Preps Notebook: Free State golfers finish first; LHS, FSHS volleyball teams to battle Thursday night

The Free State girls golf team placed first in the annual Shawnee Mission Northwest Invite at Tomahawk Hills on Monday.

Senior Claire Berquist placed first individually, carding an 82. Fellow senior Firebirds Natalie Schmidtberger (3rd), and Emma Stammeyer (4th), along with sophomore Merrit Hale (17th), all finished in the top 20 for the Firebirds.

Sophomore Liza Englebrecht (29th) shot 123 to round out Free State’s team score (378).

City showdown on deck

The Lawrence High and Free State High volleyball teams will meet in the featured match of Thursday’s triangular meet at FSHS on Thursday.

LHS (6-15) and Free State (15-11) will square off at 5 p.m. in the first match of the night. Shawnee Mission West will be the third team at the meet, and the Vikings will play LHS at 6 p.m. and Free State at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s tri also will feature senior night for the Firebirds, who will honor their seniors with a ceremony prior to their match with SM West. The Free State seniors who will be honored are: Amy Bontrager, Julia Chapman, Myla Nover-Estes, Carlie Miller, Maddie Powell, Carley Sommer, Sawyer Thomsen and Rylee Unruh.

The Lions won their first match of the season last Thursday, topping Gardner-Edgerton in a home dual.

Bishop Seabury XC competes Maranatha, Bartsow invites

The Bishop Seabury cross country team competed at the annual Maranatha Invite last Thursday, placing its lone girl runner, Josie Kim (7th), in the top 10 individually. Roman Ardery (31st) and Hayden Slough (41st) represented the boys’ varsity squad.

At Barstow on Tuesday, the Seahawks had another productive outing in the boys and girls races. Kim (12th) finished at the top of the girls individual list, followed by teammates Campbell Helling (16th) and Margaret Mulhern (40th). Slough (17th) and Ardery (28) improved at Barstow, jumping into the top 30 of the boys race.

LHS soccer drops road test at SM Northwest

The Lawrence High boys soccer team fell to Shawnee Mission Northwest 5-1 on Tuesday. The Lions (5-5-1) entered halftime trailing 3-1 and never recovered, giving up two more goals to the Cougars in the second half. LHS’ lone goal came from Carson Cole, with Colin Sandefur credited with the assist.

LHS is back in action on Thursday at Shawnee Mission West. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.

Bishop Seabury boys soccer runs over Cair Paravel 12-2

The Bishop Seabury boys soccer team won a 12-2 barnburner matchup against Cair Paravel on Monday. Senior Beck Oldridge rebounded from a recent injury to score a game-high five goals for the Seahawks (7-2-2). BSA also got a hat trick from senior Truman Hill.

Senior goalkeeper Gray Werner even got in on the action, assisting a goal on a long punt.

The Seahawks host Baldwin at home next Tuesday.

LHS’s Marshall commits to JCCC

Lawrence High senior Amaya Marshall committed to play basketball at Johnson County Community College on Monday.

A starting guard for the LHS girls basketball team, Marshall played a big role in last year’s 9-12 campaign that ended in a competitive first-round loss to Olathe Northwest at sub-state.

LHS coach Jeff Dickson returns Marshall back to the Lady Lions’ roster one more time this season, having coached the senior through all four years of her high school career.

“She works so hard and is such a good person,” Dickson said after Marshall’s commitment. “(JCCC) is a perfect fit for her. She will elevate their work ethic, culture and, of course, their defense and 3-point shooting.”


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