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‘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 ‘Just treading water, dude,’ so we’ve all taken that to heart,” senior pitcher Jake Zenger said...

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 defensive battle, Washburn Rural High School finally prevailed over the Firebirds in overtime, 45-54, ending the season...

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 out for much more than his height. Known for having a positive attitude, Anderson has ...

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 a historic 37-year coaching career in the state of Kansas, 22 of them at Free State, the Firebird...

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 by the Derby Panthers. This year the Firebirds have to beat a strong Manhattan defense to advance ...

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 Wichita North, the Firebirds had no trouble picking up where they left off, clicking on offense all...

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 with a 5-3 record, but looking at their schedule tells a more impressive story with their losses to D...

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 series of events happened to end the previous regular season, too. Last year the Firebirds beat ...

Football Forecast

Football Forecast

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 in a heartbreaking playoff loss has put pressure on the team to outdo their performance. As they prepared for the season, the team tried not to let the pressure affect ...

Game of the Week: Boys Soccer falls to Olathe South 3-2

Game of the Week: Boys Soccer falls to Olathe South 3-2

Jax Egan, Reporter

September 10, 2018

In his first game of high school soccer since returning from the Sporting KC Youth Academy, senior Rowan Laufer scored two goals, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough for the Firebirds to win. In the first game of the season, the Firebirds boys soccer team was defeated 3-2 by Olathe South on Tuesday. ...

Sophomore football recruit receives offers from prestigious schools

Sophomore football recruit receives offers from prestigious schools

Jax Egan and Ahmed Jakmouj

May 15, 2018

When sophomore Turner Corcoran walks into a room, it’s easy to see why he’s on track to become the most highly touted football recruit in Free State football history. The 6’6”, 285 pound offensive tackle—who is built more like a Coke machine than a 16 year old boy—has received scholarship...

Game of the Week: Firebird baseball takes Olathe East 9-4

Game of the Week: Firebird baseball takes Olathe East 9-4

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

April 27, 2018

It took until the second time through the lineup for Free State Varsity baseball to gain momentum, but once they did, they capitalized. A seven run fourth inning propelled the Firebirds to a 9-4 win versus Olathe West on Tuesday. Junior Ethan Bradford started the game on the mound and made easy work...

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