Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: Local wrestlers to know ahead of regional weekend

Because of a different postseason schedule this year, the stakes are even higher this week for the local wrestling programs. Rather than the usual two-day regional meet, both Free State and Lawrence High will compete in a one-day regional event on Friday. Free State will be in action at the ...

Preps notebook: Free State bowling sweeps road triangular

For the second consecutive meet, Free State’s bowling program picked up a pair of victories. During Tuesday's triangular at Park Lanes, FSHS finished first in the varsity girls and the varsity boys division. On the girls side, Free State posted a team score of 1,712 to win the three-team ...

Preps notebook: LHS wrestling defeats Louisburg in dual to highlight busy week

Lawrence High’s wrestling team picked up one win and dropped three matches during a two-day stretch this week, but the team’s lone victory was significant because it came at home on senior day. The Lions secured a 39-33 victory over Louisburg Tuesday night at LHS to start the week off ...

Preps notebook: FSHS wrestling improves to 13-0 with win over Blue Valley West

Despite a late schedule change, Free State’s wrestling team was business as usual during its 69-12 win at Blue Valley West on Wednesday. The meet was originally supposed to be a double dual at Olathe Northwest before a quarantine forced everybody to improvise. The Firebirds responded by ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys bowling begins 2021 season with runner-up finish

To begin the 2021 campaign, Free State’s boys bowling team secured a runner-up finish at Tuesday’s quadrangular meet at Royal Crest Lanes. Free State finished with a team score of 2,501, which trailed only Olathe East’s mark of 2,606 in the opening action of the new season. It marked the ...

Preps notebook: Local bowling squads ready for 2021 season to begin

First-year Free State bowling coach Taylor Stuart has already been warned about the proper etiquette at bowling meets. Stuart, who has been an assistant for the Free State football program for six years, has often been the source of energy on the sideline during football games. He is ...

Preps notebook: Top-10 high school sports moments of 2020

It is no secret that 2020 was a year unlike any other because of COVID-19. That much was true in every aspect of our lives. For the high school sports world, it resulted in athletes having their season impacted on a regular basis or even losing their season altogether in some cases. Yet there ...

Preps notebook: Top area athletes from opening month of winter sports season

One month of the high school winter sports season has been completed, though it wasn’t completely uninterrupted. There have been at least three local teams who have been asked to quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols, while everybody is doing their best to navigate through this strange ...

Preps notebook: Free State boys swim wins six events during runner-up finish as team

Free State’s swim and dive program won half of the events, but ultimately finished second as a team on Thursday during the Olathe Northwest quadrangular. The Firebirds won six of the 12 events on the day, scoring 226 points as a team en route to their runner-up finish. Free State only lost ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling remains undefeated after two convincing wins

Free State’s wrestling squad remains perfect on the season after two convincing wins during a double dual Wednesday night at Atchison County Community High School. The Firebirds earned a 61-18 win over Atchison County and a 60-12 victory over Atchison High School on the night. With those two ...

Preps notebook: LHS swim secures runner-up finish by winning five events

Behind five event victories, Lawrence High’s swim and dive team netted a runner-up finish at the Shawnee Mission South triangular on Tuesday at the Shawnee Mission Aquatic Center. The Lions scored 95 points while winning five of the 12 events, trailing only Shawnee Mission South’s winning ...

Preps notebook: Lawrence wrestling wins dual against Blue Valley

Lawrence High’s wrestling team earned its second win in a row Thursday night by defeating Blue Valley in a dual at Blue Valley High School. The Lions won nine matches on their way to a 48-24 victory over the Tigers. LHS has won two of its three duals to start the 2020-21 campaign, which will ...

Preps notebook: Free State wrestling begins new season with two convincing wins

Free State’s wrestling program didn’t disappoint in its first competition under first-year head coach Randy Streeter, earning a pair of convincing wins in the season opener Wednesday night at De Soto. The Firebirds dropped just one of their 28 total bouts on the night. Free State earned a ...

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 ...