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


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

Varsity Volleyball players cheer at a game.

SPORTS: Change of the Game

Arianna Waller, Reporter March 20, 2024

For years, volleyball setters have trained their hands to avoid getting called on double contact. Now, the recent removal of the rule has set off discussion among players on how much the sport will change. “[Players]...

SPORTS: Fired Up About Football

SPORTS: Fired Up About Football

Morgan Sponholtz, Reporter March 10, 2024

When the cameras flashed to Travis Kelce yelling and shoving coach Andy Reid during Super Bowl LVIII, millions of viewers saw the negative emotions football can evoke in its players. During his early years...

Former baseball player Brady Kern.

SPORTS: Springing into the Season

Claire Heinritz, Reporter March 8, 2024

The start of spring sports on Monday, Feb. 26th, has not come without preparation. Athletes and coaches have been getting ready in order to aim for a successful season. Spring sports include boys and...

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