The Dividing Line

Showdown Countdown — 13 days

Benton Smith

The hype has been suppressed for long enough. It's time to talk about just how good the football teams are this season at Lawrence High and Free State High. Years from now, city sports fans will reminisce about 2012 and the amazing players that represented Lawrence. If you've been lucky ...

Checking out the city's high school football depth charts

Benton Smith

To hold you over until Friday night, when high school football season finally begins, here's a look at who will be seeing the most playing time for Lawrence High and Free State this week. *FREE STATE HIGH* ----------------- With Friday night’s season opener at Olathe Northwest getting closer by the ...

State Prep Appraisals — Seabury Academy Boys vs. Ashland

Benton Smith

Wednesday marked a disappointing end to an otherwise enjoyable season for Seabury Academy's boys basketball team. Though the Seahawks achieved one major season-long goal by going to the Class 1A-Division I state tournament, the goal of winning a state title was snatched away from them by Ashland in [a 51-50 ...

Seabury Boys to Face Unbeaten Ashland

Benton Smith

Seabury Academy's boys basketball team might [boast a killer scoring trio and complimentary role players that love their jobs][1], but the Seahawks will have their hands full today in the first round of the Class 1A-Division I state tournament in Emporia. With the lowest winning percentage of the [eight teams ...

Sub-state Prep Appraisals — Free State High Girls vs. Olathe South

Benton Smith

The Free State High girls aren't your typical basketball team. So it probably shouldn't have been surprising Friday night when their [season-ending, 60-48 loss to Olathe South in a Class 6A sub-state championship game][1] at Leavenworth High was followed with an atypical response from the Firebirds. (The result, by the ...

Sub-state Prep Appraisals — Free State High Boys vs. Leavenworth

Benton Smith

A long, frustrating season came to a close for Free State High's boys basketball team Thursday night with [a 65-47 loss][1] at Leavenworth. Much like other parts of the 2011-12 campaign, the sub-state defeat had its ups and downs. Said senior guard Brett Frantz: "In the first half we did ...

Sub-state Prep Appraisals — Free State High Girls vs. Olathe North

Benton Smith

"Focus" was Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan's buzz word Wednesday night, when the Firebirds opened the postseason with [a 57-42 beating of Olathe North][1]. It was an appropriate choice, too, as Duncan's team controlled the game pretty much from start to finish. FSHS went 18-for-46 from the ...

Prep Appraisals — City Showdown

Benton Smith

Round 2 of the City Showdown lived up to the hype Friday night with another thriller in the Lawrence High versus Free State series. After LHS junior guard Shane Willoughby secured the [dramatic 38-36 win][1] for the home team, three of the last four meetings between the Lions and Firebirds ...

Prep Appraisals — Firebirds Swept at Olathe South

Benton Smith

If the Sunflower League had a television network, Friday night's girls basketball game between Free State and Olathe South would be an instant classic. Free State nearly made program history, but the Firebirds' winless streak against O-South continued when [Megan Balcom hit a three at the buzzer to beat FSHS ...

Prep Appraisals — Free State Splits at Leavenworth

Benton Smith

Down a starter, Free State High's girls still picked up [a 55-48 road win][1] at Leavenworth Tuesday night. Abbey Casady wasn't with the Firebirds but other players had big nights in her absence. Let's check out the "Prep Appraisals." **1. Kennedy Kirkpatrick, jr.** — She lead Free State with 16 ...

1... 8 9 10 11 ...17

Upload photo Browse photos