Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: FSHS tennis takes 2nd at LHS Invitational; Lawrence claims 6th

Behind a balanced attack, Free State’s boys tennis team took second out of six teams at the Lawrence High Invitational Friday at LHS. The Firebirds scored 16 points as a team, finishing seven points shy of event winner Shawnee Mission East. Lawrence placed sixth in its own meet, scoring ...

Preps notebook: City track athletes shine at Little KU Relays

During warmups, Lawrence High junior Ella Stewart was off by herself. And there is a reason for that. Stewart discovered that she’s been getting too amped up during the discus competition. Her best throws are in warmups. So, as a result, Stewart has started to work on ways to ensure that she ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls swim cruises to another win on Senior Night

After coming above water, Lawrence High teammates Maddie Dean and Aubrey Fischer looked up at the scoreboard during Tuesday’s meet at LHS. One second separated the two of them, with Dean taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.49. Fischer, who was actually the top seed entering the ...

Preps notebook: After undefeated week, Sawyer Nickel among top local standouts

It was another strong week for local high school athletes. Free State came out on the right end of two different City Showdowns, claiming a 12-0 win on the softball diamond and maintaining bragging rights on the tennis courts. Both city baseball teams extended winning streaks ahead of the ...

Preps notebook: LHS girls soccer drops 2-1 decision to Olathe North

After a back-and-forth battle, the Lawrence High girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Olathe North Thursday night. It was a hard-fought loss by the Lions, who fell to 2-4 after their second consecutive defeat. With senior captain Leslie Ostronic out, LHS shifted its lineup ...

Preps notebook: City soccer standouts highlight top area athletes of the week

This past week featured a number of stellar performances by local athletes at the high school level. For starters, Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton threw a perfect game to begin the week. On the same night, a FSHS soccer player recorded a hat trick. Two days later, a LHS senior scored five ...

Preps notebook: Offensive explosion leads FSHS softball to 11-4 win over Olathe West

Much has been made about Tatum Clopton’s otherworldly start to the 2019 season. The Free State sophomore tossed a perfect game and a complete game one-hitter through the first four outings. But the Firebirds, who are the defending 6A state champions, have now shown in back-to-back contests ...

Preps notebook: LHS senior Anna Chieu pours in five goals in 6-3 win

Lawrence High senior Anna Chieu fell to the turf in disbelief as her final shot attempt missed just left of the goal. Chieu had three good looks, including one in the final seconds of Lawrence’s 6-3 win over Gardner-Edgerton, to finish off the double hat trick. Gardner-Edgerton goalie Maea ...

Preps notebook: Tatum Clopton tosses perfect game, leads FSHS softball to 1-0 win

Tatum Clopton’s opening act of her sophomore campaign was a thing of beauty. Yet, somehow, the talented Free State hurler had an even better encore. Eight days after tossing a one-hit complete-game effort, Clopton pitched a perfect game to help Free State secure a 1-0 win over Olathe South ...

Preps notebook: A look at the top area athletes from this past week

Although Mother Nature has done its best to mess things up the past few days, nearly every spring sports team was in action this past week. With that, I’d like to highlight some athletes who did especially well this past week. The goal is for this type of notebook to be more of a routine, ...

Preps notebook: LHS softball falls in Steve Seratte’s debut as head coach

Lawrence High softball coach Steve Seratte is no stranger to being on the the third base line. Despite making his debut as a varsity softball coach Tuesday night, Seratte brings plenty of crucial experience to the Lions. He spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant crosstown for Free ...

Preps notebook: A look back at first full week of spring sports

The first spring sports week is now in the books. Even though a pair of baseball teams began playing over spring break, this past week marked the beginning for most spring sports. Plenty of local teams started off on the right foot for their respective 2019 campaigns. Lawrence High girls swim ...

Talented seniors responsible for memorable year for local boys basketball teams

In a way, Veritas boys basketball coach Carl Huslig always knew the 2018-19 season could be a special one for the city of Lawrence. Sure, he felt it would be for his program behind a talented senior class that had been playing together for several years. But Huslig was also familiar with ...

Preps notebook: LHS practice partners prepared for 6A state wrestling meet

It only makes sense that sophomore Logan Farrell and freshman Kevin Honas are headed to the state tournament together. After being practice partners all season, the Lawrence High wrestlers will represent the program, along with senior EJ Jewsome, at the 6A state tournament this weekend in Park ...

Preps notebook: City wrestlers qualify for state after earning hardware at regionals

A total of nine city wrestlers are headed to the 6A state tournament. Free State is sending six athletes to the final meet, while Lawrence High will have three competitors after a strong showing at the regional meet in Garden City this past weekend. The Firebirds placed seventh as a team with ...

Preps notebook: Eagles, Seahawks set for riveting rematch in cross-town affair

It is no secret that the City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State is a big deal. But the private school version of the City Showdown, at least in boys basketball, has been just as electric as of late. Bishop Seabury (11-4, No. 7 in Class 2A) and Veritas (16-8) proved just that nearly ...

Preps notebook: Area athletes post standout performances in January

Area athletes got off to a strong start in 2019, posting stellar individual performances in January. It is a privilege to cover high school sports in Lawrence, because there is never a shortage of spectacular athletes in the area. Just look at how many basketballs teams are ranked in the ...