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Free State blanks Lions in soccer regional

Free State High boys soccer players were pumped when they won the first chapter of the City Showdown a few weeks ago. That was nothing. Playing against Lawrence High in the first round of regionals Monday meant so much more. The intensity was raised. Every play had so much riding on it.With all ...

Firebirds repeat at state gymnastics

Overland Park ? People say the toughest thing to do in sports is to defend a championship. Free State High’s gymnasts learned of the difficulties during the regular season, when they just coudn’t find a way to beat Olathe East. But when it mattered most and the lights shined the brightest, ...

FSHS-LHS soccer paired at regional

Free State High’s boys soccer team beat Lawrence High a few weeks ago, but the next City Showdown will have much higher stakes. The Firebirds (8-7-1) earned a No. 9 seed in the Class 6A Northeast regional, and will go on the road to face the eighth-seeded Lions (8-6-2) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday ...

FSHS runners win regionals

Shawnee ? Free State cross country runners Emily Venters and Ryan Liston followed up their individual Sunflower League titles by winning their respective races Saturday at the 6A regional championship meet hosted at Shawnee Mission Park.The Firebird standouts helped Free State to sweep the ...

FSHS volleyball edges LHS, then falls at sub-state

Olathe ? There are a couple of tricks to getting through a sub-state volleyball tournament and into the promised land that is known by a single word: state. One is peaking at the right time. The other is drawing a favorable matchup.Both Free State’s and Lawrence’s volleyball teams left the ...

Free State tops MHS, clinches playoff berth

Manhattan ? There wasn’t any champagne in Free State’s locker room or fireworks in the sky after Friday’s game against Manhattan, but that didn’t mean the celebration was any less spirited for the Firebirds. They clinched a spot in the playoffs. The Firebirds dominated early and held ...

FSHS gymnasts looking to repeat at state

Free State High’s three senior gymnasts, Grace Bartle, Carrie Howland and Haley Johnson, have been competing with one another since the first grade. In their final meet together, they’re looking to end on the highest note by repeating as Class 6A state champions. That chance to turn a dream ...

Free State ground game fuels recent resurgence

In the last two weeks, Free State High junior quarterback Bryce Torneden has rushed for 314 yards and four touchdowns. It’s no surprise the Firebirds have won both of those games. Add in Free State’s gang of running backs, led by junior Khaury El-Amin and senior Joe Lane, and it’s a big ...

FSHS soccer falls to Olathe South in overtime

Olathe ? Free State High’s boys soccer team scored two goals in the first half against Olathe South, but lost, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday. The Firebirds (8-6-1) will learn their sub-state opponent on Saturday.

Firebirds sweep past LHS

Nobody informed Free State High’s volleyball team that the City Showdown is supposed to provide plenty of drama and entertain the loud student sections. Instead, the Firebirds stepped on the court Thursday with laser-like focus in warmups and kept it up throughout the entire match, while ...

LHS, FSHS paired in volleyball sub-state

The City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State volleyball teams at 6 tonight at FSHS will also serve as a sub-state preview. The Firebirds (17-18) earned a No. 3 seed in the Class 6A Olathe South regional and will face the sixth-seeded Lions (13-23) on Saturday afternoon at O-South. The ...

FSHS volleyball splits at BVW

Stilwell ? Free State High split a pair of volleyball matches on Tuesday at Blue Valley West.FSHS beat Topeka High, 25-9, 25-11, but fell to BV West, 25-17, 25-14.The Firebirds will host Lawrence High in the City Showdown at 6 p.m. Thursday.

FSHS golfers struggle to 10th at state

Topeka ? Free State High’s five senior girls golfers had hoped to dominate play in the last act of their high school golf careers at the Class 6A state tournament on Monday afternoon. However, it wasn’t in the cards, as the Firebirds struggled with consistency and finished 10th among 12 ...

FSHS golfers roll into state

At the beginning of the season, Free State High girls golfers struggled with their swings and put up inconsistent scores. That changed in the last few weeks, when the Firebirds improved their play, and it led to strong scores at their regional, when they qualified as a team for the Class 6A ...

Free State spikes LHS at Emporia

Emporia ? The Free State volleyball team beat Lawrence High on Saturday at the Emporia tournament, defeating the Lions in three sets 15-25, 25-14, 25-22.Free State went 4-2 overall on the day for a fifth-place finish. The Firebirds’ three other wins came against Pittsburg, Leavenworth and ...

Free State sweeps at league cross country

When Free State High senior Ryan Liston crossed the finish line at the Sunflower League cross country meet on Saturday morning, he raised both of his arms over his head in triumph. It was a big day for him and the entire Firebirds cross country program at Rim Rock Farm. Liston became the first ...

City doubles teams medal at state tennis

Topeka ? Lawrence High’s Anna Birt and Yelena Birt placed eighth, and Free State’s Taylor Hawkins and Rachel Walters took 12th in doubles Saturday at the Class 6A girls state tennis tournament.The Birt sisters defeated Topeka Washburn Rural, 9-7, and lost to Shawnee Mission East, 9-3, and ...

City tennis teams advance at state

Topeka ? Lawrence High sisters Anna Birt and Yelena Birt and Free State’s Taylor Hawkins and Rachel Walters advanced Friday to the second day of the Class 6A state girls tennis tournament.The Birts lost to Shawnee Mission West, 7-5, 2-6, then defeated Derby, 9-2, and Washburn Rural, ...

FSHS not satisfied with win over Rural

It wasn’t that Free State High’s football players felt disappointed about opening district play with a victory Friday night at home. The Firebirds just knew their 42-14 victory over Washburn Rural wouldn’t exactly have coach Bob Lisher scheduling a parade for them.FSHS (4-3) racked up 457 ...

Home district triumph top priority for FSHS

Free State High’s football team has gone through its ups and downs this season, but there’s been one thing missing — a victory at FSHS. The Firebirds will look to change that against Topeka Washburn Rural at 7 tonight in the first week of districts. It’s the first meeting between the ...