Preps Notebook

Preps notebook: Free State’s offensive line hoping to improve in Week 2

It didn’t take long for the group chat to start blowing up. Senior left tackle Turner Corcoran was the first to send a message in the offensive line group chat, which occurred on the same night Free State rolled to a 45-19 win over Olathe West in the season opener. The sentiment across the ...

Preps notebook: City tennis standouts showing growth in singles play

Keegan VanPelt, Free State’s top singles player, has a clear mission this fall. She placed sixth as a freshman at the Class 6A state tennis tournament two years ago. Last season, VanPelt improved on this finish by claiming fifth. Now she aims to continue that career trajectory while ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys cross-country begins 2019 with strong showing

In its quest for a state title, Free State’s boys cross-country began the season off right. Following a runner-up finish in Class 6A last year, the Firebirds are poised for another high finish this fall. In its first action of 2019, Free State proved why as six runners finished in the top-19 ...

Area football preview: LHS football ready to move on from 2018 with new gear

Gone is the single stripe down the Lawrence High football helmet. For the first time in a long time, LHS will have a new look this football season. The new helmet design, which was voted on by the team in July, will feature a Lion on one side and the player’s number on the other. “It is ...

Preps notebook: Head coach Kevin Stewart prepared for debut with Free State football

Head coach Kevin Stewart doesn’t think he will be nervous. For the first time in school history, someone other than Bob Lisher will lead Free State’s football out on the field when the team hosts to Olathe West at 7 p.m. at FSHS. It will also be a first for Stewart, who will make his debut ...

Preps notebook: Top area football storylines entering 2019 season

There is nothing quite like the first week of the football season. It has been a long summer, so I’m beyond ready for the first Friday night under the lights of the 2019 season. And I’m sure that I’m not the only one. This fall figures to be another exciting season in the area football ...

Preps notebook: Top area volleyball storylines entering 2019

The 2019 volleyball season begins today with multiple area teams taking the court. Last season, a volleyball state champion came from this area when Lawrence High finished first in Class 6A for the first since 1995. The Lions will have to replace an instrumental senior class from a season ago, ...

Preps notebook: Top area boys soccer storylines entering 2019 season

The 2019 soccer season officially began Friday with multiple area teams in action. In a battle between two area teams, Eudora’s boys soccer squad bested Bishop Seabury by a 4-2 margin at EHS. It marked the second year in a row that the Cardinals claimed the season opener against the ...

Preps notebook: New high school coaches make debut during first practice of year

Not even the heat could spoil Kevin Stewart’s spirits on his first day. Monday marked the beginning of a new era for the Free State football team with Stewart at the helm. However, due to the heat index, outdoor practices at FSHS did not begin until 5:30 p.m. on the first day of the new high ...

Preps notebook: Trip to state tourney illustrates growth by Bishop Seabury tennis

Bishop Seabury junior Grayson Rader can’t help but think about his first state tournament. Two years ago, Rader qualified as part of a doubles team along with a senior at the time. The duo went 1-2 at the Class 3-2-1A boys tennis state tournament before exiting, but it marked the first time ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf notches 3rd at Sunflower League Championship

After the final leg of the Sunflower League Championship, Free State’s boys golf team secured a third-place finish. FSHS placed fourth at the Olathe North Invitational Monday afternoon, shooting a 319 team score at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Shawnee Mission East (291), Olathe East (297) ...

Preps notebook: Veritas baseball captures second consecutive state crown

For the second consecutive season, the Veritas baseball team will come home with a state title. VHS cruised to a 14-4 victory over Wichita Home School Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s during the championship game of the KCAA state tournament. It is the third such title for the Eagles in ...

Preps notebook: FSHS baseball claims Sunflower League title with lopsided win

For the second consecutive night, Free State’s baseball team secured an 8-1 win over a Sunflower League foe. FSHS (16-3, No. 1 in Class 6A) scored five runs in the first two innings en route to a comfortable win over Shawnee Mission North at home Thursday night. It was enough for Free State ...

Preps notebook: FSHS boys golf claims 2nd at first leg of league tournament

Free State junior Mitchell Spriggs knew it was going to be a good day when he recorded a chip-in from approximately 50 yards out on the sixth hole. Spriggs also birdied on the first hole, as he found a way to post the best performance of his career in chilly temperatures Monday afternoon at ...

Preps notebook: LHS baseball erases early deficit to claim 8th win in a row

The Lions have done it again. Lawrence’s baseball team scored three runs in the fifth to erase an early deficit en route to a 3-1 win over Shawnee Mission West Thursday night at LHS. Lawrence (11-4, 6-3 Sunflower League) has now won eight games in a row, and hasn’t lost since April ...

Preps notebook: Late rally leads FSHS baseball to 14th consecutive win

It takes a nice blend of luck and skill to go on a streak like Free State’s baseball team has. FSHS extended its win streak to 14 games with a late comeback to secure a 2-1 win over Olathe West Wednesday night at the College Boulevard Activity Center. The game was originally scheduled for ...

Preps notebook: Timely hitting helps LHS baseball claim 7th straight win

Make that seven games in a row now. Lawrence’s baseball team extended its win streak to seven consecutive games with a 5-2 victory over Olathe South Tuesday night at LHS. The recipe for win No. 7 was just like the six games before it, too. The Lions, who have practically perfected the art ...