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FSHS swimmers win invitational

Free State senior Courtney Caldwell broke her fourth school record as she clocked in at 55.60 seconds in 100 backstroke to help the Firebirds win their home invitational on Tuesday.Caldwell’s time edged Molly Albrecht’s old record of 55.85 seconds from 2008. The N.C. State signee also won ...

FSHS softball rolls

Free State High junior pitcher Elizabeth Patton just needed a little breathing room Tuesday evening against Shawnee Mission Northwest.Once her teammates, juniors Kate Stanwix and Cali Byrn, broke up a scoreless softball game with RBIs, Patton made the rest of a 5-2 home victory easier for all ...

Six-run second inning sparks FSHS baseball

Clicking on the mound and in the field Tuesday evening against Leavenworth, Free State High’s baseball team would only need one run. But the Firebirds went ahead and scored six — all in the second inning — just to be safe in a 6-0 home win.Senior Cooper Karlin said once FSHS took care of ...

Free State tennis blanks Lawrence High

Free State High sophomore Ian Pultz-Earle took his losses and lumps last year in No. 1 singles, facing opposing team’s best players. Now he’s delivering some revenge. In the City Showdown dual against Lawrence High, Pultz-Earle combined with freshman Erik Czapinski for a victory in No. 1 ...

Free State’s Houk paces city golfers at SME

Overland Park ? Free State High’s Coleman Houk shot an 80 to tie for 17th to pace all city golfers at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational on Monday at Milburn Country Club.FSHS placed sixth in the team race at 330. Blue Valley North won with 310.Lawrence High was 13th at 340.Dawson Dykes ...

FSHS doubles team takes 3rd

Goddard ? Free State High’s doubles tennis team of Ian Pultz-Earle and Erik Czapinski placed third to pace the Firebirds to a ninth-place finish at the 15-team John Markham Spring Classic on Saturday.Free State’s other doubles team of David Neff and Declan Forth placed 25th.On the singles ...

Firebirds rip Raiders

For the first time this season, Free State High’s softball players swung their bats the way they wanted.After the Firebirds were shut out and held to just three hits in their last game, they exploded for 13 hits in a 14-4 rout of Shawnee Mission South on Saturday afternoon at FSHS. The ...

Free State swims to Olathe title

Olathe ? Alvena Walpole and Courtney Caldwell each won two individual events, and Free State High won the Olathe Swimming Invitational on Friday.Walpole won the 200 individual medley and 100 fly, and Caldwell claimed the 50 and 100 freestyle events.Also, Free State’s Cierra Campbell won the ...

FSHS boys track 2nd, girls 3rd

Stilwell ? Free State High’s boys placed second and its girls third at the Blue Valley Track and Field Relays on Friday at Blue Valley High.Blue Valley won the boys title with 120 points. FSHS was second with 105.5.Tye Carter won the javelin, Ryan Liston the 1,600 and Avin Lane the 100 meters ...

Beeley’s goal sends Firebirds past Lansing

Free State High freshman Sydni Beeley saw the clock running down in overtime on Friday against Lansing and knew she had to take a chance.With under five minutes left in the first overtime, the fearless defenseman drilled a free kick over the outstretched arms of Lansing’s goalkeeper in front ...

FSHS swimmers win in Topeka

Topeka ? Free State High’s girls swim and dive team coasted to a victory Thursday in the Topeka Invitational.The Firebirds scored 640 points, twice as many as second-place Washburn Rural.Cierra Campbell (200 freestyle), Courtney Caldwell (50 freestyle), Haley Johnson (1-meter diving) and Kara ...

Golfer Flynn 8th

Topeka ? Free State junior Jack Flynn fired a round of 81 to lead the Firebirds to a tie for fifth place Thursday at the Topeka Invitational at Wamego Country Club.Topeka InvitationalThursday at Wamego Country ClubPar-70Team Scores: Washburn Rural 307, Manhattan 330, St. James 330, Shawnee ...

FSHS softball blanked by Olathe Northwest

Olathe ? Free State High struggled to get going offensively as the Firebirds softball team was shut out, 9-0, Thursday by Olathe Northwest.Kylie Cobb, Dacia Starr and Kate Stanwix each had a hit apiece for the Firebirds.FSHS coach Lee Ice knew it wouldn’t be easy to hang with the Ravens, but ...

FSHS baseball edges SM West, 9-8

Overland Park ? Free State High’s baseball team outlasted Shawnee Mission West, 9-8, in nine innings on Thursday at SMW.The Firebirds recorded 16 hits, but also committed eight errors. The Vikings posted similar big numbers in each category with 10 hits and seven errors.Free State 300 ...

Firebird Bowen in all-star fooball game

Free State High senior Carson Bowen was selected to play in the 2015 Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star game this summer. Bowen has signed with Baker University and played linebacker and running back for the Firebirds last season. The game will be played at 7 p.m. on June ...

Free State softball blanks Pioneers

Free State High’s softball team cruised to its first win of the season on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over Leavenworth at FSHS. The Firebirds took advantage of nine walks and four errors by the Pioneers to put runners on base. They also received a dominant pitching performance from junior ...

Missed chances costly for Firebirds

There are times when baseball is a complex sport, but it was easy to see how Free State lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, 6-3, on Tuesday at FSHS. The Cougars made the most of their five hits and the Firebirds left seven runners on base.“I wouldn’t say we didn’t hit the ball. We hit the ...

FSHS soccer falls to SM West

Overland Park ? Free State High’s girls soccer team was shut out by Shawnee Mission West, 4-0, Tuesday. The loss dropped the Firebirds’ record to 1-2. FSHS will try to bounce back at 6:30 p.m. Friday for its home opener against Lansing.

FSHS tennis third at quad

The No. 2 doubles tandem of Seamus Ryan and Jonah Pester led Free State High’s boys tennis team to a third-place finish Tuesday at the FSHS Quad at Rock Chalk Park.Ryan and Pester defeated Shawnee Mission North, 9-4, and Shawnee Mission Northwest, 9-7, and fell to team champion Olathe ...

Flynn paces city prep golfers

Lake Quivira ? Free State High’s Jack Flynn tied for 10th overall at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Golf Invitational on Monday at Lake QuiviraFlynn shot 77 to lead all city golfers.The meet also served as the first of three rounds of the Sunflower League championship. In those standings, ...