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LHS girls swim claims Sunflower League title; Free State places 6th

OLATHE — After going undefeated in the regular season, it only made sense for Lawrence High girls swim and dive coach Kent McDonald to have his team practice winning prior to the Sunflower League meet, which concluded Saturday at Summit Trail Middle School. McDonald had the Lions practice a ...

Anna Chieu scores golden goal, LHS girls soccer outlasts Free State

As soon as the soccer ball touched the back of the net, Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu sprinted toward the student section. Lawrence head coach Matt McCune joked afterward “that it was faster than she ran all game.” The rest of Chieu’s teammates followed her to the fans at the edge of ...

Preps notebook: FSHS baseball claims Sunflower League title with lopsided win

For the second consecutive night, Free State’s baseball team secured an 8-1 win over a Sunflower League foe. FSHS (16-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) scored five runs in the first two innings en route to a comfortable win over Shawnee Mission North at home Thursday night. It was enough for Free State ...

Area baseball roundup: Free State returns to win column with 8-1 victory

Free State handled Shawnee Mission South in an 8-1 home victory Wednesday night to get back in the win column. The Firebirds (15-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) were coming off a 5-3 loss to Olathe East last week, which snapped a 14-game win streak. Free State recorded nine hits as a team, holding ...

FSHS softball tops LHS behind another perfect game from Tatum Clopton

For a brief moment during Free State’s 13-0, five-inning victory over Lawrence High on Wednesday afternoon at FSHS, Free State coach Lee Ice thought about pulling pitcher Tatum Clopton. “You can’t ruin a perfect game like that,” Ice said. Instead, Clopton, who had retired 12 batters ...

Soccer match between city teams postponed to Friday

Another City Showdown has been postponed due to inclement weather. One day after Tuesday’s softball matchup between Lawrence High and Free State was pushed back one day, LHS announced that the soccer game originally scheduled for Tuesday was also going to be postponed. FSHS and Lawrence will ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf claims 2nd at first leg of league tournament

Free State junior Mitchell Spriggs knew it was going to be a good day when he recorded a chip-in from approximately 50 yards out on the sixth hole. Spriggs also birdied on the first hole, as he found a way to post the best performance of his career in chilly temperatures Monday afternoon at ...

FSHS boys golf places 2nd at Leavenworth Invitational

Free State’s boys golf team came home with a runner-up finish this past week. The Firebirds scored 328 to place second behind Chris Prep Academy, which scored 316 as a squad. Lawrence came in eighth out of 10 teams after scoring 430 at the Leavenworth Country Club during a meet on ...

Josie Hickerson secures school record to lead LHS girls track to victory

A school record went down, as the Lawrence High girls track and field team secured a victory at the Bob Camien-Claudia Welch Invitational Friday night at Seaman High School. Senior Josie Hickerson cleared 12-foot-0 to win the pole vault competition and set a school record. Hickerson claim one ...

Emma Yackley continues to prove doubters wrong in final season with FSHS soccer

When asked what Emma Yackley means to the Free State girls soccer program, head coach Kelly Barah said that there wasn’t enough time to give an appropriate answer. It makes sense, too. The Free State senior has been one of the most-talented players on the team ever since she joined the ...

Preps notebook: LHS baseball erases early deficit to claim 8th win in a row

The Lions have done it again. Lawrence’s baseball team scored three runs in the fifth to erase an early deficit en route to a 3-1 win over Shawnee Mission West Thursday night at LHS. Lawrence (11-4, 6-3 Sunflower League) has now won eight games in a row, and hasn’t lost since April ...

Preps notebook: Late rally leads FSHS baseball to 14th consecutive win

It takes a nice blend of luck and skill to go on a streak like Free State’s baseball team has. FSHS extended its win streak to 14 games with a late comeback to secure a 2-1 win over Olathe West Wednesday night at the College Boulevard Activity Center. The game was originally scheduled for ...

Doubles teams lead city tennis squads at Sunflower League meet

OLATHE – After a city series defeat, Kanak Masten and Cooper Wright of Lawrence High found themselves in a rematch with Free State’s No. 1 doubles pair of Davis Steadman and Trey Melvin. Masten and Wright advanced to the semifinals with an 8-6 win, but fell in their next two matches to ...

Preps notebook: Timely hitting helps LHS baseball claim 7th straight win

Make that seven games in a row now. Lawrence’s baseball team extended its win streak to seven consecutive games with a 5-2 victory over Olathe South Tuesday night at LHS. The recipe for win No. 7 was just like the six games before it, too. The Lions, who have practically perfected the art ...

Tatum Clopton tosses perfect game to help Firebirds move on from last week

Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton didn’t expect the ball to go over the fence. With two strikes in the bottom of the fifth, Clopton unleashed a swing on an outside pitch. She initially thought it was going to result in a pop-up. Instead, Clopton actually clobbered it over the left-center ...