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FSHS swimmers 3rd; LHS 5th

Topeka ? Free State and Lawrence High’s boys swim teams both earned top-five finishes Tuesday at the Topeka Capitol Federal Natatorium.The Firebirds placed third overall with 398 points, while the Lions took fifth out of 14 teams with 166.5.Jordan Portela and Josh Terrell each won events for ...

Two Firebirds win wrestling titles

Paola ? Free State High senior wrestler Shayn Morris and freshman Tate Steele won championships in their weight classes Saturday at the Paola Invitational. Steele, the top-ranked wrestler at 106 pounds in Class 6A, defeated Basehor-Linwood’s Cody Phippen, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in 4A, by a ...

Firebirds push Olathe East

Overland Park ? Free State’s boys basketball team came up just short in a 53-46 loss to Olathe East in the third-place game of the Saints Classic on Saturday, but FSHS coach Chuck Law was anything but discouraged with how his Firebirds performed.“I thought we played great. That might have ...

Aquinas trips Firebirds in tourney semifinals

Overland Park ? Free State High junior Hunter Gudde stared at the St. Thomas Aquinas gymnasium ceiling in disbelief Friday night as he walked toward half-court to congratulate the No. 3-ranked team in Class 5A on its 51-50 home victory in the Saints Classic semifinals.Gudde was beating himself ...

Free State fights back

Overland Park ? Free State High’s boys basketball players have struggled to shoot the ball for most of the season. But when they needed a basket against St. James Academy on Thursday, all of those problems disappeared. The Firebirds fought back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter ...

LHS, FSHS face tourney challenges

Lawrence High’s boys basketball team won a few close games to capture a Topeka Invitational Tournament championship last year. The road to a title won’t get any easier this season. The Lions (10-0, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A) will open play against Wichita Southeast (4-5) at 5 p.m. today at ...

FSHS swimmers first at BVSW

Overland Park ? Free State boys swimming and diving team placed first in 10 of 12 events to win the Blue Valley Southwest triangular Tuesday.Jordan Portela won two individual events with the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle, and also helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to ...

SM South hires FSHS football assistant Oberzan

Free State High’s football team will be without one of its most familiar faces next year. Defensive coordinator Brett Oberzan, who spent the last 11 seasons at FSHS, accepted the head-coaching position at Shawnee Mission South on Friday.“I’m very excited to get the opportunity to do ...

FSHS boys fall short

For most of Friday night at Free State High, boys basketball coach Chuck Law thought his team worked to get quality looks on offense and forced No. 7-ranked Olathe Northwest into difficult shots on the opposite end of the court.Such was the case in the final minute of the fourth quarter. ...

FSHS girls return to winning ways

Coming off its first loss of the season — a 30-point setback, no less — Free State High’s girls basketball team got right back in the win column Friday night with a 63-59 victory over Olathe Northwest at FSHS.The Firebirds (8-1, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A) wanted to prove themselves ...

FSHS bowlers claim first

Free State High’s boys and girls bowling teams both took first place in the De Soto Invitational at Royal Crest Lanes.Matthew Eagle’s 246 game and 675 series were tops for the FSHS boys, and Bri Martin’s 204 game and 544 series were best for the Free State girls. The Firebirds defeated ...

Free State swimmers cruise to victory

Jordan Portela’s teammates just laughed. Opponents just shook their heads. No one is surprised by the two-time boys swimming state champion anymore. In the final event of the Free State Invitational on Thursday, the Firebirds were trailing Washburn Rural in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Down ...

Free State boys get first league win

Enough was enough. Free State High’s boys basketball players were ready to put their offensive problems aside in the second half against Leavenworth on Tuesday. The Firebirds, who have struggled to create offense in their last few games, found enough ways to score for a 57-49 road victory at ...

Firebird girls suffer first loss

Leavenworth ? Free State High’s girls basketball team hasn’t faced a team this season with height similar to Leavenworth. Or speed. Or talent. The Firebirds couldn’t score on the shots they usually take and had trouble defensively in a 60-30 loss at Leavenworth. Free State only trailed by ...

LHS girls first at bowling meet

Leavenworth ? Lawrence High bowler Morgan Daniels finished in second place among varsity girls with a three-game series total of 558 pins on Monday at the Lansing Invitational at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth. Lawrence’s girls team knocked down 1,932 pins to take first place in the four-team ...

FSHS girls rise to No. 5 in poll

Free State High’s girls basketball team continued its rise through the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s weekly rankings, jumping to No. 5 in Class 6A in the latest poll released Monday. The Firebirds (7-0) will go on the road to face Leavenworth (6-1, ranked No. 3 in 5A) at 5:30 ...

LHS bowlers take second

Lawrence High’s girls bowling team didn’t have any season-opening jitters at the Free State Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Lions took second place in the Baker-formatted match play at Royal Crest Lanes. They lost, 161-153 and 215-174, to Topeka High and were runner-up for the ...

FSHS swimmers second at SMNW

Shawnee ? Free State placed second and Lawrence High third Saturday at the six-team Shawnee Mission Northwest boys swim invitational.Free State’s Jack Ziegler (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) and Jordan Portela (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) each won two individual events. SM Northwest ...

Firebirds’ Steele first at SMS wrestling invitational

Overland Park ? Free State High freshman Tate Steele took first place in the 106-pound weight class and led Free State’s wrestling team to third place in the Shawnee Mission South Invitational on Saturday. Steele, who improved to 16-1 this year, won two matches by technical fall before ...

Free State boys fall

Olathe ? Important as it is, defense will only get you so far sometimes. Just ask Free State High’s boys basketball team.The Firebirds, as they often have done this season, harassed their foes and made them earn every basket Friday night at Olathe North. But when the time came for the ...