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Preps Notebook: Free State girls show newfound depth in season-opening loss

Free State head girls basketball coach Summer Frantz had plenty of positive takeaways from a 53-30 loss to Blue Valley West in Thursday night’s season opener on the road. Her group fought well into the second half, but endurance waned for the Firebirds, as Frantz’ young squad fell to 0-1 ...

Winter Sports Preview: Paul pumped for deep Free State hoops roster

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for winter sports season and the Journal-World has you covered on all things Lawrence Free State. Here’s the outlook for the Firebirds this season: New-look FSHS boys hoops to include familiar faces Some might’ve been ...

2023 Journal-World All-Area Volleyball Team

The Journal-World All-Area teams are carefully selected by the Journal-World's sports staff. • Player of the Year: Fisayo Afonja, Baldwin High Afonja averaged 5.7 kills per set with 567 total kills during her senior season with the Bulldogs, including 74 blocks and 299 digs. As a ...

2023 Journal-World All-Area Boys Soccer Team

The Journal-World All-Area teams are carefully selected by the Journal-World's sports staff. • Player of the Year: Cooper Carr, Baldwin High Carr topped his breakout freshman season this fall with 18 goals and 14 assists, finishing just two points behind the school record (52) in his ...

Area soccer standouts make All-League lists

Fifteen total members of the Free State and Lawrence High boys soccer teams appeared on the All-Sunflower League team, the league revealed over the weekend. Four of those area names made the first-team cut, including FSHS junior midfielder JJ Zheng, senior defender Utah Hester and junior ...

Free State falls in regional playoffs to Manhattan, 21-7

Manhattan — Free State fell to Manhattan 21-7 in the second round of the 6A football playoffs Friday night at Manhattan, ending its season in the regional round. The Firebirds (7-3) could not come back from an 14-0 halftime deficit as the Indians (9-1), recorded nearly 300 rushing yards to ...