WRITER: Shane Jackson

Lawrence High boys score season-high 82 points in win over Topeka West

TOPEKA — With his feet planted firmly on the Topeka West Charger logo, which was a good distance beyond the arc, Lawrence High sophomore Zeke Mayo decided to let it fly. Mayo’s shot splashed through the net with three seconds left in the first half, giving Lawrence a 1-point advantage. LHS carried that momentum over to the second half, recording an 82-66 victory over Topeka West Thursday night at Topeka ...

Area basketball roundup: Seahawks defeat Bulldogs during first round of Baldwin Invitational

Bishop Seabury rolled to its second consecutive win over an area team, defeating Baldwin by a 75-61 margin during the opening round of the Baldwin Invitational. The Seahawks (8-1), who needed a buzzer beater to take down Veritas in their previous game, relied on four double-digit scorers to roll to a 14-point win Tuesday night at BHS. Stavian Jones led the team with 27 points, while Miles Branch scored 16. Zach ...

Happy homecoming: Kevin Stewart introduced as Free State's football coach

Kevin Stewart knows it is no easy task to follow in the footsteps of the only head football coach Free State has ever known. Stewart, who introduced himself to the FSHS football team as the program’s next head coach Wednesday afternoon, made it clear that there is no replacing someone like Bob Lisher. After all, Lisher compiled an 148-85 record in 22 seasons at Free State. But Stewart also recalled hearing a ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling takes down Shawnee Mission Northwest

Free State’s wrestling team claimed another impressive dual win Wednesday afternoon. Despite the meet being moved up two hours due to potential weather, the Firebirds took care of business from the very beginning. Free State defeated Shawnee Mission West by a 64-12 margin to extend its dual winning streak to 38 consecutive matches. Ben Mellenbrunch, Trey Shanks, Lou Fincher, Caleb Streeter, Jordan Kryfka, ...

LHS girls find their roots to claim 51-47 win over St. Teresa's Academy

An experienced Lawrence High girls basketball team bounced back after losing the opening round of the Truman tournament. One night after losing to Liberty, LHS responded by claiming a 51-47 victory over St. Teresa’s Academy. The Lions took a 16-15 advantage after the opening period, increasing their lead to 27-20 by the intermission. Chisom Ajekwu, who was nominated for the 2019 McDonald's All American ...

LHS girls fall to Liberty in opening round of Truman tournament

The Lawrence High girls basketball team never recovered from its slow start Tuesday night. LHS (5-3) scored just 3 points in the opening period en route to a 50-29 loss to Liberty during the first round of the Truman tournament. Liberty (12-2) took a 12-3 lead after the first quarter before breaking the game open with a 21-point outburst in the third period. “We got off to an extremely slow start,” ...

Free State boys cruise to 51-36 win over Blue Valley West

For the first time since mid-December, Free State’s boys basketball team didn’t have to sweat the outcome in the waning moments. The Firebirds never trailed — and led by double digits for much of the night — on their way to a 51-36 victory over Blue Valley West Tuesday night at FSHS. Free State (6-1) was stagnant on defense, and did just enough on offense without its best player to earn a 15-point win. ...

Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas tops Texas 80-78 on Big Monday

On its first Big Monday of the season, No. 7 Kansas was tested by Texas in a game that came down to the wire. Despite being in control for much of the night, the Jayhawks surrendered multiple 3-pointers down the stretch to make things close at the end. In the end, KU made enough plays to secure a 80-78 victory over UT Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win marked KU’s 31st consecutive victory at home on ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling claims sixth at Bobcat Classic

A total of 30 teams competed in the Basehor-Linwood tournament this past weekend. Free State’s wrestling team proved it can hang with the best, placing sixth as a team with a score of 113 points. FSHS actually tied with Andale, though both programs finished behind Bonner Springs (232), St. Thomas Aquinas (167.5), Mill Valley (140.5), Abilene (130.5) and Junction City (115) in the tournament. Lawrence High, ...

Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas takes down Baylor for 73-68 win

No. 7 Kansas put its recent road woes to bed at last. The result was basically never in doubt, as KU cruised to a 73-68 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks took a 3-2 advantage at the 18:25 mark and never looked back en route to their second consecutive win since suffering 17-point loss at Iowa State a week ago. Four players scored in double figures for Kansas (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) in ...

LHS boys score 33 unanswered points in second half to put away SM North

Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis wasn’t ready to admit he gave the best halftime speech of the year. Lewis did credit assistant coaches Matt Green, Mike Harding, Scott Lane and Jacob Larsen for helping make the necessary second-half adjustments. In the end, though, the players made the unfathomable run happen during a 74-39 victory over Shawnee Mission North Friday night at LHS. The Lions ...

Marcus Garrett's stellar defense on TCU's Alex Robinson was latest example of his invaluable versatility

Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett is up for the task of guarding anyone on any given night. Garrett’s combination of length and athleticism allows him to defend just about any position on the floor. Garrett is more than capable of hanging with stretch forwards, and he can be overwhelming against opposing guards. But there is one player that Garrett doesn’t actively seek to defend. Garrett is not a fan of ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys swim claims convincing win on Senior Day

Since the start of the season, the Free State boys swim and dive team has had a clear goal on what it wants to accomplish this season. The Firebirds want to be Sunflower League champions for the first time in program history. They demonstrated how they can accomplish that feat during a convincing win Thursday afternoon on Senior Day. FSHS scored 569 points to win the five-team event by over 100 ...

Preps notebook: City teams eager for start of 2019 bowling season

The two city bowling teams will kick off the season with one of the largest meets of the year. A total of 16 teams will compete in the Firebird Invitational, including both Free State and Lawrence High. The boys meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, while the girls meet is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Both meets will take place at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence. It will be an eye-opening experience for ...

Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas bounces back to claim win over No. 25 TCU

Few things are as automatic as a Bill Self-led Kansas team bouncing back from a loss. Following its first conference defeat of the season, No. 7 Kansas got back in the win column with a 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 87-11 in games following a loss over the last 16 years, which is the best win percentage in the nation in such contests. The circumstances ...

Lawrence High girls suffer lopsided loss against Olathe East

OLATHE — It has been quite some time since the Lawrence High girls basketball team has been in this position. LHS looked like a shell of its former self throughout its 58-33 loss at Olathe East Tuesday night. The Lions struggled with their rotation on defense, giving up an abundance of layups. On offense, several individuals put it on themselves to claw Lawrence back into the league affair. By the end, Jeff ...

LHS boys roll past Olathe East for fifth win in a row

OLATHE — Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis knows he can call a set for any player on the court. The Lions have capable threats across the board, as any player can put up numbers on any given night. It has often led to multiple double-digit scorers through the early part of the season, which was the case during a 58-41 win at Olathe East Tuesday night. A trio of players notched double figures, ...

Ballot breakdown: KU doesn't receive first-place votes for first time this season

Following its second loss of the season, Kansas dropped two spots in the latest AP poll, which was released Monday afternoon. The Jayhawks (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) are No. 7 in the latest rankings, falling from No. 5 after splitting their two games last week. Kansas defeated Oklahoma by a 70-63 margin in the Big 12 opener before dropping a 77-60 decision at Iowa State this past weekend. One day after its loss to ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling begins 2019 with runner-up finish

Free State’s wrestling team began the year with a runner-up finish at the Shawnee Mission South tournament. The Firebirds scored 190 points, trailing only Washburn Rural’s winning mark of 269 points. Blue Springs finished third with 186 points, while no other team scored more than 101 in the 12-team event Saturday. A trio of FSHS wrestlers led the way with first-place finishes. Lou Fincher won the ...

Area basketball roundup: Veritas boys net 2 victories to start 2019

The Veritas boys basketball team tacked on two more wins to start the new year. In Friday's game, Veritas recorded a 68-56 win over Manhattan CHIEF behind four double-digit quarters. The Eagles then notched a 65-29 victory over St. John’s Military School on Saturday afternoon. Trey Huslig scored 22 points on 17 shots in the first game to lead the way, and Tucker Flory added 20 points on 12 attempts. Jackson ...