WRITER: Conner Becker

Preps Notebook: Wichita Heights hands Free State second loss; LHS knocks off Gardner Edgerton in extras

After piling on four insurance runs in the fifth, Wichita Heights handed Free State baseball its second loss of the season 5-1 on Friday in Lawrence. Junior Cayman Cook received the starting nod for the Firebirds (12-2), and allowed an earned run on three hits and two strikeouts as the Falcons claimed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Even with 10 total hits, FSHS struggled to capitalize on its baserunners ...

Free State swimmers dominate home meet, raise postseason expectations

Repeating as state champions was always going to be a tall order for Free State’s girls’ swim and dive team — but in the middle of the season, the Firebirds are making the case that they can be contenders again. On Wednesday, FSHS finished first at its home meet, racking up 145 more points than runner-up Shawnee-Mill Valley and beating all of the other schools — Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission South, ...

Baseball Roundup: Free State's Graves earns save, holds off SM East in close win at home

Ben Graves stood tall after firing in strike 3 to complete Free State baseball’s 5-4 home win against Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday. The sophomore relieved his older brother, Kyle, and fellow sophomore Zane Shaw, allowing just one hit and dealing six strikeouts for the save. RBIs by Mason Lester and Ben Graves gave the Firebirds (11-1) a quick three-run lead on the Lancers (6-6) heading into the fourth ...

Two goals send Free State girls past Topeka High at home

Relentless until the clock died, the Free State girls soccer team knocked off top-5 Topeka High 2-1 at home on Monday. The Firebirds (2-4-0) rode two goals by juniors Neylana Haque and Taylor Woods to soar past the Trojans (4-3-0) and earn their second win of the season after defeating Shawnee Mission North at home last week. A bevy of shots breathed life into FSHS’ offense right from the kickoff, as the ...

Heavy hitters not enough for LHS baseball in setback at O-South

Olathe – After leading by as many as eight runs, the Lawrence High baseball team squandered its early groove in a 16-15 loss to Olathe South in extra innings on Thursday at the Olathe District Activities Center. The result came down to an interference call near third base following an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth that scrubbed what would’ve been the Lions’ (6-4) second out of the inning and ...

LHS boys tennis show promise at T-West quad, struggle with Washburn Rural opponents

Topeka – Building a winning reputation early, the Lawrence High boys tennis squad kept pushing forward Wednesday, as two doubles pairings and one singles player earned winning records at the Topeka West quad. Both of LHS’ doubles pairings, senior Logan Daniels and junior Josh Labin; junior Jun Brewer and sophomore Jack Bauch, walked away with 2-1 finishes after battles with Washburn Rural, Seaman and Topeka ...