The Dividing Line

Firebirds split against Mill Valley; Two-Hearts and Thomsen lead rankings

Bobby Nightengale

During the high school basketball season, I like to think of the year in three separate sections: pre-winter break, after winter break and post tournament week. Throughout winter break and tournament week, teams usually get about a week to practice without any interruption for games. That's usually when you see ...

Lions sweep Topeka in season openers; post players top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

It's a new high school basketball season and Lawrence High's basketball programs are both ranked, but enter the season with completely different types of teams. Lawrence's girls basketball team, which returned all five starters from last season, has plenty of experience and its players are comfortable playing alongside each other. ...

Football Game Tape: Week Seven

Bobby Nightengale

In a matchup between the top two teams in the Sunflower League standings, Lawrence High's football team learned why Shawnee Mission East is such a tough matchup for opponents. The Lancers feature the top offense in the state, scoring 35 points in the first half on their way to a ...

Football Game Tape: Week Six

Bobby Nightengale

Through the first few weeks of the season, Free State football team's main focus was fixing a few holes in its secondary after giving up some big plays. The Firebirds saw the benefits of their hard work with a [35-0 victory against Olathe Northwest][1]. It was the second shutout of ...

Football Game Tape: Week Five

Bobby Nightengale

During the past two weeks, it would be hard to find a defense that has stopped the run better than Free State's football team. The Firebirds have allowed opponents to rush for 80 yards on 59 attempts in their two-game winning streak, a minuscule 1.36 yards per carry. When the ...

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 ...

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