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Former KU, Free State standout Joe Dineen Jr. moving on to coaching ranks at SMU

Former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. has officially retired from football and has taken the first step in what he hopes will be a long and successful coaching career. Dineen, who starred at Free State High before becoming one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 from 2015-18, announced ...

Free State softball ace Tatum Clopton repeats as Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year

Although she never got to throw a pitch for the Firebirds this season, Free State junior Tatum Clopton has been named the Gatorade Kansas Softball Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Adjusted to account for the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down most spring sports seasons across ...

KSHSAA pegs June 1 as start date for summer activities

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has identified June 1 as the start date for a variety of summer programs, provided coaches follow “all group gathering restrictions and social distancing expectations” outlined by local health officials and school administrators. The ...

KSHSAA hoping to move forward with some form of several summer activities

The Kansas State High School Activities Association continues to work toward hosting many of its regular summer activities for high school students but does not yet know how or what that might look like. “The biggest question on everyone’s mind, spoken or unspoken, is when do we get to ...

Firebirds Middleton, Wisdom announce college choices

Free State teammates DK Middleton and Alyus Wisdom revealed the destinations for their basketball futures this week and both will be staying close to home. Middleton, an all-Sunflower League first team selection during the 2019-20 season, announced his commitment to Johnson County Community ...

Journal-World 2019-20 Winter All-Area Teams

After each high school sports season, the Journal-World recognizes outstanding athletes with its All-Area Teams. Because of statewide precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the annual All-Area winter group photos were not able to be taken this year. The teams still were selected ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Connor Searcy, Tonganoxie The encore by Searcy was perhaps even more impressive. After making history by becoming the program’s first state champion along with another teammate last year, Searcy defended his title to cap off his senior campaign. Searcy went 44-1 and ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls wrestling team

Wrestler of the year: Madyson Gray, Free State Gray became the Journal-World's first girls wrestler of the year after a monumental year in the inaugural season of sanctioned girls wrestling. Gray, a sophomore, became Free State’s first-ever girls wrestling state champion this winter. She won ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls basketball team

Player of the year: Harper Schreiner, Eudora Emerging as one of the better players in the state, Schreiner averaged 15.6 points per game to go along with an average of 4.2 assists, 4.0 steals and 5.7 rebounds per outing during her sophomore season. Schreiner was named to the All-Frontier ...

Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area boys basketball team

Player of the year: Zeke Mayo, Lawrence High Mayo was the best player on the court on a nightly basis during his junior campaign. He was a well-rounded player, leading the Lions in scoring, rebounds and assists this past season. Mayo averaged 16.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds ...

Former area standouts react to missing out on 2020 college baseball season

Nebraska freshman pitcher Ethan Bradford was sitting alone in his room when he found out that the 2020 season was no more due to the threat of coronavirus. About two hours earlier, Nebraska’s road series with Wichita State had been canceled just before the team was about to get on the bus. ...

KSHSAA cancels spring sports season due to threat of coronavirus

There will not be a spring sports season in 2020. Due to the threat of coronavirus, KSHSAA announced on Wednesday that all spring championships, competitions and festivals for the remainder of this school year were canceled. The announcement came one day after Gov. Laura Kelly closed Kansas’ ...