WRITER: Shane Jackson

Senior Shannon Clarke reflects on career with FSHS girls basketball after earning playoff win

Long before Shannon Clarke scored over 1,000 points during career with Free State girls basketball, she struggled to win a simple one-on-one battle in her own driveway. Growing up, Clarke played her older brother, Daniel, almost every night in the summer. Daniel, who was six years older than Shannon, had a distinct size advantage. It led to a lot of Shannon’s shots getting blocked at first. “He wouldn't ...

Free State girls secure 50-26 win over Junction City in postseason opener

Free State’s girls basketball team secured a postseason win by defeating Junction City, 50-26, during Saturday’s play-in game at Junction City. The Firebirds jumped out to an early 11-0 lead by knocking down shots and playing strong defense. After taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter, FSHS added to its advantage with 14 points and 16 more in the third quarter. “It was a great team effort with ...

Veritas boys basketball suffers overtime loss in state championship game

The Veritas boys basketball team came up just short, dropping a 80-68 overtime heartbreaker to Manhattan Chief during Saturday’s KCAA State Championship game in Wichita. Veritas (14-9) was on the verge of capturing a state title, leading by 9 points with two minutes left in regulation before seniors Will Rau and Will Bartkoski ended up fouling out down the stretch. The Eagles weren’t able to recover, ...

LHS has 2 wrestlers claim runner-up at state meet; FSHS posts 5 podium finishes

A pair of Lawrence High wrestlers made it to the finals, but neither of them were able to come away with a state title at the Class 6A state wrestling meet on Saturday inside Hartman Arena. Lawrence senior Trey Medina’s undefeated season came to an end in the championship match of the 145-pound weight class, when he lost by major decision against Nathan Bowen of Haysville-Campus. Medina had won his previous ...

Area wrestling recap: Baldwin girls win team title; Eudora senior Cael Lynch secures state crown

Baldwin’s girls wrestling team took home a state title during Friday’s Class 4A-1A state wrestling tournament at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. The Bulldogs had four wrestlers place to score 54.5 points as a team, which was good enough to secure a state crown at just the second official girls wrestling state tournament. It came after Baldwin didn’t have either of its two qualifiers find the ...

Bishop Seabury swimmer closes out junior campaign with state title

Bishop Seabury swimmer Ian Blake capped off his junior campaign with a state title and a runner-up finish in another event last Saturday at the Class 5A-1A state swim meet. Blake won the 100 butterfly as an individual and secured a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke while competing in the final meet of the season at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center. It was an impressive jump for ...

Lawrence High wrestlers vying for podium finishes at state wrestling tournament

Lawrence High’s wrestling team is hoping to maintain its recent postseason momentum during the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at Hartman Arena in Park City. The Lions took six wrestlers to its substate meet at Olathe North last week, and five performed well enough to qualify for the final weekend. Trey Medina and Kevin Honas even won their respective weight class to secure individual titles for the ...

Firebirds hoping to end strong season on high note at state wrestling tourney

Changing a program doesn’t happen overnight, but Free State’s wrestling team took a big step in that direction during Year One of the Randy Streeter era. The Firebirds went from unranked entering the season all the way up to No. 4 in Class 6A ahead of last week’s substate meet. FSHS is now sitting in sixth in the updated rankings prior to this week’s state tournament, which will begin at 12 p.m. ...

Free State junior Madyson Gray wins another state title in girls wrestling

For the first time in school history, Free State has a two-time state champion in wrestling. Junior Madyson Gray accomplished that feat on Thursday inside Hartman Arena by winning an individual title at just the state's second sanctioned girls wrestling tournament. Gray also won an unofficial girls wrestling title as a freshman, meaning she’s really a three-time champion in the sport. En route to her ...

'No mercy': Free State junior Madyson Gray looking to defend state crown in girls wrestling

Free State junior Madyson Gray glanced at her bracket ahead of Thursday’s state wrestling tournament, but she didn’t feel the need to do an in-depth breakdown of her potential opponents. One might attribute that to the fact Gray is already a two-time state champion, including a state title at the first official state girls wrestling tourney just 12 months ago. There should be a certain level of confidence ...

New head coach Clint Bowen meets Lawrence High football team during introduction meeting

A week later than scheduled due to last week’s winter storm, new head coach Clint Bowen finally got a chance to meet the Lawrence High football team Wednesday afternoon in the LHS cafeteria. The whole meeting lasted about 20 minutes. Bowen spoke to the team about why he came back to LHS after graduating from there in 1990 and what he expects from his players with him leading the program. Members of the team ...

Substate brackets released for local basketball teams

Postseason brackets were officially revealed on Wednesday, and a pair of local boys basketball teams will get the opportunity to host substate after performing well in the regular season. Lawrence High boys (17-1) will host Olathe Northwest (7-13) in the substate opener on Tuesday, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. at LHS. With a win, Lawrence would face the winner of Olathe West (9-10) and Gardner Edgerton (8-12) in ...

Lawrence boys bowling secures regional title; FSHS boys, LHS girls claim runner-up finishes

It was quite the day for both Lawrence High and Free State at the Class 6A regional bowling meet Wednesday afternoon at Mission Bowl. Not only did three of the four teams qualify for state, but one squad even came away with a regional title Lawrence’s boys bowling squad secured a regional crown by scoring 3,564 as a team, while having three bowlers finish inside the top-four on the individual leaderboard. ...

LHS girls drop 49-43 decision to Blue Valley West in regular-season finale

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team ended the regular season with a loss by dropping a 49-43 decision on the road against Blue Valley West on Wednesday. The Lions (2-18) ended the regular season on a 12-game losing skid and have not earned a win since their 41-36 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Jan. 20. LHS was within 9 points in two of its last three games entering postseason play, which included its ...

Lawrence girls suffer 55-24 loss at Shawnee Mission South

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team was overwhelmed by Shawnee Mission South in a 55-24 road loss on Tuesday. The Lions (2-17, 1-12 Sunflower League) surrendered 20 points in the opening period and were then held to a single point in the second quarter. They played better in the third period, but the game had been decided by halftime when the Raiders (12-6, 8-5 Sunflower League) raced out to a 36-10 ...

Lions wrap up undefeated Sunflower League record with team win over Raiders

Everyone did their part to ensure that the Lawrence High boys basketball team wouldn’t have to share the Sunflower League title this season. Behind contributions from all eight players that stepped on the floor on Tuesday, Lawrence surged past Shawnee Mission South for a 58-45 home win. Seven different players scored, while Zeke Mayo, Truman Juelsgaard and Avion Nelson all ended up in double figures for ...

Brandon Daley ready to lead LHS boys soccer after spending 8 seasons as JV coach

After eight years at the junior varsity level, Brandon Daley will finally get his shot to lead a varsity boys soccer program. Daley was named the new Lawrence High boys soccer coach last Thursday, which was announced via Twitter by LHS Athletic Director Nick Wood. Pending approval from the school board, Daley will take over the varsity program after spending the previous eight seasons guiding the junior varsity ...

LHS relay team breaks school record at state swim meet; FSHS senior earns all-state selection

No state titles were captured by the local schools during the Class 6A boys state swim meet this year, but Lawrence High still managed to leave a lasting memory by setting a school record. In the ninth event of Friday's state swim meet, Lawrence’s 200 freestyle relay squad made history while finishing in eighth with a time of 1:30.94 at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center. The Lions’ ...

FSHS junior Madyson Gray finishes first at substate wrestling; Baldwin girls win team title

Free State junior Madyson Gray added another first-place finish to her resume during the substate meet at Leavenworth High School on Friday. Gray punched her ticket to the girls state wrestling tournament by winning the 132-pound weight class. Gray won all three of her matches by fall, including a pin against Jadyn Bond of Sumner Academy in the championship bout. The victory in the finals came after Gray ...

LHS picks up two more individual titles at substate wrestling; FSHS sending six wrestlers to state

A total of 11 wrestlers from Free State and Lawrence High will have the opportunity to compete during the final weekend of the season. Lawrence is sending five of those state qualifiers after its performance in the Olathe North substate on Saturday. A pair of LHS wrestlers should even enter the state tourney with plenty of confidence after winning their respective substate bracket. Senior Trey Medina continues ...