WRITER: Shane Jackson

Free State boys basketball bounces back with OT win over Olathe South

Olathe — It was exactly what Free State’s boys basketball team needed after what transpired just three days earlier. Coming off a 66-45 loss to Olathe East, the Firebirds got back to their old ways with a fitting overtime win. Thanks to timely shots and strong performance on the defensive end, Free State earned a 52-46 victory over Olathe South at Olathe South High School. The Firebirds improved to 10-4 on ...

Jayhawks prepare for pivotal stretch in Big 12 race with consecutive road tests on deck

This upcoming two-game stretch is like the fifth inning of a baseball game. No. 3 Kansas is preparing for back-to-back road tilts against TCU and West Virginia during a five-day stretch. In the grand scheme of the Big 12 Conference race, especially with a trip to No. 1 Baylor looming, it might not seem like a significant stretch for the Jayhawks. But even though there are certainly bigger games down the road ...

Preps notebook: Despite missing 2 starters, Bishop Seabury boys roll to 68-13 win

Even with a shorthanded roster, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team took care of business on Tuesday. The Seahawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before coasting to a 68-13 victory over Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy at BSA. It was an impressive win considering the fact that Bishop Seabury was playing without starters Cobe Green and Zach Bloch, who sat out as a precaution because of previous ...

'This was our revenge game': Lawrence High boys hold off Olathe South in rematch

OLATHE — The Lawrence High boys basketball team was able to avenge one of its rare setbacks of the season with a 69-55 victory Tuesday night at Olathe South. The Lions led for all but a minute over the Falcons, who claimed the teams’ first meeting, a 63-62 overtime thriller during the championship game of the Blue Valley Shootout on Dec. 13. “We brought it up in a joking manner today in pregame,” LHS ...

LHS girls surrender early lead in 60-27 loss to Olathe South

OLATHE — The Lawrence High girls basketball team traded punches for much of the first quarter Tuesday at Olathe South, but the Falcons overwhelmed the Lions in the quarter’s closing minutes to set the stage for a 60-27 loss. It took all of six seconds for Olathe South (8-5, 4-2 Sunflower League) to get on the scoreboard as Lawrence High (5-8, 1-4) opened its first Sunflower League contest in two weeks. On ...

Preps notebook: LHS wrestling sends 3 individuals to podium; Fincher places 4th for FSHS

Four city wrestlers found the podium this weekend at two different tournaments across the state. Lawrence High had a trio of individuals earn a top-six finishes at the SEK Invitational at Chanute on Saturday. The Lions, who scored 43 points as a team, ultimately finished in a tie for 14th place out of 18 squads. Chanute won the whole event with 248.5 points as a team. Kevin Honas led LHS with a runner-up ...

Bishop Seabury basketball crushes Christ Prep for 87-28 win

Thanks to unselfish play, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team cruised to an 87-28 win over Christ Prep on Friday. From the opening tip, BSA players were looking to make the extra pass and get good looks on the offensive end. The Seahawks (9-2, No. 1 in Class 2A) also consistently got stops on the defensive end, which took a total-team effort. Stavian Jones led Bishop Seabury in scoring with 28 points in ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas holds off Texas Tech for 78-75 win

In a blink of an eye, No. 3 Kansas shut the door on any potential upset bid by Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, who ended KU’s streak of regular-season conference titles last year, were threatening late in the second half. And then, in a matter of just three possessions, the Jayhawks proved why they are among the two real contenders for the conference crown this year. A sequence in the second half helped KU hold ...

Another slow start dooms LHS girls in lopsided loss to FL Schlagle

Lawrence High girls head coach Jeff Dickson will admit that he either gives the worst pregame speeches or the best halftime pep talks. There is no in between. For the second day in a row, LHS girls put together a rally to start the second half, but a sluggish start proved to be too much to overcome. Lawrence trailed by double digits after one quarter for the second straight night in its eventual 60-29 loss to ...

'It was a breakthrough moment': Free State girls upset Derby in overtime thriller

A floater by Derby freshman Maryn Archer hit the back of the rim before falling safely to the floor. Pandemonium ensued after that. Free State junior Shannon Clarke raised her arms in triumph before turning around for an emphatic chest bump with senior Caely Kesten near the top of the key. The rest of the Free State girls basketball team joined in on the celebration following a 53-52 overtime thriller against ...

FSHS girls net 9 triples in win over FL Schlagle to open Lady Firebirds Winter Classic

With approximately 20 seconds left in the second quarter, Free State’s girls basketball team elected to hold for the last shot. Senior guard Caely Kesten eventually darted through the FL Schlagle defense before dishing a precise pass to the left wing. Junior Evy Harrell was there to receive the pass and immediately drilled a 3-pointer in one smooth motion at the buzzer. The two proceeded to chest bump at ...

LHS girls suffer 61-28 loss to Derby in opening round of Lady Firebirds Winter Classic

Anytime one of the premier basketball programs feels the need to press in the third quarter, it must mean something is going right for the team facing Derby. That was the case when Lawrence High’s girls basketball team went on a run to start the second half. Derby, which led by a 36-8 margin at the intermission, went back to its full-court pressure defense to close out the third quarter after LHS started ...

Preps notebook: Bishop Seabury boys get back in win column with 63-51 victory over Maur Hill

Coming off a pair of losses over the weekend, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team got back in the win column Tuesday. BSA secured a 63-51 win over Maur Hill at home on Tuesday, ending a two-game losing skid. The Seahawks (8-2, No. 1 in Class 2A) were coming off a fourth-place finish in the Baldwin Invitational following losses to Augusta and Louisburg. “After a tough weekend, I was proud of how our boys ...

LHS boys surge past Wyandotte for 5th consecutive win

Lawrence High’s boys basketball team needed a second-half comeback to surge past Wyandotte, 63-36, on the road on Wednesday. Trailing 24-21 at the intermission, the Lions (8-3) kicked it into high gear over the final two periods to notch their fifth win in a row. Lawrence scored 15 points in the third quarter and then erased any chance of a loss with a 27-point effort in the final period. LHS also held ...

Free State boys share the rock in 64-32 victory over Mill Valley

It was obvious within the game’s opening minute that Free State’s boys basketball team understood the importance of sharing the rock. FSHS junior Andrew Piper scored the first basket of the contest, which was really a credit to a nice find by senior DK Middleton. That particular sequence set the tone for the rest of the night, as the Firebirds netted 18 assists on their 26 baskets in a 64-32 victory over ...

Preps notebook: Fincher finishes 1st to help FSHS wrestling place 9th at Husky Invitational

Free State wrestler Lou Fincher added some more hardware during an impressive final campaign with the program. On Saturday, Fincher finished first in the 132-pound weight class at the Husky Invitational at Blue Valley Northwest. Fincher won all four of his matches, including three by fall, to improve his record to 17-6 on the year. Fincher defeated Cayden Hughbanks of Maize by fall in the championship match, ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas pushes past Tennessee for 74-68 win

A depleted Kansas men’s basketball team was put to the test in the Big 12/SEC Challenge against Tennessee on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. In the end, the Jayhawks had the key players necessary to pull off a 74-68 win for their fourth victory in a row. No. 3 Kansas is now 5-2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, which began in 2013. KU also leads the series with Tennessee, 4-1, including a 2-0 record in ...

FSHS boys basketball falls in championship game of McPherson Invitational

Free State’s boys basketball team ended up on the wrong end of a defensive battle during its third game in as many days. The Firebirds dropped a 44-39 decision to Bishop Carroll in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational on Saturday. FSHS, which scored 12 total points in the first half, mounted a late comeback bid after scoring 17 points in the third period. Bishop Carroll (No. 1 in Class 5A) ...

LHS boys swim dominates Lawrence Invitational, BSA sophomore wins 2 events

Lawrence High’s boys swim and dive team claimed eight event victories en route to a first-place finish its own swim meet on Thursday at LHS. The Lions scored 404 points as a team, which was 66 points more than runner-up Olathe North. Bishop Seabury’s swim team finished sixth out of as many squads with 32 total points but managed to win two of the 12 events. Lawrence finished first in all three relay races ...

Energy, effort help LHS boys advance to championship game of Topeka Invitational

Topeka — Tipoff was moved up an hour due to a team in the consolation bracket being unable to travel. Then, there was a delay during warmups due to an official being late. Yet none of that would prevent the Lawrence High boys basketball team from taking care of business against a ranked opponent in the semifinals of the Topeka Invitational on Friday at Hayden High School. The Lions led from wire to wire in ...