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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


Starting strong, sophomore Brylee Burns strides out during the beginning of the race. Burns made huge leaps this season and helped to lead the girls team to a successful season with her individual 9th place at state. My favorite part of the season was doing long runs with my best friends, Burns said.

SPORTS: Recognition at the Highest Level

Thomas Patton March 7, 2023

Four Free State cross-country runners received a nomination for Northeast Kansas High School Runner of the Year. “They run year-round and don't miss many days and are always willing to go that extra...

Going for the pin, freshman Ava Corbin takes down her opponent. Although unsure at the beginning of her season, Corbin has grown to love the sport. “My friends were doing it and I joined as a joke,” Corbin said. “But then I started to really love it as a sport. [I’m] definitely going to continue to do it next year and the years to come.”

SPORTS: The Face of the Future

Nick Sprecker March 7, 2023

Every sports program needs a blueprint. They need a way to foster growth and a future to look forward to. That growth can come from a combination of things, but for the girls wrestling squad, freshman...

Senior Matthew Marcum, successfully pins down his opponent from Holton, winning the match on Dec. 1. Achieving the 100 Win Club was just one of Marcum’s goals coming into his senior year. “Most of my goals are pending with Regionals and State still awaiting,” Marcum said.

SPORTS: Firebird Trio Reaches Milestone

Nick Sprecker February 17, 2023

Head coach Randy Streeter had a vision when he was hired three years ago: build a winning culture immersed in camaraderie and brotherhood. Not only has that been accomplished since his arrival, but his...

Fans celebrate the final score at Johnnys North.

NEWS: Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl

Greyson Heiman, Thomas Patton, and Nick Sprecker February 15, 2023

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 Feb. 12 in Super Bowl LVII. It was a competitive game between the two teams, but in the end the Chiefs came out on top. With an outstanding...

Archived photo from 2022 spring dive season. Focusing before his dive, junior Elliot Ahlvers gets ready. Ahlvers placed second at State in 2022.

NEWS: Senior Elliot Ahlvers Breaks School Diving Record

Emma Wiley February 13, 2023

Senior Elliot Ahlvers defeated the 1-meter diving school record with a score of 485.8 on Jan. 24. This record had been held previously since 1999. Along with being the new holder of this record, Ahlvers...

Archived photo by Isabelle Pro

KU Beats K-State at Sunflower Showdown

Greyson Heiman and Nick Sprecker February 1, 2023

Last night, No. 8 Kansas University [KU] came out on top over No. 7 Kansas State University [K-State] in a 90-78 victory. With the help of another massive 20 point performance from junior Jalen...

Varsity Boys Basketball head coach, Sherron Collins joins in with Cortez Overstreet and Zeek Brown in the traditional Alma Matter celebration played after the first home game win against Gardner-Egerton. Starting the season, one of Collins biggest goals was to connect with the players off the court on a personal level.

FEATURE: Sherron Collins First Year Coaching

Nick Sprecker January 28, 2023

When former Kansas standout Sherron Collins was announced as the boys’ basketball head coach, it sent a wave of excitement throughout the Firebird fanbase. The start of the season aroused curiosity throughout...

Sophomore Everett Essman gets back on his feet after diving for the ball.

FEATURE: Students Form After School Spikeball Club

Lilly Wall December 13, 2022

After playing his first game of spikeball this summer, sophomore and co-founder Marvin Kapfer was hooked. Spikeball is a game played in teams of two in which the pair has three contacts to hit the 12 inch...

Junior Greyson Heiman, watches a world cup game during class. On Tuesday Nov. 29, the United States played Iran during school.

FEATURE: World Cup Winter 2022

Greyson Heiman December 3, 2022

Due to the overwhelming heat in Qatar this summer, this year the Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] World Cup will is taking place in Nov. and Dec. opposed to June when the competition...

Senior Captain, Ming Da Zhang, steps onto the bus for the team’s trip to Gardner-Edgerton. Although the Varsity Boys Soccer team did not play until 7pm, they had to conform to the difficult agenda of bus routes, leaving at 1pm. With over five hours of downtime before playing, student-athletes have to find productive ways to spend their time.

NEWS: Bus Schedule Forces Teams to Leave Early

Ember Klein October 31, 2022

During the fall sports season, buses have been forced to leave early due to the Lawrence Public  Schools bus driver shortage, leading teams to leave up to five hours prior to competition time and miss...

Student section watches the Free State vs. Lawrence High football game. The crowd is dressed as College Gameday.

FEATURE: Barstool Sports: Attacking Athletes or Harmless Humor?

Gabriella Kellison October 30, 2022

During recent years of the increasing social media presence in schools, Barstool Sports twitter accounts have become a prevalent way for students to keep up with school sports programs. Barstool Sports...

University of Kansas football fans gather on Memorial Campanile for ESPN College Gameday.

NEWS: College GameDay Comes to Lawrence

Greyson Heiman October 9, 2022

Following Kansas University’s dominant 5-0 start to the season, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network [ESPN] chose KU to be the host “College GameDay” before their game against Texas Christian...

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