The Dividing Line

Introduction

Bobby Nightengale

It’s been awhile since “The Dividing Line” blog made an appearance on LJWorld.com, but that's about to change. With spring sports gearing up, I figured it's time to do the same with "The Dividing Line." My hopes with this blog is to update it around four times a week. Posts ...

Free State girls swimming team rolling; big dual today

Benton Smith

Free State High's girls swimming team has competed at five meets this spring and only one team — defending Class 6A champion Shawnee Mission East — has found a way to keep the Firebirds out of first place. FSHS picked up its fourth team title of the season April 9 ...

Lions, Firebirds ready for Saturday wrestling regional at FSHS

Benton Smith

Some of the names on the roster might be different, and their team ranking isn't as high, but Lawrence High's wrestlers enter today's Class 6A regional at Free State — 9 a.m. start — undaunted. The Lions, now No. 10 after a pre-season No. 4 ranking, have just two wrestlers ...

Mosiman drills memorable game-winning 3-pointer

Benton Smith

Every once in a while — if you're lucky — you'll go to a basketball game and see something you'll never forget. Now, maybe you're thinking the likeliness of that happening at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School on a Tuesday night is about a billion to one. That's where you'd ...

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 ...

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