teams. Both of the games involving Lawrence High and Free State were close for the first 30 minutes until their opponents pulled away. The Lions saw their momentum ...

Football Game Tape: Week Two

Bobby Nightengale

Following their first win of the season, the main message from Free State High football players was they were happy but not satisfied. The Firebirds dominated on both sides of the ball in a [38-0 victory at Shawnee Mission South][1], holding the Raiders to only 113 yards of offense. For ...

Alumni watch: College football

Bobby Nightengale

College football season is a couple of weeks old and for a long list of Lawrence natives, it means they are back on the field. Most of these former Lawrence High and Free State players are about two weeks into their season, and here's a look at how they've been ...

Football Game Tape: Week One

Bobby Nightengale

Heading into the first game of the season, high school football coaches usually agree they need to see their team play a game before they can gauge how they look. Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd said he was entering this season with more question marks than any other season in ...

What caught my eye: Summer football practices

Bobby Nightengale

In about two weeks, Lawrence High and Free State football teams will open their seasons with their first day of practice. But both schools have competed at team camps, padded camps and scrimmages throughout the summer. In June, the two schools spent two days at the University of Kansas team ...

Lawrence High boys hoops advances to state semifinals; Morgan leads player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

Among the eight boys basketball state tournament classes, two of the top seeded teams lost in the first round. For Lawrence High's boys basketball team, it's not easy playing in the 3:00 p.m. game because there's not much energy in the gym. It's not easy playing a team that's unfamiliar. ...

Free State and Lawrence High boys and girls hoops sweep into sub-state finals

Bobby Nightengale

For the first time since 2007, Free State and Lawrence High are sending both of its boys and girls basketball teams into the sub-state championship games. It's a credit to all of the teams for having such strong seasons — all four teams will finish the year with winning records. ...

Free State basketball sweeps SM West heading into City Showdown

Bobby Nightengale

With only one regular season game remaining, it's the time of the year when every high school basketball team wants to be playing its best basketball of the season. Free State High's boys basketball team showed off its offensive potential in a [77-66 victory over Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday.][1] ...

Free State hoops swept by Olathe East; Gudde and Piper lead player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

With sub-state approaching closer each day, Free State High girls basketball players have a different look in their eyes. Each game means a little more. Each possession is more important. That's what makes the close losses so much more frustrating. The Firebirds [suffered a 58-51 loss against Olathe East][1] on ...

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