Free State

FSHS tops SME at Mo-Kan v-ball

Lee's Summit, Mo. ? Free State High’s volleyball team won one of five matches Saturday in the Mo-Kan Tournament at Lee’s Summit West.The Firebirds defeated Shawnee Mission East, 25-13, 25-12, and fell to Blue Springs, 25-20, 25-23; Overland Park Aquinas, 25-17, 25-20; Lee’s Summit West, ...

FSHS volleyball perfect at SME

Prairie Village ? Free State High’s volleyball team went undefeated in three matches on Thursday at the Shawnee Mission East quadrangular. The Firebirds swept every set, beating Shawnee Mission Northwest, 25-8 and 25-17, Shawnee Mission North, 25-12, 25-12, and Shawnee Mission East, 25-14, ...

Firebirds fall short against O-North

Free State High football players knew there wasn’t much room for error facing Olathe North on Friday night. That didn’t make it any less painful when a few blown assignments led to a 14-7 loss in their home opener at FSHS. With more than seven minutes remaining in the game, O-North ...

FSHS soccer rolls

Those who had never seen Heitor Nazareth play soccer before might have considered the Free State High sophomore an opportunistic offensive player Thursday night in the Firebirds’ season-opening victory over Lansing at FSHS.His teammates and coaches know him too well to categorize him as such, ...

Revenge in mind for FSHS vs. Eagles

Free State High football players didn’t circle the game against Olathe North on their calendars, but they have a little bit of revenge on their minds. Facing the only team that beat them last year, the Firebirds will try to avenge those two losses when they face the Eagles at 7 tonight in ...

Grace under pressure: Bartle, Firebirds win quad

Free State High’s gymnastics team took the floor for the first time this year as Class 6A defending state champions, and there were plenty of nerves. That didn’t stop them from performing well. The Firebirds won the Lawrence High quadrangular, as senior Grace Bartle took first place in the ...

Firebirds overcome early doubles trouble

It only took one match for Free State High’s doubles pairing of senior Taylor Hawkins and junior Rachel Walters to find its groove. After an opening-match loss, Hawkins and Walters won their last two matches at No. 2 doubles Tuesday, defeating Olathe South and Lawrence High’s pair of Erin ...

Prep notebook: Firebirds lose LB/RB Skwarlo

Free State High’s football team picked up a victory over Shawnee Mission West last week but also had a big loss. The Firebirds will likely be without junior linebacker and running back Sam Skwarlo for the remainder of the season after he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot during the ...

FSHS girls win cross country title

Olathe ? Emily Venters won the sophomore race and Claire Sanner was second in the junior race as Free State High’s girls cross country team won the Olathe East Class Classic on Thursday.The Firebirds won the team title with 12 points, edging runner-up O-East by one point.FSHS was fourth in ...

FSHS volleyball starts 0-2

Lansing ? Free State High started its volleyball season 0-2 with losses to Topeka Seaman and Lansing on Thursday at the Lansing triangular.The Lions were swept by Topeka Seaman, 25-19, 25-22, before falling to Lansing in three sets, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18.Paige Corcoran had 26 digs for FSHS.Naomi ...

FSHS tennis opens season 2-0-1

Junction City ? The Free State girls tennis team defeated Junction City and Salina South and came away with a split against Manhattan, Thursday, to start its season 2-0-1.The Firebirds fell behind early against Manhattan, losing both singles matches, but Caitlin and Ali Dodd and Natalie Myers ...

Free State fired up over 20-14 win

Overland Park ? It didn’t matter which end zone the ball was thrown to in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium. Either way, Free State High’s Joel Spain was coming away with the prize.In the final five minutes against Shawnee Mission West, Spain, Free ...

Firebirds know opening foe well

Free State High football players have seen Shawnee Mission West plenty in the past two years. But both schools will debut much different teams than the ones that faced off previously in their season-opener at 7 tonight at SM South District Stadium.The Vikings, 4-5 last year, return five ...

Off and running: Free State jamboree a ‘fun note’

In the final step before the start of most fall sports seasons, Free State High held its sports jamboree on Thursday night to showcase all of its teams to fans. The volleyball, boys soccer and football teams had varsity and sub-varsity scrimmages, while the cross country team ran a few laps in ...

Free State golf takes 4th

There were plenty of nerves for Free State High’s girls golfers as they opened the season more than two weeks earlier than they usually do and only a few days since tryouts ended. It didn’t seem to cause many problems. The Firebirds finished fourth in the eight-team Mill Valley Invitational ...

Free State High fall sports get underway

The rising temperatures might have caused a few adjustments in practice schedules, but games, matches and tournaments are quickly approaching. Free State’s girls golf season began Tuesday, while the rest of the teams will wait until at least next week.Some teams are excited with returning ...

Firebirds, Lions take early look during scrimmages

Free State High and Lawrence High’s football teams took their biggest steps yet toward the upcoming season with intrasquad scrimmages Saturday afternoon. The Firebirds squared off against each other for about two hours, and though there were plenty of mistakes, there were a lot of highlights. ...

Pads poppin’ at LHS, FSHS

For the first time in two months and the first time since fall practices began, Free State High and Lawrence High’s football teams were able to put the pads back on and hit each other. Players from both schools didn’t miss a beat. “Getting back in pads is the best,” LHS senior ...

FSHS runners eye state-title repeat

At the beginning of fall practices last year, nobody could have predicted a Class 6A state championship for Free State High’s girls cross country team.The Firebirds, as a team, didn’t even qualify for state in 2012 before grabbing their first state title in program history. Now, after a ...

FSHS grad Fish signs with Tabor

Free State High graduate Briggs Fish signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Tabor College in Hillsboro. Along with playing for the Firebirds, Fish also spent two summers playing with the youth baseball Lawrence Raiders.