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LHS, Free State football to face off twice this fall

The Lawrence High and Free State football teams will get two cracks at each other this season, one at home and one away. LHS will host Free State in Week 3 on Sept. 18, and the Firebirds will welcome the Lions to their place in Week 8 on Oct. 23, which was the regularly scheduled date of this ...

KSHSAA executive board rejects proposal to delay start of fall sports seasons

A motion to delay the start of fall high school sports competitions in Kansas failed by a vote of 5-4 during Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s executive board. As a result, all fall sports and activities programs will be allowed to start practices ...

KSHSAA releases detailed guidelines for returning to activities this fall

The Kansas State High School Activities Association on Wednesday released a set of guidelines for upcoming fall sports seasons, but many of the specifics will remain in the hands of local school districts and administrators. The guidelines are broken up into two parts: a set of general ...

KSHSAA postpones plans to release fall sports guidelines

Originally planning to release guidelines for the upcoming fall sports seasons on Friday, the Kansas State High School Activities Association hit pause on that move in response to Gov. Laura Kelly’s Wednesday announcement that Kansas schools will not start until after Labor Day. Instead, ...

Three city basketball players headed to prep schools for 2020-21 season

Bishop Seabury basketball standouts Zach Bloch and Juju Ramirez, along with Free State’s Miles Branch, are all headed to prep schools next season. While their absence from the Lawrence hoops scene figures to change the outlook of both teams, their coaches said they were looking forward to ...

Former KU, Free State standout Joe Dineen Jr. moving on to coaching ranks at SMU

Former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. has officially retired from football and has taken the first step in what he hopes will be a long and successful coaching career. Dineen, who starred at Free State High before becoming one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 from 2015-18, announced ...

Free State softball ace Tatum Clopton repeats as Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year

Although she never got to throw a pitch for the Firebirds this season, Free State junior Tatum Clopton has been named the Gatorade Kansas Softball Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Adjusted to account for the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down most spring sports seasons across ...

KSHSAA pegs June 1 as start date for summer activities

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has identified June 1 as the start date for a variety of summer programs, provided coaches follow “all group gathering restrictions and social distancing expectations” outlined by local health officials and school administrators. The ...

KSHSAA hoping to move forward with some form of several summer activities

The Kansas State High School Activities Association continues to work toward hosting many of its regular summer activities for high school students but does not yet know how or what that might look like. “The biggest question on everyone’s mind, spoken or unspoken, is when do we get to ...

Firebirds Middleton, Wisdom announce college choices

Free State teammates DK Middleton and Alyus Wisdom revealed the destinations for their basketball futures this week and both will be staying close to home. Middleton, an all-Sunflower League first team selection during the 2019-20 season, announced his commitment to Johnson County Community ...