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Free State football suffers another season-ending defeat to Manhattan

MANHATTAN — New year, same result. For the second season in a row, Manhattan High eliminated Free State in the 6A West playoffs in convincing fashion. MHS controlled the trenches on both sides of the ball in its 49-28 victory against FSHS Friday night at Bishop Stadium. “I thought we ...

Postseason soccer recap: Free State, Eudora eliminated in quarterfinals

Free State’s boys soccer team finished just shy of qualifying for the 6A state tournament. FSHS suffered a 3-0 road loss Tuesday night to Wichita East in the Class 6A West Region finals, bringing an end to a strong season under first-year head coach Hussam Mohammed. The Firebirds finished ...

Free State and LHS seniors race in ’emotional’ state cross-country championship

As Free State senior Charlie Johnson hit the skyline portion of the course at Rim Rock Farm, he heard the familiar call in his head of former Kansas runner Billy Mills’ victory in the 1964 Olympic games. “I hear, ‘Look at Mills! Look at Mills!’” Johnson said. “I always think of ...

State volleyball recap: Free State, Eudora eliminated on first day

The Free State volleyball team was ultimately eliminated on the first day of the Class 6A state tournament Friday night at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. FSHS suffered three losses in as many matches to end its season with a 24-15 record under first-year head coach Jayme Savage. Free ...

Free State boys soccer wins regional title over LHS in penalty kicks

As senior defender Hayden Robinson’s penalty kick sailed into the back of the net, pandemonium ensued on Free State’s soccer field, with players and fans alike swarming the team in celebration “When Hayden made that (last kick), I just wanted to cry,” senior midfielder Peter Boncella ...

FSHS football knocks off Lawrence High in thrilling City Showdown

As soon as Lawrence High quarterback Jackson Dooley’s fourth down pass attempt fell harmlessly to the turf, Free State’s defense sprinted to the sideline in celebration with 3:19 remaining in the game. The FSHS crowd roared in approval, as the failed conversion essentially capped off a ...

Free State senior Turner Corcoran presented with All-American Bowl jersey

When Free State senior Turner Corcoran originally received the invite in June, he shouted at his phone in celebration. Four months later, it became official when Corcoran was given a jersey for the 2020 All-American Bowl during a ceremony Friday morning at FSHS. He will be competing in the ...

City gymnastics teams pushing through injuries ahead of state meet

Regardless of what happens this weekend, head coach Katrina Farrow wants both her teams to be proud of what they accomplished in 2019. Entering the state gymnastics meet, which will be held at Olathe South on Saturday, Free State is ranked second in the team standings. Lawrence High, ...

Preps notebook: More than bragging rights on the line in this year’s City Showdown

Lawrence High senior Deshon Lewis still vividly remembers the chant. During the boys basketball version of the City Showdown this past winter, Free State’s student section broke out in a “Let’s play football” chant. It came two years after FSHS students painted their chests “56-7”, ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls golf prepared for new format in state tournament

Free State’s girls golf team has been preparing for the state tournament all year, even if it didn’t realize it. The Firebirds have done a better job of getting more practice holes in on a daily basis this season. They have cut down their time on the driving range, working on specific ...