WRITER: Matt Tait

Free State volleyball headed to state, FSHS boys cross country wins regional title

The Free State High volleyball program added to its school record of consecutive substate championships on Saturday by sweeping four sets from Haysville Campus and Derby at FSHS. The Firebirds (24-9) will head to the Class 6A state tournament next week for the third year in a row. “Playing under pressure and playing with what we have is a privilege,” said FSHS coach Jayme Savage. “And we’re just ...

Emotion, early and late, leads Lions past Firebirds in classic city showdown

It’s amazing what emotion can do in a rivalry game. Never was that more evident than on Friday night at Lawrence High School, where the Lions knocked off the Free State Firebirds, 27-19, in the latest edition of the city showdown. From the opening kickoff throughout the entirety of the first half, LHS appeared to play a little looser and with more energy. Simply put, it looked like the Lions were having ...

13 Jayhawks open 2021-22 season on NBA rosters

Thirteen former Kansas basketball players tipped off the NBA’s 2021-22 season this week, tying for the third most among NCAA Division I schools. Kansas coach Bill Self recently took time out to film a quick good luck video for KU’s social media accounts. “We hope you all kill it,” Self said. “You’ve always represented us in a first-class manner and everybody that supports Kansas University and ...

Several newcomers expected to play big roles in LHS-Free State football city showdown

This year’s city showdown football clash between Lawrence High (5-2) and Free State (6-1) will feature several key players who were not on either roster a season ago. From Free State pass catchers Jerred Willits and Jordan Brown and FSHS defensive back Mozae Downing to Lawrence’s Heck brothers, Brayden and Kivryn, LHS wideout Baylor Bowen and Lions defensive lineman Lance Bassett, some of the most ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self eyeing expanded rotation for upcoming season

Already well versed in going eight- or nine-deep during any given game, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday he was dabbling with the idea of pushing KU’s rotation to double digits during the upcoming season. On one hand, Self believes that doing so will be easy. The longtime KU coach said at Big 12 media day that he could not recall having 14 players with similar talent levels on the ...

KU AD Travis Goff, Bill Self say Kansas basketball program knows of no new timelines in IARP case

Kansas City, Mo. — University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff said Wednesday that KU has heard nothing new about the timing of a ruling in its NCAA infractions case. Speaking with a small group of reporters at Big 12 men’s basketball media day at T-Mobile Center, Goff referred to the recent update from the Independent Accountability Resolution Process as “looking in the rearview.” He added that ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self believes next 2 weeks could bring separation for deep Jayhawks

Kansas City, Mo. — It’s separation amid the preparation that Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self is looking for from his roster during the final stretch of the 2021-22 preseason. “The next two-and-a-half weeks need to be no wasted time,” Self said Wednesday at Big 12 media day at T-Mobile Center. Just 10 days out from a closed-door scrimmage at Tulsa on Oct. 30, and two weeks shy of the ...

4-star big man Ernest Udeh Jr. commits to Kansas basketball

The Kansas men’s basketball program added to an already-stacked 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday night, when four-star big man Ernest Udeh Jr., announced his commitment to KU. A 6-foot-10 center with a 7-2 wingspan and a high motor, Udeh is ranked No. 29 nationally by 247 Sports. He revealed his choice live on CBS Sports HQ during a ceremony at his high school in Orlando. After a few minutes of build-up ...

Roster diversity, improved team chemistry have Kansas women's basketball program excited for upcoming season

Kansas City, Mo. — With seven international players on the roster, including three newcomers, Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider believes that the average number of different languages spoken per player is close to three. While that can make things interesting at any given practice and on road trips, two KU veterans who both speak only English said Tuesday that there’s just one language ...

Free State's Claire Berquist ties for 7th at 6A state golf; Tonganoxie's York takes 4A crown

Free State junior Claire Berquist improved her score by nine strokes on the second day of the Class 6A state golf tournament in Emporia and finished in a tie for seventh place. After shooting an 88 on Monday to make it to the tourney’s second day, Berquist fired a 79 on Tuesday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course. Berquist’s 79 tied for the third best round of the day at the 6A state tournament. Blue ...

Free State boys soccer uses strong second half to knock off Lawrence High, 4-0

In front of a packed house of red- and green-clad fans from both sides, the Free State boys soccer team picked up a 4-0 city showdown victory over LHS on Tuesday night at FSHS. Led by a senior-heavy attack on senior night, the Firebirds (7-6-2) scored three goals in a 14-minute span to blow open a game that was tied at 0 at the half. Senior Andrew Henderson picked up the Firebirds’ first goal, capitalizing ...

Kansas men's basketball program lands at No. 3 in Associated Press preseason Top 25

The Kansas men’s basketball team landed at No. 3 in The Associated Press preseason poll ahead of the 2021-22 college hoops season. The Jayhawks, who finished last season ranked No. 12 in the poll, came in behind No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA, a pair of teams that played each other at last season’s Final Four. Monday marked the 10th consecutive year that KU was ranked in the top seven or better entering ...

Free State High defensive lineman Tai Newhouse sees perseverance pay off

Free State senior Tai Newhouse comes from a long line of football players, a handful of whom played some pretty meaningful snaps in the NFL. Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse, a cousin, played 10 years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. Robert Newhouse, a more distant relative, played fullback for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons from 1972-83. With those men as part of his ...

Free State junior Claire Berquist advances to Round 2 of 6A state golf tourney

Free State junior Claire Berquist saved her best for last at the Class 6A state tournament on Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course, parring her final two holes to finish the day in a tie for 13th place. Berquist, who earlier this season set a FSHS school record by shooting a single-round 72 at a midseason tournament shot an 88 on Monday. That was good enough to earn her a spot in Round 2 and Berquist is ...

Offensive ineptitude keeps Kansas from having a chance vs. Texas Tech

When you’re talking about a team in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the old chicken-or-the-egg question seems a little irrelevant. After all, a loss is a loss, bad is bad and searching for silver linings is a waste of time. In KU’s case, week after week, the question sounds something like this: Which hurts first, the offense or the defense? On Saturday, during a 41-14 homecoming loss to Texas ...

Kansas guard Remy Martin appreciative of Big 12 preseason honor but hardly satisfied

Shortly after hearing that he had been named the Big 12 Conference’s preseason player of the year, Kansas point guard Remy Martin took the news in stride. It wasn’t that Martin didn’t appreciate it. He did. He said Friday that he was thankful that the conference’s coaches recognized his talent and ability and even happier that his family could take pride in him receiving the honor. But the transfer ...

Trio of Firebirds still alive at Class 6A state tennis meet

Three Firebirds won their opening-round matches at the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Friday at Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita. And by day’s end, the doubles team of sophomore Maya Lee and senior Dayna Steadman, along with senior singles player Emma Evans, were all still alive on the consolation side of the bracket. "All three girls competed hard today and faced adversity throughout the day," ...

4-star KU target Ernest Udeh Jr., down to Kansas and UCLA; will announce choice on Oct. 20

Fresh off of a weekend visit to Lawrence, Class of 2022 big man Ernest Udeh Jr., narrowed his list of finalists to two — Kansas and UCLA. Udeh announced the final pairing on social media Wednesday evening, with a photo edit of him hovering above the KU and UCLA logos. He also shared the date that he planned to make his decision public, telling Joe Tipton, of On3.com, that he would make reveal his choice at ...

Kansas basketball coaches bringing energy to early-season practices

With 10 newcomers and one of the biggest rosters he’s had at Kansas, KU basketball coach Bill Self said recently that the early-season installation of certain aspects of the program would proceed at a different pace. “I don't know that we’ve changed a lot,” Self said recently. “I think we’re going to go slower than we have in the past, which will be very boring for our older guys. But I think we ...

IARP timeline in Kansas basketball infractions case includes key developments but few details from past 16 months

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process on Monday released a timeline of the developments in the infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball team. However, in the 52 entries that outlined updates in the case from May 8, 2020 through Aug. 30, 2021, none of them hint at any kind of projected ruling or outcome. The release of Monday’s timeline is the result of an IARP rule ...