Free State

Firebirds waste no time

Free State High junior pitcher Hunter Gudde didn’t do anything fancy Tuesday. He threw pitches and let his defense play behind him. Simple, yet effective. The Firebirds won their fifth straight Sunflower League contest with a 3-0 victory over Olathe South at FSHS in a swift 77 minutes. Gudde, ...

FSHS soccer falls to SMS

Free State’s girls soccer team went into Tuesday’s home match against Shawnee Mission South looking for its season-best third straight win, but the Firebirds were denied as they fell to the Raiders, 2-0.The Firebirds lived dangerously for much of the first half, fending off six SM South ...

LHS 12th, FSHS 14th at T-West

Topeka ? Lawrence High’s Dawson Dykes and Free State’s Jack Junge each shot 84 to lead the city contingent at the Topeka West Golf Invitational on Monday at Topeka Country Club.As a team, LHS placed 12th with 345 strokes, while FSHS was 14th at 348.Topeka West InvitationalMonday at Topeka ...

Flynn, Firebirds stop Nixa, 5-1

Free State High sophomore pitcher Jackson Flynn said he was nervous for his first varsity start, but he didn’t show it. The Firebirds helped Flynn out with a few early runs and Flynn tossed five strong innings to help Free State cruise to a 5-1 victory over Nixa (Missouri) on Saturday at ...

FSHS softball takes two wins

Olathe ? Dacia Starr hit a two-out, three-run home run in the sixth inning, and Free State defeated Blue Valley, 3-2, in high school softball Saturday in the Shawnee Mission South Jamboree.The Firebirds routed Blue Valley West, 10-2, earlier Saturday.Kate Stanwix, Cali Byrn and Mayah Daniels ...

FSHS soccer tops Topeka

Topeka ? Sabrea Platz, Chandler Wiggins and Molly Bryant scored for Free State, and the Firebirds defeated Topeka, 3-1, on Friday in high school girls soccer.FSHS (6-4) will host Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday.

FSHS doubles third at Invite

A pair of third-place finishes in doubles highlighted the Lawrence high schools’ performances in the Lawrence High Invitational on Friday.Free State’s Ian Pultz-Earle and Erik Czapinski placed third at No. 1 doubles, and the Firebirds’ Seamus Ryan-Jonah Pester placed third at No. 2 ...

FSHS softball tumbles twice

Shawnee ? Free State High’s softball team dropped a pair of games Friday in the Shawnee Mission South jamboree. The Firebirds fell to Maize, 15-5, and to Shawnee Heights, 14-5.In the Firebirds’ loss to Heights, FSHS trailed just 6-5 entering the seventh, but Heights scored eight runs in the ...

Lions relish track showing

Lawrence High’s boys and girls track-and-field teams combined to finish 11th of 15 teams at the Free State Barrier Breakers Invitational on Friday at Free State, but one probably would have guessed the Lions had finished a lot higher judging by the delighted mood of LHS coach Jack Hood.The ...

Firebirds walk off with 4-3 victory

Free State High’s baseball team was struggling to hit with runners in scoring position Friday until senior first baseman Marcileno Cortez came up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.With the game tied, two runners on and two outs, Cortez dropped in a single between three fielders ...

Out-dualed: Firebirds handily dispatch LHS in swimming City Showdown

For years, Lawrence High swimming coach Kent McDonald has talked about having a head-to-head dual with rival Free State. It finally happened Friday at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.The timing, however, couldn’t have been worse for the Lions. For one thing, the Firebirds had won all five of ...

FSHS baseball stumbles against Creighton, 7-0

Any momentum Free State’s baseball team had entering this weekend’s River City Baseball Festival disappeared on Thursday night. The Firebirds were held to just one hit in a 7-0 loss against Omaha Creighton Prep (Nebraska) at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. Free State had strong ...

Beeley’s goal sends Firebirds past Lions, 1-0

For someone holding a giant ice pack over a swollen knot above her left eye, Free State High freshman Sydni Beeley sure had a big smile on her face as she walked away from the Firebirds’ home field Thursday night.A little blood and a significant welt couldn’t alter her mood. Not after her ...

Firebirds sign soccer letters

Four Free State High boys soccer players signed with their future college programs on Wednesday. Nick Larkin and Joseph Larkin signed with Doane College in Nebraska, while Kyle Vogelsang inked with Bethany College, and Randall Schmidt will play for Bethel College.

River City Festival field loaded

Free State High baseball players were thrilled with their victory against top-ranked Olathe East on Monday, but their competition doesn’t get much easier this weekend. The Firebirds will open play against Omaha (Nebraska) Creighton Prep in the River City Baseball Festival at 7:15 p.m. today ...

Firebirds not happy with 7th; LHS 11th at FSHS Invitational

Most of Free State High’s boys golfers were happy with their scores Wednesday but knew they could have done better. With little to no wind, the conditions were perfect to shoot low scores at the Free State Invitational at Eagle Bend. But a few bad holes hurt the Firebirds, who took seventh ...

FSHS softball cruises, 11-0

Leavenworth ? Free State broke open a close game with a nine-run third inning, and the Firebirds defeated Leavenworth, 11-0, on Tuesday in high school softball.Cali Byrn and Kylie Cobb homered, Emily Byers doubled twice, and Elizabeth Patton pitched a two-hit shutout for Free State.“We hit ...

FSHS soccer falls to SMNW

Shawnee ? Free State’s girls soccer team lost, 5-0, to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday night. The Firebirds (3-4) will face Lawrence High in the City Showdown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Free State swimmers edge SM East

Free State High girls swimmers were in disbelief when their coaches told them they beat Shawnee Mission East in a dual on Tuesday. “Wait, we did what?” a few members of the team said with stunned looks on their faces. The Firebirds topped the Lancers in their annual dual, 95-91, for their ...

Free State baseball upends O-East

Olathe ? Despite trailing by three runs after the first inning, Free State’s baseball team rallied to beat top-ranked Olathe East, 9-6, on Monday at O-East.The Firebirds (8-2, ranked No. 5) had a five-run fifth inning when senior Joel Spain hit a RBI single, senior Jon Saathoff hit a ...