WRITER: Shane Jackson

Free State boys soccer earns hard-fought 2-1 win over Lawrence High in City Showdown

Free State’s Ben Barnett didn’t want to let go of the ball after safely corralling Mason Anderson’s final attempt just as the clock expired. A celebration by FSHS ensued following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lawrence High at LHS on Thursday. While players were hugging each other in celebration, Barnett slowly made his way away from the net with the soccer ball firmly in his grasp. The sophomore goalkeeper ...

Five noteworthy numbers from Coastal Carolina's 2019 season

After an offseason that felt like it lasted like six years, it is officially game week for the Kansas football program. KU obviously didn’t wait until now to start preparing for Coastal Carolina, as you can bet that Les Miles’ staff has done their due diligence ahead of the rematch following last year’s 12-7 defeat. So that’s exactly what we are going to do to get a better understanding of the ...

Preps notebook: LHS, FSHS boys soccer set to face off in early city showdown

Thursday’s boys soccer city showdown is slated to take place earlier in the year compared to previous seasons, and there is a lot less on the line than there was the last time these two teams met. Lawrence High, which has raced off to a 3-0 start, will be looking to prove something when it plays host to Free State at 6:30 p.m. at LHS. The Firebirds eliminated the Lions in the 2019 regional championship, a ...

Coastal Carolina preparing for a different KU offense this time around

Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell knows his offense is going to have to be better if his team wants to knock off Kansas for the second year in a row. The Chanticleers needed just two scores in a 12-7 win at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium a season ago, marking their first-ever victory against a Power Five program. But Chadwell already knows that won’t cut it in the 2020 season opener, which is a ...

FSHS football looking for new Week 2 opponent in latest schedule update

Under 48 hours before its Week 2 matchup, Free State is left scrambling in attempt to find a new opponent. Lincoln College Prep (Mo.) backed out of this week’s game as a precautionary move due to a recent positive test for one Free State player, FSHS head coach Kevin Stewart and Athletic Director Amanda Faunce confirmed to the Lawrence Journal-World Wednesday night. FSHS, which is 0-1 after a season-opening ...

KU football is betting favorite in 2020 opener despite losing to Coastal Carolina last year

Year 2 of the Les Miles era is set to begin this weekend when Kansas hosts Coastal Carolina for a rematch of KU’s most forgettable performance from the 2019 campaign. The Jayhawks, who suffered a 12-7 defeat at home to the Chanticleers last season, are favored in the 2020 season opener by 6.5 points as of Tuesday morning. The line via FanDuel’s Sportsbook has continued to move in KU’s favor after the team ...

'We could relate on another level': Unique bond with KU assistant helped Clinton Anokwuru pick KU football

Ever since Kansas football started recruiting Clinton Anokwuru, assistant coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe knew he had a special connection with the three-star defensive end — the two men both belong to the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. “I knew he was in that tribe right away because of his name,” said Uzo-Diribe, who was promoted to KU’s outside linebackers coach in January. “There is a unique bond (among) us in ...

Spring sports spotlight: FSHS senior CF Haley Lockwood-Peterson turns attention to college career

There is no way of knowing now, but Free State’s softball team seemed poised for a third consecutive state title this year before the 2020 season was canceled due to the threat of coronavirus. The Firebirds brought back plenty of production from a team that went 23-2 a season ago to defend their Class 6A state crown. FSHS figures to be a contender once again next season, especially with a number of key ...

Spring sports spotlight: Tonganoxie seniors miss out on chance to leave mark on softball program

Before Tonganoxie’s softball season was canceled because of the pandemic, coach Stephanie Wittman went through the schedule with her team, marking off games she thought the team had a good chance to win with a green highlighter. By the end of the session, all of the games on the schedule had been marked off. “All of them were green, as in we could beat them,” THS senior Lauren Gray said. “That’s ...

Early win totals released, KU has over/under of 3.5 wins for 2020 season

There is always something special about the first set of win totals released by the betting market. It gives fans an idea of what unbiased people think about their favorite team. With the entire sports world on pause for the time being, the early win totals for the 2020 college football season are even more meaningful. It provides a sense of normalcy, and perhaps there is reason to believe there will be ...

Bishop Seabury boys basketball recognized on SportsCenter after season was cut short

The Bishop Seabury boys basketball team got some national media attention Monday night after a dominant 2019-20 season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. On ESPN's SportsCenter, the Seahawks were among the teams honored by Scott Van Pelt as a part of his #SeniorNight segment, which was created to honor college and high school athletes around the country who didn’t get the chance to play their final ...

Veritas girls basketball shows progress in 1st year back on hardwood

It took two years, but the Veritas girls basketball team finally returned to the floor for the 2019-20 campaign. Because it was the first year for the program since the 2016-17 season, though, the Eagles didn’t measure their success by their number of wins. Even though Veritas went 0-18, there were plenty of reasons for the team to be proud of what it accomplished both on and off the court this past ...

Veritas boys basketball aims to bounce back after 9-15 season

The Veritas boys basketball team has become accustomed to playing its best basketball at the end of the season, but that’s not what happened during the 2019-20 campaign. For the first time since 2015, VCS didn’t compete in the state championship game of the KCAA state tournament. After four consecutive trips to the title game, which featured two state crowns and two runner-up finishes, the Eagles were ...

Despite down year, LHS girls showed plenty of promise during 2019-20 campaign

The Lawrence High School girls basketball team may have gone 5-16 over the past season, but that record doesn't worry coach Jeff Dickson very much. In fact, the Lions' head coach said the team's struggles this year could lay the groundwork for more success in the years to come. “We never win as many games as we want to, because we want to win them all,” Dickson said. “But wins and losses is about seventh ...

Former Baldwin standout Abby Ogle to continue basketball career at West Virginia

All the hard work in the offseason ultimately paid off for former Baldwin girls basketball standout Abby Ogle. Following the conclusion of her best collegiate season at Hutchinson Community College, Ogle announced that she was going to continue her basketball career at West Virginia University. Ogle, who graduated from BHS in 2018, chose West Virginia over Kent State, Ohio and Texas State. “That’s where my ...

Journal-World 2019-20 Winter All-Area Teams

After each high school sports season, the Journal-World recognizes outstanding athletes with its All-Area Teams. Because of statewide precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the annual All-Area winter group photos were not able to be taken this year. The teams still were selected based on the regular nomination process. In an attempt to acquire photos of everyone represented, the Journal-World ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys basketball team

Player of the year: Zeke Mayo, Lawrence High Mayo was the best player on the court on a nightly basis during his junior campaign. He was a well-rounded player, leading the Lions in scoring, rebounds and assists this past season. Mayo averaged 16.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest. LHS won a share of the Sunflower League title for the second-straight season and advanced ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls basketball team

Player of the year: Harper Schreiner, Eudora Emerging as one of the better players in the state, Schreiner averaged 15.6 points per game to go along with an average of 4.2 assists, 4.0 steals and 5.7 rebounds per outing during her sophomore season. Schreiner was named to the All-Frontier League first team and was tabbed the MVP of the Tonganoxie Invitational this season. The Cardinals advanced to the Class 4A ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Connor Searcy, Tonganoxie The encore by Searcy was perhaps even more impressive. After making history by becoming the program’s first state champion along with another teammate last year, Searcy defended his title to cap off his senior campaign. Searcy went 44-1 and secured a state crown in the 220-pound weight class to become the first back-to-back champion in program history. Coach of ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Madyson Gray, Free State Gray became the Journal-World's first girls wrestler of the year after a monumental year in the inaugural season of sanctioned girls wrestling. Gray, a sophomore, became Free State’s first-ever girls wrestling state champion this winter. She won all 34 of her matches, clinching a league title, regional title and state crown in the process. First-team ...