Lawrence High

LHS girls drop 37-35 decision to Mill Valley

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team faltered down the stretch in a hard-fought 37-35 loss to Mill Valley Friday night at LHS. The Lions took a 30-27 lead into the final quarter, but were unable to hang on in the end. The Jaguars closed it out by scoring 10 points in the final period, which ...

Highlight-filled 3rd quarter helps Lions put away MVHS

If a slow second quarter left anyone wondering what was going on with the third-ranked Lawrence High boys basketball team, the Lions put all concerns to rest by blazing through the second half in a 57-31 victory at Mill Valley on Friday night. Led by 23 points from junior forward Pearse Long ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling improves to 13-0 with win over Blue Valley West

Despite a late schedule change, Free State’s wrestling team was business as usual during its 69-12 win at Blue Valley West on Wednesday. The meet was originally supposed to be a double dual at Olathe Northwest before a quarantine forced everybody to improvise. The Firebirds responded by ...

Late Nancy Hopkins left lasting impact on local volleyball coaches

Free State head volleyball coach Jayme Savage, who has been at the helm for two years now, knows she has the late Nancy Hopkins to thank for getting to this point in her career. Savage played for Hopkins at Free State from 2000-03 and had a chance to join her staff in 2008. Savage was an ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys bowling begins 2021 season with runner-up finish

To begin the 2021 campaign, Free State’s boys bowling team secured a runner-up finish at Tuesday’s quadrangular meet at Royal Crest Lanes. Free State finished with a team score of 2,501, which trailed only Olathe East’s mark of 2,606 in the opening action of the new season. It marked the ...

LHS girls basketball falls to Olathe Northwest

Lawrence High’s girls basketball team struggled on the offensive end in its 39-20 home loss to Olathe Northwest Tuesday night at LHS. The Lions (1-5) got down early, but never fully went away. They fought hard before ultimately running out of gas in the second half when they went scoreless ...

Zeke Mayo reaches 1,000 points in his career, LHS boys basketball remains undefeated

The Lawrence High boys basketball team picked up right where it left off in 2020 in its first game of the new year. After having last week’s game postponed, Lawrence secured a 63-47 road win over Olathe Northwest Tuesday night in its first game since Dec. 17. The Lions (No. 3 in Class 6A) ...

Preps notebook: Local bowling squads ready for 2021 season to begin

First-year Free State bowling coach Taylor Stuart has already been warned about the proper etiquette at bowling meets. Stuart, who has been an assistant for the Free State football program for six years, has often been the source of energy on the sideline during football games. He is ...

Lawrence girls fall to Shawnee Mission West

After an extended break due to quarantine and winter break, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team suffered a 63-19 loss to Shawnee Mission West in its first game back Friday night at LHS. Shawnee Mission West jumped out to a 24-7 lead after the opening quarter, and never looked back. The ...

Preps notebook: Top-10 high school sports moments of 2020

It is no secret that 2020 was a year unlike any other because of COVID-19. That much was true in every aspect of our lives. For the high school sports world, it resulted in athletes having their season impacted on a regular basis or even losing their season altogether in some cases. Yet there ...

Preps notebook: Top area athletes from opening month of winter sports season

One month of the high school winter sports season has been completed, though it wasn’t completely uninterrupted. There have been at least three local teams who have been asked to quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols, while everybody is doing their best to navigate through this strange ...

KU gains natural born leader in Lawrence High senior standout Devin Neal

It was about 10 years ago when Freda McPhail first noticed that her son, Devin Neal, had what it takes to be a leader. McPhail watched as Neal finished up his final lap at the end of a youth football practice at Holcom Park. Because of his natural speed, Neal was one of the first players done ...

2020 Journal-World All-Area boys soccer team

Coach of the year: Jon Orndorff, Tonganoxie In a year with many quality soccer squads in the area, Orndorff’s Chieftains were one of two local programs (along with Baldwin) to win a regional title this fall. The Chieftains went 11-5 under Orndorff before losing to eventual state champion ...

2020 Journal-World All-Area girls cross-country team

Coach of the year: Mike Spielman, Baldwin Under Spielman, Baldwin’s girls cross-country team bounced back to the top of Class 4A in 2020 after not winning a state title a year ago. The Bulldogs had five runners finish inside the top 17 this year to earn a state crown. Baldwin has won three ...

2020 Journal-World All-Area boys cross-country team

Coach of the year: Steve Heffernan, Free State Heffernan’s Firebirds made history this season by winning their first state title in boys cross-country. Free State bought into a team-first mentality this year under Heffernan, who has been at the helm since 1998. Athlete of the year: Ben ...