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Free State head coach Kevin Stewart adds 4 new assistants to join strong staff

Head coach Kevin Stewart can’t help but get excited when talking about his coaching staff entering his third year leading the Free State football program. Due to some coaching turnover, Stewart brought in four new assistants to join an experienced staff this offseason. All four new coaches ...

Preps notebook: Local football players slated to compete in Shrine Bowl next week

Three area football players will compete in the Kansas Shrine Bowl later this month: Thad Metcalfe and Hayden Robb of Perry-Lecompton and Branden Martin of Tonganoxie. All three players will compete for the East team in the annual event, which is scheduled for June 26 at Hutchinson Community ...

Firebirds excited for ‘fresh start’ entering Year 2 under Chris Linner

What does head coach Chris Linner expect from this year’s Free State girls basketball team? He has no idea — and he can’t wait to see what happens. Last year’s team, which went 6-12, leaned heavily on its seven seniors. Some of them, including Shannon Clarke and Evy Harrell, had ...

Free State volleyball returns indoors to work on fundamentals during summer camp

This past week, Free State volleyball’s summer camp had to work around a few scheduling headaches and a class of more than 30 newcomers. No big deal. Last year, they didn’t even have a net. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the team out of its gymnasium in 2020, so the players had to move to ...