Free State

2022 All-Area Spring Teams: Softball

Coach of the Year: Bill Finucane, Eudora High Armed with a tremendous amount of talent and experience, Bill Finucane pushed all the right buttons throughout the 2022 season to lead the Cardinals to the Class 4A state title. True to his character, the veteran EHS coach credited his players ...

2022 All-Area Spring Teams: Boys Track

Coach of the Year: Joe Pickett, Eudora High In addition to leading the EHS girls to a runner-up finish at state, Joe Pickett pushed a talented crop of boys to sixth place, where the Cardinals finished one point ahead of Tonganoxie in the final Class 4A standings. Athlete of the Year: Ben ...

2022 All-Area Spring Teams: Girls Track

Coach of the Year: Joe Pickett, Eudora High Loaded with a group of talented veterans and strong underclassmen, Joe Pickett led the EHS girls to a second place finish in Class 4A at the state meet — as the clear second-best team in the class — and also guided the boys team to a ...

2022 All-Area Spring Teams: Baseball

Coach of the Year: Mitch Loomis, Tonganoxie Mitch Loomis led the Chieftains on a wild ride in 2022, guiding the team to its first Frontier League title since 1995 and watching his crew compete for a 4A state championship in May. Although the Chieftains came up short in the title game — 5-2 ...

Free State alum Summer Frantz poised to turn around girls basketball program

When a young camper stole the ball and stormed down the floor for a layup Monday afternoon at the Firebirds' team camp, newly hired Free State girls basketball coach Summer Frantz couldn’t hold back a smile. That’s because basketball’s been important to Frantz since her days on the Free ...