Free State

FSHS cruises to swim title

Manhattan ? Free State High swept all the events and, unsurprisingly, cruised to the team title of the Manhattan Swimming and Diving Invitational on Wednesday.The Firebirds’ individual-event winners: Cierra Campbell, 200 free, 2:00.37, and 500 free, 5:25.55; Courtney Caldwell, 200 IM, ...

Woods rallies Lions in 4×400 relay

Lawrence High junior sprinter JD Woods was exhausted. He had already won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran the anchor leg of the Lions 4x100 relay on Tuesday afternoon in a dual against Free State. Now he needed to empty whatever he had left in the tank. In the last event of the day, Woods ...

FSHS soccer wins opener

Tecumseh ? Senior Hannah Reussner scored the game-winning goal to send the Free State girls soccer team past Shawnee Heights in double overtime, 2-1, Tuesday in its season opener.Freshman Maya Hodison set up Reussner with the assist and seal the Firebirds’ comeback victory.FSHS trailed, 1-0, ...

Lions’ Bonner, Firebirds’ Piper honored

Lawrence High senior basketball standout Anthony Bonner and Free State High sophomore Madison Piper both earned Class 6A first-team All-State honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association on Monday. Bonner also was selected to play in the KBCA All-Star game, which will be played on June ...

Journal-World 2015 All-Area Wrestling Team

Wrestler of the YearJon Pratt, BaldwinThe senior 152-pounder set a school single-season record with 48 wins, and he finished his career with Frontier League, regional and state championships. Pratt won five tournament championships throughout the season and led the Bulldogs with 70 takedowns. ...

Journal-World 2015 All-Area Girls Basketball Team

Player of the YearMadison Piper, Free StateThe 5-foot-10 sophomore forward frustrated opposing teams with her ability to drill three-pointers, make mid-range jumpers and drive to the rim. Piper, who was selected as the Sunflower League’s Player of the Year, ranked among the league’s best ...

Journal-World 2015 All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Player of the YearAnthony Bonner, LawrenceThe Sunflower League’s Player of the Year led the Lions to the Class 6A state championship game, averaging a team-best 19.3 points per game. Bonner, who will play at Colorado State next year, scored at least 20 points in 14 games this season and ...

FSHS baseball belts Branson

Branson, Mo. ? Free State High’s baseball team completed a two-day trip to southwest Missouri with a 7-4 victory over Branson on Saturday.Hunter Gudde went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Casey Hearnen earned the win with three innings of hitless relief.The Firebirds defeated Ozark on ...

FSHS baseball tops Ozark, 9-3

Ozark, Mo. ? Hunter Gudde allowed three hits over five innings, and Free State upended Ozark (Missouri), 9-3, in high school baseball Friday.Zion Bowlin had three hits, including a double, to pace the Firebirds (3-0) offensively.“There were some mistakes on (Ozark’s) behalf, and we really ...

Firebirds find success in opening track meet

The start of track season has been a rocky one for Free State senior Ryan Liston, but no one would be able to tell by how he competed in the FSHS Invitational on Friday.Liston won the boys 3,200 meters and helped Free State take first in the 4x800 relay, but his biggest victory was just being ...

FSHS swimmers win at Emporia

Emporia ? Free State High’s girls swim and dive team won nine of 12 events Friday at the Emporia Invitational to win the meet with 604 points.Freshman Alvena Walpole and senior Courtney Caldwell led the way for the Firebirds. Walpole picked up victories in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM and ...

Free State hopeful as spring begins

There’s a lot of optimism around Free State High’s spring sports this year. Some hope to contend for a state championship, and one is looking to defend its state title. Free State’s baseball team started its season last weekend, girls swimming kicks off today, and the track-and-field ...

Former Free State coach Chuck Law recalls good times

Former Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law is proud of what he accomplished with his team on and off the court for the past nine seasons. Now he just wants to give somebody else the opportunity to take the program in a new direction. Law resigned from his head coaching position on ...

FSHS baseball sweeps opener

Free State High opened its baseball season with two victories on Friday afternoon and some boosted confidence in its pitchers. The Firebirds swept their doubleheader against Warrensburg (Missouri), 2-0 and 9-3 at FSHS.Free State junior Trevor Munsch, who started on the mound in the first game, ...

City cleans up in Sunflower League awards

Lawrence High senior guard Anthony Bonner and Free State sophomore Madison Piper were named the Sunflower League’s players of the year on Sunday, and LHS boys basketball coach Mike Lewis was selected as the Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to an undefeated 11-0 record in league play. ...

Free State’s Jimenez takes bowling honor

Free State High sophomore Alex Jimenez was selected as the Sunflower League’s boys Bowler of the Year, and 10 other city bowlers were recognized with postseason league honors.Jimenez, who took fifth overall at the Class 6A state tournament, was joined on the All-Sunflower League boys first ...

Law won’t return to coach Free State boys

Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law won’t be returning as coach next season. Law told school officials of his decision to resign on Monday to let them prepare to fill his vacancy, and he also met with his former players. He is declining further comment until after Lawrence ...

Free State girls fall just short of state

Free State High’s girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan thought to himself for a few seconds and struggled to come up with any words to describe how he felt after Saturday’s sub-state championship game. It was just too painful. The Firebirds fell just short of a trip to the state tournament ...

LHS girls 3rd, FSHS boys 6th at state bowling

Wichita ? Lawrence High junior Izzy Schmidtberger bowled a 620 series to finish eighth individually and led the Lions’ girls bowling team to third place in the team standings at the Class 6A state tournament on Friday at Northrock Lanes. LHS sophomore Morgan Daniels (564 series) and freshman ...

FSHS bowlers aiming high

Free State High’s boys bowlers couldn’t be much happier with their results in their last two tournaments, claiming a Sunflower League championship and taking second place at regionals. But they aren’t satisfied with stopping there. The Firebirds are hoping to keep up their high scores at ...