WRITER: Shane Jackson

Seahawks coping with somber end to successful season after state tournaments were canceled

Nobody wanted to leave the gym, because that meant the season was really over. Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team returned to Lawrence early Friday afternoon. BSA head coach Jonathan Raney addressed the team one final time, though even he wasn’t fully over what had just happened. The message was brief, but the rest of the team wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Players and coaches lingered in the gym for ...

Two city bowlers make All-Sunflower League second team

A pair of city bowlers made the All-Sunflower League second team to highlight the postseason accolades for bowling this year. Free State senior Porter Neidow made the second team in the boys division, while Lawrence High senior Emilie Rodman received a second-team selection on the girls side. No other city player was named to the first or second team. For the season, Neidow averaged a score of 200 and rolled a ...

Mayo, Middleton named to All-Sunflower League first team; other city standouts recognized

A pair of city standouts made the first team to highlight the All-Sunflower League accolades for the 2019-20 season. Lawrence High junior Zeke Mayo and Free State senior DK Middleton were both named to the first on the All-Sunflower League boys squad. Both players helped their respective teams clinch a share of the Sunflower League crown along with Olathe West. Mayo, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 16.0 points per ...

Firebirds fall to Blue Valley Northwest, but fortunate to play in state tourney

Wichita — The result might not have been what Free State’s boys basketball team wanted, but sometimes it is bigger than what takes place on the hardwood. Free State had every chance to knock off three-time state champion Blue Valley Northwest during the opening round of the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday inside Koch Arena at Wichita State University. Instead, the Firebirds never could fully complete ...

LHS boys unable to complete comeback against Blue Valley North in final game of basketball season

Wichita — If anyone would have walked into Koch Arena during the second half of Lawrence High’s 72-66 loss to Blue Valley North, they would have thought it was just another game. And that was by design. Neither team knew that this was going to be the final game of the season no matter what. Early in the second quarter, KSHSAA announced that the rest of the state basketball tournament was going to be ...

'We are a winning school': LHS boys basketball headed to state for program-record sixth year in a row

With its sub-state title victory last weekend, Lawrence High's boys basketball team tied a record that the program set almost a century ago: six straight appearances at the state tournament. The current streak started in 2015, and the only other time LHS had a run like this was when it earned a trip to state every year between 1916 and 1922. Fifth-seeded Lawrence's 2020 tourney run begins Thursday against No. 4 ...

Bishop Seabury boys not satisfied with just making it to state tourney again

Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team has a chance to go wire-to-wire for the season by winning three games this week in the Class 2A state tournament. The Seahawks were one of five teams in the state — along with Topeka High (6A girls), Bishop Miege (4A girls), Central Plains (1A girls) and Piper (4A boys) — to be ranked No. 1 in their class in both the preseason rankings and the final rankings for the ...

Eudora, Baldwin both fall in opening round of Class 4A girls state tourney

Salina — The reality that the season was over hadn’t fully sunk in when Eudora’s interim head coach Brandon Parker emerged from the locker room about 20 minutes after a 47-42 loss to Clay Center Community on Wednesday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center. The Cardinals had accomplished so much this season, but Parker was hoping for a better ending for his talented team. For the fourth time in as many state ...

Baldwin girls prepared for rematch with Piper in Class 4A state tournament

Fresh off its sub-state title win, Baldwin's sixth-seeded girls basketball program is embracing an underdog mentality this week as it prepares to face No. 3 Kansas City Piper (20-2) in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament. Baldwin (17-5) and Piper (20-2) will tip off at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. Piper, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 4 and was a state runner-up ...

Preps notebook: How 5 area basketball teams made it to the state tourney and a look at their path to state title

Five area teams are headed to their respective state tournament during the final week of the winter sports season. All five squads actually entered the year with the expectation of playing in the final event of the season after qualifying for the state tourney a year ago. Lawrence High’s boys basketball team (18-4) has made six straight trips to the Class 6A state tournament, while Free State (17-5) is going ...

Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas tops Texas Tech to win outright Big 12 title

Before the first media timeout of the second half, No. 1 Kansas became the outright Big 12 champion. The rest of it was just gravy. With Baylor suffering a 76-64 road loss to West Virginia, the Jayhawks officially became sole league champions with 16 minutes left in their game against Texas Tech. Kansas (28-3) then finished things off with a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at the United ...

Lawrence boys advance to state tourney with 63-55 win over Wichita Southeast

About 15 minutes after the final buzzer, Lawrence High head coach Mike Lewis made his way toward the locker room. He was then greeted with his first postgame shower of the season, and it was well deserved. For the second game in a row, the Lions turning to their zone defense in the second half proved to be the difference. The new scheme slowed down Wichita Southeast junior Jackie Johnson, allowing Lawrence to ...

Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys and Baldwin girls advance to state tournament

Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team is headed back to the Class 2A state tournament. The Seahawks, who have been ranked No. 1 all year, took care of business with a 59-36 win over Lyndon in the sub-state championship game Saturday night at Lyndon High School. It marks Bishop Seabury’s fifth trip to the state tournament, including its second appearance in a row. “Just proud once again to go on the road ...

LHS boys ready for rematch with Wichita Southeast; FSHS vying for 4th straight trip to state tourney

In Saturday's sub-state title matchup, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team faces Wichita Southeast — the team that ended LHS’ season in the opening round of the state tourney a year ago. And the third-seeded Lions (17-4, No. 4 in Class 6A) are looking forward to the chance to get revenge on the No. 6 seed Golden Buffaloes (15-6, No. 10 in Class 6A). The title game tips off at 6 p.m. Saturday at ...

Free State boys bowling claims 6th at state meet

For the second season in a row, Free State’s varsity boys bowling team came away with a sixth-place finish at the state meet. The Firebirds posted a team score of 3,421 to place sixth out nine teams at the Class 6A state tournament Thursday afternoon at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. Olathe East won the team title with a score of 3,618. Derby and Garden City each finished with 3,444 to earn hardware as ...

Seahawks aim to clean up defensive issues in quest for state tourney berth

Bishop Seabury head coach Jonathan Raney wasn’t interested in talking about his offense after scoring a season-high 96 points in the sub-state opener. Raney was more concerned with how to fix things on the other side of the floor. Following a 96-63 win over Heritage Christian Academy, Raney had a lengthy discussion with his team in the locker room about just that. While the Seahawks were once again electric ...

FSHS boys bowling prepared for state meet; 3 area individuals looking to end year on high note

In their journey to the state tournament this season, Free State’s boys bowlers have consistently stepped up for one another, and senior Joey Taylor knows that as well as anyone. Because of a schedule conflict with the state choir, Taylor wasn’t able to help out his friends in the regional bowling meet. But Porter Neidow, Warren Williams, AJ Baker, John Hamer, Ryan Neff and Mike Tennyson all did their part ...

After second-half defensive adjustment, LHS boys defeat Wichita South in sub-state opener

At halftime of Wednesday’s sub-state opener, Lawrence High’s coaching staff elected to try a tactic it hadn’t used all year — a decision that helped the LHS boys advance to the sub-state title game. After clinging to a 1-point lead at the intermission, LHS tried a 2-3 zone defense against Wichita South in the second half. The defensive switch stymied the Titans, and the Lions pulled away with a 63-41 ...