Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: Taylor Stuart named new Free State bowling coach

Free State will have a new head bowling coach for the 2021 campaign. The school announced on Tuesday via its website that Taylor Stuart will take over as head coach of both Free State bowling teams. Stuart will replace Burton Gepford, who was the head coach of FSHS bowling between 2013-17 and ...

Preps notebook: Baldwin boys soccer wins another regional crown

For the second year in a row, Baldwin’s boys soccer team has won a regional title. The Bulldogs had to beat a familiar foe to do so in 2020, earning a 3-0 win over Eudora at BHS on Friday in the regional championship. "It's always an intense game when Baldwin and Eudora play,” Baldwin ...

Preps notebook: Three area football teams earn a win in regular-season finale

A trio of area football teams ended the 2020 regular season on a high note. Perry-Lecompton bounced back from its lone loss of the season with a 52-6 victory over Santa Fe Trail on Friday. The Kaws, who went to the state championship a year ago, ended the regular season with a 7-1 ...

Preps notebook: LHS O-line gaining confidence after strong showing against Aquinas

Lawrence High’s offensive line should have no shortage of confidence ahead of the final two games of the regular season before a likely deep postseason run. Last time out, the five players in the trenches for the LHS offense rose to the challenge in its toughest test yet. Lawrence’s o-line ...

Preps notebook: Perry-Lecompton football improves to 6-0 with convincing 58-6 win

Perry-Lecomton’s perfect record was never threatened Friday night when the team cruised to a 58-6 victory over Osawatomie. The Kaws (6-0, No. 2 in Class 3A) jumped out to a 30-0 advantage in the opening period, and they were in complete control after that. PLHS added 21 points in the second ...

Preps notebook: Dominant defensive line sets the tone for Lawrence High football

Across the board, Lawrence High’s football team has plenty of experience at every position. It has been the key to the team’s 4-0 start to 2020, despite having to overcome plenty of adversity while playing during a pandemic. But arguably the most-experienced and most-talented position unit ...

Preps notebook: Beck Oldridge fueling recent win streak by Bishop Seabury soccer

Bishop Seabury sophomore Beck Oldridge is coming off an impressive week, where he scored five goals in three matches to help his team extend its winning streak to four games. After struggling out of the gate, the Seahawks appear to be hitting their stride as a team and are now 5-2 on the ...

Preps notebook: Perry-Lecompton still undefeated after lopsided win over Winfield

Perry-Lecompton’s football team cruised to a 41-13 road win over Winfield Friday night to stay undefeated this season. The Kaws (5-0, No. 2 in Class 3A) jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter, and the defense eventually held Winfield (1-4) to 33 yards of total offense in the second ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball knocks off top-ranked team during strong week

It is the type of win that could change the course of an entire season. Free State’s volleyball team came through with its biggest win of the year to date with a two-set sweep over Washburn Rural (No. 1 in Class 6A) Thursday night at FSHS. The Firebirds won both sets by a score of 25-21, ...

Preps notebook: Firebirds hoping to get back on track after 0-2 start

There is no reason for Free State’s football program to push the panic button after an 0-2 start to the 2020 campaign even though the team hasn’t lost two games in a season since 2016. In fact, the Firebirds have been here before. FSHS dropped its first three games to begin the 2015 ...

Preps notebook: Senior receivers have been key in 2-0 start by LHS football

Lawrence High senior receiver John Green was initially planning on going out of bounds. His entire team thought he was going out of bounds. Even Washburn Rural probably expected him to get out of play. Yet, in the final minute of the first half of Lawrence’s convincing 56-7 win last week, ...