Notebook: Free State’s Ben Shryock wins cross country title in Nebraska

A runner from Kansas — Free State High’s Ben Shryock — took first place in a Nebraska cross-country race this past weekend.

Shryock, a senior, finished with a time of 16:17.8 at the Millard South Invitational at Walnut Grove Park near Omaha, Neb.

As a whole, the Firebirds finished fifth in the team standings. Sophomore Jake Loos (17:32.8) placed 19th.

Free State’s girls team took sixth and was led by sophomore Isabelle Pro (21:05.4), who placed 21st. Teammate Olivia Goeser, a junior, was right behind her, taking 22nd with a time of 21:20.9.

Soccer coach’s first win at FSHS

The Free State boys soccer team beat De Soto 1-0 on the road on Monday, giving new head coach Joe Waldron his first win with the Firebirds. 

Free State also played on Tuesday, losing 2-1 in double overtime against Olathe Northwest.

A win for LHS soccer

Lawrence High’s boys soccer team started off the week with a 2-1 victory over Topeka-Seaman on Monday, but followed it up Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to Mill Valley.

Josh Anderson and Cale Scott each scored a goal in the double overtime win at Seaman.

The Lions, who had their first loss at Olathe West last Thursday, are now 3-2.

Busy week for LHS volleyball

Lawrence High’s volleyball team suffered its first losses of the season this past Saturday at the Lansing Invitational.

The Lions defeated Olathe West and lost to Topeka-Seaman, Springfield (Mo.) and Basehor-Linwood.

Lawrence’s Gianna Cooper led the team in kills on Saturday with 38, and Nanli Brewer provided 14 more. Brenna Schwada’s 34 assists were a team high, and Siana King had 17 assists. Emily Silvers recorded a team-best 53 digs, Schwada had 24, and Brewer finished with 21.

The Lions bounced back on Monday, improving to 4-3 with a road win at Shawnee Mission West.

They also went 2-0 this past Thursday, beating Shawnee Mission East and Olathe East in a triangular.

FSHS tennis 2nd at tourney

Free State’s girls tennis team took second place Tuesday at an eight-team tournament hosted by Gardner Edgerton.

The Firebirds were second in No. 2 singles (Wendo Kimori), No. 1 doubles (Maya Lee and Dayna Steadman) and No. 2 doubles (Jada Fowler and Angelica Velasquez). In No. 1 singles, Emma Evans finished fourth.

Shawnee Mission East was the tourney’s champion.

Ryan medals for LHS cross-country

Lawrence High’s Jack Ryan was the only Lion to take home a medal in a cross-country race in Olathe on Saturday night.

Ryan took 17th, finishing with a time of 15:51.

LHS tennis 7th at Emporia

Lawrence High’s tennis team finished seventh at the Emporia Invitational on Saturday. In the singles tournament, Emily Brandt placed ninth and Channing Saint Onge took 10th.

In the doubles bracket, Katie Logan and Abby Marsh finished 13th.

The Lions followed that up Monday with a win over Topeka, a loss to Washburn Rural and a tie with Shawnee Mission South.

Seabury runs at Wamego

Bishop Seabury Academy’s girls cross country team took eighth place at the Wamego Invitational. Josie Kim had the best time — 23:36.01 — and finished 27th.

The Seabury boys, who competed as individuals but didn’t have enough runners to factor into the team scoring, were led by Hayden Slough. He finished 103rd with a time of 22:50.68 at the large race for Class 1A, 2A and 3A programs.


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