The Dividing Line

Free State hoops split against SM East; seniors lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Free State High's girls basketball team has three forwards — senior Sarah Coversup, sophomore Madison Piper and senior Adriana Jadlow — who are matchup nightmares for opposing teams and they all can score in quick bursts. When one of the three has an off night, the other two usually step ...

Free State boys basketball routs KC East; seniors lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

There were plenty of reasons for Free State's boys basketball team to come out flat against Kansas City East on Friday. It was the first game back from winter break. The outcome was never in doubt, with the Firebirds leading by 14 after the first quarter. But credit to the ...

Lawrence High boys basketball wins instant classic; Roberts leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

It was one of those games that people will remember for years when they think back on Lawrence High's boys basketball team. LHS and Barstow just kept trading big play after big play in a three-overtime classic at the Hyvee Shootout on Saturday. It was the first three-overtime game in ...

Thoughts from the basketball City Showdowns; seniors mostly lead the player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

If you blinked, you might have missed it. For most Lawrence high school basketball teams, about one-fourth of their regular seasons are over. But what a way to head into winter break, with another chapter of the City Showdown in the books. Free State's girls basketball team started last season ...

Lawrence High girls hoops grabs first win and Pope leads player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

The wait was a little longer than they were probably hoping for, but Lawrence High girls basketball players picked up their first win of the season on Monday night. The Lions jumped to a big lead and were the dominant team against [KC Wyandotte in a 52-15 victory.][1] They were ...

Bonner leads LHS boys hoops in BV Shootout player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's boys basketball team survived its first tough test of the season. Not to discount any of the Lions' other wins, but this time they weren't shooting that well, just about everybody was in foul trouble, and they were playing in a true road environment. Despite all of that, ...

Free State sweeps Mill Valley, Coversup and Gudde lead player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

Free State's girls basketball team has so many weapons on offense that it's going to be difficult for opposing teams to figure out a way to slow its offense down. It was my first look at the Firebirds in person, [a 42-40 victory over Mill Valley][1], and I was impressed ...

Lawrence High senior and freshman lead the hoops player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

One of the main things that impresses me about Lawrence High's boys basketball team is how its weaknesses are turned into strengths. The Lions don't have much size inside, but that means they can motor up and down the court at a very quick speed. Wyandotte tried to drive inside ...

Strong starts for city basketball teams and veterans lead the player ratings

Bobby Nightengale

After all of those workouts, scrimmages and team camps over the summer and fall, the high school basketball season is finally here. Both the boys and girls basketball teams for Lawrence High and Free State made their debuts over the last two days. Free State's boys basketball team [routed AC ...

Lawrence High wrestling enters year with star power and youth

Bobby Nightengale

Lawrence High's wrestling team is going through a youth movement this year and probably can go down two paths this season. Either the young wrestlers step up and adjust quickly to varsity level to give the Lions success right away, or it takes a little while for them to get ...

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