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FSHS, LHS expect battle in city softball showdown

Free State High’s softball team has dominated in the City Showdown over the past two seasons, winning all four games against Lawrence High.Nobody expects a sweep to be easy this year.The two schools will play each other twice this week, starting at 5 p.m. today at LHS. “I’ve got a lot of ...

Firebird sets 800 record

Overland Park ? Free State High senior Bailey Sullivan set a school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.58 on Friday at Shawnee Mission North Relays.Sullivan helped the FSHS girls finish second with 66 points, four points behind Olathe East.Scout Wiebe won the girls javelin with a ...

Free State 2nd at league swimming

With one race left Saturday afternoon at the Sunflower League Championships, Free State High’s girls swimmers listened to the voice coming from the public-address system as it read off the team point totals, from fewest to most.The Firebirds heard their team’s name called second to last, ...

Lawrence High’s Irick wins regional tennis title

Thomas Irick thought he was finished. The Lawrence High senior was tired, down a set and had already lost the first three games of the second set in the boys tennis regional championship Saturday afternoon at LHS. But suddenly, something clicked. After struggling with unforced errors, drilling ...

FSHS swimmers value depth, too

By now, Free State High’s youngest swimmers truly understand.The Firebirds’ upperclassmen have dropped the knowledge in their ears every time they think of it, hoping the message gets in their heads and remains trapped somewhere underneath their swimming caps.The most experienced members of ...

Firebirds soccer loses to O-South, 3-2

Free State High’s girls soccer team could not overcome an early first-half deficit and lost, 3-2, to Olathe South, Thursday at FSHS.The Firebirds scored the lone goal of the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net a second time to tie the game before the end of ...

FSHS 5th, LHS 6th at O-East golf invitational

Overland Park ? Free State golfer Coleman Houk placed sixth and Lawrence High’s Dawson Dykes took eighth after scorecard playoffs Thursday at the Olathe East Invitational.Houk shot a 79 to lead the Lions, who placed fifth as a team with 334. Dykes (80) and the Lions placed six strokes back ...

Free State swept in softball twinbill

Prairie Village ? Despite scoring 15 runs on 30 hits, Free State High’s softball team dropped a doubleheader to Shawnee Mission East on Thursday, 8-5 and 14-10.Meredith Morris homered twice in the opener for the Firebirds, and Emily Bermel was 6-for-9 for the day with a pair of doubles.“We ...

FSHS baseball beats SMS, 9-5

Overland Park ? Free State High’s baseball team scored early and often in a 9-5 victory against Shawnee Mission South, Thursday.The Firebirds scored six runs in the first three innings, and put the game away with a three-run seventh.“We had struggled to get big hits recently, and tonight we ...

Free State’s Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck signs to swim in college

It took some extra time for Free State High senior Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck to sign her letter of intent on Thursday afternoon. Writing out a long last name is a small price to pay to complete a dream of swimming in college. Sirimongkhon-Dyck signed with the University of Nebraska-Omaha during a ...

Highlight plays not enough for Firebirds baseball in loss

Free State High baseball seniors Tyler Walmsley, Zach Bickling and Ryan Cantrell jammed a week’s worth of highlights into the final two innings of Tuesday evening’s home baseball game, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Firebirds to prevail.Olathe North defeated Free State, 7-6, in eight ...

Defending champs sweep FSHS softball

The past few weeks, Free State High’s softball players began growing accustomed to winning, even while playing eight of their previous 10 games on the road.The Firebirds’ home field proved unaccommodating during a doubleheader Tuesday, but that had more to do with the visitors — ...

FSHS soccer falls at Olathe East, 7-1

Olathe ? Maddie Dieker scored the lone goal for the Free State girls soccer team in a 7-1 loss Monday at Olathe East.“I think we played good soccer, but we got down a couple of goals early,” Free State coach Kelly Barah said. “When that happens, it’s hard to come back.”The Firebirds ...

Firebirds golfer moves to first in Sunflower League; FSHS 2nd at O-North

Lenexa ? Free State sophomore Jack Flynn moved into first place in the Sunflower League boys golf standings after finishing second on Monday in the Olathe North Invitational at Falcon Ridge.FSHS senior Hunter Dedloff finished third to help the Firebirds take second place at the 11-team ...

High schools notebook: Infield leading Lions softball

Lawrence High softball coach Joe Dee Tarbutton raved about his infielders before the season. They’ve lived up to the billing. With junior Morgan Byrn at third, sophomore Sophie Taylor at short, senior Marly Carmona at second and senior Kristen Gile at first, the infield has been one of the ...

FSHS baseball trips BVN

Overland Park ? Jacob Pavlyak hit a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning, and Ryan Cantrell and Casey Hearnen combined on a six-hitter as Free State defeated Blue Valley North, 3-1, on Saturday in high school baseball.Blue Valley North took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the ...

FSHS baseball falls short in 4-3 loss

Olathe ? Free State High’s seventh-inning rally fell short in a 4-3 high school baseball loss to Olathe South on Friday.Cameron Pope hit a two-run triple in the top of the seventh to pull the Firebirds within one, but FSHS couldn’t knock him in the tie the game.“I thought we got a great ...

FSHS, LHS girls 1-2 at track meet

Topeka ? Free State’s and Lawrence High’s girls track and field teams finished first and second, respectively, Friday at the Topeka Seaman Relays.The Firebirds scored 107.5 points, edging the Lions by 27.5 for the team title.Free State distance runner Bailey Sullivan won the girls 800 and ...

Firebirds sweep SMW in softball

Overland Park ? Free State High’s softball team scored 37 runs on 28 hits Thursday in a doubleheader sweep of Shawnee Mission West.The Firebirds (10-4) posted 21-1 and 16-0 victories.Emily Bermel went 4-for-4 and scored four runs in each game, and Meredith Morris (5-2) and Kaley Delg (5-2) ...

FSHS baseball falls to ONW

Olathe ? Free State High’s baseball team overcame one early error and forced extra innings Thursday at Olathe Northwest, but more miscues late cost the Firebirds in a 5-4, nine-inning loss.FSHS trailed 4-0 after a first inning in which the ball got away from the Firebirds on an attempted ...