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Free State softball secures convincing 12-0 win over SM North in home opener

Free State softball star Tatum Clopton could count on her fingers how many pitches it took her to strike out all three of Shawnee Mission North’s batters in the top of the third inning on Thursday: nine. And in fact, she did count them on her fingers on the walk back to the dugout, holding ...

Journal-World’s 2020-21 all-area girls basketball team

Player of the year: Shannon Clarke, Free State Clarke came through with a standout senior season with the Firebirds. Despite being face-guarded frequently, she produced an average of 13.9 points per game. She also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The 6-foot wing was a disruptive defender ...

Journal-World’s 2020-21 all-area boys basketball team

Player of the year: Zeke Mayo, Lawrence High Just like last year, Mayo dominated Lawrence’s high school hoops scene. He averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per contest this year, was named the Sunflower League Player of the Year and ended his high school career ...

Journal-World’s 2020-21 all-area boys wrestling team

Co-wrestlers of the year: Trey Medina, Lawrence, and Cael Lynch, Eudora Medina was sensational during his senior season on the mat, and he didn’t lose a single match until the state championship bout of the 145-pound weight class. His runner-up finish and 19-1 overall record were proof of ...

Journal-World’s 2020-21 all-area girls wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Madyson Gray, Free State Girls wrestling has only been a sanctioned sport in Kansas high schools for two years, and Gray has dominated in both of them. The FSHS junior earned her second straight state title this season and won all 17 of her matches against female ...

Photo gallery: Free State baseball vs. Brandon Valley

Free State's baseball team earned a 5-3 win over Brandon Valley during a doubleheader sweep on Friday at FSHS on March 26, 2021. The Firebirds are now 3-1 on the year entering their Sunflower League opener. Photos by Carter Gaskins/Lawrence Journal-World

Free State baseball finishes off doubleheader sweep with four-run rally in sixth

Thanks to a four-run rally in the sixth, Free State’s baseball team was able to close out a doubleheader sweep with a 6-4 win over Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Friday at FSHS. It came after the Firebirds recorded a 5-3 win over Brandon Valley earlier in the day. With the sweep, Free State has ...

Free State baseball bounces back with 5-2 win over Sioux Falls Lincoln

Free State’s baseball team bounced back from a season-opening loss just one day later, with a 5-2 win over Sioux Falls Lincoln Saturday morning at Free State. The Firebirds are now 1-1 on the year after falling to Sioux Falls Washington on Friday. Similar to Game 1, FSHS jumped out in front ...

Lawrence, Free State fall in baseball openers to start 2021 campaign

A loss in the season opener is never the end of the world, and that was especially true of the Lawrence High baseball team’s 7-3 loss to Sioux Falls Lincoln on Friday, because the Lions hadn’t played since 2019. After a game in which LHS gave up three runs in the sixth inning, a few ...

Free State, Lawrence girls swim compete in first spring sports event since 2019

Free State’s girls swim and dive team was victorious in its home triangular on Wednesday, but the real prize wasn’t a first-place finish — it was getting in the pool in the first place. Last year, local swim teams and other spring sports athletes didn’t have that chance. The COVID-19 ...

Firebirds ready for long-awaited return of spring sports season

The spring sports season is finally here after an unusually long absence. Due to the 2020 season being canceled because of COVID-19, there has not been a spring sports event involving an area team since the state track meet concluded on May 26, 2019. It means that Free State’s home swim ...