Free State

FSHS boys basketball rolls in season opener with help from two key reserves

Neither Free State senior Cole Wheeler nor junior Dash Cleveland started Friday night in the boys basketball team’s season opener, but that didn’t keep them from making the biggest impact in a 83-42 victory over Raytown South at FSHS. Wheeler and Cleveland were the first two players off ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling begins new season with two convincing wins

Free State’s wrestling program didn’t disappoint in its first competition under first-year head coach Randy Streeter, earning a pair of convincing wins in the season opener Wednesday night at De Soto. The Firebirds dropped just one of their 28 total bouts on the night. Free State earned a ...

Firebirds ready for start of winter sports season

Four Free State winter sports programs will begin competition this week after recently finding out that the high school sports season will go on as scheduled. Free State’s swim and dive program and the wrestling team will get started on Wednesday. FSHS boys basketball will have its season ...

Preps notebook: Taylor Stuart named new Free State bowling coach

Free State will have a new head bowling coach for the 2021 campaign. The school announced on Tuesday via its website that Taylor Stuart will take over as head coach of both Free State bowling teams. Stuart will replace Burton Gepford, who was the head coach of FSHS bowling between 2013-17 and ...

KSHSAA allows winter sports to start on time, but with no spectators

The 2020-21 high school winter sports season will start on time, though there will be a longer break before competition resumes in January. And there won’t be any spectators allowed at these competitions until at least Jan. 29. During a meeting on Tuesday that lasted about four hours — and ...

Lawrence school district reconsidering allowing wrestling as pandemic worsens

Although the Lawrence school district recently announced plans to continue winter sports amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of those sports might be on the brink of being canceled. During a special meeting last week, the Lawrence school board decided to continue discussion around whether ...

FSHS softball standouts Tatum Clopton, Sara Roszak sign NLI to rival Big 12 schools

It was only fitting that Free State softball seniors Tatum Clopton and Sara Roszak signed their respective national letter of intent on the same day. Clopton, a pitcher who has been verbally committed for nearly three years, signed her NLI to Oklahoma State University from home Wednesday ...

Free State gymnastics secures state crown; LHS junior claims 2 individual titles

In a year that hasn’t provided many reasons for celebration, Lawrence High and Free State gymnastics coach Katrina Farrow probably won’t stop smiling anytime soon. Free State’s gymnastics squad finished atop the team standings at the state meet Saturday afternoon at Newton High School ...

Free State football grateful for chance to play during winless campaign in 2020

Free State football’s 0-6 season ended in the opening round of the playoffs last week, but head coach Kevin Stewart’s biggest takeaway from 2020 had nothing to do with wins or losses. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Free State didn’t even know whether there was going to be a season for ...

FSHS gymnastics claims runner-up at Sunflower League meet; LHS places 6th

Free State’s gymnastics team earned a runner-up finish on Saturday in its last meet before the state competition. The Firebirds scored 105.425 points as a team at the Sunflower League meet at Shawnee Mission South. Olathe North won the meet with 106.900 points. Lawrence High’s gymnastics ...

Free State boys cross-country captures first state title in program history

None of the Free State runners bothered to even look at their times or to see where they had finished as individuals. For about 10-15 minutes after the varsity boys race, the Firebirds waited patiently to see if they had done enough to make history Saturday afternoon at the state cross-country ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin boys soccer wins another regional crown

For the second year in a row, Baldwin’s boys soccer team has won a regional title. The Bulldogs had to beat a familiar foe to do so in 2020, earning a 3-0 win over Eudora at BHS on Friday in the regional championship. "It's always an intense game when Baldwin and Eudora play,” Baldwin ...

Free State football falls 42-21 at second-seeded Junction City

Despite playing one of their best first halves of the season, the Free State Firebirds football team fell to second-seeded Junction City, 42-21, on Friday night in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs in Junction City. The loss ended the Firebirds’ season at 0-6, but Free State ...

Despite being the favorite, Firebirds treating state meet like any other race

Free State’s boys cross-country team is trying to treat it like any other race even though there is so much at stake during Saturday’s Class 6A state meet at 4 Mile Creek Resort in Augusta. The Firebirds, who are the No. 1 team in Class 6A, enter the event as the favorite to win a state ...

Photo gallery: Lawrence High boys soccer vs. Free State in regional semifinals

Lawrence High's boys soccer team earned a 2-1 win over Free State Tuesday night at FSHS on Oct. 27, 2020 to advance to the regional championship. The Lions will travel to Olathe West, the defending Class 6A champions, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Photos by Carter Gaskins/Lawrence ...