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Preps notebook: Local football players slated to compete in Shrine Bowl next week

Three area football players will compete in the Kansas Shrine Bowl later this month: Thad Metcalfe and Hayden Robb of Perry-Lecompton and Branden Martin of Tonganoxie. All three players will compete for the East team in the annual event, which is scheduled for June 26 at Hutchinson Community ...

Firebirds excited for ‘fresh start’ entering Year 2 under Chris Linner

What does head coach Chris Linner expect from this year’s Free State girls basketball team? He has no idea — and he can’t wait to see what happens. Last year’s team, which went 6-12, leaned heavily on its seven seniors. Some of them, including Shannon Clarke and Evy Harrell, had ...

Free State volleyball returns indoors to work on fundamentals during summer camp

This past week, Free State volleyball’s summer camp had to work around a few scheduling headaches and a class of more than 30 newcomers. No big deal. Last year, they didn’t even have a net. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the team out of its gymnasium in 2020, so the players had to move to ...

Local girls soccer players earn All-Sunflower League honors following 2021 campaign

Free State and Lawrence High both had a pair of players land on the top-two teams when All-Sunflower League selections were released following the 2021 girls soccer season. One player from each school ended up on the All-Sunflower League first team, with FSHS junior Madison Beeley and LHS ...