The Dividing Line

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 ...

Lawrence High hoops split against SM North; Stafford and Morgan top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

As the defending Sunflower League champions and top-ranked team in the state, Lawrence High boys basketball players know they are going to get their opponent's best shot. Heading into Tuesday's game against Shawnee Mission North, the Lions knew what was at stake before their [71-62 loss at LHS][1], snapping a ...

Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM South; Morgan and Stafford top player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team preaches the next man up philosophy and lived up to it in its last few games. If the Lions are missing one of their top players, that just means somebody else gets an opportunity to shine. Without senior point guard Justin Roberts, the Lions don't ...

Lawrence High boys hoops wins Topeka; Free State boys bounce back against Lansing

Bobby Nightengale

It's the Year of the Comeback in Lawrence this season. Down 14 points with 4:05 remaining in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship, Lawrence High's boys basketball team fought back to force overtime and eventually [rip out a 62-61 victory against Highland Park][1]. On one hand, the improbable comeback was impressive ...

Lawrence High splits against Olathe East; Free State boys win in triple OT

Bobby Nightengale

If there was ever a game that brought a playoff atmosphere to the regular season, look no further than Lawrence High on Friday against Olathe East. The Lions were eliminated by the Hawks in 2014 during the sub-state title game, and both schools were in the Class 6A state semifinals ...

Free State splits against Leavenworth; seniors lead player rankings

Bobby Nightengale

It was easy to see the frustration on the faces of Free State High girls basketball players on Tuesday. The Firebirds played one of their most complete games on both sides of the ball against Leavenworth, and they fell a play or two short in [a 42-40 loss at FSHS.][1] ...

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