WRITER: Shane Jackson

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie pushes past Eudora for 43-8 win

Tonganoxie never trailed in its 43-8 home win over Eudora in a battle between two area teams. The Chieftains jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half and never looked back, improving their record to 3-0 to start the year. Eudora’s lone score came in the third quarter with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Zeke Reazin to Silas Etter. The two-point conversion was a connection between Reazin and Sloan Hayden. THS ...

FSHS football rolls past Shawnee Mission North for 59-14 win

Despite coming off its first regular-season loss since 2016, it was still business as usual for the Free State football team. After a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, the Firebirds scored on eight straight drives to close out the first half. The game was never in doubt after that, as Free State rolled past Shawnee Mission North for a 59-14 win Friday night at FSHS. “This is nice to get an ...

Area football notebook: FSHS football trying to find identity after regular-season loss

It has been quite some time since Free State’s football team experienced a regular-season loss. Prior to last week’s defeat at Olathe East, the Firebirds hadn’t dropped a regular-season decision since a 34-21 loss at Park Hill on Sept. 16, 2016. FSHS rattled off eight consecutive wins after that. It remains to be seen how this year’s team, led by first-year head coach Kevin Stewart, will respond this ...

Preps notebook: LHS boys soccer secures 4-1 win over Wyandotte

Lawrence High head coach Mike Murphy had no doubt that his team would respond. After all, the Lions have had to do so in nearly every match this season. After a pair of offsides stalled Lawrence’s offense on two different scoring opportunities, Wyandotte evened things with a counter attack with 13:03 left in the first half. Rather than falter, though, Lawrence bounced back with three consecutive scores to ...

A look at KU's personnel usage through 3 games under Les Miles

Nothing changed about the offensive game plan in Week 3, at least according to Kansas head coach Les Miles. Of course, we are all calling Miles’ bluff considering KU’s offense looked drastically different in its 48-24 win at Boston College last Friday. The Jayhawks scored six offensive touchdowns against the Eagles after doing so three times through the first two weeks. Kansas averaged 7.9 yards per play ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys soccer earns 1-0 home win over Shawnee Mission North

Once the ball fell safely into sophomore goalkeeper Aydan Works’ hands, Free State’s sideline let out a sigh of relief. Yet Shawnee Mission North’s last-ditch effort, a free kick with seven seconds remaining, never had a chance. It merely capped off a 1-0 win for the Firebirds, who improved to 2-1-1 through the first four matches under first-year head coach Hussam Mohammed. “I think we can go far with ...

Free State freshman Zoe Williams highlights top area athletes of the week

Free State’s gymnastics team had a new top performer in the third meet of the season. Talia Gay, who won the all-around state title last fall, had finished first or second in the all-around rankings in each of the first two meets. She then suffered an injury early in the Free State Invitational Saturday afternoon at LHS, which meant the Firebirds would need someone else to step up to the challenge. FSHS ...

Preps notebook: City gymnastics teams showing growth early in 2019 season

It is just three meets into the 2019 season, but both Free State and Lawrence High gymnastics squads have made massive strides. And that is a credit to the new mindset for both teams under first-year head coach Katrina Farrow, who was an assistant for both programs the previous three seasons. Since the first day Farrow took over, she has empowered her players to shoulder more responsibility. “If you give ...

Pick 6: Best bets for Week 3 of college football

I will not stand for this Week 3 slander. Sure, there are no marquee games this weekend due to the fact that there won’t be a matchup between ranked teams. But this is college football. After a long offseason of no football, I will take as much of it as I can get. Plus, when you have action on so many different games every week, then football will never be boring. At least that is what I tell myself on a ...

LHS football improves to 2-0 with 30-7 win over Shawnee Mission East

It took over 20 hours for the Lawrence High football team to get the result it wanted, but it proved to be well worth the wait. LHS picked up right where it left off from the night before, when the game was postponed due to inclement weather midway through the first quarter, during a rare Friday afternoon matchup with Shawnee Mission East at Shawnee Mission North stadium. The Lions maintained their early lead ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie takes down Louisburg for 42-6 win

Tonganoxie improved to 2-0 with a 42-6 road win over Louisburg Friday night. The Chieftains scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back. Elijah Tyner had a 5-yard touchdown run on a direct snap and Sam Kleidosty punched it in from 2 yards out as well. THS has now won nine of its last 10 games, dating back to last season. Tonganoxie will host Eudora at 7 p.m. Friday. Holton 14, ...

Preps notebook: Free State's offensive line hoping to improve in Week 2

It didn’t take long for the group chat to start blowing up. Senior left tackle Turner Corcoran was the first to send a message in the offensive line group chat, which occurred on the same night Free State rolled to a 45-19 win over Olathe West in the season opener. The sentiment across the unit was that they could do better. Even though the offense scored on its first four possessions of the season, and the ...

LHS football claims early lead before road contest is postponed

Following the first and only negative play, Lawrence High’s football team sprinted toward the locker room Thursday night at Shawnee Mission North stadium. The reason? Mother Nature. A lightning delay in the first quarter proved to be the only thing that could slow down LHS at the start of its matchup with Shawnee Mission East, which was ultimately postponed due to inclement weather. The game will resume at ...

Preps notebook: City tennis standouts showing growth in singles play

Keegan VanPelt, Free State’s top singles player, has a clear mission this fall. She placed sixth as a freshman at the Class 6A state tennis tournament two years ago. Last season, VanPelt improved on this finish by claiming fifth. Now she aims to continue that career trajectory while embracing more of a leadership role during her junior campaign. “I’m hoping to do even better this year,” VanPelt said. ...

After strong showing in Week 1, Lawrence defense believes it can do even better

Some might be surprised by Lawrence High’s defensive performance in the season opener, but not head coach Steve Rampy. Even though the Lions are replacing some of their top players from a defense that shined in 2018, Rampy had plenty of reason for optimism entering this season. For one, many sophomores that saw action for the first time last year were expected to take a leap. The defense also has a lot of ...

KU's offense should attempt more deep passes to avoid stacked boxes

The first eight quarters of the Les Miles era haven’t been impressive from an offensive standpoint. KU’s passing attack, in particular, has been a problem during the team’s 1-1 start to the year. The Jayhawks are averaging just 174 yards per game through the air, which is higher than only 24 teams in all of FBS after two weeks. But Stanley and company have had their moments, most notably the game-winning ...

Puzzling 4th down decisions doom Jayhawks in loss to Chanticleers

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/sep/07/329747/ It was a game of chess early in the fourth quarter during Kansas’ 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kansas needed 4 yards on fourth down on Coastal Carolina’s 17-yard line. Just before the game’s biggest play, KU head coach Les Miles called a timeout to mull things over. Then Coastal Carolina head ...

Preps notebook: FSHS WR Tate Fanshier highlights top area athletes of first full week

A holding penalty on first down started Free State’s third drive on the wrong foot during its 45-19 win over Olathe West Friday night. That’s when the Firebirds finally went through the air after notching two rushing scores on the first two possessions. FSHS senior quarterback Colter Maldonado dropped back and heaved the ball to his right. Senior receiver Tate Fanshier, who was running straight toward the ...

Quick recap: KU suffers 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina

To fully understand what plagued Kansas during its 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina, look no further than one single play early in the fourth quarter. On 4th-and-4 from Coastal Carolina’s 17-yard line, the Jayhawks appeared poised for some more fourth-quarter magic. They trailed 12-7, and opted against kicking a field goal Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The only problem was that Les ...