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Firebirds roll in softball showdown

Free State High’s softball team had a lot to take care of Monday. First, the Firebirds had to complete a previously suspended game with Shawnee Mission West. Then, they needed to deal with the emotions that come with Senior Night. Of the utmost importance, though, they had to find a way to ...

Free State downs LHS, 3-1, in baseball City Showdown

Free State High junior pitcher Hunter Gudde has a simple philosophy on the mound: Keep the ball low and trust the defense. That’s all the Firebirds needed from him during a 3-1 victory in the City Showdown on Monday at Lawrence High. Gudde allowed four hits and zero earned runs in six ...

Free State softball disappointed by twinbill split

Free State High’s softball team split a doubleheader Saturday against St. Thomas Aquinas at FSHS, but the Firebirds walked away from it feeling like they had just been swept.After winning the opener, 6-5, the Firebirds lost the nightcap, 12-11.FSHS led the Saints, 7-2, in Game Two before a ...

Pool party! FSHS ends SM East’s league run

For the past two years, Free State High’s girls swimmers finished second in the Sunflower League Championship, and they weren’t satisfied. They spent all season training and planning to make their move to the top. The Firebirds made their dreams come true Saturday, winning their first ...

LHS girls track ties for first at SM North Relays

Overland Park ? Lawrence High’s girls track and field team tied Olathe Northwest for first place in a 31-team field at the Shawnee Mission North Relays Friday with 55 points.Rebecca and Matia Finley went one-two in the girls discus, and the 4x400 relay team of Leah Gabler, Marissa Pope, ...

Free State softball cruises past SM East

For the second straight day, Free State High’s softball team was dominant at the plate. Only this time, the Firebirds didn’t have to stop because of bad weather. The Firebirds drilled 14 hits in a 13-0 run-rule shortened rout over Shawnee Mission East on Friday at FSHS. Free State opened ...

Munsch effective again in Firebirds’ victory

Free State High's baseball players couldn’t be happier to see junior pitcher Trevor Munsch healthy again. Munsch, who missed a month this season because of a mild elbow strain in his throwing arm, tossed five scoreless innings in his second start back on the mound to help the Firebirds to a ...

LHS, FSHS swimmers compete at league

Olathe ? Free State senior Courtney Caldwell finished first in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke to lead the Firebirds on Friday at the Sunflower League swimming preliminaries at Chisholm Trail Junior High.Cierra Campbell and Sydney Sirimongkhon-Dyck respectively added victories in the 200 ...

Firebirds take 14-0 lead, then must wait

The only thing that could stop Free State High softball players at the plate on Thursday was Mother Nature. The Firebirds posted 14 runs and just one out in the bottom of the first inning against Shawnee Mission West before the game was suspended because of inclement weather with FSHS leading, ...

FSHS, LHS swimmers set for league

Free State senior Courtney Caldwell has racked up her fair share of individual swimming accolades during her four years at FSHS.Despite the success Caldwell and her fellow Firebird seniors have had in their high school careers, they still have a unfinished business going into today’s ...

Rain alters prep schedules

Inclement weather played havoc with local high school sports schedules Thursday.Lawrence High’s girls soccer team was trailing, 3-0, in the first half against Shawnee Mission South when its game was suspended. The two schools will try to finish the game at 4 p.m. today. There’s 6:22 ...

FSHS baseball outlasts O-North

Olathe ? After waiting 20 hours to complete the eighth inning, Free State High’s baseball team beat Olathe North, 7-5, on Wednesday at the Olathe District Activity Complex. The game was suspended with Free State leading by three runs in the top of the eighth Tuesday because of inclement ...

Firebird Liston signs KU letter

Free State High senior Ryan Liston remembers sitting down for lunch with a friend last year, and they started talking about their future college options. He liked Kansas University’s journalism program but didn’t think there was any way he would be good enough to make the school’s cross ...

FSHS baseball leads O-North

Olathe ? Free State High’s baseball team was leading 6-3 over Olathe North on Tuesday before the game was suspended because of inclement weather at the Olathe District Activity Complex. The Firebirds rallied in the top of the seventh inning to tie the contest, 3-3, when sophomore Zion Bowlin ...

FSHS players sign for soccer

Two Free State High girls soccer players signed their letters of intent to play in college in the school’s commons on Tuesday.Senior Hannah Reussner signed with Central College in Iowa, and senior Allyson Hertig inked with Baker University.

FSHS softball suspended in 4th

Olathe ? Free State High’s softball game with Olathe East was suspended Tuesday because of rain and lightning.The teams played to a scoreless tie when the game was called with Olathe East batting with one out of the bottom of the fourth. The game will resume at that point, when it is ...

Storm delay, Olathe East ruin Firebirds’ evening

The size and athleticism of Olathe East’s front line were too much for Free State High’s girls soccer team to handle Tuesday, as the Firebirds fell to the Hawks, 6-0, in their final regular-season home game.OE senior Natalie Wolfe led the charge for the Hawks, netting a hat trick with goals ...

Lawrence golfers place at Olathe

Olathe ? Free State’s Jack Flynn was third and Lawrence High’s Braxton Olson eighth to pace the city high schools at the Olathe North Boys Golf Invitational on Monday at Falcon Ridge.Flynn shot 73 to lead the Firebirds to a fifth-place showing in the team standings with 328. SM Northwest ...

Firebirds set track records

Topeka ? Free State High’s Tye Carter set a school record in the javelin, and the Firebirds’ Callie Hicks set a meet record in girls pole vault Friday at the Topeka Seaman Relays.Carter’s mark of 193 feet, 2 inches beat Nick Witmer’s old school record set in 2006 and helped the ...

Firebirds get in swing of things, 7-0

Free State High’s baseball players have pitched well and played solid defense for the last few weeks. The only question is whether they can score a few runs. They answered that quickly with three early runs in a 7-0 victory over Blue Valley North on Friday at FSHS. The Firebirds held ...