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Top five high school sports stories of 2008


We're counting down the top five stories on various topics today as part of an annual recap of the top stories of the year we'll do later this month. Join the conversation by letting us know what we missed or what stories you think are important by posting a comment, below.5. LHS boys win cross country title
Behind a strong senior class and a determined group of athletes, the Lawrence High boys cross country team won the program's first state title in school history.4. New sports facilities OK'd
After years of talk and months of debate, the Lawrence City Commission gave the go-ahead to build new football stadiums at both Free State and Lawrence High. The football stadiums are just one of the highlights of major facility renovations planned at each location.T2. Free State comes one win short of football title
The Free State High football team advanced to the state championship game for the first time in school history with an incredible run through the Class 6A playoffs. The run ended one win short.T2. LHS boys come one win short of state title
The Lawrence High boys basketball team pulled things together at just the right time, shocking the state by winning its sub-state and advancing all the way to the Class 6A state title game, only to lose in the championship.1. Lawrence High's girls basketball team wins state
While both the boys and girls teams entered the state basketball tournament as low seeds and excelled, only the girls were able to cap a memorable postseason run with a Class 6A state championship.


SteelHorseRider 9 years, 3 months ago

Any team finally beating SMNWHS after 14 years of total domination was simply the most outstanding achievement in an ENTIRE DECADE in the ENTIRE STATE.The LHS boys cross country title should have been #1 or as a minimum #2 behind the LHS B-ball girls.

hail2oldku 9 years, 3 months ago

As a Free State High first all Lawrence kids second backer, I agree with SHR. The LHS Cross Country team knocking off SMNW in the state championships is the story of the year. Not to slight the LHS Girls BB team, but the stranglehold that NW had on state cc is something that legends are made of, so their defeat is big time. I would have to place the Free State FB feat at #3 simply because it is harder to accomplish in FB (imho) than in BB, and because it is as far as either school has reached in FB since the split.

eulerpj 9 years, 3 months ago

As someone who actually was on one of the last teams that beat Shawnee Mission Northwest (although we finished 2nd overall in 1993), I would have to say the Lawrence win at state in cross country should be No. 1. As much as it pains me as a Leavenworth High School grad (Class of 1995), congrats to all the Lion harriers on an outstanding accomplishment.

Matt Tait 9 years, 3 months ago

No disrespect was meant to the LHS cross country team, it's just that my criteria here was based on the stories that captivated the entire Lawrence community the most during 2008. Knocking off SM Northwest after 14 years of dominance was without question one of the most incredible feats achieved by any high school team all year. Congrats to all of the Lions who contributed to the victory in some way, shape or form.

hail2oldku 9 years, 3 months ago

"my criteria here was based on the stories that captivated the entire Lawrence community the most during 2008."The only reason this is the case is because the JW lacks greatly in their coverage of high school sports not called Football, Basketball, Baseball or Soccer. Given that criteria, the new facilities at LHS should have been number one (nobody really seems to care much about the upgrades being put in at LFS except those people with kids there or those wanting to make sure LHS gets everything LFS does.)

MIke Mallory 9 years, 3 months ago

hail, you are a idiot, is running really a sport, if something isnt how you like, you bag on the journal world, they do a great job covering all the sports, the cross country title was great, but nothing compared to the thousands of people that got behind not only the state championship girls team but also the guys run to the runner up. were you at the cross country state meet, if you arent a relative, i bet not!!!

Shelley Bock 9 years, 2 months ago

hail2oldku says..."The only reason this is the case is because the JW lacks greatly in their coverage of high school sports not called Football, Basketball, Baseball or Soccer."I really had to laugh at this comment as far as it concerns soccer. There's not a single away from Lawrence regular season game that's ever had in-person coverage by the LJW. Usually, it is a single paragraph noting who won and who might have scored.That sure isn't domination of coverage. I suspect that if the cross-country meet or soccer game is in town, it is covered by the LJW. There's just more soccer (an average of 8 games) than the 1-2 in-town cross country meets per season.

Take_a_letter_Maria 9 years, 2 months ago

I got a chuckle out of that too hepburn, but not as much as this line from lionbacker "is running really a sport".And he has the nerve to call hail an idiot.

mom_of_three 9 years, 2 months ago

Now, for me, high school sports stories should not include a debate about facilities. My number one story would be the incredible run the LHS boys made at the state title, only because it was an underdog story. But because they didn't win, and the girls did, the LHS girls story should be number one. I have read a couple of stories about cross country meets, and one or two about soccer over the past year. No, not quite the coverage that basketball or football get. Maybe that could be a new years resolution of the LJW

namder 9 years, 2 months ago

The Lawrence area must be your little corner of the world. But did you all know that the Smith Center Redmen has the nations longest active winning streak at 67. They have a former KU running back on the coaching staff and a former player in the NFL. Not bad for a 2A school.

mom_of_three 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, I don't think the LJW has ever covered Smith Center, so why would one of their top stories be about a school that is almost 4 hours away. Talk to the Topeka paper, they are closer.

namder 9 years, 2 months ago

Maybe because it's a national story. A reporter from the New York Times moved to Smith Center for the season with his family to cover the team. New York is just a little more than 4 hrs. away.

OLine56 9 years, 2 months ago

To Mr. namder,I respectfuly direct your attention to the fact that this blog is set up to discuss Lawrence high school sports. Its title is a reference to the 15th street dividing line which determines which school a kid will attend. So while the run made by smith center is indeed impressive it simply would not belong in a discussion which is taking blace within a blog which was meant to discuss high school sports in Lawrence, Ks

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