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Preps notebook: Lawrence RB Devin Neal highlights top area athletes of the week

It was another good week for Lawrence High junior running back Devin Neal. Neal received Athlete of the Week honors by 41 Action News before Tuesday’s practice following an impressive performance against Gardner Edgerton. Neal then netted a scholarship offer from Kansas State on Wednesday, ...

Photo gallery: FSHS football vs. Shawnee Mission West

Free State football earned its second win a row, taking down Shawnee Mission West by a 44-28 margin Thursday night at Shawnee Mission South High School. Photos by Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World

FSHS football pushes past Shawnee Mission West for 2nd win in a row

After being set up by a big kickoff return from sophomore running back Dash Cleveland into Shawnee Mission West territory, Free State junior Tyler Bowden burst through the line for a 30-yard touchdown, his third of the night. The drive took just a minute and five seconds and proved to be ...

Preps notebook: Seahawks overcome injuries to notch 4-1 win over Bonner Springs

It was an especially long pregame routine for the Bishop Seabury boys soccer team. Due to transportation issues, Bonner Springs showed up 16 minutes late Tuesday afternoon at the Youth Sports Complex. The visiting team was then given its own warmup time, meaning the match didn’t start until ...

Ben Shryock wins varsity boys race for FSHS cross-country

Free State sophomore Ben Shryock secured a first-place finish Saturday morning at the Baldwin City Golf Course. Shryock ran a time of 16:18.05 to place first in the varsity boys race, which featured multiple area athletes. Charles Johnson of FSHS finished third with a mark of 16:29.30, while ...

Area football roundup: Tonganoxie pushes past Eudora for 43-8 win

Tonganoxie never trailed in its 43-8 home win over Eudora in a battle between two area teams. The Chieftains jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half and never looked back, improving their record to 3-0 to start the year. Eudora’s lone score came in the third quarter with a 67-yard touchdown ...

FSHS football rolls past Shawnee Mission North for 59-14 win

Despite coming off its first regular-season loss since 2016, it was still business as usual for the Free State football team. After a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, the Firebirds scored on eight straight drives to close out the first half. The game was never in doubt after ...

Preps notebook: LHS boys soccer secures 4-1 win over Wyandotte

Lawrence High head coach Mike Murphy had no doubt that his team would respond. After all, the Lions have had to do so in nearly every match this season. After a pair of offsides stalled Lawrence’s offense on two different scoring opportunities, Wyandotte evened things with a counter attack ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys soccer earns 1-0 home win over Shawnee Mission North

Once the ball fell safely into sophomore goalkeeper Aydan Works’ hands, Free State’s sideline let out a sigh of relief. Yet Shawnee Mission North’s last-ditch effort, a free kick with seven seconds remaining, never had a chance. It merely capped off a 1-0 win for the Firebirds, who ...

Free State freshman Zoe Williams highlights top area athletes of the week

Free State’s gymnastics team had a new top performer in the third meet of the season. Talia Gay, who won the all-around state title last fall, had finished first or second in the all-around rankings in each of the first two meets. She then suffered an injury early in the Free State ...

Preps notebook: City gymnastics teams showing growth early in 2019 season

It is just three meets into the 2019 season, but both Free State and Lawrence High gymnastics squads have made massive strides. And that is a credit to the new mindset for both teams under first-year head coach Katrina Farrow, who was an assistant for both programs the previous three seasons. ...

Free State falls to Olathe East rushing attack in 1st loss of season

Free State, with no timeouts remaining, elected to run the ball on third down with junior running back Tyler Bowden. Bowden gained only five yards, leaving the clock running and the Firebirds in a frenzy to kick a field goal. Junior kicker Joey Wood managed to set up on the field in time for ...

Preps notebook: Free State’s offensive line hoping to improve in Week 2

It didn’t take long for the group chat to start blowing up. Senior left tackle Turner Corcoran was the first to send a message in the offensive line group chat, which occurred on the same night Free State rolled to a 45-19 win over Olathe West in the season opener. The sentiment across the ...

Preps notebook: City tennis standouts showing growth in singles play

Keegan VanPelt, Free State’s top singles player, has a clear mission this fall. She placed sixth as a freshman at the Class 6A state tennis tournament two years ago. Last season, VanPelt improved on this finish by claiming fifth. Now she aims to continue that career trajectory while ...