Free State

Lawrence High, Free State players headed to state tennis tournament

Lawrence High seniors Anna and Yelena Birt played some of their best tennis of the year last week at regionals, as they walked away with the doubles championship. It was good timing, as it sets them up for the 6A state tournament, which starts at 11:30 a.m. today at the Kossover Center in ...

Free State volleyball swept at home by Miege

Not only did Free State High volleyball players get beat by Bishop Miege on Wednesday night, but they beat themselves. The Firebirds fought for two sets, but lost their confidence during the third in a straight-set loss to Miege, 30-28, 25-22, 25-7, at FSHS. After the match, FSHS senior Sydney ...

Slow start hampers Firebirds in loss to Olathe East

Slow starts have plagued Free State High’s boys soccer team for most of the season, and it was no different against Olathe East on Tuesday. The Hawks scored two goals in the first 26 minutes of the first half, and the Firebirds couldn’t recover in a 5-1 loss at FSHS. “When you go two ...

FSHS volleyball falls at Shawnee Heights

Tecumseh ? Free State High’s volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Tuesday at the Shawnee Heights triangular.FSHS fell to St. Teresa’s 25-23, 25-22, and to Shawnee Heights, 25-20, 25-17.The Firebirds will be back in action at 6 tonight in home dual with Roeland Park Bishop Miege.

Free State golfers qualify for state

Manhattan ? Free State High’s girls golf team qualified for the state tournament by placing third at regionals Tuesday at Stagg Hill Golf Course.Emily Bermel led the Firebirds by finishing seventh with a round of 85. Teammate Karen Campbell was right behind in eighth place after firing an 87. ...

Birts nudge Dodds for regional title

Gardner ? Lawrence High seniors Anna and Yelena Birt have played against Free State junior Caitlin Dodd and Ali Dodd a few times this season. This family affair meant a little more on Saturday at Gardner-Edgerton High. With a regional championship on the line, the Birts played with confidence ...

Firebirds second at league gyms

Shawnee ? Free State placed second and Lawrence High finished ninth in the Sunflower League girls gymnastics meet Saturday at Shawnee Mission Northwest.Grace Bartle took second in all-around for the Firebirds, with teammates Haley Johnson eighth and Carrie Howland ninth.Ashley Ammann led the ...

FSHS runners win at Haskell

Free State High’s boys and girls cross country teams claimed victories Saturday at the Haskell Invitational.The FSHS boys totaled 33 points to win the seven-team event, while second-place Olathe East had 42. The Firebirds had 27 points to win the four-school girls event. Olathe East was ...

FSHS volleyball wins

Overland Park ? The Free State volleyball team defeated SM West, 25-17, 16-25, 25-12, and Leavenworth, 25-13, 25-19, on Thursday at the SM West triangular.Emma Barbarena and Naomi Hickman had 17 and 14 kills, respectively, while Payton Gannaway added eight aces for the Firebirds (10-12).

Firebirds slam SM South, 21-6, to get back on track

Overland Park ? After losing games in the past two weeks, Free State High football players were sick of just talking about how they were going to turn their season around. They were ready to show it.On a night full of heavy rain, the Firebirds made a quick statement, scoring touchdowns on their ...

Firebird Bermel second at league

Olathe ? Free State High’s Emily Bermel placed third at the Olathe East Invitational on Wednesday.Even better, that finish helped her place second in the Sunflower League championship.Bermel shot 83 at St. Andrews Golf Course (par 71) to tie Shawnee Mission East’s Haley Bell for first. ...

Ailing Firebirds gird for SM South

Every football team in the Sunflower League is dealing with injuries at this time of the year. However, not many teams can compare their injury woes to Free State High’s. The Firebirds have dealt with injuries to several starting linebackers and running backs throughout the season. But they ...

Firebirds rip SM South

Free State High boys soccer players were happy with the result but not with how they played. “We think we still have our best soccer in the bag somewhere, and we’re reaching to go grab that,” Free State coach Kelly Barah said after his team’s 4-1 victory over Shawnee Mission South at ...

Top-10 finishes lift FSHS to 5th at LCC

Last week, Free State High senior golfers Emily Bermel and Karen Campbell were disappointed with the way they were swinging. Practices didn’t seem to be translating to better play on the courses. Plus, there was the pressure of preparing for the last leg of the Sunflower League and regionals ...

Free State soccer tops Shawnee Heights

Tecumseh ? Free State High’s boys soccer team went on the road and beat Shawnee Heights, 3-1, on Monday night. Senior Daniel Clarke scored twice in the second half, assisted by junior Ernesto Hodison and senior Carson Gilliland. After trailing by a goal early, junior Eduardo Carballido scored ...

FSHS gymnasts win at Newton

Newton ? Free State High’s girls gymnastics team won the Newton Invitational on Saturday with a team total of 107.525 points. The Firebirds edged Newton by 4.325 points for the title. Grace Bartle averaged a 9.0-rating or higher in the vault, bars, beam and floor to lead the ...

LHS tennis fifth at league

Overland Park ? Anna and Yelena Birt took fourth place in No. 1 doubles, and Lawrence High tied for fifth Friday in the Sunflower League girls tennis tournament.Free State tied for seventh place.The Lions’ Kendall Pritchard went 2-1 in No. 1 singles and finished ninth, Erin Ventura placed ...

Lancers run over FSHS, 42-14

Free State High football players knew what to expect from Shawnee Mission East’s offense on Friday. They just couldn’t figure out a way to stop it. The Lancers ran for 249 yards as they drove down the field repeatedly with runs up the gut in a 42-14 rout of the Firebirds at FSHS. SM East ...

Free State soccer scorches LHS

Free State High senior Carson Gilliland had seen enough. Enough losses. Enough shutouts.Three seasons in a row, Free State’s crosstown rival not only kept the Firebirds’ boys soccer team winless in City Showdowns, they also held them scoreless.Thursday night on their home field, the ...

Firebirds vow to be ready

Free State High football players weren’t locked in during practice last week, and it led to a loss against Leavenworth. The Firebirds don’t plan to make the same mistake again versus Shawnee Mission East at 7 tonight at FSHS. “They came out and kind of shocked us,” senior lineman Shane ...