Preps notebook: LHS baseball has win streak snapped; Local softball teams secure victories

photo by: Carter Gaskins

LHS first baseman Blake Schimmel (5) catches a fly ball during a game against Brandon Valley Saturday morning at LHS on March 27, 2021.

Despite a valiant effort, Lawrence High’s baseball team suffered a 11-9 road loss to Olathe East Tuesday night, ending a five-game win streak.

The Lions (5-2) faced an early hole after giving up five runs over the first two innings. Lawrence grabbed an 8-6 lead after a huge inning in the top of the sixth, when it scored five runs in a single frame.

Lawrence’s sixth-inning outburst was highlighted by a three-run homer from Blake Schimmel. August Reed and Braden Hoffman, who scored on Schimmel’s slam, also set things up by each delivering an RBI single.

But the Lions immediately squandered their comeback bid by giving up five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Karson Green drove in a run on a single in the seventh, but that was all LHS managed before dropping the league clash.

“Proud of the effort,” LHS head coach Brad Stoll said. “We need to be able to put a good team away with a shutdown inning after taking a lead. Very excited about this group.”

Carlos Vasquez and Hoffman led the Lawrence offense with three hits each. Vasquez finished with a double and a triple to go along with one RBI. Schimmel also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and one run scored.

LHS will travel to Olathe West at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lawrence High 11, Olathe East 9

LHS 0 0 1 1 1 5 1 — 9 12 4

OEHS 3 2 0 1 0 5 X — 11 13 4

FSHS softball notches 9-0 road win

Free State’s softball team netted a 9-0 win at Olathe South Tuesday night, improving to 3-0.

The Firebirds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first and then added three runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and four more in the sixth. FSHS piled up 14 hits as a team, led by a four-hit effort from freshman Kinsey Clopton. She drove in two runs and delivered a double.

Junior second baseman Jasmine Brixius tallied three hits in her five at-bats from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Leadoff hitter Georgia Rea and pitcher Tatum Clopton each came through with a pair of hits as well.

Clopton, who drove in two runs, also got the start again. She threw seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out 16 batters. Clopton threw strikes on 72 of her 90 pitches while facing 23 Olathe South batters in total.

Free State will host Shawnee Mission Northwest at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Free State 9, Olathe South 0

FSHS 1 0 0 3 1 4 0 — 9 14 1

OSHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 2

LHS softball earns 5-0 victory

Lawrence High’s softball team secured a 5-0 victory at Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday. The Lions are now 2-3 overall, with a 1-1 clip against Sunflower League opponents.

LHS did most of its damage in the top of the first, when it scored four runs. Sophomore Maelee Folks got things started by getting to first on a dropped third strike, which allowed sophomore Emme Dye to score after her single.

Following a pair of walks, junior Emily Silvers recorded a bases-clearing double to bring in three more runs. Hailey Ramirez then crushed a solo home run in the top of the fifth. Layla Harjo also had two hits for LHS.

Freshman pitcher Laci Thompson got the start, throwing seven scoreless innings and only allowing five hits. Senior Sydney Delfelder and Dye played good defense up the middle, accounting for seven putouts and five assists.

Lawrence will host Olathe East at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lawrence 5, SM West 0

LHS 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 5

SMW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0

Veritas baseball can’t score in loss to Bishop Miege

Monday was a quiet offensive day for the Veritas baseball team in its 9-0 road loss to Bishop Miege.

The Eagles (1-2) managed just three total hits. Draven Webb, Elisha Ferrell and Ameer Dowdell each recorded one hit. Will Bartkoski, who got the start, struck out six batters and allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings of work.

Veritas will travel to Kansas City East Christian Academy at 4 p.m. Friday.

Bishop Miege 9, Veritas 0

Veritas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 4

Bishop 0 0 2 0 4 3 X — 9 9 2

FSHS tennis competes in home opener

Just a few days after the season opener, Free State’s boys tennis team was back in action at home against Olathe West on Monday.

FSHS won five singles matches and two doubles matches on its way to a 7-5 victory over Olathe West. Free State’s top two doubles teams earned victories, with Ben Melvin and George Thornton earning a 8-6 win while Jake Hedges and Minh Vu claimed a 8-2 victory.

In singles, the Firebirds won five of their eight matches. Thornton recorded a 8-6 win in No. 3 singles, while Hedges claimed a 8-3 victory in No. 4 singles. Vu also notched a 8-3 win in No. 5 singles, Owen Thompson tallied a 8-7 win in No. 6 singles and Jared Loos registered a 8-6 victory in No. 7 singles.

Free State followed that performance up by finishing in second place at its home quadrangular on Tuesday, losing to only Blue Valley West in the team standings. FSHS won six matches and lost six matches in the four-team event that also included Olathe Northwest and Mill Valley.

The Firebirds were led by three runner-up finishes, all three of which went 2-1 on the day. Melvin and Thornton did that in No. 1 doubles, while Vu and Hedges accomplished that feat in No. 2 doubles. Loos also finished as runner-up in No. 2 singles by posting a 2-1 clip.

FSHS will host Olathe East for a dual at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Free State vs. Olathe West dual

Monday at FSHS

FSHS results


No. 1: Britton Snyder falls, 8-7 (5)

No. 2: Ben Melvin falls, 8-3

No. 3: George Thornton wins, 8-6

No. 4: Jake Hedges wins, 8-3

No. 5: Minh Vu wins, 8-3

No. 6: Owen Thompson wins, 8-7 (10)

No. 7: Jared Loos wins, 8-6

No. 8: Max McGuire falls, 8-1


No. 1: Melvin/Thornton wins, 8-6

No. 2: Hedges/Vu wins, 8-2

No. 3: Snyder/Thompson falls, 8-1

No. 4: McGuire/Rasmussen falls, 8-5

FSHS girls swim wins road triangular

Free State’s girls swim and dive team placed first at the Blue Valley Southwest triangular Tuesday afternoon at Blue Valley Southwest.

The Firebirds recorded four event victories and another five runner-up finishes on their way to scoring 159 points as a team. Blue Valley Southwest scored 122 to finish in second place, while Blue Valley came in third with 119 total points.

FSHS started off the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, thanks to the quartet of Elizabeth Engelbrecht, Mina Khosh, Lolly Hindmann and Silvia Liu. They recorded a time of 1:59.52 to win the race by nearly two full seconds.

Hindmann earned a pair of first-place finishes as an individual, winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.76 and the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:00.15. Engelbrecht, who finished as a runner-up in the 100 butterfly, ended up winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.76.

In addition, Liu placed second in the 50 freestyle and Khosh was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. Molly Nuckolls also secured second place in the 500 freestyle. The Firebirds also closed out the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

FSHS will host a quadrangular at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Blue Valley Southwest triangular

Tuesday at Blue Valley Southwest

Team standings: 1. Free State 159; 2. Blue Valley Southwest 122; 3. Blue Valley 119.

FSHS results

200-yard medley relay: 1. Free State (Elizabeth Engelbrecht, Mina Khosh, Lolly Hindmann, Silvia Liu), 1:59.52.

200 freestyle: 6. Savannah Randall, FS, 2:35.38; 7. Rudy Benton, FS, 2:36.02; 9. Allison Cindrell, FS, 2:44.49.

200 IM: 1. Lolly Hindmann, FS, 2:22.76; 3. Molly Nuckolls, FS, 2:35.21; 5. Karsyn Robertson, FS, 2:54.29.

50 freestyle: 2. Silvia Liu, FS, 27.44; 7. Clare Benton, FS, 31.22; 11. Nethni Weerasekara, FS, 32.02; 14. Rorie Sturgeon, FS, 32.98.

Diving: 6. Maya Huang, FS, 164.50; 7. Josephine Warrior, FS, 151.90; 10. Kate Bartle, FS, 139.95; 12. Tori Crockett, FS, 139.35.

100 butterfly: 1. Lolly Hindmann, FS, 1:00.15; 2. Elizabeth Engelbrecht, FS, 1:01.28; 5. Nisa Kay Khosh, FS, 1:19.72.

100 freestyle: 6. Mina Khosh, FSHS, 1:04.42; 8. Karsyn Robertson, FS, 1:02.27; 10. Rudy Benton, FS, 1:09.78; 12. Nethni Weerasekara, FS, 1:11.56; 15. Marguerite Cooper, FS, 1:17.51; 17. Anna Hayden, FS, 1:18.21.

500 freestyle: 2. Molly Nuckolls, FS, 5:52.43; 3. Nisa Kay Khosh, FS, 5:54.57; 5. Savannah Randall, FS, 6:41.99.

200 freestyle relay: 3. Free State (Silvia Liu, Alayna Baker, Molly Nuckolls, Mina Khosh), 1:55.68; 4. Free State (Clare Benton, Rudy Benton, Karsyn Robertson, Nethni Weerasekara), 2:04.84.

100 backstroke: 1. Elizabeth Engelbrecht, FS, 1:02.76; 4. Allison Cindrell, FS, 1:27.13.

100 breaststroke: 2. Mina Khosh, FS, 1:21.02; 3. Silvia Liu, FS, 1:21.14; 7. Rorie Sturgeon, FS, 1:42.97.

400 freestyle relay: 2. Free State (Elizabeth Engelbrect, Nisa Kay Khosh, Molly Nuckolls, Lolly Hindmann), 4:05.20; 3. Free State (Nethini Weerasekara, Karsyn Robertson, Savannah Randall, Clare Benton), 4:47.53.


Welcome to the new Our old commenting system has been replaced with Facebook Comments. There is no longer a separate username and password login step. If you are already signed into Facebook within your browser, you will be able to comment. If you do not have a Facebook account and do not wish to create one, you will not be able to comment on stories.