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FSHS grad Fish signs with Tabor

Free State High graduate Briggs Fish signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Tabor College in Hillsboro. Along with playing for the Firebirds, Fish also spent two summers playing with the youth baseball Lawrence Raiders.

Heat greets prep practices

The first day of preseason practices for high school fall sports teams opened with a lot of heat, but that didn’t put a damper on any enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Lawrence High’s football team didn’t need much time to ease back into an energetic atmosphere, as the Lions are ...

FSHS junior Flynn solid in top flight of city golf championship

For the first three holes on the back nine, Jack Flynn proved he belonged in the men’s championship flight at the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association’s city tournament Saturday at Eagle Bend. He made it look easy, drilling tee shots onto the fairway, sending approach shots near the pin and ...

FSHS grad inks with Millikin U.

Free State High graduate Innocent Anavberokhai signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Millikin University at the Lawrence Public Library’s auditorium Tuesday. Anavberokhai, the Kansas Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club, played guard for the Firebirds for the past two ...

Lawrence swimmer snares 2 medals

Irvine, Calif. ? Fifteen-year-old Lawrence native Michael Andrew medaled in two events Sunday at the Speedo Junior National Championships. Andrew finished third in the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.53) and took eighth in the 50-meter freestyle (23.27). Free State High senior Courtney ...

FSHS track’s Lane fifth at AAU Junior Olympics

Des Moines, Iowa ? Free State sophomore Avin Lane finished fifth among 15-16-year-old boys in the 200-meter dash at the AAU Junior Olympics, Saturday at Drake University. Lane, the seventh seed, sprinted to a time of 22.12. He teamed with FSHS junior Ronald White on the 365 Blaze Track Club’s ...

City swimmer wins junior national title

Irvine, Calif. ? Lawrence native Michael Andrew, 15, won his first junior national title in the men’s 100-meter backstroke Saturday at the Speedo Junior National Championships. He swam a personal-best time of 55.73, which just missed the meet record by 0.27 seconds. Free State High senior ...

Lawrencians swim at junior nationals

Irvine, Calif. ? Free State High senior Courtney Caldwell placed 35th in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday at the Speedo Junior National Championships. Caldwell took third in her heat, swimming to a time of 57.26. She was 56th in the 100 fly (1:02.31). Caldwell is expected to race in the 100 ...

FSHS track athletes run at AAU Junior Olympics

Des Moines, Iowa ? Free State High sophomore Avin Lane finished 10th in the 100-meter dash among 15- and 16-year-olds at the AAU Junior Olympics on Wednesday at Drake University. After running a time of 11.02 in prelims, Lane missed qualifying for the finals by a tenth of a second when he ...

Firebirds Dabney, Clark place at Junior Olympics

Free State High senior Gabbi Dabney took 18th place, and senior Kiara Clark finished 27th in the girls’ 17-18-year-old heptathlon at the AAU Track and Field Junior Olympics at Drake University last weekend. Dabney had three top-15 finishes in the seven events, taking 11th in the 100-meter ...

Ex-FSHS linebacker Loneker wins Shrine Bowl MVP

Pittsburg ? Former Free State High linebacker Keith Loneker has earned plenty of accolades over his prep career, but this time he was stunned.Loneker knew he was playing well in the Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Pittsburg State University, but he was left near speechless when he was named the Most ...

Prep football foes get Shrine reunion

For the first time in five years, Free State High linebacker Keith Loneker and Lawrence High center Kyle Wittman are teammates once again. The two will play together — for the first time since playing on an all-star team in the seventh grade — on the East squad in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. ...

A pool pedigree: Campbell family passes on love of swimming

Clark Campbell is only half joking when he suggests more than blood flows through his family’s veins.“I kid with my wife sometimes that we spend far too much time at the pool, whether it’s professionally or with the family, that I think our bloodstream has chlorine in it,” Clark said. ...

City swimmers named all-league

Several city swimmers and divers earned All-Sunflower League recognition for their performances this spring. Free State High junior Eliza Anderson, junior Courtney Caldwell, sophomore Cierra Campbell, junior Haley Johnson and senior Sydney Sirimongkhon-Dyck earned first-team honors. Firebirds ...

Firebirds make all-league soccer

Two Free State High girls soccer players earned first-team All-Sunflower League recognition. Midfielder Maddie Dieker and defenseman Olivia Hodison were placed on the first team. It’s the third straight year Dieker has picked up first team honors and the second consecutive year for ...

FSHS boys basketball pleased with summer progress

For a group of players who don’t have much varsity experience and haven’t played in many games together, Free State’s boys basketball team has to be pleased so far this summer. The Firebirds went 5-3 in the KAMO boys’ team shootout a few weeks ago and also played well against opponents ...

Free State’s Lane qualifies for AAU Junior Olympics

Free State High sophomore Avin Lane qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Games after finishing second in the 15-16 year-old 100- and 200-meter dashes at a qualifier last weekend in Joplin, Missouri. Lane ran the fastest time in the 100 prelims, but took second place with a time of 11.32. In the ...

2014 Journal-World All-Area Softball Team

Player of the YearHaidyn Bassett, OskaloosaBassett dominated the Northeast Kansas League this spring, earning a 12-1 record in the pitcher’s circle with a 0.35 ERA. The Bears sophomore also hit .569 with 41 hits, 36 runs, 30 RBIs and 9 home runs. Coach of the YearLisa Braun, OskaloosaBraun ...

2014 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team

Player of the YearZach Linquist, Perry-LecomptonLinquist was a major part of the Kaws’ run to the Class 4A-DII state championship game. He had a .493 batting average with 37 hits and 29 RBIs, and also was dominant on the mound, striking out 54 in 31 innings with a 2.56 ERA. Coach of the ...

FSHS runners get head start on cross country season

When most of their classmates are sleeping, Free State High’s cross country runners are out preparing for next season. The Firebirds run each weekday, starting at 7 a.m. outside of Munchers Bakery, and more than 25 boys and girls showed up Wednesday morning. That number will fluctuate between ...