WRITER: Shane Jackson

FSHS boys knock off Junction City in opening round of McPherson Invitational

Behind three double-digit scorers, Free State’s boys basketball team was in control from start to finish in its 53-38 victory over Junction City on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the McPherson Invitational. The Firebirds, who have already played a number of close games this season, got out to a comfortable lead with a 14-8 advantage in the opening period. Free State (7-2, No. 9 in Class 6A) scored ...

With full squad, Lawrence boys cruise past Hayden in opening round of Topeka Invitational

Topeka — Lawrence High’s boys basketball team wasted no time in the opening round of the Topeka Invitational. The Lions, who won this event with three double-digit victories in as many games last year, set the tone with a game-opening 9-0 run within the first four-plus minutes. Lawrence never looked back after that, cruising to a 62-46 victory over Hayden on Thursday at Hayden High School. “If you ...

Preps notebook: Bishop Seabury boys advance to semifinals of Baldwin Invitational

Despite facing a team in Class 4A, it was a similar result for the Bishop Seabury boys basketball team. The Seahawks (7-0, No. 1 in Class) dominated in every aspect of their 78-30 win over Baldwin in the first round of the Baldwin Invitational on Tuesday at BHS. It is the sixth game in a row that BSA has won by double digits, including the team’s fifth win by at least 40 points. Zach Bloch set the tone early ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas rolls to easy win over Kansas State, but Sunflower Showdown ends in brawl

No. 3 Kansas claimed the first installment of the Sunflower Showdown. And it wasn’t particularly close. One year after K-State helped end KU’s streak of Big 12 regular season titles, the Jayhawks overwhelmed their in-state rival from start to finish. A decisive run in the first half was all Kansas would need en route to a 81-60 win over Kansas State on Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (15-3, 5-1 ...

Wrestling roundup: 14 area wrestlers place at Bobcat Classic

A total of 14 area wrestlers did well enough to place in the Bobcat Classic on Saturday afternoon at Basehor-Linwood. Tonganoxie had seven such wrestlers do so, which led to the highest finish among area squads in the 23-team event. The Chieftains scored 82.5 points as a team to place 14th on the overall standings. Lawrence High finished 21st with 32.5 points, while Eudora took 22nd with 31.5 points. St. ...

Baylor getting more credit in league race, but Jayhawks still projected to win Big 12

After back-to-back Big 12 road wins, Kansas fans might feel more optimistic about the program compared to just a week ago. This time last week, KU was coming off a rare home loss to Baylor. It allowed the Bears to leapfrog the Jayhawks in the AP poll. Baylor is now the new No. 1 team in this week’s poll, becoming the seventh squad to earn a No. 1 ranking this season. It matches a record for number of ...

Quick recap: No. 6 Kansas earns 66-57 road win over Texas

Behind three double-digit scorers, No. 6 Kansas did enough to come away with a 66-57 win over Texas Saturday afternoon in the Erwin Center. Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett all made enough plays down the stretch to help the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1) earn their second-straight Big 12 road win. Dotson, who returned to action after being sidelined for one game with a hip injury, scored a team-high 21 ...

Seahawks soar past Eagles for 86-38 win in crosstown clash

Bishop Seabury needed two buzzer beaters to win both meetings with Veritas last year. This time around, there was no reason to sweat out the first installment of the private school version of the City Showdown. The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, demonstrated their dominance from the opening tip on both ends of the floor. Bishop Seabury knocked down an abundance of 3-pointers against a zone defense, ...

LHS girls basketball crushes Wyandotte for 52-10 win

The Lawrence High girls basketball team got back in the win column in a big way Thursday. Lawrence dominated on both ends of the floor in a 52-10 road victory over Wyandotte to end a two-game losing skid. The Lions held the opposition scoreless in the first quarter, while pouring in 18 points on the offensive end, and never looked back after that. “The girls did a great job bringing energy and intensity to ...

Area basketball roundup: Dominant defense propels Bishop Seabury boys to lopsided win

Behind a strong defensive showing, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team dominated Kansas City Christian for a 71-30 home win on Tuesday. The Seahawks (4-0, No. 1 in Class 2A) caused their opponents problems with their pressure defense early and often. On the offensive end, Bishop Seabury shared the ball well and recorded a number of baskets off assists. Cobe Green emerged with a breakout performance to lead ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin wrestling wins dual at Lawrence High in convincing fashion

Freshman Jonathan Wren, sophomore Cameron Blacklock and senior Bailey Vesco each trotted out to shake hands with the referee, as the Baldwin bench roared in approval. All three wrestlers won via forfeit in the final three matches of Wednesday’s dual with Lawrence High at LHS. Yet the outcome had been decided long before those three victory jogs took place, they merely made the final score even more ...

Kansas still projected to win Big 12 following home loss to Baylor

Contrary to popular belief, the sky is not falling for the Kansas men’s basketball team. Sure, Saturday’s 67-55 loss to Baylor highlighted some of KU’s limitations, particularly when sophomore point guard Devon Dotson is out and center Udoka Azubuike is bottled up. It was also a monumental win for the Bears, who had lost the previous 17 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse. With back-to-back wins in Lubbock, ...

Free State boys basketball to forfeit win over Lansing after playing ineligible player

An ineligible player will cost Free State’s boys basketball team a win on its overall season record. KSHSAA informed Free State on Monday that it will have to forfeit its 53-43 victory over Lansing, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the 810 Varsity Sunflower Showcase at Piper High School. With the forfeit, the Firebirds are now 4-2 on the year and remain 2-0 in Sunflower League play. “I would like ...

Shane Jackson: Rare home loss to Baylor highlights KU's limitations on offense

Kansas head coach Bill Self shouldered the blame, but it is unlikely anybody would have faulted him given the circumstances that led to his team's first league loss of the season. Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson was sidelined with a hip injury for a long stretch in the second half. Junior Marcus Garrett played on a sore ankle, an injury he suffered just a few days earlier against Iowa State. Center Udoka ...

Local basketball games postponed due to inclement weather

Mother Nature impacted a full slate of area basketball games Friday night. A crosstown clash between Bishop Seabury and Veritas was one of the many area basketball games postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. No makeup date was announced for the game, which was slated to take place at Haskell Indian Nations University. Saturday's game between Mid-Buchanan and Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball ...

With new form, Wheeler Battaglia-Davis comes through in clutch moment for LHS bowling

Lawrence High junior Wheeler Battaglia-Davis didn’t even know the score when he did the improbable. In the semifinals of match play, the Lions needed a miracle late in game one against Topeka Seaman to even have a shot at advancing to the championship game of the Free State Invitational on Friday at Royal Crest Lanes. And they received their wish thanks to the clutch performance by ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas overwhelms Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum

It wasn’t a typical Kansas-Iowa State matchup in Ames, Iowa. After years of tightly-contested battles between Big 12 foes, the first such matchup of the new decade was anything but that. No. 3 Kansas overwhelmed Iowa State from start to finish in its 79-53 win Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum. It marks the first time that the Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) have defeated the Cyclones (7-7, 0-2) by double ...

Free State, Lawrence High bowling teams prepared for start of 2020 campaign

Throwing strikes was prohibited during the final practice before the start of the 2020 bowling season. Burton Gepford’s request to the Free State bowling team might have seemed strange, but he had his reasoning. He wanted the Firebirds to work on picking up their spares Wednesday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes. And that philosophy just might be the very thing that helps Free State send as many bowlers as ...

Free State boys hold off Shawnee Mission South in home opener

A sequence late in the third quarter was all Free State’s boys basketball team needed to win its home opener. For three-plus quarters, there was little separation between Shawnee Mission South and Free State in a low-scoring affair between Sunflower League foes. All of that changed in a matter of two minutes, however. A timely triple and back-to-back transition dunks by senior DK Middleton proved to be ...

FSHS girls pull away from Shawnee Mission South with strong fourth quarter

Free State’s girls basketball team made enough plays when it mattered most. And the Firebirds discovered a little bit about themselves in the process. After going back-and-forth with Shawnee Mission South through three quarters, FSHS pulled away in convincing fashion in the final period. The Firebirds allowed just one successful field goal in the final quarter, which led to a 20-6 advantage over the final ...