Lawrence High

Preps notebook: LHS girls swim cruises to another win on Senior Night

After coming above water, Lawrence High teammates Maddie Dean and Aubrey Fischer looked up at the scoreboard during Tuesday’s meet at LHS. One second separated the two of them, with Dean taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.49. Fischer, who was actually the top seed entering the ...

Coming home: Former Lion Nick Wood named FSHS girls basketball coach

It would have taken the perfect opportunity for Nick Wood to leave Washburn University. Wood had no intentions of leaving his role as an assistant for Brett Ballard. But a chance to return to the Lawrence community was one he couldn’t pass up. So Wood, who graduated from Lawrence High in ...

LHS forward Anna Chieu enjoying position change in senior season

Senior Anna Chieu could thrive in any position on the field for the Lawrence High girls soccer team. Ever since she joined the program as a freshman, Chieu has been one of the most-gifted players for the Lions. For the last two years, Chieu has played center midfielder for LHS. This season, ...

City distance runners shine at Barrier Breakers meet

It was a special day for Free State senior distance runner Anna Riley. She made it into her dream school, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, posted two top 20 times in the 3200-meter run (12:35) and then the 1600-meter run (5:44). Combined, the two races are 12 laps, and 3 miles. In ...

Free State softball earns 12-0 win over LHS in City Showdown

After struggling at the plate for the early part of the season, Free State senior Lauryn Jones gifted her team a lead that it didn’t surrender during the City Showdown Friday night at Lawrence High. Jones smacked an RBI single to left in the top of the second, scoring Maci Miles from second ...

LHS baseball rolls past Olathe North for third consecutive win

The Lawrence baseball team extended its win streak to three games with a 14-3 road victory over Olathe North Friday night. LHS (6-4) recorded 15 hits in the win, as five players recorded multiple hits. Devin Neal led the way with three hits. Carlos Vasquez, Hank Dobson, Caleb Mondi and Cole ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls soccer drops 2-1 decision to Olathe North

After a back-and-forth battle, the Lawrence High girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Olathe North Thursday night. It was a hard-fought loss by the Lions, who fell to 2-4 after their second consecutive defeat. With senior captain Leslie Ostronic out, LHS shifted its lineup ...

Sawyer Nickel leads FSHS tennis to first-place finish in City Series

Sawyer Nickel is used to people knowing his name at local tennis meets. The Free State senior only dropped one game among his three matches, which came against Bishop Seabury junior Grayson Rader, en route to a first-place finish in singles play of the City Series on Tuesday. Rader was the ...

Preps notebook: City soccer standouts highlight top area athletes of the week

This past week featured a number of stellar performances by local athletes at the high school level. For starters, Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton threw a perfect game to begin the week. On the same night, a FSHS soccer player recorded a hat trick. Two days later, a LHS senior scored five ...

Preps notebook: Offensive explosion leads FSHS softball to 11-4 win over Olathe West

Much has been made about Tatum Clopton’s otherworldly start to the 2019 season. The Free State sophomore tossed a perfect game and a complete game one-hitter through the first four outings. But the Firebirds, who are the defending 6A state champions, have now shown in back-to-back contests ...

LHS baseball runs past Shawnee Mission South for 6-2 win

The Lawrence High baseball team pulled ahead after being tied at two runs to outwork Shawnee Mission South in a 6-2 win Friday night at LHS. The Lions (4-4, 2-3 Sunflower League) scored two early runs through their first three at-bats, reaching base on a passed ball and a fielding error. ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Anna Chieu pours in five goals in 6-3 win

Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu fell to the turf in disbelief as her final shot attempt missed just left of the goal. Chieu had three good looks, including one in the final seconds of Lawrence’s 6-3 win over Gardner-Edgerton, to finish off the double hat trick. Gardner-Edgerton goalie Maea ...

Preps notebook: Tatum Clopton tosses perfect game, leads FSHS softball to 1-0 win

Tatum Clopton’s opening act of her sophomore campaign was a thing of beauty. Yet, somehow, the talented Free State hurler had an even better encore. Eight days after tossing a one-hit complete-game effort, Clopton pitched a perfect game to help Free State secure a 1-0 win over Olathe South ...

Journal-World’s 2018-19 All-Area boys basketball team

Co-Players of the Year: Noah Butler, of Free State and Clarence King, of Lawrence A pair of city seniors were on a different level for much of the 2018-19 season. Butler was the go-to option for the Firebirds, averaging 19.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest in his senior season. Free State ...

Journal-World’s 2018-19 All-Area girls basketball team

Player of the Year: Chisom Ajekwu, Lawrence No player in the area received more attention from opposing defenses than Ajekwu. The 6-foot-3 center still managed to finish second in the Sunflower League in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game and led the league in rebounding with 11.0 ...

Journal World’s 2018-19 all-area wrestling team

Wrestler of the Year: Korbin Riedel, Tonganoxie It was a memorable year for Riedel in his final year with the Tonganoxie wrestling team. Riedel went 42-0 en route to winning a state title in the 152-pound weight class, setting a school record for career victories with a 164-21 clip. Riedel ...

Preps notebook: A look at the top area athletes from this past week

Although Mother Nature has done its best to mess things up the past few days, nearly every spring sports team was in action this past week. With that, I’d like to highlight some athletes who did especially well this past week. The goal is for this type of notebook to be more of a routine, ...

Preps notebook: Seniors, depth fueling hot start by LHS girls swim

Three meets, three victories. It has been a perfect start to the 2019 campaign for the Lawrence High girls swim and dive team. Lawrence claimed its third win in as many meets when it took down Shawnee Mission South, 121-53, during a dual at LHS Thursday afternoon. But this type of showing was ...