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Firebirds’ girls rout SM North

Free State High’s girls basketball team wasn’t expecting to see Shawnee Mission North hold the ball for long possessions on Tuesday, forcing the Firebirds to play defense for minutes at a time. But once the Firebirds adjusted, they couldn’t be slowed down any longer in a 52-20 victory at ...

Firebirds’ Rose tapped Kansas girls track coach of year

Free State High track and field coach Jordan Rose was selected as the 2014 Kansas girls track and field Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches Association.Rose, who led the Firebirds to their second straight state championship last season, also was honored as the coach of the year ...

Free State girls win, boys second at bowling tri

Lansing ? Free State High earned two individual runner-up finishes and a team title at the Lansing bowling triangular on Monday.Bri Martin placed second with a 556 series to pace the FHS girls to the team win. Jamie Souders (fifth, 509), Sarah Pesce (eighth, 427) and Ashley Givens (10th, 408) ...

City swimmers make all-league

Four Free State high swimmers and one from Lawrence High were named to the All-Sunflower League first team after Saturday’s league meet at Olathe Prairie Trail Middle School.Firebirds Jack Ziegler and Jordan Portela tied Shawnee Mission East’s Benjamin Schmatz for high-point honors. Free ...

FSHS second, LHS fifth at league swimming

Olathe ? Free State High senior swimmer Jack Ziegler felt good entering the Sunflower League finals on Saturday afternoon at Prairie Trail Junior High. When he jumped into the pool, he felt even better. One day after tying the league record in the 50-yard freestyle, Ziegler shattered the league ...

Firebird Ziegler sets 50 free record

Olathe ? Free State High senior Jack Ziegler set the school record and tied the Sunflower League record with a time of 21.53 seconds in the 50 freestyle during the preliminary round of the league swimming and diving championships on Friday at Olathe Prairie Trail.Ziegler broke his own ...

FSHS girls falter at SMNW

Shawnee ? For a half Friday night at Shawnee Mission Northwest High, Free State’s girls basketball team executed the way coach Bryan Duncan thought it would need to in a matchup of two of Class 6A’s top five teams.But a two-point lead early in the third quarter for the No. 5 Firebirds ...

Hack leads way in FSHS victory

Shawnee ? Inside a lively visitors locker room Friday night at Shawnee Mission Northwest High, Free State senior Weston Hack might have been the only Firebird with a negative thought running through his head.Following a 62-50 FSHS victory, Hack was informed he finished with 28 points, a career ...

Firebirds’ Spain tapped for Shrine

Free State High senior Joel Spain will replace his teammate Scott Frantz in the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl. Spain earned second-team All-Sunflower League honors for his play at cornerback last season, when he recorded 37 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups. He also caught 29 passes ...

Free State’s Frantz thrilled to join KSU

Several hours after faxing in his letter of intent to play college football at Kansas State, at his signing ceremony Wednesday in the Free State High library, FSHS senior Scott Frantz choked up while thanking everyone who has helped him along the way. Frantz, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound left tackle, ...

Madison Piper propels FSHS girls

Kansas City, Kan. ? Madison Piper had a career day to help Free State High coast to a 65-48 girls basketball victory over Kansas City Schlagle on Tuesday.Piper scored 31 points and tied an FSHS record with 18 rebounds.The FSHS sophomore matched the mark of Banaka Okwuone, who set the record on ...

Free State junior Avery Allen flirts with 300 game

A few years ago, Free State High junior Avery Allen tried out for the bowling team without much experience at the suggestion of a friend. On Tuesday, Allen had everyone at Royal Crest Lanes watching his every move. His first eight frames produced strike after strike. The left-hander was four ...

Firebirds sweep bowling titles

Kansas City, Kan. ? Matthew Eagle had a high series of 564 to lead Free State High’s boys, and Jamie Souders’ 499 led the girls as Free State swept the team titles at the Kansas City (Kan.) Turner bowling triangular on Monday at Ranch Bowl.Eric Glogau (552), Avery Allen (534) and Tyrease ...

Free State boys topple Lansing

Kansas City, Mo. ? Free State High’s boys basketball team received the honor of participating in the inaugural Best of the Midwest Showcase Saturday at Municipal Auditorium, and the Firebirds did not disappoint, defeating Lansing, 60-46.FSHS hit its first four shots to begin on a 10-3 run ...

FSHS girls third in Classic

After a two-point loss on Friday night, Free State High’s girls basketball players refused to fall short again. The Firebirds committed 17 more turnovers than Wichita Heights on Saturday afternoon and shot just 39 percent from the field. But they still found a way to win, holding off the ...

Firebirds fall in semis

After the final horn sounded, some of Free State High’s girls basketball players wiped tears out of their eyes as they watched Hutchinson celebrate on the court. The Firebirds were held without a field goal for the final five minutes in the Firebird Winter Classic semifinals and couldn’t ...

Firebirds get big lift from Piper

Free State High sophomore Madison Piper didn’t play in the second half against Topeka West on Thursday afternoon. That was the only way any defense was going to stop her. Piper put on a show in the first half, making her first five shots, including four threes, to lead the Firebirds to a ...

LHS, Free State set for tournament

After a week of long practices, Lawrence High’s girls basketball players are ready to show how much they’ve improved. Both the Lions and Free State High’s girls basketball team will play in the Firebird Winter Classic at FSHS over the next three days. “It’s like its own mini ...

Free State snaps Lions’ stranglehold in wrestling

Free State High’s wrestling team usually doesn’t have the depth to keep up with Lawrence High in the annual City Showdown dual. Not this year. The Firebirds fought off a late rally to win the Showdown, 36-28, on Wednesday night at FSHS. “That puts us in a good spot to win regionals ...

FSHS sweeps bowling titles

Overland Park ? Eric Glogau rolled a 680 and Alex Jiminez a 656 to place 1-2 as Free State’s boys won the Shawnee Mission South bowling triangular on Tuesday.Gentry Jordan rolled 509 and Chaise Hegrenes 501 to place 2-3 to pace the Firebirds to the team title on the girls side, too.Free ...