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2019 Journal-World All-Area girls cross-country team

Coach of the year: Jim Barnard, Eudora The Cardinals closed 2019 with high finishes in their three postseason meets. Under the direction of Barnard, Eudora’s girls cross-country team won the Frontier League title. EHS also won the regional title for the second year in a row before placing ...

2019 Journal-World All-Area boys soccer team

Coach of the year: Darren Erpelding, Eudora Erpelding's Cardinals finished just shy of qualifying for the Class 4A-1A state tournament, but it was still a special season for the Eudora squad. Eudora went 12-6-1 in 2019, which included the team’s first regional title in program history. The ...

2019 Journal-World All-Area boys cross-country team

Coach of the year: John Tollefson, Tonganoxie Under Tollefson, the Chieftains earned plenty of hardware during the postseason. Tonganoxie’s boys cross-country team won the Frontier League title and secured a regional crown as well. THS also ended up taking home a third-place finish at the ...

2019 Journal-World All-Area volleyball team

Coach of the year: Jayme Savage, Free State In her first season at the helm, Savage directed Free State back to the Class 6A state tournament. The Firebirds ultimately lost all three matches in pool play, finishing the year with a 24-15 record. FSHS also won its first Sunflower League title ...

2019 Journal-World All-Area football team

Coach of the year: Mike Paramore, Perry-Lecompton Under Paramore, Perry-Lecompton advanced to the state championship game for the second time in program history. The Kaws ultimately finished as a runner-up in Class 3A. PLHS finished with a 9-4 record, which included a stretch of six ...

FSHS girls fall to Blue Springs in 5th-place game of Lady Hawks Classic

Olathe — Free State head coach Nick Wood is certain his team improved this week, even though things ended on a sour note. The FSHS girls basketball team went 1-2 to notch sixth place in the 2019 Lady Hawks Classic, which was one spot higher than it did last year. Unlike last season, though, ...

Free State girls basketball narrowly beats Barstow 57-54

In an absolute nail-biter, Free State girls basketball pulled out a narrow 57-54 victory over Barstow in the Olathe East tournament Thursday. Junior guard Evy Harrell led the way for the Firebirds with 18 points, with junior guard Shannon Clarke and senior guard Caely Kesten right behind, each ...

FSHS girls basketball falls to Nixa in opening round of Lady Hawks Classic

Olathe — Early in the fourth quarter, Free State junior Shannon Clarke drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull her team within 10 points. It appeared to be the start of another strong finish by the Firebirds, similar to their overtime win in the season opener last week. Instead, Nixa ...

Wrestling recap: Tonganoxie takes 4th, FSHS nets 5th at Leavenworth Challenger

A few area wrestling teams were in action at the 31st annual Leavenworth Challenger on Saturday afternoon. Liberty (Mo.) ended up winning the tournament with 329 points, while Washburn Rural and Bonner Springs rounded out the top three. Tonganoxie led the way among area squads by claiming ...

FSHS boys basketball nets 3rd place at Hays City Shootout

Free State’s boys basketball team came home with some hardware in its first tournament of the 2019-20 campaign. The Firebirds pushed past Hays High School for a 46-31 win Saturday in the third-place game of the Hays City Shootout. Free State came away with two wins and one loss in the ...

FSHS boys drop 51-49 decision to Manhattan High

Free State’s boys basketball team faltered down the stretch in a 51-49 loss to Manhattan High on Friday night during the semifinals of the Hays City Shootout. MHS outscored FSHS by a 24-11 margin in the final period en route to the narrow win. Manhattan will now play in the championship ...

Preps notebook: Top area boys basketball storylines entering 2019-20 season

It is that time of the year again. The area basketball scene will be in full swing this week, with multiple teams slated to compete in tournaments next week. Over half of the area boys basketball programs advanced to the state tournament last year, and many of them have similar expectations ...

Free State wrestling opens season with 2 wins under new coach Steve Burns

Right after Free State junior Caleb Streeter excitedly won his first match over Holton’s Conner Gilliland, senior Lou Fincher congratulated him by handing off a large silver chain. “You get to wear it if you get a pin,” Free State coach Steve Burns said. “It’s an honor to wear it ...

FSHS girls basketball outlasts Blue Valley West in OT for 36-33 win

Overland Park — The Firebirds certainly got their money’s worth in the season opener Thursday night at Blue Valley West. It was a back-and-forth battle night all night between Free State and Blue Valley West, as both teams traded punches down the stretch. FSHS forced overtime after being ...

FSHS boys roll past Millwood in season opener

Free State’s boys basketball team rolled to a 59-35 win over Millwood (Okla.) in the season opener Thursday night at Hays Middle School. Sophomore point guard Mozae Downing got the Firebirds started with 6 of his team’s 16 points in the first quarter. It was balanced after that, as Free ...

Preps notebook: Top area girls basketball storylines entering 2019-20 season

The 2019 girls basketball season begins today with multiple area teams taking the court. Last season, a pair of area teams qualified for the state tournament and many individuals had successful seasons as well. This year should be just as intriguing with interesting storylines to monitor ...

Firebirds prepared for start of winter sports season

The latest winter sports season officially begins this week for Free State. Free State’s swim and dive team will kick off this season with a home meet Wednesday afternoon. The girls basketball team and the wrestling squad, both of which have a new head coach this year, will begin the 2019-20 ...

Preps notebook: Tonganoxie football having best season in program history

Tonganoxie senior Cooper Cunningham realized that this season would be special back in early June. During a football camp at the University of Kansas, the Chieftains held their own against some quality programs. The two-day event featured a number of 6A and 5A teams, including squads that are ...

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 ...