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Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM East; Bonner and Pope lead scoring and player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Enough was enough. Lawrence High's boys basketball players were tired of calls not going their way and their shots not dropping. They just decided to take matters into their own hands. The Lions were fired up more than usual on Tuesday against Shawnee Mission East, and they [rallied back in ...

Free State hoops split against Olathe East; Firebird boys beat William Chrisman

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's boys basketball team played two games that were nearly polar opposites of each other on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Firebirds struggled to hit shots in their rematch against fourth-ranked Olathe East, [losing 52-44][1] at home on Senior Night. Then the next night, there was no ...

Free State basketball sweeps SM South; Hack and Piper lead scoring and player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

It took most of the first half for Free State High's girls basketball players to adjust to Shawnee Mission South's full-court press defense and an offense that can knock down threes. But once the Firebirds adjusted, there was no holding them back. [Free State picked up a road victory, 59-48][1], ...

Lawrence High basketball splits against Olathe Northwest; seniors top player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

There's just something special about the second to last home game of the regular season for Lawrence High's boys basketball team. Last year, the Lions knocked out 10th-ranked Olathe North with a 25-point win. Facing Olathe Northwest on Friday, the Lions threw a few haymakers early and [never looked back ...

Free State hoops sweep SM North; Hack and Piper lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Earlier this season, Free State boys basketball coach Chuck Law talked about how the offense wasn't clicking the way he was hoping for, and how that was the missing piece when they were playing strong defense in losses. I don't think anyone has to wonder anymore about how dangerous the ...

Free State boys swim team breaks records and takes 2nd at league, LHS finishes 5th

Bobby Nightengale

Free State and Lawrence High boys swimming and diving teams have plenty to celebrate after competing at the Sunflower League meet on Friday and Saturday. The Firebirds won six league titles, with two relays, and two victories each by senior Jack Ziegler and sophomore Jordan Portela. The two relays broke ...

Lawrence High basketball splits at SM South; point guards lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis always talks about the difficulty of winning road games in the Sunflower League. The Lions certainly had to earn their win at Shawnee Mission South on Friday. The Raiders trailed for the majority of the game, but never faded away. However, LHS made ...

Free State girls hoops takes 3rd place at Firebird Winter Classic; LHS finishes 6th

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team had seen this play out before. The Firebirds had a strong first quarter on Saturday, then their offense was limited by a full-court defense, which led to a comeback by their opponent. Only this time, Free State fought back with some big baskets to ...

Lawrence High girls basketball wins, FSHS falls in day 2 of Firebird Winter Classic

Bobby Nightengale

After some close losses earlier this season, Lawrence High's girls basketball team wasn't going to let its latest chance just slip away. When the pressure was turned up a little bit in the fourth quarter, the Lions answered with 14 straight points to put the game away and rip out ...

Free State girls hoops win, LHS girls lose on first day of Firebird Winter Classic

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team knew it had a big talent advantage against Topeka West on Thursday in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic. But give credit to the Firebirds. They didn't go through the motions. They played hard, shot well, and looked sharp in their first ...

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