Lawrence High

Firebirds make all-league soccer

Two Free State High girls soccer players earned first-team All-Sunflower League recognition. Midfielder Maddie Dieker and defenseman Olivia Hodison were placed on the first team. It’s the third straight year Dieker has picked up first team honors and the second consecutive year for ...

Fightin’ Lions: ‘Outsized, outmuscled’ LHS prepared to scrap

Nobody would describe Lawrence High’s boys basketball team as one with a lot of size and physicality. That doesn’t mean the Lions have any problems facing big, strong opponents.The Lions played at the Creighton University team camp and the Bill Self team camp this month and proved to others ...

2014 Journal-World All-Area Softball Team

Player of the YearHaidyn Bassett, OskaloosaBassett dominated the Northeast Kansas League this spring, earning a 12-1 record in the pitcher’s circle with a 0.35 ERA. The Bears sophomore also hit .569 with 41 hits, 36 runs, 30 RBIs and 9 home runs. Coach of the YearLisa Braun, OskaloosaBraun ...

2014 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team

Player of the YearZach Linquist, Perry-LecomptonLinquist was a major part of the Kaws’ run to the Class 4A-DII state championship game. He had a .493 batting average with 37 hits and 29 RBIs, and also was dominant on the mound, striking out 54 in 31 innings with a 2.56 ERA. Coach of the ...

City track stars earn All-Sunflower League honors

Many city track and field athletes picked up All-Sunflower League recognition for their performances this spring. Bailey Sullivan (1,600), Alexa Harmon-Thomas (100 hurdles), Claire Sanner (3,200), Kiara Clark (300 hurdles) and Scout Wiebe (javelin) picked up first team honors in those events ...

2014 Journal-World All-Area Girls Soccer Team

Player of the YearMaddie Dieker, Free StateA playmaker and the focal point for the Firebirds’ offense, Dieker helped Free State to an 11-7 record this season, scoring eight goals and adding a team-high 12 assists. Her impressive footwork, ball skills and touch caused plenty of problems for ...

Lawrence High wrestling rebuilding

After the graduation of six seniors, Lawrence High wrestling coach Pat Naughton knows it will probably be a rebuilding year for the program next winter. Though there are a few talented wrestlers on the team capable of winning plenty of matches, it’s going to take more than a few guys to push ...

LHS soccer team sees improvement on horizon

With six returning starters and eight returning varsity lettermen, Lawrence High’s boys soccer team has high expectations for the upcoming season. The Lions have been practicing three times a week in the morning and last weekend took a trip to Burlington, Iowa, for a team camp, with solid ...

Lions football defense dominant in summer action

After a team camp at Emporia State last weekend and 7-on-7 drills against two other teams, one thing is clear for Lawrence High’s football team. The Lions will have a strong defense next year.They faced Blue Valley and Tonganoxie without pads or helmets in 7-on-7 drills — offenses and ...

Seven city preps honored for softball

Seven city softball players picked up all-state honors from the Kansas Softball Coaches Association. Free State High sophomore Emily Byers and junior Emily Bermel, along with Lawrence High junior Morgan Byrn, earned first-team recognition in Class 6A. LHS placed four players on the second team: ...

LHS hoops starts summer feeling good — state-title good

Not many boys basketball teams in Kansas can match the depth, experience and talent that Lawrence High will boast next season. The Lions return 88 percent of their scoring from last year’s 17-5 team, which lost in the regional championship. They just started summer workouts last week, but ...

Lawrence pitcher tapped in 14th

Lawrence High pitcher Bryce Montes de Oca looked at his cell phone Saturday afternoon and didn’t understand why he was getting a congratulatory text message from his coach.“He said, ‘For what?’” LHS coach Brad Stoll said.A few minutes later, Montes de Oca’s cell phone rang. He ...

LHS golfer Mendez joins Washburn as walk-on

Lawrence High golfer Narito Mendez will play at Washburn University next year as a preferred walk-on. Mendez finished 43rd at the state tournament last week, shooting an 83 at Topeka Country Club. He qualified for state in three seasons and was the Lions’ lone qualifier this year.

Area baseball players earn state honors

Perry-Lecompton High product Zach Linquist was named the Class 4A-II Player of the Year by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches. Linquist earned first-team honors as a closer, striking out 54 batters in only 31 innings with a 2.56 ERA. Perry-Lecompton pitcher Drew Scrimsher and Eudora ...

The groundwork: Lions girls use camp to adjust to new basketball coach

After a four-day team camp, new Lawrence High girls basketball coach Jeff Dickson is impressed with his team. It takes time, but the Lions are beginning to adjust to his coaching style and his drills. On Monday, the girls struggled to complete a five-player weave. It’s a drill that involves ...

Lions’ Freeman, Jayhawks Hoag, Wesley in Hall Class of 2014

Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman and Kansas University standouts Charlie Hoag and Walt Wesley will be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse.Others in the Class of 2014 are Roger Barta (Smith Center High School football coach), ...

LHS pitcher Bryce Montes de Oca calmly awaits draft

Major-league baseball scouts came in droves to watch Lawrence High right-hander Bryce Montes de Oca pitch this spring. Montes de Oca’s 95-mph fastballs, along with his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame, intrigued every MLB team. After throwing well all season on limited pitch counts following Tommy ...

Firebirds, Lions proud to rep city in NCAA baseball regionals

College baseball players Garrett Cleavinger, Colin Toalson and Shane Willoughby all shared different versions of the same story last week, before the start of the NCAA Tournament. In their respective clubhouses and locker rooms at Oregon, Kansas and Youngstown State, each Lawrence product ...

Lions’ Bonner commits to CSU

Lawrence High basketball standout Anthony Bonner was excited when, before his sophomore season, he landed his first college scholarship offer from Colorado State University. He was even more thrilled Monday morning when he told CSU coach Larry Eustachy that he was orally committing to the ...

Ready for more: Lions football begins summer drills with higher expectations

Lawrence High’s football players knew the team was going to suffer a few losses last year after losing a lot of offensive firepower from the year before. Now the Lions are hopeful they can get back on track and raise their expectations. They held their first summer football practice Monday ...