WRITER: Shane Jackson

Twice as nice: Lawrence girls track captures second consecutive state title

WICHITA — Before even stepping on the track for the third and final day of the 2019 state meet, the Lawrence High girls team knew what it had accomplished. Action was suspended Saturday night due to inclement weather with just one race remaining in the girls competition. LHS led by 21 points entering Sunday, which marked the first time in 109 years that the state meet lasted three days. Lawrence’s ...

'It is our tradition': Baldwin girls win another state title in 4x400-meter relay

Moments after winning a state title in the 4x400-meter relay, Baldwin’s quartet of Josephine Boyle, Natalie Beiter, Isabelle Harvey and Carly Lindenmeyer waved toward a collection of BHS fans in the crowd. After Saturday’s postponement, a majority of Baldwin’s track team and fans went home. After all, the 4x400-meter relay was the only remaining event for the Bulldogs. The relay team found a new hotel, ...

Lawrence's 4x100-meter relay wins another state title before meet is postponed

WICHITA — On the surface, it looked like an easy title defense by the Lawrence High girls 4x100-meter relay. LHS junior Asjah Harris nonchalantly crossed the finish line in first place, finishing nearly a full second faster than runner-up Olathe North. There was no celebration like last year, when the quartet broke a school record en route to a state title. It was business as usual for the Lions’ quartet ...

Bishop Seabury's Henry Nelson nets third before state track meet is postponed

WICHITA — While junior Henry Nelson was making his state track debut, a large collection of Bishop Seabury faithful were crowded around a single laptop back at school. Nelson’s viewing party was made up of people still hanging around BSA after graduation, a photo he saw shortly after finishing his race. Nelson certainly gave them a show, earning some hardware with a third-place finish in the Class 2A boys ...

Bradford spins complete-game shutout to propel FSHS baseball past Olathe East

The only thing that could have pulled Free State senior Ethan Bradford from the mound was his pitch count. In the final inning, junior Camden Karlin started warming up in the bullpen at Hoglund Ballpark. The Firebirds wouldn’t need him. On the 103rd pitch of the contest, Bradford induced a fly ball to right where senior right fielder Jack Kallenberger slid under it to make the game-ending grab. Bradford ...

Dynamic duo: Seratte, Stewart leading LHS girls track on another memorable postseason run

It is a tradition that started at the beginning of the 2019 season. Just before every 800-meter run, Lawrence High seniors Evann Seratte and Hannah Stewart give each other a fist bump for good luck. Although they are teammates, they know that only one of them can win that particular race. That still doesn’t stop them from wanting what is best for each other, however. “It just gets our minds right,” ...

FSHS senior Malachi Starr determined to claim gold medal in last trip to state meet

Free State senior Malachi Starr is not a fan of losing. So it was business as usual when the FSHS sprinter took home the gold in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.43 at Free State’s regional meet last week. It earned him a trip to the state track meet in an individual event, though he will also be competing in a pair of relay races. Starr is the anchor on the 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay, and he ...

FSHS baseball looking for different result in rematch with Olathe East

There will be no surprises when Free State and Olathe East square off in the opening round of the Class 6A state baseball tournament. Both teams know what to expect when they take the field Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The clash between a pair of Sunflower League foes figures to be a low-scoring game that features a pair of talented starting pitchers. At least that was the case in the regular-season ...

After lineup change, Kay Lee Richardson providing record-setting year for FSHS softball

This time last year, Free State slugger Kay Lee Richardson was watching from the crowd. Richardson, who was in the eighth grade a year ago, watched from the seats in Arrocha Ballpark as FSHS softball made history by claiming its first-ever state title. The Firebirds stormed through the Class 6A bracket as an eighth seed en route to three wins. “It was excitement,” Richardson said of watching state last ...

Camden Karlin flourishing as pitcher/catcher for Free State baseball

Free State junior Camden Karlin has never wasted an opportunity to get better as a baseball player. When he was in elementary school, Karlin used to bring his glove and a baseball to the bus stop. He would throw about 20 pitches to his dad, who made Karlin play both pitcher and catcher as early as little league. The morning bullpen session would take place at the end of their street before the bus ...

Bryce Torneden embracing leadership role for KU football in 2019

It is almost expected for a senior to handle a leadership role of some kind. For the 2019 Kansas football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball, a majority of those responsibilities figure to fall on the shoulders of Bryce Torneden. The soon-to-be senior safety is the only returning player who finished in the top-three in tackles last year. As a result, Torneden assumed he’d have to embrace a ...

Landon Berquist aims to end FSHS career on high note at state golf tournament

It will be an unfamiliar feeling for Free State senior Landon Berquist. Berquist has plenty of experience with postseason golf, as Monday marks his fourth trip to the state tournament in as many years. But it will be his last action as a Firebird, capping a stellar high school career. “It is surreal that it has flown by,” Berquist said. “But I have enjoyed every second of it.” Berquist will be going ...

'We really did it': Lawrence High girls swim wins state title for first time since 1994

TOPEKA — It wasn’t until Lawrence High senior Emily Guo raised her head above water that she realized what had just happened. Guo, who was the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay, looked toward her teammates after touching the wall on the final race of the 6A state meet Saturday afternoon at the Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka. Guo saw seniors Morgan Jones and Jamie Abernathy ...

Baseball, softball state tournament brackets released for area teams

Four area baseball and softball teams will be in action in the final week of the season, two of which will compete right here in Lawrence. Both Free State baseball and softball squads are the No. 2 seed in their respective 6A state tournament. Both teams are in the state tournament for the second year in row, as FSHS softball claim the program’s first state title last spring. On the softball side, the ...

Homegrown winners: Local talent key to Baker baseball securing conference crown

It took Cooper Karlin back to 2015. The Baker second baseman was being fitted for his championship ring with the rest of his collegiate teammates just days after the Wildcats stormed through the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament as the eighth seed. Baker’s five wins in six days came by a combined score of 51-13. For Karlin, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding ...

LHS girls track continues prolific postseason with regional title

Before she even competed in Friday’s regional meet, Lawrence High senior Josie Hickerson knew she was going to qualify for the state track meet in triple jump. After all, history was on her side. In last year’s regional meet, Hickerson placed fifth in triple jump to just miss out on qualifying for the state meet in that event. Rather than get discouraged, though, Hickerson elected to use her career path in ...

Free State baseball returns to state tournament with two contrasting wins

Once junior Colter Maldonado reached first base safely, Free State’s baseball team rushed the field. A brief dogpile took place just beyond first base, as Free State finished off a crucial sweep Thursday night with a 10-0 run-rule victory over Wichita West in the regional championship game. It came after an 11-10 extra-inning win over Hutchinson in the regional semifinals at FSHS. The Firebirds (19-3) ...