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Firebirds hoping to end strong season on high note at state wrestling tourney

Changing a program doesn’t happen overnight, but Free State’s wrestling team took a big step in that direction during Year 1 of the Randy Streeter era. The Firebirds went from unranked entering the season all the way up to No. 4 in Class 6A ahead of last week’s substate meet. FSHS is now ...

Lawrence High wrestlers vying for podium finishes at state wrestling tournament

Lawrence High’s wrestling team is hoping to maintain its recent postseason momentum during the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at Hartman Arena in Park City. The Lions took six wrestlers to its substate meet at Olathe North last week, and five performed well enough to qualify for the ...

Free State junior Madyson Gray wins another state title in girls wrestling

For the first time in school history, Free State has a two-time state champion in wrestling. Junior Madyson Gray accomplished that feat on Thursday inside Hartman Arena by winning an individual title at just the state's second sanctioned girls wrestling tournament. Gray also won an ...

NCAA reveals COVID-19 contingency plans for hoops tourneys

Turns out the top four teams left out of March Madness won't have their bubbles burst quite yet. Under a contingency plan released Thursday by the Division I basketball committees, those four at-large teams that don't make the original field in the men's and women's NCAA tournaments will be ...

KU’s Marcus Garrett named Naismith defensive award semifinalist

The reigning Naismith Defensive Player of the Year is in the running to win the award again in 2021. Kansas senior Marcus Garrett on Thursday was named one of 10 finalists for this year’s award, given annually to the best defender in college basketball by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Garrett ...

Kansas basketball adds March 4 game with UTEP to wrap up 2020-21 regular season

The Kansas men's basketball season will end up with 27 regular season games after all. KU on Thursday announced that the 17th-ranked Jayhawks (17-8 overall, 11-6 Big 12) will welcome the University of Texas at El Paso to Lawrence next Thursday for the final regular season game of the 2020-21 ...

LHS girls drop 49-43 decision to Blue Valley West in regular-season finale

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team ended the regular season with a loss by dropping a 49-43 decision on the road against Blue Valley West on Wednesday. The Lions (2-18) ended the regular season on a 12-game losing skid and have not earned a win since their 41-36 victory over Shawnee ...

Slow start dooms Kansas women in 61-52 home loss to Texas

The beginning of each half proved problematic for the Kansas women’s basketball team during a 61-52 home loss to Texas on Wednesday night. A 17-5 hole to open the game, which turned into a 22-7 deficit before the Jayhawks knew it, set the tone for the night at Allen Fieldhouse. The loss, ...

Substate brackets released for local basketball teams

Postseason brackets were officially revealed on Wednesday, and a pair of local boys basketball teams will get the opportunity to host substate after performing well in the regular season. Lawrence High boys (17-1) will host Olathe Northwest (7-13) in the substate opener on Tuesday, with tipoff ...

Postseason seeding may be harder to trust than ever this year

Most years, fans of Big 12 Conference basketball can look at how the seedings may shake out for the conference tournament and breakdown matchups and the possible paths to a Big 12 tourney crown for four or five different teams. This year, however, Kansas coach Bill Self believes all of that ...

With postseason just ahead, David McCormack needs to put inconsistencies behind him

As pivotal a role as David McCormack has played in Kansas turning its season around, the time has come for the Jayhawks’ veteran big to make one last step in his progression and put his inconsistencies behind him. Lapses in judgement and execution from McCormack cost KU in what could’ve ...

No. 14 Texas climbs back to defeat 17th-ranked Kansas, 75-72 in OT

Kansas coach Bill Self has said repeatedly in the past couple of weeks that in order to win the Jayhawks were going to have to play games in the 60s. On Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, No. 14 Texas needed overtime to climb above the 70-point mark and that was enough for the Longhorns to knock ...

Notebook: Big 12 sets schedule for final week of 2020-21 regular season

The Big 12 Conference on Tuesday afternoon announced 12 make-up games for next week, starting Monday with a game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and running through Saturday. The games became necessary because of COVID-19 disruptions throughout the regular season. As a result, not all ...

Lions wrap up undefeated Sunflower League record with team win over Raiders

Everyone did their part to ensure that the Lawrence High boys basketball team wouldn’t have to share the Sunflower League title this season. Behind contributions from all eight players that stepped on the floor on Tuesday, Lawrence surged past Shawnee Mission South for a 58-45 home win. ...