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Sam Stroh collects 100th win at FSHS; Firebirds finish off perfect week

A stylish win over a ranked foe. A perfect record in a week that featured four games, including three in three days. A season-best winning streak. And the 100th victory under the current head coach. The Free State boys basketball team accomplished all of those achievements in its 59-51 road ...

FSHS girls make late push against Olathe North, but fall in 52-46 decision

In what was a physical slugfest between Free State and Olathe North, the Firebirds just couldn’t get over the hump in a 52-46 road loss on Saturday. FSHS made a late charge by scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter, which was the exact number of points the team produced through the first ...

Photo gallery: Free State boys basketball vs. Shawnee Mission East

Free State's boys basketball team just keeps on winning. FSHS extended its win streak to seven games with an overtime victory over Shawnee Mission East on Friday at Free State. Cooper Jackson led the Firebirds with 26 points in the contest. Free State will wrap up a four-game week with a road ...

Cooper Jackson, Firebirds deliver in OT, beat SME for 7th consecutive win

Cooper Jackson’s scoring carried Free State High’s boys basketball team much of Friday night in a marquee Sunflower League battle with Shawnee Mission East. But it was Jackson’s defense that put the Firebirds over the top in a 78-75 overtime victory at FSHS. The Firebirds had just ...

FSHS girls held to 14 points in loss to SM East

Free State’s girls basketball team was held to its lowest scoring output of the season in an eventual 47-14 road loss to Shawnee Mission East on Friday. The Firebirds, who have lost all three of this week’s games so far, never managed more than their 7-point effort in the first quarter. ...

Shannon Clarke reaches 1,000-point mark, FSHS girls drop road battle

Free State’s girls basketball team ultimately ended up on the wrong end of a hard-fought 47-43 battle at Notre Dame Sion. The Firebirds fell to 4-8 on the year following Thursday’s narrow defeat. Senior Shannon Clarke, who will eventually continue her basketball career at the Naval Academy ...

FSHS boys notch sixth straight win after holding SM West scoreless in second quarter

Thanks to a shutout in the second quarter, Free State’s boys basketball team cruised to a 54-26 road win over Shawnee Mission West Thursday night. Shawnee Mission West (2-11) jumped out to a 12-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Firebirds (14-2, No. 5 in Class 6A) took over the game in ...

Preps notebook: Local wrestlers to know ahead of regional weekend

Because of a different postseason schedule this year, the stakes are even higher this week for the local wrestling programs. Rather than the usual two-day regional meet, both Free State and Lawrence High will compete in a one-day regional event on Friday. Free State will be in action at the ...

Second half sinks FSHS girls in 62-34 loss to Olathe West

A lopsided second half sunk the Free State’s girls basketball team during its 62-34 loss to Olathe West Tuesday night at FSHS. The Owls (6-4, 4-2 Sunflower League) outscored the Firebirds, 39-18, over the final two quarters to pull away in a league tilt. FSHS (4-7, 2-6 Sunflower League) only ...

Free State boys run past Olathe West for 55-40 road win

Free State’s boys basketball team wrapped up its fifth consecutive win in convincing fashion, securing a 55-40 road victory over Olathe West on Tuesday. The Firebirds (13-2, No. 5 in Class 6A) have not lost since falling at St. James Academy on Jan. 23, which was the team’s third game in ...

Free State girls fall at Olathe South after slow start

Free State’s girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start in its 46-26 road loss to Olathe South on Friday. The Falcons (5-5) jumped out to a 10-2 lead after knocking down some early outside shots. Conversely, the Firebirds (4-6) struggled to hit shots and it led to them facing a ...

Cooper Jackson scores 22 points, FSHS boys defeat Olathe South

In a big-time battle between two premier Sunflower League teams, Free State’s boys basketball team earned bragging rights with a 60-50 victory over Olathe South Friday night at FSHS. Both teams were ranked in the top-10 via the latest poll by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association ...

Preps notebook: Free State bowling sweeps road triangular

For the second consecutive meet, Free State’s bowling program picked up a pair of victories. During Tuesday's triangular at Park Lanes, FSHS finished first in the varsity girls and the varsity boys division. On the girls side, Free State posted a team score of 1,712 to win the three-team ...

Senior duo lifts Free State girls to home win over Olathe East

The one-two punch of seniors Shannon Clarke and Evy Harrell was all Free State’s girls basketball team needed in its 57-38 home win over Olathe East on Tuesday. Clarke and Harrell both paced the FSHS offense with 19 points apiece. Clarke scored 12 points in the second half to help Free State ...

Big first half helps Free State boys cruise past Olathe East

Behind a big offensive showing in the first half, Free State’s boys basketball team cruised to a 69-41 road win over Olathe East on Tuesday. The Firebirds (11-2, No. 5 in Class 6A) scored 20 points in the opening period before adding 23 more in the second quarter. They were able coast from ...