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FSHS bats come alive in 12-2 win

Free State High senior Zach Bickling and junior Casey Hearnen knew they needed to do more to help the baseball team. They decided to put in some extra time working on their swings in the batting cages over the last week, hoping it would help them break out of their recent slumps.They’ve had ...

Free State soccer shuts out Topeka, 3-0

Jessica Ferguson scored two goals and Tanna Fanshier added one to lead Free State past Topeka High, 3-0, in high school girls soccer Friday night at FSHS.Maddie Dieker, Lexi Brady and Hanna Heline had assists for the Firebirds, and goalkeeper Annie Hierl recorded the shutout.“We shared the ...

Swimming sisters similar

For the record, sisters Lucy and Sydney Sirimongkhon-Dyck would like to make one thing clear: They are two different people.Sure, they both swim for Free State High and perform at a high level. But they compete in different individual events and are nearly three years apart in age.So why is it ...

FSHS wins tennis Showdown II

An unscheduled, somewhat surprising city showdown broke out during the final round of Friday’s Lawrence Invitational tennis tournament at LHS, where Shawnee Mission East won the team title and Free State and Lawrence High finished third and sixth, respectively.“We had an unplanned dual with ...

Harmon-Thomas getting back on track

Since the end of last season, Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas has competed at track meets in Albuquerque, N.M., St. Louis, the Ukraine, Arkansas and New York. And right now, all she can think about is getting back to Wichita.That’s where she helped the Firebirds win the 2013 Class ...

Column: Vaulter Trevor Hillis natural flier

Either you like to fly or you don’t. Pole vaulters like to fly. If they didn’t, they would put their strength, speed and fearless competitive streaks to work in other events during track meets.Trevor Hillis likes to fly. He flew higher than anyone at Free State High ever had Friday during ...

Firebirds’ offense falls short in River City Baseball Festival opener

Free State High’s baseball team had plenty of opportunities to score runs throughout its game against Raymore-Peculiar, Mo., on Thursday night, but couldn’t push many runs across the plate.Raymore-Peculiar didn’t have as many chances but cashed in at the right time. With the game tied in ...

LHS soccer keeps City Showdown close before freshman lifts FSHS, 2-1

Free State High freshman Sabrea Platz received the kind of introduction to the City Showdown that Firebirds and Lions alike dream about.“There’s an intensity in this game that’s unmatched anywhere else,” Platz said Thursday evening at Lawrence High. “It’s insane.”Young as Platz ...

‘A good day’: Free State 3rd, LHS takes 15th at Free State golf invite

Freshman Jack Flynn and junior Matthew Siler shot rounds of 5-over-par 77 to lead the Free State boys golf team to a third-place finish at the FSHS Invitational Wednesday at Eagle Bend Golf Course.Flynn and Siler finished in a tie for 10th, and teammates Jack Junge and Hunter Dedloff were close ...

River City Baseball Festival field loaded

For high school baseball teams looking to simulate the state tournament, there’s no better test than the River City Baseball Festival, which begins at 11:15 a.m. today.Nearly 30 baseball teams from four states will converge on Lawrence for the 13th annual Festival, which will be played over ...

Firebirds soccer stung in OT of game for friend

Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest delivered double sadness for the Free State High girls soccer team, which walked away disappointed by the outcome and teary-eyed over the special meaning behind the game.Tuesday was a night for “Molly’s Movement” at FSHS, where ...

FSHS softball splits twinbill

Olathe ? Free State High’s softball team split its two games Tuesday, defeating Olathe North, 5-3, and falling to Olathe Northwest, 6-5.Against Olathe North, Meredith Morris picked up her fourth victory of the season, and helped out her own cause by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs at the ...

FSHS swimmers fall in SME dual

Prairie Village ? The Free State girls swimming and diving team lost a dual against Shawnee Mission East, 111-75, Tuesday at SME.Junior Courtney Caldwell and sophomore Cierra Campbell led the Firebirds with a pair of first-place finishes apiece. Caldwell took first in the 50 free and 100 free, ...

Firebirds golf third at MHS Invite; FSHS, LHS compete at SME

Firebirds golf third at MHS InviteManhattan — Coleman Houk placed 18th as Free State’s golfers took third Monday in the eight-team Manhattan High Invite.Houk shot an 84 to lead the Firebirds.Manhattan High InviteMonday at Manhattan Country ClubTeam scores: 1. Manhattan (blue) 324; 2. Dodge ...

FSHS tennis first at Topeka quad

Topeka ? Free State High’s boys tennis team took first place Monday at the Topeka quadrangular.No. 2 singles player David Neff and No. 2 doubles partners Jackson Schneider and Seamus Ryan went 3-0 to lead FSHS over Olathe South, THS and Highland Park.Topeka High QuadrangularMonday at Kossover ...

Firebirds baseball jumps league leaders early in 10-1 win

For six games this spring, no Sunflower League baseball team had figured out a way to defeat high-scoring Olathe East High. When Free State capitalized early on a couple of O-East errors Monday evening, however, Firebirds senior pitcher Ryan Stagg had all the room he needed to keep the Hawks ...

Leg-weary Lions third in 4×400

Lawrence High’s girls 4x400 relay team, fresh off running the fastest 4x400 relay time in Kansas this season, tried to raise the bar even further at the Kansas Relays on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.The relay members — Myah Yoder, Kyleigh Severa, Marissa Pope and Jensen Edwards — ...

Free State girls runners-up in distance medley at Kansas Relays

Free State High’s track and field team features some of the top girls middle-distance runners in the state. At most meets, they are their own best competition, so it can be fun to watch when they’re all running together, as they did on the distance medley relay team, Friday at the Kansas ...

FSHS soccer beats ONW, 2-1

Olathe ? Tanna Fanshier and Maren Kahler scored goals, and Free State High’s soccer team defeated Olathe Northwest, 2-1, on Thursday night.Hayden Hutchison had an assist on Kahler’s goal, and goalkeeper Annie Hierl allowed just one goal.“Our passing was crisp,” FSHS coach Kelly Barah ...

FSHS baseball escapes with win against SMN

Shortstop Cooper Karlin may be the shortest player on Free State High’s baseball team, but he’s come up big in clutch situations throughout the season.Karlin delivered a one-out walkoff single in the eighth inning to give the Firebirds a 1-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Thursday ...