The Dividing Line

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 ...

Player ratings from the basketball City Showdown; LHS boys and FSHS girls complete season sweeps

Bobby Nightengale

After 13 weeks, the postseason has arrived for all of the city high school basketball teams. But what a way to end the regular season with another chapter of the City Showdown in the books. Free State's girls basketball team played well on both sides of court [in a 58-45 ...

The basketball City Showdown has arrived; video introductions from players

Bobby Nightengale

Eighty-four days ago, Lawrence High and Free State's girls basketball team stepped on the floor for their first game of the season. One day before that, Free State's boys basketball team made its debut. Now we've arrived to the final game in the regular season — the City Showdown, which ...

Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM East; Bonner and Pope lead scoring and player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Enough was enough. Lawrence High's boys basketball players were tired of calls not going their way and their shots not dropping. They just decided to take matters into their own hands. The Lions were fired up more than usual on Tuesday against Shawnee Mission East, and they [rallied back in ...

Free State hoops split against Olathe East; Firebird boys beat William Chrisman

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's boys basketball team played two games that were nearly polar opposites of each other on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Firebirds struggled to hit shots in their rematch against fourth-ranked Olathe East, [losing 52-44][1] at home on Senior Night. Then the next night, there was no ...

Free State basketball sweeps SM South; Hack and Piper lead scoring and player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

It took most of the first half for Free State High's girls basketball players to adjust to Shawnee Mission South's full-court press defense and an offense that can knock down threes. But once the Firebirds adjusted, there was no holding them back. [Free State picked up a road victory, 59-48][1], ...

Lawrence High basketball splits against Olathe Northwest; seniors top player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

There's just something special about the second to last home game of the regular season for Lawrence High's boys basketball team. Last year, the Lions knocked out 10th-ranked Olathe North with a 25-point win. Facing Olathe Northwest on Friday, the Lions threw a few haymakers early and [never looked back ...

Free State hoops sweep SM North; Hack and Piper lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Earlier this season, Free State boys basketball coach Chuck Law talked about how the offense wasn't clicking the way he was hoping for, and how that was the missing piece when they were playing strong defense in losses. I don't think anyone has to wonder anymore about how dangerous the ...

Free State boys swim team breaks records and takes 2nd at league, LHS finishes 5th

Bobby Nightengale

Free State and Lawrence High boys swimming and diving teams have plenty to celebrate after competing at the Sunflower League meet on Friday and Saturday. The Firebirds won six league titles, with two relays, and two victories each by senior Jack Ziegler and sophomore Jordan Portela. The two relays broke ...

Lawrence High basketball splits at SM South; point guards lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis always talks about the difficulty of winning road games in the Sunflower League. The Lions certainly had to earn their win at Shawnee Mission South on Friday. The Raiders trailed for the majority of the game, but never faded away. However, LHS made ...

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