Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: Top area boys basketball storylines entering 2019-20 season

It is that time of the year again. The area basketball scene will be in full swing this week, with multiple teams slated to compete in tournaments next week. Over half of the area boys basketball programs advanced to the state tournament last year, and many of them have similar expectations ...

Preps notebook: Top area girls basketball storylines entering 2019-20 season

The 2019 girls basketball season begins today with multiple area teams taking the court. Last season, a pair of area teams qualified for the state tournament and many individuals had successful seasons as well. This year should be just as intriguing with interesting storylines to monitor ...

Preps notebook: Tonganoxie football having best season in program history

Tonganoxie senior Cooper Cunningham realized that this season would be special back in early June. During a football camp at the University of Kansas, the Chieftains held their own against some quality programs. The two-day event featured a number of 6A and 5A teams, including squads that are ...

Preps notebook: More than bragging rights on the line in this year’s City Showdown

Lawrence High senior Deshon Lewis still vividly remembers the chant. During the boys basketball version of the City Showdown this past winter, Free State’s student section broke out in a “Let’s play football” chant. It came two years after FSHS students painted their chests “56-7”, ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls golf prepared for new format in state tournament

Free State’s girls golf team has been preparing for the state tournament all year, even if it didn’t realize it. The Firebirds have done a better job of getting more practice holes in on a daily basis this season. They have cut down their time on the driving range, working on specific ...

Preps notebook: Colter Maldonado finding home at safety for FSHS football

Free State senior Colter Maldonado has had experience playing safety. And that has made the midseason position change much easier. Entering the year, Maldonado was taking a bulk of the reps at quarterback in the first year with Kevin Stewart at the helm. But an injury forced the Firebirds to ...

Hard work, chemistry help fuel Free State volleyball to Sunflower League crown

Free State’s volleyball team has known since last Thursday, but it waited until the end of Sunflower League play to officially say anything about it. On Tuesday, FSHS volleyball posted a team picture on social media to announce that it had won the Sunflower League title. The Firebirds, who ...

Preps notebook: FSHS girls tennis claims runner-up finish at regional meet

Free State’s girls tennis team will be sending three athletes to the Class 6A state tournament. One singles player and one doubles team qualified for the final meet of the year for the Firebirds after a strong showing at regionals. FSHS claimed second place as a team Saturday afternoon at ...

Preps notebook: Veritas volleyball rallies to earn 3-set win over Bishop Seabury

Even when the Veritas volleyball team was on the verge of losing, senior Emma Boulton wasn’t worried. The Eagles were coming off a two-set loss (25-22, 25-14) to Kansas City East Christian Academy and had even dropped the first set (25-23) in the final match of the triangular against host ...

Preps notebook: Junior RB Tyler Bowden thriving in prominent role for FSHS football

Free State head coach Kevin Stewart remembers being perplexed the first time he saw film of running back Tyler Bowden. At the time, which was two years ago, Stewart was preparing for the state championship game as the defensive coordinator for Blue Valley North. He was watching film on Derby, ...

Preps notebook: FSHS volleyball maintains momentum with road sweep

Free State’s volleyball team picked up a pair of wins at Shawnee Mission West Tuesday night. The Firebirds swept both of their opponents, taking down Shawnee Mission West (25-17, 25-14) and Olathe West (25-17, 25-14) on the night to stay on a roll. FSHS (16-9) has now won eight of its ...