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Athletes of the Week


Two future college athletes had big weeks and helped their respective teams in large ways. Free State High's Bailey Sullivan, a TCU signee, led the Firebirds track and field team to first place in the Blue Valley Relays. Along with her record setting run in the 1600-meters, she also helped FSHS finish first in the distance medley relay and third in the 4x400 relay. Lawrence High's Thomas Irick, who will play tennis at Baker University, dominated his competition in an undefeated week. He's trying to improve on his eighth place finish at the state tournament last year and is off to a good start with a serve that he's been working on for several months.

Female Athlete of the Week: Bailey Sullivan
School: Free State
Year: Senior
Sport: Track and Field
Week's accomplishment: Sullivan was named the girls Athlete of the Meet at the Blue Valley Relays after setting a meet record in the 1600-meters (5:08.22) and helping the Firebirds in two relays.
Favorite TV show: Anything on HGTV
Most talented opponent: Teammates Claire Sanner and Emily Venters
Smartest teacher: Mrs. Wedge (English) and Mrs. Johnson (Special Education)
Favorite pro athlete: Mary Cain, Team USA distance runner
Most played song on iPod: Don’t Let Me Fall (B.o.B)

Male Athlete of the Week: Thomas Irick
School: Lawrence High
Year: Senior
Sport: Tennis
Week's accomplishment: Irick went 4-0 in his matches at No. 1 singles, leading the Lions to a dual victory over Bonner Springs and a 1-1-1 record at the Topeka Seaman quadrangular.
Favorite TV show: NCIS (CBS)
Most talented opponent: Brooks Kendell (Shawnee Mission East)
Smartest teacher: Mr. Carriger (English)
Favorite pro athlete: Rafael Nadal, tennis player on the ATP World Tour
Most played song on iPod: Sell Your Soul (Hollywood Undead)


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