Free State

Led by senior guard Caely Kesten, Free State girls basketball beats Lansing, 51-32

Kansas City, Kan. — Near the end of the first quarter, Free State senior guard Caely Kesten saw a pass fly just over her head. Kesten hustled down the other end, though, blocking a Lansing shot and ending the impromptu back-and-forth with a layup of her own. “That was one of the points of ...

Preps notebook: Top 10 high school sports moments of 2019

Finding enough feats for this list was the easy part. Once again, another successful year in high school sports has come and gone. In 2019, three teams won state titles, with two of those teams defending their crowns. Two more teams made it all the way to the title games, ending the year with ...

Preps notebook: Top area wrestling standouts from December

It remains to be seen if any area wrestlers will come home with a state title in 2020. But the first month of the season could be a sign of things to come. Several area wrestlers earned some hardware in December, a stretch that featured a number of competitive tournaments. As a result, plenty ...

Preps notebook: Top area girls basketball standouts from December

Just one month into the season, the area girls basketball scene has already featured a number of strong performances at both the team and individual level. Baldwin, which placed third in Class 4A last year, has a perfect 4-0 record and a shiny No. 3 ranking entering the 2020 portion of its ...

Preps notebook: Top area boys basketball standouts from December

If the first month was any indication, this is going to be a fun basketball season for the area boys teams and players. Lawrence High and Eudora both made it to the championship game of their respective midseason tournaments. Free State also came away with some hardware, finishing third in a ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling claims 3rd at Emporia Winter Classic

Behind a balanced effort, Free State’s wrestling squad took home a third-place finish in its final tournament of 2019. The Firebirds had nine different wrestlers place in the top six of their respective weight class during the Emporia Winter Classic on Saturday at EHS. Free State finished ...