Free State

Preps notebook: FSHS tennis takes 2nd at LHS Invitational; Lawrence claims 6th

Behind a balanced attack, Free State’s boys tennis team took second out of six teams at the Lawrence High Invitational Friday at LHS. The Firebirds scored 16 points as a team, finishing seven points shy of event winner Shawnee Mission East. Lawrence placed sixth in its own meet, scoring ...

FSHS baseball erases early deficit to claim 12th consecutive win

Just before the bottom of the third inning, the Free State baseball team huddled near the dugout. After giving up a run in the top of the third, the Firebirds faced an early deficit. Head coach Mike Hill had a message for his team, challenging a squad that hasn’t lost since March 16. And the ...

Bradford’s brilliance: Senior lefty tosses no-hitter in Free State’s 1-0 win

It was only fitting that Free State senior Ethan Bradford had to make the last out. The ball bounced back to Bradford, who fielded it with ease. He tossed the ball to first base and walked toward the rest of his team with a stoic expression on his face. It was not the anticipated reaction, ...

Preps notebook: City track athletes shine at Little KU Relays

During warmups, Lawrence High junior Ella Stewart was off by herself. And there is a reason for that. Stewart discovered that she’s been getting too amped up during the discus competition. Her best throws are in warmups. So, as a result, Stewart has started to work on ways to ensure that she ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls swim cruises to another win on Senior Night

After coming above water, Lawrence High teammates Maddie Dean and Aubrey Fischer looked up at the scoreboard during Tuesday’s meet at LHS. One second separated the two of them, with Dean taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.49. Fischer, who was actually the top seed entering the ...

Coming home: Former Lion Nick Wood named FSHS girls basketball coach

It would have taken the perfect opportunity for Nick Wood to leave Washburn University. Wood had no intentions of leaving his role as an assistant for Brett Ballard. But a chance to return to the Lawrence community was one he couldn’t pass up. So Wood, who graduated from Lawrence High in ...

Preps notebook: After undefeated week, Sawyer Nickel among top local standouts

It was another strong week for local high school athletes. Free State came out on the right end of two different City Showdowns, claiming a 12-0 win on the softball diamond and maintaining bragging rights on the tennis courts. Both city baseball teams extended winning streaks ahead of the ...

Free State lineman Turner Corcoran commits to Nebraska

Free State senior Turner Corcoran has made a decision. The four-star offensive tackle, who had double-digit scholarships offers from Power Five programs, announced via Twitter that he was verbally committed to the University of Nebraska. Corcoran was actually in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend, ...

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 ...

Free State softball earns 12-0 win over LHS in City Showdown

After struggling at the plate for the early part of the season, Free State senior Lauryn Jones gifted her team a lead that it didn’t surrender during the City Showdown Friday night at Lawrence High. Jones smacked an RBI single to left in the top of the second, scoring Maci Miles from second ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls soccer drops 2-1 decision to Olathe North

After a back-and-forth battle, the Lawrence High girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Olathe North Thursday night. It was a hard-fought loss by the Lions, who fell to 2-4 after their second consecutive defeat. With senior captain Leslie Ostronic out, LHS shifted its lineup ...

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 ...

Preps notebook: City soccer standouts highlight top area athletes of the week

This past week featured a number of stellar performances by local athletes at the high school level. For starters, Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton threw a perfect game to begin the week. On the same night, a FSHS soccer player recorded a hat trick. Two days later, a LHS senior scored five ...

Preps notebook: Offensive explosion leads FSHS softball to 11-4 win over Olathe West

Much has been made about Tatum Clopton’s otherworldly start to the 2019 season. The Free State sophomore tossed a perfect game and a complete game one-hitter through the first four outings. But the Firebirds, who are the defending 6A state champions, have now shown in back-to-back contests ...

Clutch Colter: Junior shortstop hits walk-off single in Free State’s 2-1 win

As soon as Free State junior Colter Maldonado touched first base, he turned to watch senior Mitchell Clark cross home plate. Maldonado clapped his hands emphatically above his head, and his FSHS teammates quickly swarmed him in celebration. Maldonado had put the finishing touches on a classic ...

Heffernan to return to teaching role at Free State; will still coach cross-country

Free State High School Associate Principal Steve Heffernan plans to return to a teaching position for the 2019-2020 school year, the Lawrence school district announced in a news release Wednesday. He’ll also continue to coach cross-country. High school administrators can no longer serve ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Anna Chieu pours in five goals in 6-3 win

Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu fell to the turf in disbelief as her final shot attempt missed just left of the goal. Chieu had three good looks, including one in the final seconds of Lawrence’s 6-3 win over Gardner-Edgerton, to finish off the double hat trick. Gardner-Edgerton goalie Maea ...

Preps notebook: Tatum Clopton tosses perfect game, leads FSHS softball to 1-0 win

Tatum Clopton’s opening act of her sophomore campaign was a thing of beauty. Yet, somehow, the talented Free State hurler had an even better encore. Eight days after tossing a one-hit complete-game effort, Clopton pitched a perfect game to help Free State secure a 1-0 win over Olathe South ...