Free State

FSHS boys roll past Shawnee Mission Northwest for 5th consecutive win

Free State’s boys basketball has become familiar with winning, especially since it returned to action after the extended break. But, in a year that has already featured plenty of victories, Free State head coach Sam Stroh was especially proud of Saturday’s 64-41 win over Shawnee Mission ...

FSHS girls fall to Olathe Northwest on the road

Free State’s girls basketball team couldn’t overcome Olathe Northwest’s perimeter shooting in a 50-37 loss at Olathe Northwest on Friday. The Ravens knocked down nine shots from outside, which allowed them to go on runs throughout the game. The Firebirds (1-3) hung tough all night, but ...

FSHS boys basketball defeats Olathe Northwest for fourth consecutive win

Make that four wins in a row for the Free State boys basketball team. Thanks to a stingy defensive effort in the second half, Free State secured a 42-33 win over Olathe Northwest Friday night at FSHS. The Firebirds (5-1, No. 9 in Class 6A) have now won four consecutive games, a streak that ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling improves to 13-0 with win over Blue Valley West

Despite a late schedule change, Free State’s wrestling team was business as usual during its 69-12 win at Blue Valley West on Wednesday. The meet was originally supposed to be a double dual at Olathe Northwest before a quarantine forced everybody to improvise. The Firebirds responded by ...

Late Nancy Hopkins left lasting impact on local volleyball coaches

Free State head volleyball coach Jayme Savage, who has been at the helm for two years now, knows she has the late Nancy Hopkins to thank for getting to this point in her career. Savage played for Hopkins at Free State from 2000-03 and had a chance to join her staff in 2008. Savage was an ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys bowling begins 2021 season with runner-up finish

To begin the 2021 campaign, Free State’s boys bowling team secured a runner-up finish at Tuesday’s quadrangular meet at Royal Crest Lanes. Free State finished with a team score of 2,501, which trailed only Olathe East’s mark of 2,606 in the opening action of the new season. It marked the ...

FSHS boys basketball extends winning streak with 61-35 victory over Olathe North

Free State’s boys basketball team extended its win streak to three games with a 61-35 home victory over Olathe North Tuesday night. The Firebirds (4-1, No. 9 in Class 6A) have won all three games since coming back from the break, which was a bit longer than usual because they had to ...

Free State wrestling remains undefeated after picking up two wins in home opener

In its first home meet of the season, the results stayed the same for the Free State wrestling program. The Firebirds remained undefeated on the year after picking up two convincing wins over Gardner Edgerton and Olathe East on Saturday at FSHS. Free State earned a 61-18 win over Gardner ...

Free State boys basketball defeats Grandview in overtime

Free State’s boys basketball earned its second win in as many days to begin the 2021 portion of its schedule. Despite playing in the second game of a back-to-back, the Firebirds had enough juice to pull out a 52-50 overtime victory over Grandview on Saturday evening at Grandview. Free State ...

Preps notebook: Local bowling squads ready for 2021 season to begin

First-year Free State bowling coach Taylor Stuart has already been warned about the proper etiquette at bowling meets. Stuart, who has been an assistant for the Free State football program for six years, has often been the source of energy on the sideline during football games. He is ...

Photo gallery: Free State boys basketball at Gardner Edgerton

Free State's boys basketball team earned a road win over Gardner Edgerton in its first game of 2021. The Firebirds, who hadn't played since early December because of a quarantine and an extended winter break, will be back in action on Saturday. Photos by Chance Parker/Lawrence ...

Photo gallery: Free State girls basketball vs. Gardner Edgerton

Free State's girls basketball team fell at home to Gardner Edgerton Friday night on Jan. 8, 2020. Prior to this game, the Firebirds hadn't played since Dec. 8 due to a quarantine in December before an extended winter break. Photos by Carter Gaskins/Lawrence Journal-World

Rested Firebirds soar over Gardner Edgerton, 71-38

Gardner — All that time off over the past 34 days appeared to serve Free State High’s boys basketball team well Friday night at Gardner-Edgerton. With fresh legs and the excitement of finally playing a game again fueling their efforts, the Firebirds blew by GEHS, 71-38. “Our guys bring ...

Preps notebook: Top-10 high school sports moments of 2020

It is no secret that 2020 was a year unlike any other because of COVID-19. That much was true in every aspect of our lives. For the high school sports world, it resulted in athletes having their season impacted on a regular basis or even losing their season altogether in some cases. Yet there ...

Preps notebook: Top area athletes from opening month of winter sports season

One month of the high school winter sports season has been completed, though it wasn’t completely uninterrupted. There have been at least three local teams who have been asked to quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols, while everybody is doing their best to navigate through this strange ...

2020 Journal-World All-Area boys soccer team

Coach of the year: Jon Orndorff, Tonganoxie In a year with many quality soccer squads in the area, Orndorff’s Chieftains were one of two local programs (along with Baldwin) to win a regional title this fall. The Chieftains went 11-5 under Orndorff before losing to eventual state champion ...