WRITER: Andrew Rosenthal

LHS baseball bounced by Washburn Rural in regional championship

In a back and forth battle between the No. 3 seed Lawrence High and the No. 6 seed Washburn Rural, Lawrence surrendered six runs in the second inning and could not complete a late-game comeback during an eventual 8-7 Thursday evening at LHS. Lawrence High (15-6) split its home regional, taking a 9-6 win over Wichita North in game one, but fell short of what would have been its first trip to the state ...

Sawyer Nickel nets 7th to help FSHS boys tennis take 6th at state tournament

OLATHE — Free State senior Sawyer Nickel couldn't help but feel frustration as he found himself in a 3-0 deficit in what he knew was going to be his last high school tennis match. But instead of letting his anger undermine his performance, Nickel found a way to relax and have fun. Nickel rallied back to win 9-6 against Shawnee Mission East's Blake Eason and placed seventh during the second day of the 6A ...

LHS softball gives up early lead in 10-7 loss to Shawnee Mission North

On senior night, the Lawrence softball team gave up an early lead to fall to Shawnee Mission North by a 10-7 margin Tuesday night at LHS. The Lions finished their regular season 3-17, including a 3-9 record in the Sunflower League. “This has been a really good group of senior kids, they’re really good program kids,” LHS head coach Steve Seratte said. “When these guys came in the program four years ago, ...

FSHS softball tops LHS behind another perfect game from Tatum Clopton

For a brief moment during Free State’s 13-0, five-inning victory over Lawrence High on Wednesday afternoon at FSHS, Free State coach Lee Ice thought about pulling pitcher Tatum Clopton. “You can’t ruin a perfect game like that,” Ice said. Instead, Clopton, who had retired 12 batters on 37 pitches through the first four innings, went back out to the circle to put the finishing touches on her third ...

Doubles teams lead city tennis squads at Sunflower League meet

OLATHE – After a city series defeat, Kanak Masten and Cooper Wright of Lawrence High found themselves in a rematch with Free State’s No. 1 doubles pair of Davis Steadman and Trey Melvin. Masten and Wright advanced to the semifinals with an 8-6 win, but fell in their next two matches to both of Shawnee Mission East’s teams at the Sunflower League Tournament Wednesday at the College Boulevard Tennis ...

Lawrence High sprint medley team sets school record at Kansas Relays

Another city school record fell at the Kansas Relays on Saturday. Lawrence’s sprint medley team of Asjah Harris, Bella Kirkwood, Evann Seratte and Hannah Stewart took down a four-year old record with a time of 4:15.08 to finish fourth overall. Maya Yoder, Kyleigh Severa, Jensen Edwards and Leah Gabler set the previous record in 2015. Two of those athletes were actually at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday, now ...

KU freshman Zach Bradford breaks 36-year-old record at Kansas Relays

The final day of the Kansas Relays featured a KU newcomer breaking an old record. Freshman pole vaulter Zach Bradford broke a 36-year KU record in the pole vault, clearing 18 feet, 11 inches on his second attempt. For his efforts, Bradford was named Male Performer of the Meet, giving the Jayhawks the honor for the second year in a row. Bradford’s mark, which also set facility record, was the second best ...

Free State's Auna Childress wins triple jump with school-record leap at Kansas Relays

Free State junior Auna Childress leaped for a mark of 40-foot-9 on her first attempt of the triple jump to finish in first place in the event early Friday at the 92nd running of the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park. “I thought it was at least like 38 (meters); it was from the 36 board,” Childress said. “As soon as I heard my coaches screaming when I looked back, I freaked out – I literally freaked ...

Familiar faces to KU Relays continue to excel on third day

As he stood in front of the blocks, Kansas track and field alumnus Kyle Clemons crossed his heart and pointed up to the sky on the track at Rock Chalk Park. Almost three years ago, Clemons did the same routine representing Team USA at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium. The stage was exponentially larger, but the Kansas Relays still have a leg up on Rio de Janeiro in Clemons’ eyes. “Running for USA, you’re ...

KU softball falls in finale to suffer series sweep against No. 2 Oklahoma

Oklahoma senior infielder Sydney Romero erased any doubts from general managers of the National Pro Fastpitch League still deciding on who their first round selection should be on Monday in Nashville. Romero, a 2018 NFCA All-American, went a combined 5-for-9 at the plate, reaching on walk twice with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in the Sooners' weekend series against Kansas. “I thought we did a ...

City distance runners shine at Barrier Breakers meet

It was a special day for Free State senior distance runner Anna Riley. She made it into her dream school, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, posted two top 20 times in the 3200-meter run (12:35) and then the 1600-meter run (5:44). Combined, the two races are 12 laps, and 3 miles. In the mile, she was one second off from her personal record. “In the two years I’ve moved here, we’ve all gotten ...

KU baseball bounces back to take down Oklahoma State

After a leadoff walk, Kansas junior Ryan Zeferjahn gave the Cowboys their 15th and 16th home runs of the series by the third at bat of the game. “Early I was just trying to get a feel,” Zeferjahn said. “After that, I just knew that’s all they were going to get from then on.” Zeferjahn settled on the mound after the third run scored to strike out 14 over the next 23 at bats, with just one hit and ...

Sawyer Nickel leads FSHS tennis to first-place finish in City Series

Sawyer Nickel is used to people knowing his name at local tennis meets. The Free State senior only dropped one game among his three matches, which came against Bishop Seabury junior Grayson Rader, en route to a first-place finish in singles play of the City Series on Tuesday. Rader was the only city foe to win a game against Nickel, as he won in straight sets over both Aiden Van Fleet and Drew Dean of ...

LHS baseball runs past Shawnee Mission South for 6-2 win

The Lawrence High baseball team pulled ahead after being tied at two runs to outwork Shawnee Mission South in a 6-2 win Friday night at LHS. The Lions (4-4, 2-3 Sunflower League) scored two early runs through their first three at-bats, reaching base on a passed ball and a fielding error. Devin Neal stole home to put the Lions on the board, and Carlos Vasquez hit a fly ball to left to send Payton Cummins home ...

Behind a rally fish, Kansas softball notches series win against Baylor

Ever since a blue betta fish was adopted by the Kansas softball team, things have been a little different at Arrocha Ballpark. The fish, whom the team named Carl, joined the Jayhawks ahead of their trip to Wichita State. The next weekend, Kansas swept Green Bay. “Carl is our rally fish,” sophomore center fielder Brittany Jackson said. “We bought Carl when we were in the slumps, and we were like, ...

Freshmen leading the way for KU softball ahead of Big 12 opener

After a 6-19 start to the season under first-year head coach Jennifer McFalls, the Kansas softball team has now won five out of its last six games. Against Green Bay this past weekend, the Jayhawks earned their first sweep to improve to 11-20 overall as they enter their Big 12 slate. “Winning creates happiness in the locker room and hopefully a good, positive feel as we’re heading into Big 12,” McFalls ...

No longer underdogs, Free State softball begins 2019 with 4-1 win

An opening game against Olathe Northwest now has a different feel to it. To start the 2018 campaign, Free State’s softball team earned a win over the then-defending state champion Olathe Northwest to prove that they were no longer the underdog. Now, with a state title of their own, it’s the Firebirds who know that they have a target on their backs after defeating the Ravens last May. “Every game that we ...

City track teams begin 2019 season at Free State's Early Bird meet

For the first meet of the season, it’s only natural for the pool of nearly 300 athletes from Lawrence High, Free State, Shawnee Heights and Bishop Seabury to look at an event result with a grain of salt. Unless you’re the defending 6A girls state champions, Lawrence High. After pacing her way through her first four bar heights, Lawrence senior Josie Hickerson was inches away from clearing 11-foot-7 in ...