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Journal-World 2019-20 Winter All-Area Teams

After each high school sports season, the Journal-World recognizes outstanding athletes with its All-Area Teams. Because of statewide precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the annual All-Area winter group photos were not able to be taken this year. The teams still were selected ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Connor Searcy, Tonganoxie The encore by Searcy was perhaps even more impressive. After making history by becoming the program’s first state champion along with another teammate last year, Searcy defended his title to cap off his senior campaign. Searcy went 44-1 and ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Madyson Gray, Free State Gray became the Journal-World's first girls wrestler of the year after a monumental year in the inaugural season of sanctioned girls wrestling. Gray, a sophomore, became Free State’s first-ever girls wrestling state champion this winter. She won ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls basketball team

Player of the year: Harper Schreiner, Eudora Emerging as one of the better players in the state, Schreiner averaged 15.6 points per game to go along with an average of 4.2 assists, 4.0 steals and 5.7 rebounds per outing during her sophomore season. Schreiner was named to the All-Frontier ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys basketball team

Player of the year: Zeke Mayo, Lawrence High Mayo was the best player on the court on a nightly basis during his junior campaign. He was a well-rounded player, leading the Lions in scoring, rebounds and assists this past season. Mayo averaged 16.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds ...

Former area standouts react to missing out on 2020 college baseball season

Nebraska freshman pitcher Ethan Bradford was sitting alone in his room when he found out that the 2020 season was no more due to the threat of coronavirus. About two hours earlier, Nebraska’s road series with Wichita State had been canceled just before the team was about to get on the bus. ...

KSHSAA cancels spring sports season due to threat of coronavirus

There will not be a spring sports season in 2020. Due to the threat of coronavirus, KSHSAA announced on Wednesday that all spring championships, competitions and festivals for the remainder of this school year were canceled. The announcement came one day after Gov. Laura Kelly closed Kansas’ ...

KSHSAA suspends start of spring sports for one week

There will not be spring sports for at least one week. On Sunday, KSHSAA announced that all spring sports and activities are suspended through March 22 due to the threat of coronavirus. It includes cancelation of all practices and events during the opening week of the spring sports ...

Two city bowlers make All-Sunflower League second team

A pair of city bowlers made the All-Sunflower League second team to highlight the postseason accolades for bowling this year. Free State senior Porter Neidow made the second team in the boys division, while Lawrence High senior Emilie Rodman received a second-team selection on the girls side. ...

KSHSAA not adjusting schedule for spring sports season at this time

At the moment, it would appear that the high school spring sports season is still on schedule. On Friday, KSHSAA released a statement regarding the status of spring sports. Despite the threat of coronavirus that led to canceling the state basketball tournament this weekend, the spring sports ...

Firebirds fall to Blue Valley Northwest, but fortunate to play in state tourney

Wichita — The result might not have been what Free State’s boys basketball team wanted, but sometimes it is bigger than what takes place on the hardwood. Free State had every chance to knock off three-time state champion Blue Valley Northwest during the opening round of the Class 6A state ...