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Finley sisters lead LHS girls track squad

Lawrence High juniors Rebecca and Matia Finley root for the other to do well in the discus and shot put. Each just hopes she does a little bit better than her sister. Rebecca Finley set a school record in the discus at a meet in late April, only for her twin sister Matia to beat her mark in the ...

Column: FSHS girls track young, loaded

Today represents the last chance to see the defending state champion Free State High girls track and field team compete without driving to Wichita for the state meet. Free State is the host school for the Class 6A regional, a meet moved three hours earlier to a noon starting time because of an ...

Repeat defeat: Firebirds’ soccer season ended by Rural

Topeka ? Free State High’s girls soccer team entered Thursday’s regional-final matchup against Washburn Rural wanting revenge for last year’s season-ending loss, but the Junior Blues defeated the Firebirds again, 3-0, ending Free State’s state tournament hopes.“They are a really, ...

FSHS soccer fired up for Rural

Free State High’s girls soccer players know plenty about their regional championship opponent, Topeka Washburn Rural. The Blues beat the Firebirds, 4-1, in the regional championship last year, and none of Free State’s returning players have forgotten. The Firebirds (11-6) will play at ...

Firebird softball tumbles

Topeka ? Free State High softball seniors Remington Samuels, Courtney Elston, Meredith Morris and Whitney Rothwell stood in Washburn Rural’s right field Wednesday evening, arm in arm, trying not to cry too much.A year ago, their season didn’t end until the first round of the Class 6A state ...

FSHS baseball falls, 8-3, in regional final

Topeka ? Free State High’s baseball players slowly streamed out of the dugout after the last out was recorded in the regional championship on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Topeka Washburn Rural’s players were jumping on top of each other in a dog pile on the pitcher’s mound.The Firebirds ...

Firebirds softball, baseball ready for regionals

FSHS softballSenior pitchers Meredith Morris and Kaley Delg have led Free State High’s softball team for the past three years. Now the Firebirds are hoping their offense and defense will match them in regionals, starting at 2 p.m. today against Olathe North at Washburn Rural. FSHS went on ...

Dieker nets two in FSHS soccer’s regionals-opening victory

Free State soccer senior Maddie Dieker is known for making crisp passes to her teammates and putting them in position to score goals. With the way the Wichita South defenders were playing against the Firebirds’ forwards on Monday at FSHS, it was time for Dieker to move from the passer and ...

City golf teams send trio to state

Overland Park ? Lawrence High senior golfer Narito Mendez shot a 78 and placed fourth to qualify for state during a Class 6A regional Monday at St. Andrews Golf Course.Mendez and two others tied for the second-lowest score behind leader David Gutgesell of Olathe East, but Mendez took fourth ...

Lions baseball ready for rematch

Revenge is on the mind of Lawrence High’s baseball players. LHS will face Olathe Northwest in the first round of regionals at 2 p.m. today in Manhattan. The Ravens beat the Lions in their lone regular-season meeting, 4-2, on April 8 at ONW. “Yeah, sure, you want to gain revenge, because if ...

Regional schedules revealed; FSHS soccer to host game

Free State High’s girls soccer team will host one more home game this season. The Firebirds (10-6), a No. 7 seed in the Class 6A Central regional, will face 10th-seeded Wichita South (7-8-1) at 5:30 p.m. Monday. LHS girls soccer (6-10) is the No. 13 seed in the Northeast Regional and will ...

FSHS girls win league track

Overland Park ? The Sunflower League Track and Field Championships on Friday at Shawnee Mission North were just a tune-up for regionals next week, when all of the athletes try to qualify for the state meet.That didn’t take away any of the happiness from Free State High’s girls team when it ...

Firebirds soccer regroups for Senior Night victory

The Senior Night script the Free State girls soccer team envisioned to honor the program’s 17 seniors on Thursday night at FSHS had nothing to do with Topeka Hayden taking a one-goal lead.But there the Firebirds were, 11 minutes into the last home game of their careers, trailing 1-0.“I kind ...

Column: Lions’ Severa keeps his head in the game

Razor-sharp focus. In-your-face effort. Finding ways to win.In other words, Kieran Severa is a senior who doesn’t want his baseball career to end just yet and is packing all the thrills he can into what little time he has left. Severa plays center field and bats leadoff for Lawrence High. In ...

In extra innings again, LHS baseball outlasts FSHS, 5-4

Lawrence High baseball players have lost a few close games in the last two weeks. They didn’t want to have another slip away, especially in the City Showdown on Thursday night at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. In extra innings for the second straight night, Lions senior Jacob Seratte ...

Jack Flynn 4th, Firebirds 3rd at league golf

Entering the final leg of the Sunflower League Championship in first place, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn realized he needed a stellar round Wednesday at Alvamar Golf Course to win an individual title.After turning in his score card with an 84 next to his name at the Lawrence ...

FSHS softball settles score with LHS

The latest chapter in the softball City Showdown had all of the twists and turns everybody has come to expect between the two rivals.Free State High sophomore Emily Byers had just watched Lawrence High tie the game in the top of the seventh inning and found herself at the plate with two outs ...

Flyin’ high: Free State baseball wins City Showdown in extras

A walk-off single and victory on the mound were the last things Free State High junior Casey Hearnen expected to deliver while going through pregame for Wednesday night’s baseball City Showdown at FSHS.“I was a little bit juiced at the beginning of the game,” Hearnen said moments after ...

Lions softball strings together hits in 13-3 rout of Firebirds

Lawrence High’s softball players gave their seniors the perfect parting gift on Tuesday evening, a City Showdown victory in their last home game. The Lions drilled 18 hits and strung together a few long innings in a 13-3 victory over Free State at LHS. The game ended in the sixth inning ...

FSHS soccer flogs Pioneers

Six Firebirds scored in the Free State High girls soccer team’s 7-0 victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday at FSHS.The Firebirds kept Leavenworth goalkeeper Rebecca Reilly and the Pioneer defenders on their heels as they kept the ball on the offensive end for the majority of the contest.“I ...