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Photo gallery: FSHS girls basketball vs. SM West

Free State's girls basketball team suffered a 47-22 loss to Shawnee Mission West (No. 6 in Class 6A) Friday night at FSHS on Jan. 29, 2021. The Firebirds fell to 3-5 on the year, while posting their lowest scoring output of the season. Photos by Carter Gaskins/Lawrence ...

Firebirds survive in quadruple OT, beat Mill Valley on road

A Friday night thriller that seemed like it might last well into Saturday's early hours finally came to an end at Mill Valley High when Free State guard Cooper Jackson delivered two of the most important plays of the night in a 66-65 quadruple overtime win. With the game tied at 65, Free State ...

FSHS girls post lowest scoring output of season in 47-22 loss to SM West

One night after scoring a season-high 72 points in a win over Topeka West, the Free State girls basketball team had its lowest-scoring night of the season in a 47-22 home loss to Shawnee Mission West. The Vikings (7-1, No. 6 in Class 6A) are a matchup nightmare for most teams given their ...

Behind big offensive night, FSHS girls basketball defeats Topeka West

Free State’s girls basketball team produced its best offensive outing of the year during its 72-46 victory over Topeka West Thursday night at FSHS. The Firebirds (3-4) jumped out to a 15-13 lead after the opening period, and the offense continued to improve after that. They scored 19 points ...

Photo gallery: FSHS boys basketball vs. Shawnee Heights

Free State's boys basketball team secured a 77-59 home win over Shawnee Heights Wednesday night on Jan. 27, 2021. The Firebirds (No. 5 in Class 6A) improved to 9-2 on the year with the win. Junior guard Mozae Downing finished 10 assists to lead the way for Free State. Photos by Carter ...

Mozae Downing sets assist record in Free State’s 77-59 win over Shawnee Heights

Junior point guard Mozae Downing didn't end up finishing in double figures Wednesday night like three of his fellow starters, but he arguably made the biggest impact in Free State’s 77-59 home win over Shawnee Heights. Downing, who finished with 7 points, served as the facilitator behind the ...

Free State wrestling remains undefeated with road win over Paola

Free State’s wrestling team started off a busy stretch with an impressive road victory over Paola on Monday. The Firebirds dropped just three of their 13 scheduled varsity matches in a 48-18 win. It was the start of a significant stretch where FSHS will have a total of eight duals in seven ...

Free State’s win streak is snapped with 57-43 loss to St. James Academy

The win streak for the Free State boys basketball team has come to an end. Free State’s defense wasn’t as dominant as it's been in the past during a 57-43 road loss to St. James Academy. The performance ended a seven-game win streak for the Firebirds, who last lost on Dec. 5. The Thunder ...

FSHS girls basketball falls at home against Shawnee Mission South

Free State’s girls basketball team suffered a 51-33 loss to Shawnee Mission South on Saturday at FSHS. A stagnant first half doomed the Firebirds, who fell to 2-4. Free State managed a combined 12 points over the first two quarters, while Shawnee Mission South leaped out to a 19-6 advantage ...

Photo gallery: Free State boys basketball vs. Shawnee Mission East

Free State's boys basketball team secured a 60-47 win over Shawnee Mission East Friday night at FSHS on Jan. 22, 2021. The Firebirds (No. 5 in Class 6A) improved to 8-1 on the year, and have now won seven games in a row. Photos by Shane Jackson/Lawrence Journal-World

Firebird fun: FSHS boys cruise past SM East for 60-47 win behind 22-0 run

Midway through its 60-47 home win over Shawnee Mission East on Friday, the Free State boys basketball team went on an enormous run of unanswered points — a run so big that some of the players who contributed to it were shocked to hear about it afterward. The Firebirds scored 22 unanswered ...

Daniels’ steal in final seconds seals Free State’s 47-46 road win

It took a defensive stop with the game on the line, but Free State High’s boys basketball team escaped Blue Valley West with a 47-46 victory Thursday night. The Jaguars, after rallying back in the fourth quarter, had the ball with the clock winding down. But before they could get off a ...

Preps notebook: LHS wrestling defeats Louisburg in dual to highlight busy week

Lawrence High’s wrestling team picked up one win and dropped three matches during a two-day stretch this week, but the team’s lone victory was significant because it came at home on senior day. The Lions secured a 39-33 victory over Louisburg Tuesday night at LHS to start the week off ...

FSHS boys swim claims runner-up in road triangular

Free State’s boys swim and dive team netted another runner-up finish on the road on Tuesday. The Firebirds scored 48 points as a team at the Blue Valley Southwest triangular. That mark trailed only Blue Valley West, which won the three-team event with 102 points as a squad. Blue Valley ...

FSHS girls basketball earns 46-39 win over Mill Valley

Free State’s girls basketball team got back in the win column with a 46-39 road victory over Mill Valley on Tuesday. It marks the team’s first win since a 40-38 win at Shawnee Heights on Dec. 8 in the second game under first-year head coach Chris Linner. It was a game of runs the entire ...

FSHS boys roll past Shawnee Mission Northwest for 5th consecutive win

Free State’s boys basketball has become familiar with winning, especially since it returned to action after the extended break. But, in a year that has already featured plenty of victories, Free State head coach Sam Stroh was especially proud of Saturday’s 64-41 win over Shawnee Mission ...

FSHS girls fall to Olathe Northwest on the road

Free State’s girls basketball team couldn’t overcome Olathe Northwest’s perimeter shooting in a 50-37 loss at Olathe Northwest on Friday. The Ravens knocked down nine shots from outside, which allowed them to go on runs throughout the game. The Firebirds (1-3) hung tough all night, but ...