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Boys Basketball Season Preview

Boys Basketball Season Preview
Nate Ankenbauer, Sports Reporter December 21, 2019

Coach Sam Stroh and the varsity boys basketball team have tipped off their season in the Hays City Shootout, placing third out of eight teams.  They started their season off with a 59 to 35 win over...

Playoff Prep: Football team makes progress towards state

Playoff Prep: Football team makes progress towards state
Chase Overton, Sports Reporter October 21, 2019

Free State’s varsity football squad kicked off the season with six wins and one loss, ranking them tied for second in the Sunflower League. Currently, the team is still adjusting to new head coach Kevin...

Football team adapts to new leadership, upholds past priorities

Football team adapts to new leadership, upholds past priorities
Anthony Barberena, Sports Reporter October 6, 2019

The ambitions of Free State football have remained the same since its establishment: dominate competition and demonstrate sportsmanship. With past head coach Bob Lisher announcing his retirement last year...

‘Just treading water, dude’: Baseball ready to prove they deserve no. 1 ranking

‘Just treading water, dude’: Baseball ready to prove they deserve no. 1 ranking
Jax Egan, Sports Editor May 16, 2019

At the Free State baseball alumni game earlier this season, former Sunflower League MVP Ryne Price brought one message to the Firebirds baseball team that stuck with them. “Ryne said something like...

Firebirds suffer season-ending loss in State basketball tournament

Firebirds suffer season-ending loss in State basketball tournament
Jax Egan, Sports Editor March 9, 2019

While maybe not as easily as in previous seasons, for the third consecutive year Coach Sam Stroh took his Firebirds to the state tournament, this time as the eighth seed. After a seemingly endless...

Sophomore Cole Anderson plays for all-dwarf basketball team

Sophomore Cole Anderson plays for all-dwarf basketball team
Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief March 2, 2019

Born with Achondroplasia—a genetic disorder which causes dwarfism—sophomore Cole Anderson has always been different from his peers. While his appearance is a large part of his identity, Anderson stands...

A Coach’s Coach: The Life and Legacy of Bob Lisher

A Coach's Coach: The Life and Legacy of Bob Lisher
Jax Egan, Sports Editor December 18, 2018

It’s not common for one person to stay at one job for 22 consecutive years. It’s even less common for one person to live in one place their entire life. But don’t tell Bob Lisher that. After...

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan
Ahmed Jakmouj, Sports Reporter November 9, 2018

Following a 51-27 victory over Haysville Campus in the second round, the 10-0 Firebirds look to take down the 9-1 Manhattan Indians. Last season, Free State was eliminated in this round of the playoffs...

Game Recap: Free State vs. Haysville Campus

Game Recap: Free State vs. Haysville Campus
Hayden Robinson, Co-Sports Editor November 7, 2018

Taking care of business on their home field yet again, the Free State football team brought their record to 9-0 by defeating Haysville Campus, 51-27.  Coming off a 61-point effort last week against...

Game Preview: Free State vs. Haysville Campus

Game Preview: Free State vs. Haysville Campus
Jax Egan, Co-Sports Editor November 2, 2018

After handily defeating the Wichita North Redskins by a score of 63-18, the Firebirds will now face opponent Haysville Campus in the second round. The Haysville Colts finished their regular season...

Game Preview: Free State vs. Wichita North

Game Preview: Free State vs. Wichita North
Jax Egan, Reporter October 26, 2018

After beating Lawrence High School in the final game to complete an undefeated season, the Firebirds will take on a struggling Wichita North in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs. The exact same...

Football Forecast

Cole Phillips sprints through the first home opener of the season.
Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter September 28, 2018

  During the off-season, the football team was ranked third in the state by SportsinKansas and #1 by CatchitKansas after finishing 10-1 in 2017.   Last year’s successful season ending...

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