Free State

Photo gallery: Firebirds defeat Lions in tennis dual

Free State's girls tennis team defeated Lawrence High in a dual at LHS on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The Firebirds earned a 6-3 win over the Lions in the final competition before Thursday's Sunflower League meet. Photos by Chance Parker/Lawrence Journal-World

Free State girls tennis secures 6-3 win in dual with Lawrence High

Free State senior Keegan VanPelt took care of business in what was the final city showdown of her impressive career. VanPelt dropped just one game overall in her two matches, earning an 8-1 win in doubles action while claiming an 8-0 sweep in singles play Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence High. It ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball knocks off top-ranked team during strong week

It is the type of win that could change the course of an entire season. Free State’s volleyball team came through with its biggest win of the year to date with a two-set sweep over Washburn Rural (No. 1 in Class 6A) Thursday night at FSHS. The Firebirds won both sets by a score of 25-21, ...

Lee’s Summit North rolls over sluggish Firebirds, 49-10

Lee’s Summit, Missouri — In its first road test of the season — one without any Firebird faithful in attendance — a slow start doomed Free State’s football team in an eventual 49-10 loss to Lee’s Summit North on Friday. The Firebirds are now 0-3 through the first four weeks of the ...

Preps notebook: Firebirds hoping to get back on track after 0-2 start

There is no reason for Free State’s football program to push the panic button after an 0-2 start to the 2020 campaign even though the team hasn’t lost two games in a season since 2016. In fact, the Firebirds have been here before. FSHS dropped its first three games to begin the 2015 ...

Shorthanded Firebirds suffer 35-9 loss to Olathe North

It would have been a difficult matchup even under the best of circumstances, but a shorthanded Free State football team ultimately didn’t have enough firepower in a 35-9 loss to Olathe North Friday night at FSHS, falling to 0-2 in the first three weeks of the season. The Firebirds were still ...

Preps notebook: Senior receivers have been key in 2-0 start by LHS football

Lawrence High senior receiver John Green was initially planning on going out of bounds. His entire team thought he was going out of bounds. Even Washburn Rural probably expected him to get out of play. Yet, in the final minute of the first half of Lawrence’s convincing 56-7 win last week, ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball earns road sweep in triangular with league foes

Free State’s volleyball team clawed its way back to .500 for the first time all season with a much-needed road sweep at the Shawnee Mission North triangular on Tuesday. The Firebirds, who are now 4-4 on the year after losing their first four matches of the season, secured a pair of 2-0 ...

Preps notebook: Tonganoxie, Perry-Lecompton football both stay undefeated in Week 2

Area football teams Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton remain undefeated following wins in Week 2 of the 2020 season. THS — which is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A — jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half in an eventual 24-14 home victory over Louisburg on Friday. Perry-Lecompton (No. 2 ...

FSHS football looking for new Week 2 opponent in latest schedule update

Under 48 hours before its Week 2 matchup, Free State is left scrambling in attempt to find a new opponent. Lincoln College Prep (Mo.) backed out of this week’s game as a precautionary move due to a recent positive test for one Free State player, FSHS head coach Kevin Stewart and Athletic ...

Preps notebook: LHS, FSHS boys soccer set to face off in early city showdown

Thursday’s boys soccer city showdown is slated to take place earlier in the year compared to previous seasons, and there is a lot less on the line than there was the last time these two teams met. Lawrence High, which has raced off to a 3-0 start, will be looking to prove something when it ...

Lawrence High’s home tennis quadrangular postponed due to weather

In a year with already so many schedule changes, Lawrence High’s home tennis quadrangular was postponed a day due to the threat of inclement weather. The meet, which also featured Free State’s girls tennis program, will now begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at LHS. Until recently, the competition ...

Lions, Firebirds adjust again, add Olathe schools to football schedules

Story updated at 5:22 p.m. Monday The Lawrence High and Free State football teams will not be playing each other twice this regular season after all. In a scramble to fill their schedules after Sunflower League foes from the Olathe and Shawnee Mission school districts elected to postpone the ...