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Photo gallery: Firebirds, Lions compete in Sunflower League Softball Festival

Both Free State and Lawrence High softball squads competed in the Sunflower League Softball Festival Friday afternoon in Olathe on April 16, 2021. The Lions lost both of their games, while the Firebirds went 1-1 on the day. Photos by Chance Parker/Lawrence Journal-World

Free State softball comes up short in another regular-season loss to Washburn Rural

OLATHE — The bad news: Free State softball came up short, 3-2, against Washburn Rural on Friday. The good news? In 2019, the Firebirds were forced to recover from a similar regular-season loss to Washburn Rural — and they bounced back big, eventually avenging that defeat in the 6A state ...

Local athletes have successful day during track meet at Lawrence High

Plenty of local track and field athletes earned victories during Wednesday’s Little KU meet at Lawrence High School. Athletes or relay teams from Lawrence High, Free State or Bishop Seabury won 34 events at the meet. Topeka West also competed. LHS senior Graham Hough won multiple ...

Preps notebook: Free State freshman Jack Randall wins golf tournament as individual

Free State freshman Jack Randall claimed his first win of his high school career Tuesday afternoon during the first leg of the Sunflower League Invitational. Randall shot a 71 to finish one stroke under par at the Deer Creek Golf Course. His score was one stroke better than Mill Valley senior ...

Preps notebook: LHS baseball snaps skid with 8-3 win over Olathe North

Thanks to a five-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth, Lawrence High’s baseball team grabbed a 8-3 win over Olathe North Tuesday night at LHS. It was enough to help the Lions snap a three-game skid. With the score tied at 3-3, Lawrence (6-4) got the sixth inning started with a leadoff ...

Free State tennis secures 8-1 win over Lawrence High in City Showdown

In a way, the No. 1 doubles match between Free State and Lawrence High boys tennis was symbolic of Tuesday’s City Showdown at LHS. Free State’s doubles tandem of George Thornton and Ben Melvin have practiced with Lawrence High’s duo of Drew Dean and Cuyler Dunn for several years now. So, ...

Photo gallery: Free State softball vs. SM Northwest

Free State's softball team secured a 8-0 win over Shawnee Mission Northwest Friday night at FSHS on April 9, 2021. FSHS pitcher Tatum Clopton struck out 18 batters during a no-hit bid. Sara Roszak clubbed two home runs, while Jasmine Brixius finished with a trio of hits and two RBIs. Photos by ...

Lawrence High, Free State baseball both fall in road games

A three-run fourth inning by Olathe West doomed the Lawrence High baseball team in a 4-2 road loss on Friday night. At the top of the fourth, LHS’ Karson Green tied the score at 1-1 with an RBI groundout. But the Owls struck back in the home half of the frame. Olathe West scored three runs ...

Tatum Clopton whiffs 18 batters, FSHS softball secures 8-0 win over SM Northwest

Free State softball’s star pitcher Tatum Clopton said she had an “off day” in Friday’s 8-0 win over Shawnee Mission Northwest. The stat sheet suggests otherwise. Clopton struck out a season-high 18 batters in the two-time state champions’ home victory. She didn’t even surrender ...

Despite late rally, FSHS baseball drops 6-5 decision to Shawnee Mission Northwest

Despite a rally in the final inning, Free State’s baseball team came up just short in a 6-5 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest Thursday night at FSHS. Each team had two runs in the first, but only the visitors kept up the momentum in the innings that followed. The Cougars scored one run in ...

Thursday’s high school sports schedule impacted by weather

Rainy weather and wet field conditions wiped out a day of local high school sports events on Thursday. Free State’s softball team was slated to have a home matchup against Shawnee Mission Northwest. That game has now been moved to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Firebirds, who have won back-to-back ...

Photo gallery: Free State baseball vs. Olathe North

Free State's baseball team suffered a 8-6 defeat to Olathe North Tuesday night at FSHS on April 6, 2021. The Firebirds (4-3) gave up six runs over the final two innings after having a 6-2 advantage entering the top of the sixth. Photos by Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World

FSHS baseball surrenders late lead in 8-6 loss to Olathe North

After scoring five runs in the fifth inning, Free State High School’s baseball team seemed to be surging past Olathe North on Tuesday night. But over the next two innings, Olathe North’s Eagles did one better: They scored six. “Credit to Olathe North, they earned it,” FSHS head coach ...

Free State boys tennis begins season with 3rd-place finish

Free State’s boys tennis team started off the 2021 campaign with a third-place finish at the Emporia Invitational on Saturday. The Firebirds scored 40 points as a team, finishing behind runner-up Blue Valley (49 points) and Blue Valley Northwest (59) in the six-squad event. FSHS was led ...

Photo gallery: Local track teams compete at Lawrence High quadrangular

Free State, Lawrence High and Bishop Seabury all competed in the track meet at LHS on Friday, April 2, 2021. Olathe East won both the boys and girls division, but plenty of local athletes shined in the second track meet of the 2021 campaign. Lawrence junior Avion Nelson won both jumping events ...