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Firebirds edge Lions, 5-4, in tennis showdown

In the girls tennis City Showdown, every point matters. That never rang more true than Tuesday afternoon. Free State High junior Caitlin Dodd trailed Lawrence High’s Anna Birt by two games in the last match of the dual with both schools tied at four points each. With bragging rights on the ...

FSHS golfers 12th at Alvamar

Most of Free State High’s girls golfers left Alvamar Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon with some disappointment. Whether it was with their drives, short game, or anything in between, the Firebirds struggled to replicate how well they can swing during practice in their rounds at the Lawrence ...

FSHS volleyball beats O-South

Olathe ? Free State’s volleyball team split its matches Tuesday at the Olathe South triangular, defeating O-South and falling to Olathe East.The Firebirds dropped the Falcons, 27-25, 18-25, 26-24, and lost to the Eagles, 25-17, 25-12.Naomi Hickman and Sydney Moreano 10 kills apiece, while ...

Free State’s Venters takes Rim Rock title

Last year, Free State High sophomore Emily Venters won individual titles in the Sunflower League, at regionals and at the Class 6A state meet. All she was missing was a victory in Kansas University’s Rim Rock Classic at Rim Rock Farm. She changed that on Saturday, pacing the entire field for ...

Free State tennis wins in Emporia

Emporia ? An all-Free State High final in doubles propelled the Firebirds to a tennis team victory in the Emporia Invitational on Saturday.Taylor Hawkins and Rachel Walters beat sisters Ali and Caitlin Dodd, 8-6, in the championship match of the doubles bracket.“Finishing first as a team ...

FSHS soccer trips Topeka

Topeka ? Carson Gilliland, Alejandro Caballido and Will Laufer scored to lead Free State past Topeka, 3-1, in high school boys soccer Saturday at Hummer Park.Jordan Patrick had two assists for the Firebirds.

FSHS volleyball splits

Topeka ? Free State High volleyball split four matches at the Topeka Seaman Invitational on Saturday, defeating Colby, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13, and K.C. Sumner, 25-8, 25-10, and falling to Topeka Hayden, 25-16, 25-23, and Manhattan, 25-15, 25-21.

Pioneers stun Free State

All week long, Free State High football coach Bob Lisher told his players this week’s homecoming opponent, Leavenworth, wasn’t the same old Leavenworth the Firebirds had come to know.The Pioneers proved Lisher correct Friday night at FSHS, where a pair of Juwan Potts touchdowns on kickoff ...

Running backs make FSHS go

Opposing defenses know they need to limit Free State High quarterback Bryce Torneden to be successful against the Firebirds’ offense. Stopping all of Free State’s running backs is a different matter. The Firebirds used three running backs last week: seniors Carson Bowen and Joe Lane and ...

Homecourt edge: Firebirds flourish in own gym

Free State High’s volleyball players waited a long time for their first home matches of the season. They made the most of it Thursday night at FSHS. Finally in the comfort of their home gym, the Firebirds dominated play as they topped Shawnee Mission South, 25-16, 25-19, and Olathe North, ...

Firebirds tennis players inaugurate new home at Rock Chalk Park

In the past, Free State High’s tennis players occasionally had to finish home matches while racing the setting sun. Without any lights surrounding their six campus courts, the Firebirds didn’t want to play in the dark.They don’t have that problem anymore. Free State played for the first ...

FSHS soccer completes 2-1 victory

Frustration was starting to set in for Free State High’s boys soccer players Wednesday night. The ball was everywhere on their attacking third of the field, except inside the net.The Firebirds outshot Shawnee Mission North by 17, but it took a late penalty kick from junior Will Laufer to ...

FSHS soccer to resume tonight

Free State’s boys soccer team had a lot of scoring opportunities but will have to wait until tonight for a chance to put something on the scoreboard. The Firebirds were scoreless against Shawnee Mission North before the match was postponed with 11:48 remaining in the first half because of ...

Firebirds senior Spain always reliable

Free State High senior Joel Spain was one of the smaller players on the field during the football City Showdown on Friday, but he made some of the biggest plays. Spain scored the game’s first touchdown, hauling in a 21-yard pass with a Lawrence High cornerback draped around him and with a ...

Firebirds’ Liston strong at finish

Baldwin City ? After 10 minutes in a cross country race at the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday morning, Free State High senior Ryan Liston was in third place but trailed the top two runners by several seconds and several meters. During the next six minutes, Liston started running down his ...

Column: FSHS defense sets tone

Don’t tell Free State High football’s Class of 2014, but the Firebirds’ defense might not miss those guys too much this fall.Who needs Joe Dineen, Keith Loneker, Blake Winslow, Stan Skwarlo, Zach Bickling and Khadre Lane anyway?Nothing against those FSHS standouts from last year, but this ...

Firebirds roll over rival Lawrence, 31-12

Free State High football players didn’t expect it to be easy against Lawrence High. Not in the City Showdown, where the rivalry brings out the best from both schools. But the Firebirds’ defense shined against Lawrence High on Friday night, and the offense warmed up after a slow start in the ...

FSHS tennis rolls over MVHS

Shawnee ? Free State High dropped just one match in an 8-1 dual tennis victory over Mill Valley on Thursday.Caitlin Dodd, Ali Dodd, Taylor Hawkins, Rachel Walters and Andrea Chen each won in singles, and Dodd-Dodd, Hawkins-Walters and Natalie Myers-Chen claimed doubles victories.“It was nice ...

FSHS soccer falls to SM East

Prairie Village ? Shawnee Mission East handed Free State High its first boys soccer loss of the season, 8-1 on Thursday night.Will Laufer scored the Firebirds’ lone goal with about 10 minutes left in the first half.“I think the boys really battled,” FSHS coach Kelly Barah said. “I ...

Lions’ RB duo focus of Showdown

They aren’t quite as dynamic as Batman and Robin, but Lawrence High running backs JD Woods and Trey Moore have created their own dominant duo during the first two weeks of the season. Woods ranks fifth in the Sunflower League with 225 rushing yards on 41 attempts and has scored three ...