WRITER: Shane Jackson

LHS football improves to 2-0 with 30-7 win over Shawnee Mission East

It took over 20 hours for the Lawrence High football team to get the result it wanted, but it proved to be well worth the wait. LHS picked up right where it left off from the night before, when the game was postponed due to inclement weather midway through the first quarter, during a rare Friday afternoon matchup with Shawnee Mission East at Shawnee Mission North stadium. The Lions maintained their early lead ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie takes down Louisburg for 42-6 win

Tonganoxie improved to 2-0 with a 42-6 road win over Louisburg Friday night. The Chieftains scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back. Elijah Tyner had a 5-yard touchdown run on a direct snap and Sam Kleidosty punched it in from 2 yards out as well. THS has now won nine of its last 10 games, dating back to last season. Tonganoxie will host Eudora at 7 p.m. Friday. Holton 14, ...

Preps notebook: Free State's offensive line hoping to improve in Week 2

It didn’t take long for the group chat to start blowing up. Senior left tackle Turner Corcoran was the first to send a message in the offensive line group chat, which occurred on the same night Free State rolled to a 45-19 win over Olathe West in the season opener. The sentiment across the unit was that they could do better. Even though the offense scored on its first four possessions of the season, and the ...

LHS football claims early lead before road contest is postponed

Following the first and only negative play, Lawrence High’s football team sprinted toward the locker room Thursday night at Shawnee Mission North stadium. The reason? Mother Nature. A lightning delay in the first quarter proved to be the only thing that could slow down LHS at the start of its matchup with Shawnee Mission East, which was ultimately postponed due to inclement weather. The game will resume at ...

Preps notebook: City tennis standouts showing growth in singles play

Keegan VanPelt, Free State’s top singles player, has a clear mission this fall. She placed sixth as a freshman at the Class 6A state tennis tournament two years ago. Last season, VanPelt improved on this finish by claiming fifth. Now she aims to continue that career trajectory while embracing more of a leadership role during her junior campaign. “I’m hoping to do even better this year,” VanPelt said. ...

After strong showing in Week 1, Lawrence defense believes it can do even better

Some might be surprised by Lawrence High’s defensive performance in the season opener, but not head coach Steve Rampy. Even though the Lions are replacing some of their top players from a defense that shined in 2018, Rampy had plenty of reason for optimism entering this season. For one, many sophomores that saw action for the first time last year were expected to take a leap. The defense also has a lot of ...

KU's offense should attempt more deep passes to avoid stacked boxes

The first eight quarters of the Les Miles era haven’t been impressive from an offensive standpoint. KU’s passing attack, in particular, has been a problem during the team’s 1-1 start to the year. The Jayhawks are averaging just 174 yards per game through the air, which is higher than only 24 teams in all of FBS after two weeks. But Stanley and company have had their moments, most notably the game-winning ...

Puzzling 4th down decisions doom Jayhawks in loss to Chanticleers

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/sep/07/329747/ It was a game of chess early in the fourth quarter during Kansas’ 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kansas needed 4 yards on fourth down on Coastal Carolina’s 17-yard line. Just before the game’s biggest play, KU head coach Les Miles called a timeout to mull things over. Then Coastal Carolina head ...

Preps notebook: FSHS WR Tate Fanshier highlights top area athletes of first full week

A holding penalty on first down started Free State’s third drive on the wrong foot during its 45-19 win over Olathe West Friday night. That’s when the Firebirds finally went through the air after notching two rushing scores on the first two possessions. FSHS senior quarterback Colter Maldonado dropped back and heaved the ball to his right. Senior receiver Tate Fanshier, who was running straight toward the ...

Quick recap: KU suffers 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina

To fully understand what plagued Kansas during its 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina, look no further than one single play early in the fourth quarter. On 4th-and-4 from Coastal Carolina’s 17-yard line, the Jayhawks appeared poised for some more fourth-quarter magic. They trailed 12-7, and opted against kicking a field goal Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The only problem was that Les ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys cross-country begins 2019 with strong showing

In its quest for a state title, Free State’s boys cross-country began the season off right. Following a runner-up finish in Class 6A last year, the Firebirds are poised for another high finish this fall. In its first action of 2019, Free State proved why as six runners finished in the top-19 to win the Bobcat Invitational Thursday afternoon at Basehor-Linwood. Ben Shryock (third) and Charlie Johnson (fifth) ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie sends statement with opening win over Basehor-Linwood

Tonganoxie sent a statement to start the 2019 season. In a battle between two strong Class 4A programs, Tonganoxie recorded a 49-28 win over Basehor-Linwood Friday night at THS. Last year, the Chieftains also faced Basehor-Linwood in their season opener, but suffered a 42-6 loss. After that, Tonganoxie rattled off wins against its next seven foes in the 2018 campaign. THS exploded for 21 points in the second ...

Firebirds overwhelm Owls for 45-19 win in Game 1 of Kevin Stewart era

New coach, familiar result. For the first time in program history, someone other than Bob Lisher served as Free State’s head football coach. The first game of the Kevin Stewart era appeared to be business as usual for a program that has won double-digit games in back-to-back years. After scoring on the first four offensive possessions, Free State rolled past Olathe West for a 45-19 win Friday night at ...

Preps notebook: Top area football storylines entering 2019 season

There is nothing quite like the first week of the football season. It has been a long summer, so I’m beyond ready for the first Friday night under the lights of the 2019 season. And I’m sure that I’m not the only one. This fall figures to be another exciting season in the area football scene with many teams poised to have success on the gridiron. Free State will have a new coach this year, but this is a ...

Area football preview: LHS football ready to move on from 2018 with new gear

Gone is the single stripe down the Lawrence High football helmet. For the first time in a long time, LHS will have a new look this football season. The new helmet design, which was voted on by the team in July, will feature a Lion on one side and the player’s number on the other. “It is going to make a lot of people upset,” junior linebacker Cole Mondi said. “But I love them. I think they look ...

Preps notebook: Head coach Kevin Stewart prepared for debut with Free State football

Head coach Kevin Stewart doesn’t think he will be nervous. For the first time in school history, someone other than Bob Lisher will lead Free State’s football out on the field when the team hosts to Olathe West at 7 p.m. at FSHS. It will also be a first for Stewart, who will make his debut as a head coach. The former Blue Valley North assistant has been involved in a number of big games, including a pair ...

Comparing how KU's offense did under center vs. shotgun against Indiana State

It was one of the few things we knew for certain entering the 2019 season opener. As mentioned multiples times, Kansas head coach Les Miles didn’t reveal too much in the offseason when asked about his scheme. About the only things we knew for certain prior to KU’s 24-17 win over Indiana State was that the quarterback was going to be under center more often than in previous years. That proved to be true, as ...

Inside linebackers Dru Prox, Kyron Johnson content with playing every snap for Jayhawks

At the start of the fourth quarter is when it hit junior linebacker Dru Prox. Prox played every snap up to that point, and he proceeded to play all 71 snaps on defense during KU’s 24-17 win over Indiana State in the season opener. In fact, both Prox and junior Kyron Johnson played every snap last weekend in their first start at the two inside linebacker positions. “We did it,” Prox said during Monday’s ...

Preps notebook: After coming to Eudora from Denmark, William Sangill posts impressive debut

Eudora’s William Sangill didn’t want to show any emotion, so he took a moment to dump his water bottle on his head. The junior goalkeeper had just surrendered a goal in the 22nd minute, allowing Bishop Seabury to take a 1-0 lead in the season opener. It was not the start that Sangill had envisioned when he moved to Eudora from Denmark in early August. “I was just thinking that this is my first game,” ...

Preps notebook: Top area volleyball storylines entering 2019

The 2019 volleyball season begins today with multiple area teams taking the court. Last season, a volleyball state champion came from this area when Lawrence High finished first in Class 6A for the first since 1995. The Lions will have to replace an instrumental senior class from a season ago, but it is possible that an area volleyball team could capture another state crown this fall. LHS will host Blue Valley ...