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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 ...

Record relay lifts LHS girls to third place at state track

Wichita ? Right before their final race of the season on Saturday at Cessna Stadium, Lawrence High junior Jensen Edwards told the rest of her 4x400 relay team — junior Leah Gabler, junior Marissa Pope and sophomore Kyleigh Severa — that they should try to break the school record, which was ...

Former LHS, FSHS standouts continue play at NCAA baseball regionals

Former high school baseball standouts from the city of Lawrence continued play in NCAA regionals on Saturday.Youngstown State freshman shortstop Shane Willoughby, a Lawrence High product, went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Penguins staved off elimination with a 5-2 victory over Indiana State in ...

Bill Freeman’s Hall call ‘dream come true’

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame has given the daughter of former Lawrence High coaching legend Bill Freeman one of the best birthday gifts of her life.“I told everybody, ‘I don’t want any material things.’ This is all I wanted. To hear my dad has made the Hall of Fame ... it’s what I ...

Lawrence High’s Finley twins 1-2 in state discus

Wichita ? Matia Finley wasn’t happy with all of her throws in the discus Friday morning, but she was happy with the result. The Lawrence High junior won a Class 6A state championship in the discus for the second straight year at Cessna Stadium. Last year, Finley topped her twin sister, ...

Ex-LHS coach Freeman in Hall

Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman will be inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 in Wichita.Freeman’s daughter posted the news on Facebook on Thursday. There has been a concerted effort of Freeman’s family, friends, former players, coaches and media ...

Shhh! FSHS girls track has shot at repeat state title

All of the athletes on Free State High’s girls track and field team know they have a chance to repeat as state champions this weekend. They also prefer not to talk about it.The Firebirds don’t want to add any pressure by chatting about it or overthinking it, as their quest for a second ...

Edwards on the rise for LHS track

There are runners who can rely on speed alone to win races. Others try to improve through hard work and dedication. Lawrence High junior Jensen Edwards is a combination of the two. Not content with just being near the top of the leaderboard, Edwards has transformed into one of the top runners ...

Inconsistency strikes city golfers at state tourney

Topeka ? Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez had plenty of luck on the back nine Tuesday at the Class 6A state golf tournament. All of that luck disappeared in the front nine — his last nine holes. Mendez shot a 12-over par 83, tying for 43rd place at Topeka County Club. “He shoots 39 on the ...

City sending three to state golf

In mid-April, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn shot an 84 at the Topeka Country Club, taking 20th place in the tournament. He hopes his next round on the Topeka CC course is even better as he opens at hole 10 at 10:30 a.m. today in the Class 6A boys golf state tournament. Flynn is one of ...

Free State High girls second at state swimming

In the final event of the Class 6A swimming and diving championships on Saturday, Free State’s 400-yard freestyle relay team trailed by more than two seconds when junior Courtney Caldwell jumped in the pool as the anchor leg. Caldwell sped past Shawnee Mission East and helped the relay team ...

Free State swimmers take aim at state champs

Topeka ? Today is the day Free State High’s girls swimmers have waited for all season long — one they’ve talked about, thought about and swam for.Sure, every high school swimmer circles the date of the state championships on her calendar. But today means so much to the Firebirds because ...

Lions girls capture regional track championship

Overland Park ? With trips to next weekend’s state championship on the line, Lawrence High’s track and field teams switched things into another gear at a Class 6A regional meet Friday at Shawnee Mission South.The Lions girls totaled 130.5 points for first place — easily distancing ...

City represented on all-league softball, baseball teams

Plenty of city baseball and softball players earned 2014 All-Sunflower League recognition. Lawrence High juniors Morgan Byrn, Kenzie Garvin and Jolona Shield were first-team selections from the league’s softball coaches. LHS sophomore Sophie Taylor was named the league’s Newcomer of the ...

Firebirds eyeing another podium spot at state swimming

Free State High’s girls swimming and diving team has grown accustomed to first-place finishes for the majority of its season, having won six meets convincingly. The Firebirds aspire to reach the top of the podium one last time this season, when they compete in the Class 6A state championships ...

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 ...

Extra tough: LHS baseball loses hard-fought regional title game

Manhattan ? Everybody says the last three outs in baseball are the hardest to get. Lawrence High’s baseball team learned that lesson the hardest way possible on Tuesday night. The Lions took one-run leads into the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings, but couldn’t hold off Manhattan in ...

SMW ends Lions’ soccer season, 7-0

Overland Park ? Shawnee Mission West might have been the last team in the Class 6A Northeast Regional that Lawrence High’s girls soccer team wanted to see in its postseason opener.But there were the Vikings, the same team that beat LHS by 10 on April 17, on the other side of the field Tuesday ...