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LFS Gridiron Club to host annual auction event at LCC

Imagine getting a front-row seat to one Free State football game this fall. The "Friday night lights total game day experience" is one of many items up for grabs at an annual silent auction event, which is hosted by the LFS Gridiron Club. This year’s event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. ...

Preps notebook: New high school coaches make debut during first practice of year

Not even the heat could spoil Kevin Stewart’s spirits on his first day. Monday marked the beginning of a new era for the Free State football team with Stewart at the helm. However, due to the heat index, outdoor practices at FSHS did not begin until 5:30 p.m. on the first day of the new high ...

Head coach Jayme Savage aims to improve culture for FSHS volleyball

Just because Free State’s volleyball team has a familiar face at the helm, doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes to the program. Jayme Savage was named the FSHS volleyball head coach this past spring after serving as an assistant with the program for nine years. It was clear during the ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area girls track team

Athlete of the Year: Evann Seratte, Lawrence Seratte placed in four events in her final meet, but a fall in the 800-meter run kept her from doing even better. Seratte still scored more points at the state meet in her career than any other athlete — boy or girl — in program history. The KU ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area boys track team

Athlete of the Year: Shane Quinlan, Perry-Lecompton Winning a state title in Quinlan’s senior season was always the goal. After a runner-up finish last year, Quinlan won the Class 3A boys 400-meter run with a school-record time of 49.52. He was also a regional champion and league champion in ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area softball team

Player of the Year: Tatum Clopton, Free State The Oklahoma State commit was named the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year as a sophomore, posting a 0.59 ERA in 17 outings. Clopton went 16-1 with 200 strikeouts and 15 walks in 107 innings. Opposing team posted a .081 batting average against ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area baseball team

Player of the Year: Ethan Bradford, Free State No pitcher was as dominant as Ethan Bradford this season. The Nebraska signee was named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year, posting a 7-1 record and a .565 ERA in 14 games. He struck out 81 batters and walked 25 in a total of 62 innings. In his ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area girls soccer team

Player of the Year: Anna Chieu, Lawrence Chieu poured in a school-record 19 goals to lead the Sunflower League in scoring during her senior season. Chieu scored five goals, including a game-winning goal in overtime, against Free State. She also scored five goals in a win over Gardner-Edgerton ...

Free State boys basketball hoping experience pays off this year

In just one year, things are a lot different for Free State’s boys basketball team. Entering last season, the Firebirds were facing a massive roster turnover that involved promoting several players from the junior varsity team. This year, though, Free State brings back a ton of experience ...

Colter Maldonado prepares for opportunity to be Free State’s starting QB

When he wasn’t on the field, it wasn’t hard to spot Free State’s soon-to-be senior Colter Maldonado. Throughout the two-day Kansas football camp in early June, Maldonado was constantly playing catch with a teammate when the Firebirds were not scrimmaging. For Maldonado, it was an ...

Head coach Nick Wood brings energy to FSHS girls basketball team

Evy Harrell recorded a block, but head coach Nick Wood stopped the drill anyway during the Free State girls basketball summer team camp. Wood asked the three players on defense, including Harrell, what they did wrong. The players answered immediately, admitting the lack of communication during ...

Area football players guide Kansas All-Stars to win in GKCFCA All-Star game

A trademark of so many Bob Lisher-coached Free State High football teams were the hard-hitting defenses. Those who attended the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Thursday at the College Boulevard Activity Center got to see some of those bone-jarring hits ...

Bob Lisher, Dirk Wedd to be inducted into GKCFCA Hall of Fame during all-star game

This time next year, former Free State head football coach Bob Lisher could be coaching on the other sideline. For the second time in his career, Lisher will be the head coach of the Kansas team in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star Game. The Kansas All-Stars will ...

FSHS softball players earn all-state honors; Lee Ice named Coach of the Year

Five Free State players and head coach Lee Ice received all-state honors after winning a second consecutive state title this past spring. Ice was named the Class 6A Coach of the Year, guiding Free State’s softball team to a 23-2 record and five shutouts in as many postseason contests. ...

Year in Review: FSHS softball defends state crown to highlight another strong season

For the second year in a row, Free State’s lone state title came on one of the final days of the high school sports season. The Firebirds captured their only team crown this year in the Class 6A state softball tournament, marking the second season in a row that Lee Ice’s squad has won the ...

Hussam Mohammed excited for opportunity to coach Free State soccer

Hussam Mohammed wasn’t sure what to expect when he applied to be the new Free State soccer coach. Mohammed, who has been playing the sport for as long as he can remember, has been coaching since graduating from Wichita State with a mechanical engineering degree three years ago. He’s served ...