WRITER: Shane Jackson

Shane Jackson: KU’s depleted defense records crucial stops in 37-34 win over Red Raiders

An already shorthanded Kansas defense lost an integral player within nine minutes Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. After a lengthy review, senior Bryce Torneden was called for targeting with the helmet after making a play in punt coverage. He was ultimately ejected at the 7:21 mark in the opening period. In the end, though, KU’s defense made enough plays when it mattered most en route ...

Preps notebook: FSHS gymnastics nets 3rd at state meet; LHS individual claims 5th in all-around

Free State’s gymnastics team came home with some hardware to finish off the 2019 season. The Firebirds placed third at the state gymnastics meet Saturday afternoon at Olathe South after entering the meet in second place. FSHS finished finished inside the top three in all but one meet this year, which was a fifth-place finish at the Sunflower League Invitational. Junior Talia Gay, who was limited due to a ...

City gymnastics teams pushing through injuries ahead of state meet

Regardless of what happens this weekend, head coach Katrina Farrow wants both her teams to be proud of what they accomplished in 2019. Entering the state gymnastics meet, which will be held at Olathe South on Saturday, Free State is ranked second in the team standings. Lawrence High, meanwhile, is listed eighth out of as many teams. The meet also features the top-five individuals of each event who did not ...

Free State senior Turner Corcoran presented with All-American Bowl jersey

When Free State senior Turner Corcoran originally received the invite in June, he shouted at his phone in celebration. Four months later, it became official when Corcoran was given a jersey for the 2020 All-American Bowl during a ceremony Friday morning at FSHS. He will be competing in the annual East vs. West matchup in the Alamodome in San Antonio. “It feels great,” Corcoran said. “I can’t wait to go ...

FSHS football knocks off Lawrence High in thrilling City Showdown

As soon as Lawrence High quarterback Jackson Dooley’s fourth down pass attempt fell harmlessly to the turf, Free State’s defense sprinted to the sideline in celebration with 3:19 remaining in the game. The FSHS crowd roared in approval, as the failed conversion essentially capped off a thrilling City Showdown on Friday night at LHS. Free State secured a 31-30 win, notching its fourth consecutive victory in ...

LHS football prepared for another big game, FSHS embracing tough test in City Showdown

The Lawrence High football team is no stranger to a big game. LHS, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, has had its fair share of highly-anticipated matchups already this season. Lawrence has actually knocked off two teams that were ranked No. 2 at the time, including a 35-10 victory over Olathe North just last week. “This team is about as well tested any team in the state of Kansas,” LHS head coach ...

Quick recap: No. 3 Jayhawks top Tigers in exhibition opener

Over seven months after a lopsided loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas fans got their first look at this year’s No. 3-ranked squad. Despite a shorthanded roster, which was much of the story of last year’s team, Kansas took care of business with a 86-56 victory over Fort Hays State University Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse. It was just an exhibition game, and a ...

Preps notebook: More than bragging rights on the line in this year's City Showdown

Lawrence High senior Deshon Lewis still vividly remembers the chant. During the boys basketball version of the City Showdown this past winter, Free State’s student section broke out in a “Let’s play football” chant. It came two years after FSHS students painted their chests “56-7”, which was the final score of the 2016 football game, at the basketball contest at Allen Fieldhouse. Both of those ...

Big 12 coaches notebook: Texas Tech coach Chris Beard enjoying perks from title game appearance

Kansas City, Mo. — Life has been different for Chris Beard since leading Texas Tech to the national championship game just six months ago. The Red Raiders were voted No. 3 in the Big 12 men’s basketball preseason poll, and even received a first-place vote by one league coach. It demonstrates the respect Texas Tech now has as a program after last year’s run, which included a Big 12 regular-season ...

State golf recap: Seabury senior nets runner-up finish, 2 area teams claim 6th place

A pair of area girls golf teams and one individual earned a medal during this year’s state tournament, which featured a new two-day format at all levels. Bishop Seabury’s Faith Hedges closed out an illustrious career with a runner-up finish in the Class 3-2-1A state golf tournament at Salina Municipal Golf Course. Hedges shot 77 on the first day and 76 on the second day en route to a second-place ...

Preps notebook: After missing out on league title, Baldwin soccer turns attention to postseason

Considering what was on the line, it would have been easy for the Baldwin soccer team to be disappointed from its 1-0 loss to Spring Hill Tuesday afternoon at BHS. Despite outplaying their opponent for much of the second half, the Bulldogs surrendered a late score in the regular-season finale. It prevented BHS from capturing a Frontier League title and could ultimately impact its postseason seeding. During his ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls golf prepared for new format in state tournament

Free State’s girls golf team has been preparing for the state tournament all year, even if it didn’t realize it. The Firebirds have done a better job of getting more practice holes in on a daily basis this season. They have cut down their time on the driving range, working on specific situations throughout the course. “We play faster than we used to,” senior Kari Rainbolt said. “Sometimes we get in ...

FSHS boys cross-country claims Sunflower League title, Charlie Johnson earns individual victory

Free State senior Charlie Johnson kicked it into high gear once he saw a teammate’s mother. Susie Fagan, who is the mother of senior Erin Fagan, cheered loudly for Johnson on a steep downhill slope Saturday morning at Rim Rock Farm. It was all the motivation that Johnson needed to run a time of 16:12.6 en route to a first-place finish in the varsity boys race at the Sunflower League cross-country meet. “I ...

LHS football erases early deficit in 35-10 win over Olathe North

OLATHE — The defining moment of Lawrence High’s 35-10 win over Olathe North came well before it ever took the lead Friday night at Olathe District Activity Center. It came before the Lions even scored a single point, and it ultimately led to a double-digit deficit in the opening quarter. LHS (7-0, No. 3 in Class 6A) forced Olathe North (5-2, No. 2 in Class 6A) to settle for a field goal on its second ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie improves to 7-0 with convincing win over Baldwin

It was a familiar story for Tonganoxie, as it cruised to a 55-0 victory Friday night at Baldwin in a battle between two area teams. The Chieftains have now notched back-to-back shutouts, winning by a combined 96 points over the last two weeks. THS is now 7-0 on the year, while Baldwin falls to 0-7 with one game remaining in the regular season. Cooper Cunningham anchored the rushing attack once again, piling up ...

Preps notebook: Colter Maldonado finding home at safety for FSHS football

Free State senior Colter Maldonado has had experience playing safety. And that has made the midseason position change much easier. Entering the year, Maldonado was taking a bulk of the reps at quarterback in the first year with Kevin Stewart at the helm. But an injury forced the Firebirds to make an adjustment on the fly, and now everyone is seemingly better for it. “He can do a lot of things for us back ...

Hard work, chemistry help fuel Free State volleyball to Sunflower League crown

Free State’s volleyball team has known since last Thursday, but it waited until the end of Sunflower League play to officially say anything about it. On Tuesday, FSHS volleyball posted a team picture on social media to announce that it had won the Sunflower League title. The Firebirds, who are coached by first-year head coach Jayme Savage, ultimately shared the league crown with Gardner Edgerton. Free State ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls golf places 2nd at regional meet; LHS sends 2 golfers to state

Behind a balanced effort, Free State’s girls golf team secured a second-place finish at the 6A regional meet Monday afternoon at Lake Shawnee Golf Course. All six players finished inside the top 19 for the Firebirds, who qualified for the 6A state tournament as a team with their runner-up finish. FSHS shot 381 as a team, trailing only Washburn Rural’s mark of 332. Kennedy Birk led the way for Free State, ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls tennis claims runner-up finish at regional meet

Free State’s girls tennis team will be sending three athletes to the Class 6A state tournament. One singles player and one doubles team qualified for the final meet of the year for the Firebirds after a strong showing at regionals. FSHS claimed second place as a team Saturday afternoon at Harmon Park Tennis Complex. Junior Keegan VanPelt netted third place in the singles bracket, finishing the day with a ...

KU expected to use more RPO plays after promoting Brent Dearmon to OC

Those who have played for Brent Dearmon have become all too familiar with one particular Bible verse. “No one can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24 has practically become Dearmon’s mantra. Dearmon, who was promoted to KU’s offensive coordinator earlier this week, has a run-pass-option background that originated from his days as an analyst at Auburn. He’s even written a book on the scheme. And the ...