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Substate brackets released for local basketball teams

Postseason brackets were officially revealed on Wednesday, and a pair of local boys basketball teams will get the opportunity to host substate after performing well in the regular season. Lawrence High boys (17-1) will host Olathe Northwest (7-13) in the substate opener on Tuesday, with tipoff ...

Photo gallery: Free State boys basketball vs. Lawrence High

Lawrence High's boys basketball team knocked down 11 3-pointers during a 16-point win over Free State Friday night at FSHS on Feb. 19, 2021. The Lions have now three consecutive meeting in this rivalry, while also securing a victory in seven of the last eight meetings. Photos by Chance ...

Photo gallery: Lawrence High girls basketball vs. Free State

Free State's girls basketball team defeated Lawrence High Friday night at LHS on Feb. 19, 2021. The Firebirds have now won three consecutive meetings in this rivalry. Photos by Carter Gaskins/Lawrence Journal-World

FSHS girls close out competitive City Showdown with road win

It took almost the entirety of Friday night’s City Showdown, but Free State High’s girls basketball team finally put rival Lawrence away late in a 55-46 victory at LHS. The Lions, who trailed by four entering the fourth quarter, scrapped in the opening minutes of the period, much like they ...

Photo gallery: Free State bowling vs. Lawrence High

Lawrence High's bowling program earned a win in varsity boys and varsity girls during a dual against Free State Thursday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes. The Lions has success in the Baker format in both matchups to pull out the come-from-behind victory against their rival. Photos by Chance ...

Lawrence bowling sweeps Free State in dual behind performance in Baker format

As soon as Lawrence High junior Josh King rolled his second strike in the final frame of the day, he knew what he had accomplished. King punched the air in celebration, and made his way back to the ball return for his third roll. King didn’t even really need a third attempt in that 10th ...

FSHS girls put up strong fight in 58-48 loss at Shawnee Mission Northwest

Free State’s girls basketball team was handed a 58-48 defeat by Shawnee Mission Northwest on the road on Tuesday. Shawnee Mission Northwest (No. 2 in Class 6A) started in front by grabbing a 21-10 lead out of the gate. The Firebirds never went away, however, putting together one of their ...

Free State boys notch ninth consecutive win with 55-48 victory at SM North

Free State’s boys basketball team extended its win streak to nine games with a 55-48 road victory over Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday. Following a 4-0 showing last week, the Firebirds (No. 4 in Class 6A) got behind early with a 10-8 hole after the opening period. They bounced back with an ...

Weather impacts schedule for local basketball teams

Schedule changes are nothing new this high school sports season, but Mother Nature spoiled what was supposed to be a night full of basketball games on Tuesday. Free State’s boys basketball will have to wait just one more day to face Shawnee Mission North on the road. That game was moved to 6 ...

Free State boys demonstrate mental toughness during 4-0 week

It seems impossible to properly put into perspective what Free State’s boys basketball team accomplished last week. The Firebirds played four games last week, including three in as many days between Thursday through Saturday. Three of those four contests came away from home, while FSHS even ...

FSHS junior Madyson Gray named wrestler of the year after claiming regional title

Free State’s Madyson Gray dominated Saturday’s regional meet in Emporia on her way to adding more hardware to her already impressive collection. Gray, a junior, pinned both of her opponents in the 132-pound weight class after receiving a bye to win her bracket. Not only did she qualify for ...

Sam Stroh collects 100th win at FSHS; Firebirds finish off perfect week

A stylish win over a ranked foe. A perfect record in a week that featured four games, including three in three days. A season-best winning streak. And the 100th victory under the current head coach. The Free State boys basketball team accomplished all of those achievements in its 59-51 road ...