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Two THS wrestlers win state titles; Lou Fincher finishes as runner-up for FSHS

For the second year in a row, Tonganoxie’s wrestling team had two individuals secure state titles to end the season. Sophomore Grayson Sonntag won the 120-pound weight class and senior Connor Searcy netted a state crown in the 220-pound weight class at the Class 4A state tournament at ...

Free State boys top Gardner-Edgerton to clinch share of Sunflower League title

Free State’s boys basketball team knew what was at stake in the regular-season finale. Despite the slow start, Free State accomplished what it set out to do from the very beginning of the season: win the Sunflower League title. With a 74-48 victory over Gardner Edgerton on Friday night at ...

Caely Kesten sets multiple assist records; FSHS girls knock off Gardner-Edgerton

It was an ending that couldn’t have been scripted any better for Free State senior Caely Kesten. On a night where she was honored for being the program’s all-time assist leader, Kesten broke her own single-game record for dimes. Kesten dished out 13 assists in a 60-38 win over Gardner ...

Free State’s Lou Fincher seeking state title in final trip to state tournament

Free State senior Lou Fincher is one first-place finish from finishing the sweep. Fresh off capturing a Sunflower League title and a regional crown, Fincher enters his final state meet looking for more. With a win this weekend in the Class 6A state tournament at Hartman Arena, Fincher could ...

Free State rolls to 61-42 victory over SM West on senior night

Free State coach Sam Stroh yelled for somebody to play some music. Almost immediately after, “Life is Good” by Future and Drake started blasting throughout the locker room. “(Life’s) pretty good right now,” senior forward DK Middleton said. Middleton was named player of the game ...

Free State girls lose to SM West, 70-48, on senior night

Free State High School’s girls basketball team couldn’t keep up with a hot-shooting Shawnee Mission West team in a 70-48 loss Tuesday night at FSHS. SM West got off to a fast start with an early 10-4 lead. It was an especially tough night for Free State senior Caely Kesten, who shot 1 ...

Free State graduate could become first openly gay athlete to play for an NFL team

Scott Frantz has been quietly preparing for what lies ahead since Kansas State’s football season ended at a bowl game on Dec. 31. It’s a future that could change NFL history. Frantz, an offensive lineman from Lawrence, is gay. His teammates and the Wildcat faithful have known that for ...

Moore wins state title, Free State boys finish 5th at state swim meet

Topeka — Standing on top of the podium Saturday, Free State junior Reilley Moore was beaming with pride after winning in the 100 butterfly at the Class 6A state swim and dive championships. “It’s like the best feeling you could ever ask for,” Moore said. “It’s like the biggest kind ...

Second half surge pushes Free State to 66-38 win over LHS in City Showdown

Holding a 7-point lead at halftime over their crosstown rival, the Firebirds needed a spark in the second half to close the deal. “We thought our press was being effective and we just needed to get to the rim more,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “We were settling for too many outside ...

Stakes are high for both FSHS and LHS in highly anticipated City Showdown

The buzz around this year's City Showdown was palpable nearly 72 hours before tipoff. While fielding questions about this year's crosstown clash, which is slated to take place at 8 p.m. today at Allen Fieldhouse, there was an extra sense of focus for members of both Free State and Lawrence ...

LHS girls bowling, FSHS boys both earn wins in City Showdown

Both local bowling programs came away with a win in the City Showdown on Tuesday at Royal Crest Lanes. Lawrence High’s girls bowling team was victorious, while Free State’s boys bowling squad claimed a narrow victory in a dual between the two programs. LHS girls scored 1,993 as a team, ...