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‘It was a breakthrough moment’: Free State girls upset Derby in overtime thriller

A floater by Derby freshman Maryn Archer hit the back of the rim before falling safely to the floor. Pandemonium ensued after that. Free State junior Shannon Clarke raised her arms in triumph before turning around for an emphatic chest bump with senior Caely Kesten near the top of the key. The ...

Free State edges out LHS for 48-25 win in wrestling City Showdown

Given the history of the City Showdown and the intense atmosphere, Free State senior Lou Fincher felt a bit of pressure going into Wednesday’s match against Lawrence High. “But I (expected) our team to win because we’re a really good team this year,” Fincher said. Free State defeated ...

Free State boys share the rock in 64-32 victory over Mill Valley

It was obvious within the game’s opening minute that Free State’s boys basketball team understood the importance of sharing the rock. FSHS junior Andrew Piper scored the first basket of the contest, which was really a credit to a nice find by senior DK Middleton. That particular sequence ...

FSHS boys basketball falls in championship game of McPherson Invitational

Free State’s boys basketball team ended up on the wrong end of a defensive battle during its third game in as many days. The Firebirds dropped a 44-39 decision to Bishop Carroll in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational on Saturday. FSHS, which scored 12 total points in the ...

FSHS boys surge past Derby in semifinals of McPherson Invitational

Thanks to an impressive performance on both ends of the court, Free State’s boys basketball team surged past Derby for a 67-51 win during the semifinals of the McPherson Invitational on Friday. Facing a 4-point deficit at the intermission, the Firebirds responded by taking over in the second ...

FSHS boys knock off Junction City in opening round of McPherson Invitational

Behind three double-digit scorers, Free State’s boys basketball team was in control from start to finish in its 53-38 victory over Junction City on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the McPherson Invitational. The Firebirds, who have already played a number of close games this ...

Free State holds on for ‘strange’ win over Olathe Northwest 52-48

Olathe — Free State coach Sam Stroh says his team always knows how to make games interesting, but Monday night was still a bit odd. “That was kind of a weird game with no school on a Monday,” Stroh said. “I was proud of our kids that we found a way to win, but at the same time, ...

Missed shots leads to tough loss as Free State falls to Olathe Northwest 42-31

Olathe — Sometimes shots just don’t fall, and that’s exactly what happened to Free State as the Firebirds fell to Olathe Northwest 42-31 Monday night. “We struggled to score offensively in the second half,” Free State coach Nick Wood said. “And we knew it was going to be a tough ...

Wrestling roundup: 14 area wrestlers place at Bobcat Classic

A total of 14 area wrestlers did well enough to place in the Bobcat Classic on Saturday afternoon at Basehor-Linwood. Tonganoxie had seven such wrestlers do so, which led to the highest finish among area squads in the 23-team event. The Chieftains scored 82.5 points as a team to place 14th on ...

Seniors lead Free State swim and dive to victory at home meet

Right before the 100-yard butterfly, Free State swim and dive took a moment to recognize its seven senior athletes. “A lot of us, even though we don’t see each other a lot in school, we’re tight-knit and we love this sport,” senior Nick Burket said. “I think we as a group — this is ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin wrestling wins dual at Lawrence High in convincing fashion

Freshman Jonathan Wren, sophomore Cameron Blacklock and senior Bailey Vesco each trotted out to shake hands with the referee, as the Baldwin bench roared in approval. All three wrestlers won via forfeit in the final three matches of Wednesday’s dual with Lawrence High at LHS. Yet the outcome ...

Despite a strong third quarter, Free State falls to Olathe North 68-44

Olathe — It didn’t take long for Olathe North to get going as the Eagles defeated Free State 68-44 Tuesday. Junior forward Shannon Clarke led the way for the Firebirds with 19 points. “They’re one of the best teams in the state and they’ve got really good players,” Free State coach ...

Free State boys basketball escapes with 66-63 road win over Olathe North

Olathe — Looking to regain momentum in the fourth quarter, Free State senior guard Ethan Lincoln shot another corner 3-pointer. But as Lincoln missed — causing a scrum for the rebound — junior center Andrew Piper came up with the ball once again for a tough, and necessary, layup. “He ...