Lawrence High

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 ...

Preps notebook: LHS softball falls in Steve Seratte’s debut as head coach

Lawrence High softball coach Steve Seratte is no stranger to being on the the third base line. Despite making his debut as a varsity softball coach Tuesday night, Seratte brings plenty of crucial experience to the Lions. He spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant crosstown for Free ...

Preps notebook: A look back at first full week of spring sports

The first spring sports week is now in the books. Even though a pair of baseball teams began playing over spring break, this past week marked the beginning for most spring sports. Plenty of local teams started off on the right foot for their respective 2019 campaigns. Lawrence High girls swim ...

City track teams begin 2019 season at Free State’s Early Bird meet

For the first meet of the season, it’s only natural for the pool of nearly 300 athletes from Lawrence High, Free State, Shawnee Heights and Bishop Seabury to look at an event result with a grain of salt. Unless you’re the defending 6A girls state champions, Lawrence High. After pacing ...

Lions excited for start of spring sports

Spring sports season began over break last week, and Lawrence High is ready to hit the ground running. During the spring campaign last year, LHS came away with a state title on the final day of the spring slate when the girls track and field team secured first place at the 6A state meet at ...

Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with ...

LHS baseball begins 2019 campaign with 9-0 win over Wichita Northwest

A pair of Lawrence High pitchers combined to throw a shutout in a 9-0 win over Wichita Northwest Saturday afternoon at LHS. Preston Harris tossed five innings of one-hit ball, and Jake Miller followed suit by giving up one knock over the next two frames. Harris fanned four batters and walked ...

Lawrence’s Mike Lewis named Sunflower League Coach of the Year

The two city teams were represented well on the All-Sunflower League selections for both boys and girls basketball. On the boys side, Lawrence High’s Mike Lewis took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lions to their first Sunflower League title since the 2014-15 season. Prior to ...