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Depth on display in Free State’s 63-45 win over Shawnee Mission North

It is not always easy to dig deep into the bench at this point in the season, especially during a grinding league battle. Fortunately for FSHS boys basketball coach Sam Stroh, he doesn’t have that issue. Free State needed a total-team effort to push past Shawnee Mission North, 63-45, on ...

Free State girls can’t overcome 3-point barrage by SM North

Shawnee Mission North drilled a dozen 3-pointers, including seven triples in the first half, en route to a 62-52 victory over Free State on Tuesday at FSHS. The Firebirds have now dropped all six of their contests since upsetting Derby in the semifinals of the Lady Firebirds Winter Classic on ...

Lou Fincher and Trey Medina grab titles at Sunflower League Invitational

Olathe — Lawrence High junior Trey Medina won the 152-pound weight class at the Sunflower League Invitational on Saturday after pinning Olathe North sophomore Landon Wilkes. LHS finished ninth as a team with 61 points. It was also a successful day for Free State, which finished in sixth ...

Free State bench comes up big once again in 60-46 road win over Shawnee Mission East

Prairie Village — Throughout this season, Free State coach Sam Stroh has consistently pointed to the Firebirds’ wins as “team efforts,” as Free State has relied on a productive bench. And in the Firebirds’ 60-46 road win over Shawnee Mission East on Friday night, that came to be true ...

Kris Daniels provides spark off bench, FSHS boys knock off Olathe West

Kris Daniels started the fourth quarter by draining a wide-open 3-pointer. Moments later, he finished a layup through contact, turned towards his teammates, and let out a yell. The momentum of Tuesday’s game at Free State had shifted for good thanks to the Firebird junior. In addition to ...

Free State girls surrender late lead in 66-62 loss to Olathe West

It’s been an up-and-down season for Free State girls basketball, and Tuesday was very nearly a high point against No. 4 Olathe West. Free State counterpunched Olathe West all night but couldn’t answer the Owls’ fourth-quarter flurry, as the Firebirds fell 66-62 at home Tuesday ...

Rodman’s runner-up finish helps LHS girls bowling claim 3rd at Sunflower League

Moments after stepping away from the podium, Lawrence High senior Emilie Rodman insisted that the rest of the varsity girls bowling team take another photo together. Rodman set her phone on the counter at College Lanes on Tuesday and took a group photo of the six-player squad. All the bowlers ...

FSHS wrestling falls to Basehor-Linwood

Free State’s wrestling team ended up on the wrong end of a dual at Basehor-Linwood on Friday. Basehor-Linwood won seven of the 13 matches, including one by forfeit, en route to a 45-31 victory. Jett Barton, Austin Burenheide and Titus Birdashaw all won their respective open matches for the ...

Free State boys basketball bounces back with OT win over Olathe South

Olathe — It was exactly what Free State’s boys basketball team needed after what transpired just three days earlier. Coming off a 66-45 loss to Olathe East, the Firebirds got back to their old ways with a fitting overtime win. Thanks to timely shots and strong performance on the defensive ...

Third quarter sinks FSHS girls basketball in loss to Olathe South

Olathe — In the closing moments of the third quarter, Olathe South guard Raegan Halliday drove through the Free State defense with her right hand. Halliday lofted a left-handed floater in the lane, which ultimately rattled around the rim before falling to the floor at the buzzer. It was one ...

Free State bowling places 2nd at home meet

Both Free State bowling squads came home with runner-up finishes in a home triangular at Royal Crest Lanes on Thursday. On the boys side, the Firebirds posted a team score of 2,323 to finish 73 pins behind Washburn Rural. Warren Williams rolled a series score of 659, which earned him the top ...

Preps notebook: Despite missing 2 starters, Bishop Seabury boys roll to 68-13 win

Even with a shorthanded roster, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team took care of business on Tuesday. The Seahawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before coasting to a 68-13 victory over Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy at BSA. It was an impressive win considering the fact that ...

Free State boys fall to Olathe East’s fast-paced attack, 66-45

In what felt more like a track meet than a basketball game, Olathe East rolled to a 66-45 victory over the Free State boys team Tuesday. “(Olathe East was) the tougher team, and that wasn’t the team I saw at McPherson,” Free State coach Sam Stroh said. “That wasn’t the team I saw ...

Slow start leads to Free State girls 50-40 loss to Olathe East

A tough night on offense and a slow start led the Free State girls basketball team to a 50-40 loss to Olathe East Tuesday night. Free State coach Nick Wood said the Firebirds’ mindset wasn’t where it needed to be at tip-off, something he takes responsibility for. “We weren’t where we ...