The Dividing Line

Free State girls basketball reloads for upcoming year

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team went 10-12 last season, losing in the sub-state title game. Probably not the year the Firebirds were hoping for but definitely no reason for panic. But when I stopped by practice last Tuesday, there was a different vibe from their practice. Everybody seemed more ...

Big expectations and talent for Lawrence High boys basketball

Bobby Nightengale

No other winter sports team in Lawrence, and probably very few in the state of Kansas for that matter, are placing the level of expectations on themselves like Lawrence High's boys basketball team. That said, not many basketball teams can match the depth and talent level of the Lions this ...

Plenty of youth and enthusiasm for Free State wrestling

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's wrestling team only brings back one wrestler who placed at the Class 6A state tournament last season. But there are high hopes that number will increase this season. Junior Sam Skwarlo, who finished 4th at state at 170 pounds last year, is the leader of the team, ...

Free State boys swimming prepares for opening meet

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's boys swimming and diving team is less than a week away from its season-opening meet, the FSHS quadrangular on Wednesday. There's plenty of reasons for the Firebirds to be excited about the upcoming year. Sophomore Jordan Portela won state titles in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, ...

A new era for Lawrence High girls basketball

Bobby Nightengale

Ever since Jeff Dickson introduced himself to Lawrence High's girls basketball players as the new coach on May 19, you can sense there's been a change in the program. The Lions are practicing at a faster pace. They had rigorous summer workouts at very early times in the morning. Players ...

Fall Sports Seasons in Review - Part II

Bobby Nightengale

When Free State's football team dropped its record to 2-3 in the middle of the season, with a difficult district schedule upcoming, not many people thought the Firebirds would wind up in the Class 6A state semifinals. Maybe everyone should have seen more potential all along, with two of those ...

Football Game Tape: Week Nine

Bobby Nightengale

When districts started, not many media members and websites predicted Free State and Lawrence High football teams were going to get a spot in the state playoffs. Yet, here they are. When the Firebirds were lined up with two ranked teams in their district, they beat both, showing strong offense ...

Fall sports seasons in Review - Part I

Bobby Nightengale

*Editor's note: As the Lawrence fall sports seasons are ending, we'll start to reflect on their seasons and possibly take a look at how they will look next year. Today we'll tackle gymnastics, volleyball, girls golf and girls tennis. The breakdown for the cross country, boys soccer and football teams ...

Football Game Tape: Week Eight

Bobby Nightengale

After eight weeks, for a lot of football teams, all of those offseason workouts, practices, close games — everything — comes down to one game to make the state playoffs. Free State already clinched its spot with a road victory against Manhattan, but Lawrence High will likely need to a ...

Football Game Tape: Week Seven

Bobby Nightengale

Free State and Lawrence High football teams both picked up wins in the first week of districts and are in a good spot for the upcoming two weeks. However, that doesn't make the road forward much easier. The Firebirds will go on the road to face two teams that have ...

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