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Free State volleyball surges past Lawrence High in substate title game

Free State’s volleyball team is headed to the Class 6A state tournament for the second year in a row. It wasn’t always easy, but the Firebirds found a way to make the necessary plays to win a substate title at Olathe West High School on Saturday. Free State earned a two-set win (25-18, ...

Photo gallery: Free State vs. Lawrence High football

Lawrence High defeated Free State, 49-20, Friday night at FSHS. It marked the Lions' first win in the City Showdown since 2015. Photos by Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World

Lions defeat Firebirds for first win in City Showdown since 2015

Even against crosstown rival Free State, it was business as usual for the Lawrence High football team on Friday night. After a somewhat shaky start, the Lions found their rhythm and cruised to a 49-20 win over the Firebirds at FSHS. “They shook (the nerves) off after the first drive,” LHS ...

Lions, Firebirds each taking a different approach to this year’s City Showdown

Lawrence High head coach Steve Rampy still shoulders the blame for last year’s 31-30 home loss to Free State in the regular-season finale. Rampy didn’t surrender a kickoff return for a touchdown to start the third quarter, and he certainly wasn’t responsible for two costly second-half ...

State golf recap: FSHS girls golf finishes in 4th; area individuals earn medals

Free State’s girls golf team ended on a strong note to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Class 6A state golf tournament on Tuesday at Hesston Golf Course. All but one of Free State’s golfers posted a better score in the second round compared to what they did during the opening round ...

Preps notebook: LHS O-line gaining confidence after strong showing against Aquinas

Lawrence High’s offensive line should have no shortage of confidence ahead of the final two games of the regular season before a likely deep postseason run. Last time out, the five players in the trenches for the LHS offense rose to the challenge in its toughest test yet. Lawrence’s o-line ...

Free State’s Keegan VanPelt finishes 4th at regionals to qualify for state meet

Free State senior Keegan VanPelt will be heading back to the state girls tennis tournament. VanPelt finished fourth in singles play Saturday afternoon at the 6A regional meet at Gardner-Edgerton. VanPelt, who took fourth at the state meet a year ago, was the lone local player to punch her ...

Preps notebook: Perry-Lecompton football improves to 6-0 with convincing 58-6 win

Perry-Lecomton’s perfect record was never threatened Friday night when the team cruised to a 58-6 victory over Osawatomie. The Kaws (6-0, No. 2 in Class 3A) jumped out to a 30-0 advantage in the opening period, and they were in complete control after that. PLHS added 21 points in the second ...

Photo gallery: Firebirds win Free State Invitational in Baldwin

Free State's boys cross-country team earned a win its own meet at the Baldwin City Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Bishop Seabury's sophomore Oona Nelson finished third in the varsity girls race. Photos by Chance Parker/Lawrence Journal-World

Free State boys cross-country claims another win behind balanced effort

Baldwin — Free State’s top cross-country runners wasted little time after finishing the boys race, in which all five athletes ended up inside the top five as individuals on Saturday at the Baldwin Golf Course. Junior Ben Shryock, senior Christopher Stone, senior Ethan Sharp, junior Jack ...

Preps notebook: Beck Oldridge fueling recent win streak by Bishop Seabury soccer

Bishop Seabury sophomore Beck Oldridge is coming off an impressive week, where he scored five goals in three matches to help his team extend its winning streak to four games. After struggling out of the gate, the Seahawks appear to be hitting their stride as a team and are now 5-2 on the ...

Free State football falls to 0-4 after 52-0 loss to Mill Valley

Shawnee — A light round of applause could be heard from the Free State sideline following a holding penalty by Mill Valley on a punt return just before the final play of the opening period. It proved to be one of the few positive moments of an otherwise lopsided start to the Firebirds’ ...

FSHS senior Keegan VanPelt claims runner-up at Sunflower League meet

Free State senior Keegan VanPelt started off her final postseason with a runner-up finish at the Sunflower League meet Thursday afternoon at the Olathe District Activity Center. VanPelt stormed through the singles bracket before falling to Olathe West’s Ashley Jacobson in the championship ...