The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online


SPORTS: Varsity Girls Soccer beats Lawrence High 4-0

SPORTS: Varsity Girls Soccer beats Lawrence High 4-0

Chloe Cook, News Photo Editor May 6, 2024

On Thursday, May 2, the Free State girls Varsity Soccer team faced off against Lawrence High School at home. The Firebirds won the annual city showdown 4-0, leaving the Lions unable to score.  Coming...

Photo collected by Lucy Velte.

SPORTS: Competitions Overlap

Rakshan Ossen, Sports Editor April 30, 2024

In the realm of high school sports, competition is what brings athletes together to showcase their skills and hard work in a driven environment. While most high school athletes tend to compete with their...

OPINION: The Caitlin Clark Effect

OPINION: The Caitlin Clark Effect

Nick Sprecker, Sports Editor April 29, 2024

“I got kicked out of P.E. class because I was too competitive,” Clark told ESPN.  The Indiana Fever’s No. 1 overall pick, Caitlin Clark, was not an ordinary child. The day that her older brother...

Archived photo from Chloe Cook

SPORTS: Draft Day

Grant Lincoln, Reporter April 23, 2024

The first round of the NFL Draft is set to take place April 25, 2024 and will be hosted by Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan.  University of Southern California star quarterback,...

Graphic made by Eli Roust.

SPORTS: Weekend Madness

Rakshan Ossen, Reporter April 8, 2024

Following the first week of April, the NCAA March Madness games are down to the Final Four for both the men’s and women’s brackets. The action-packed weekend saw a fierce matchup against their opponents...

FEATURE: Burnout in Athletes

FEATURE: Burnout in Athletes

Jonah Frye, Reporter April 5, 2024

A New York University review found that 45% of youth athletes quit due to psychological burnout. In addition, a study conducted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association reported that when compared...

Working with a student, athletic trainer Kaarin Haig scrapes a students leg. In the spring season many athletes come into this physical training space in order to get help with their injuries.

SPORTS: Recovery Roadblocks

Corinne Kingsley, Reporter April 1, 2024

Severe injuries like a torn ACL can cause an abrupt end to athletes' careers. According to Beaumont Health approximately 100,000–200,000 ACL ruptures occur each year, most common in athletes. Recovery...

Senior Jake Loos and other members of the track team run during practice. Archived photo from Addie Driscoll.

SPORTS: Run Firebirds, Run!

Emi Stone, Reporter April 1, 2024

Since its 68-member team in 2004, the track program at Free State has experienced remarkable growth, currently boasting a roster of over two hundred athletes. Although there are several events to help...

Archived photo by Chloe Cook

FEATURE: Kicking It Into Gear

Arianna Waller, Reporter April 1, 2024

Following the loss to Garden City in overtime last year, Girls Soccer is heading back into the game. The girls are focusing on their strength, resilience and leadership to bring a new look to the program.  Senior...

SPORTS: Sunflower Showdown

SPORTS: Sunflower Showdown

Nick Sprecker and Thomas Patton March 29, 2024

  University of Kansas In head coach Bill Self’s introduction speech to the press in 2003, when speaking about other decorated basketball programs, said “those places are great, but...

Archived photo by Mallory Thompson

SPORTS: Lady Firebirds Swinging to Continue a Legacy

Rakshan Ossen, Reporter March 28, 2024

During the past few years, the varsity softball team has set winning standards on the field and has nurtured several players who proceeded to play the sport at a college level. This year, ambitious senior...

PHOTO GALLERY: February Sports Recap

PHOTO GALLERY: February Sports Recap

Chloe Cook, News Photo Editor March 22, 2024

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