Free State

Inconsistency strikes city golfers at state tourney

Topeka ? Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez had plenty of luck on the back nine Tuesday at the Class 6A state golf tournament. All of that luck disappeared in the front nine — his last nine holes. Mendez shot a 12-over par 83, tying for 43rd place at Topeka County Club. “He shoots 39 on the ...

City sending three to state golf

In mid-April, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn shot an 84 at the Topeka Country Club, taking 20th place in the tournament. He hopes his next round on the Topeka CC course is even better as he opens at hole 10 at 10:30 a.m. today in the Class 6A boys golf state tournament. Flynn is one of ...

Free State High girls second at state swimming

In the final event of the Class 6A swimming and diving championships on Saturday, Free State’s 400-yard freestyle relay team trailed by more than two seconds when junior Courtney Caldwell jumped in the pool as the anchor leg. Caldwell sped past Shawnee Mission East and helped the relay team ...

Free State swimmers take aim at state champs

Topeka ? Today is the day Free State High’s girls swimmers have waited for all season long — one they’ve talked about, thought about and swam for.Sure, every high school swimmer circles the date of the state championships on her calendar. But today means so much to the Firebirds because ...

Column: Free State boys team up for relay rewards

Linebackers don’t become distance runners. They throw quarterbacks in the fall and weights in the spring.And then there is Stan Skwarlo, standout Free State High senior running back and linebacker in autumn, distance runner in the spring.Coming off a personal-best 4:25.11 in the 1,600 meters, ...

Just one hurdle left: Firebirds girls repeat as regional track champs; state next

Free State High’s girls track and field team features three of the best hurdlers in the state — Kiara Clark, Gabbi Dabney and Alexa Harmon-Thomas. The trio left competitors in the dust at the Class 6A regional meet on Friday, sweeping the top three spots in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. ...

City represented on all-league softball, baseball teams

Plenty of city baseball and softball players earned 2014 All-Sunflower League recognition. Lawrence High juniors Morgan Byrn, Kenzie Garvin and Jolona Shield were first-team selections from the league’s softball coaches. LHS sophomore Sophie Taylor was named the league’s Newcomer of the ...

Firebirds eyeing another podium spot at state swimming

Free State High’s girls swimming and diving team has grown accustomed to first-place finishes for the majority of its season, having won six meets convincingly. The Firebirds aspire to reach the top of the podium one last time this season, when they compete in the Class 6A state championships ...

Finley sisters lead LHS girls track squad

Lawrence High juniors Rebecca and Matia Finley root for the other to do well in the discus and shot put. Each just hopes she does a little bit better than her sister. Rebecca Finley set a school record in the discus at a meet in late April, only for her twin sister Matia to beat her mark in the ...

Column: FSHS girls track young, loaded

Today represents the last chance to see the defending state champion Free State High girls track and field team compete without driving to Wichita for the state meet. Free State is the host school for the Class 6A regional, a meet moved three hours earlier to a noon starting time because of an ...

Repeat defeat: Firebirds’ soccer season ended by Rural

Topeka ? Free State High’s girls soccer team entered Thursday’s regional-final matchup against Washburn Rural wanting revenge for last year’s season-ending loss, but the Junior Blues defeated the Firebirds again, 3-0, ending Free State’s state tournament hopes.“They are a really, ...

FSHS soccer fired up for Rural

Free State High’s girls soccer players know plenty about their regional championship opponent, Topeka Washburn Rural. The Blues beat the Firebirds, 4-1, in the regional championship last year, and none of Free State’s returning players have forgotten. The Firebirds (11-6) will play at ...

Firebird softball tumbles

Topeka ? Free State High softball seniors Remington Samuels, Courtney Elston, Meredith Morris and Whitney Rothwell stood in Washburn Rural’s right field Wednesday evening, arm in arm, trying not to cry too much.A year ago, their season didn’t end until the first round of the Class 6A state ...

FSHS baseball falls, 8-3, in regional final

Topeka ? Free State High’s baseball players slowly streamed out of the dugout after the last out was recorded in the regional championship on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Topeka Washburn Rural’s players were jumping on top of each other in a dog pile on the pitcher’s mound.The Firebirds ...

Firebirds softball, baseball ready for regionals

FSHS softballSenior pitchers Meredith Morris and Kaley Delg have led Free State High’s softball team for the past three years. Now the Firebirds are hoping their offense and defense will match them in regionals, starting at 2 p.m. today against Olathe North at Washburn Rural. FSHS went on ...

Dieker nets two in FSHS soccer’s regionals-opening victory

Free State soccer senior Maddie Dieker is known for making crisp passes to her teammates and putting them in position to score goals. With the way the Wichita South defenders were playing against the Firebirds’ forwards on Monday at FSHS, it was time for Dieker to move from the passer and ...

City golf teams send trio to state

Overland Park ? Lawrence High senior golfer Narito Mendez shot a 78 and placed fourth to qualify for state during a Class 6A regional Monday at St. Andrews Golf Course.Mendez and two others tied for the second-lowest score behind leader David Gutgesell of Olathe East, but Mendez took fourth ...

Lions baseball ready for rematch

Revenge is on the mind of Lawrence High’s baseball players. LHS will face Olathe Northwest in the first round of regionals at 2 p.m. today in Manhattan. The Ravens beat the Lions in their lone regular-season meeting, 4-2, on April 8 at ONW. “Yeah, sure, you want to gain revenge, because if ...

Regional schedules revealed; FSHS soccer to host game

Free State High’s girls soccer team will host one more home game this season. The Firebirds (10-6), a No. 7 seed in the Class 6A Central regional, will face 10th-seeded Wichita South (7-8-1) at 5:30 p.m. Monday. LHS girls soccer (6-10) is the No. 13 seed in the Northeast Regional and will ...

FSHS girls win league track

Overland Park ? The Sunflower League Track and Field Championships on Friday at Shawnee Mission North were just a tune-up for regionals next week, when all of the athletes try to qualify for the state meet.That didn’t take away any of the happiness from Free State High’s girls team when it ...