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Free State soccer player Laufer picks Central Arkansas

Since middle school, Free State High senior Will Laufer had a goal of playing soccer in college. He made his dream a reality when he made an oral commitment to play soccer at the University of Central Arkansas on Thursday. “I’m very excited,” Laufer said. “They were happy to have me ...

LHS soccer players earn league honors

Two Lawrence High girls soccer players earned All-Sunflower League honors for their play last season. Freshman forward Maria Duncan and sophomore midfielder Skylar Drum were both selected for the second team. Lawrence’s Keeli Billings and Cortlynn Stark, along with Free State’s Maya ...

Free State’s Bryce Torneden commits to North Dakota State

Free State High senior quarterback and safety Bryce Torneden wanted to let his college recruitment play out, but he always had his eyes set on North Dakota State. Torneden traveled to the school on Friday for one of its football camps. Before walking around the team’s facilities with some ...

Firebirds’ Spain helps East win Shrine Bowl shutout

Hays ? With two minutes left in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl, former Free State High cornerback Joel Spain snuffed out a reverse near the goal line and made a tackle in the backfield, helping the East squad complete a 21-0 victory at Fort Hays State University. The play had a little extra meaning ...

FSHS grad Spain relishes Shrine experience

Former Free State High football standout Joel Spain will put on the pads for the last time in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Fort Hays State University. Spain, who will play college baseball at Cowley County Community College, will suit up at cornerback for the ...

FSHS grad Keith Pipkin to coach alma mater’s tennis

Nearly a decade ago, Keith Pipkin became the first Free State High boys tennis player to medal at the state tournament. Now he hopes he can lead many more Firebirds to top finishes at state. Pipkin was announced as the Free State boys and girls tennis coach Tuesday. He replaced Oather ...

Firebirds’ Trevor Munsch picks Oklahoma

Free State senior pitcher Trevor Munsch helped the Firebirds to a state title as a junior, but before he tries to lead FSHS to back-to-back championships, he decided where he will play at the next level.Munsch, who was 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA for the Firebirds in his junior season, committed to ...

Young Loneker to walk on to KU

The uniform he’ll be asked to fill will not be quite as large, but Kansas University’s football team has cleared the way to add another Loneker.After earning freshman All-American honors at Baker University during the 2014 season, 2014 Free State High graduate Keith Loneker Jr., son of ...

Free State soccer relying on experience to improve record

Free State girls soccer coach Kelly Barah knew that the 2015 season might be full of bumps and bruises with a large contigent of freshmen and sophomores getting quality minutes at the varsity level.The Firebirds concluded the spring with a record of 6-10, and Barah hopes that the eight ...

Flynn closes with 71

Free State senior golfer Jack Flynn knew he could put together a good round on the final day of the Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship tournament Thursday at Alvamar Country Club if he could get his putter going.Flynn found his putting stroke, and was nearly flawless from tee to pin as he ...

Houk to play golf at Wesleyan

Free State High grad Coleman Houk signed to play collegiate golf for Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday. Houk helped the Firebirds finish sixth in the Class 6A state golf tournament in May, shooting an 80 to tie for 46th place individually.

Firebirds’ Flynn cards 4-over 76

Free State High’s Jack Flynn carded a second-round score of 4-over 76 Wednesday in the Under Armor-Gary Woodland Amateur Championship at Alvamar Country Club.After carding an opening round of 79, Flynn moved up 11 spots on the leaderboard, but still finds himself 15 strokes back of leader ...

Tripp Wright signs with Neosho County

Free State High graduate Tripp Wright has committed to play baseball for Neosho County Community College next year. Last season, Wright tossed 132/3 innings for the Class 6A state champion Firebirds and played right field.

Former LHS coaches Purdy, Woolard join Hall of Fame

Blue Springs, Mo. ? Two of Lawrence’s most popular high school football coaches were honored for their contributions to the sport on Thursday. Al Woolard and Dick Purdy were inducted into the inaugural class of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame during halftime ...

Missouri softball all-stars sweep

Missouri swept the Mo-Kan softball All-Star series on Monday at the Shawnee Mission District Softball Complex with 12-3 and 15-1 victories over Kansas, which included Lawrence High graduate Morgan Byrn and Free State High graduate Emily Bermel. Byrn went 2-for-3 in the second game, with a solo ...

Turnout high for FSHS cross country

Free State High cross country coach Steve Heffernan wasn’t expecting many athletes to show up at the beginning of summer conditioning in the past few weeks. Some runners need time to recover after track season. Others go on vacation or head off to summer camps.But Heffernan has been surprised ...

Tye Carter signs with Kansas track

Overnight javelin sensation Tye Carter has decided to continue his young track-and-field career at Kansas University, which he said has guaranteed him a partial scholarship.Carter’s family and friends gathered Monday night at Legend’s for a ceremonial signing party for the Free State High ...

Free State tennis coach resigns

Free State High boys and girls tennis coach Oather Strawderman resigned last month at the end of the school year. Strawderman coached the Firebirds for six seasons, leading the boys to third place at their regional in May and fourth in the Sunflower League meet. He also coached Alexis ...

Column: New rule could distract high school football recruits

An early, extra letter-of-intent signing window of three days in mid-December could be voted into existence as early as today or Wednesday for college football recruits. As it stands, football signing day is the first Wednesday of February.Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd, for one, doesn’t like ...

KSHSAA ends football districts

Starting in 2016, regular-season high school football games will become much more important. The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced in May that Class 6A and 5A schools no longer will be assigned football districts, beginning in 2016. Instead, football teams will play an ...