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Game of the Week: Girls varsity soccer wins season opener 4-2

Game of the Week: Girls varsity soccer wins season opener 4-2

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

March 30, 2018


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“These past three or four weeks of practice we’ve been working on attacking,” senior Sydni Beeley said. “And that’s what we did,” In the first game of the season for the Free State girls soccer team versus Shawnee Heights, an early goal from senior Sophia Bone was all it took to get the...

Varsity basketball falls in heartbreaking State title game

Varsity basketball falls in heartbreaking State title game

Jax Egan, Reporter

March 12, 2018


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In a rowdy and boisterous arena for the final basketball game of some of their careers, the Firebirds kept fighting until the very end. Free State posed a comeback but eventually fell to the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies in the Class 6A state title game, 51-40. Having trouble against a stifling defense, t...

Boys varsity advances to State championship in historic 68-57 win

Boys varsity advances to State championship in historic 68-57 win

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

March 10, 2018


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Similar to the night before, the Firebirds got off to a slow start in the Class 6A Kansas state semifinals game versus the Topeka Trojans before coming back to win 68-57, advancing to the state championship for the first time in school history. Free State’s sluggish momentum shifted when senior...

Firebirds outlast Wichita South 42-39 in first round of State tournament

Firebirds outlast Wichita South 42-39 in first round of State tournament

Jax Egan and Will Davis

March 9, 2018


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“We needed to move the ball more,” senior Jalan Robinson said. “We started off pretty lazy and slow so we tried to speed it up.” The Firebird basketball team survived Wichita South in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament Thursday, 42-39. After losing in the state semifinals...

Boys basketball falls 60-57 to Shawnee Mission West

Boys basketball falls 60-57 to Shawnee Mission West

Hayden Robinson, Sports Reporter

March 6, 2018


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Down by as much as 12 in the fourth quarter, Free State rallied late, but it was not enough as the Firebirds fell to Shawnee Mission West, 60-57, on senior night. The Vikings switched between zone and man defense throughout the game and their strategy appeared to do its part, occasionally confusing...

Game of the Week: Firebirds play for Grit in 92-58 win over Olathe West

Game of the Week: Firebirds play for Grit in 92-58 win over Olathe West

Hayden Robinson, Sports Reporter

February 16, 2018


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Playing on a night devoted to Grit Henderson, the four-month old son of teachers Laura and Nolan Henderson who is battling cancer, the varsity basketball team did their best to honor the Henderson family with a 92-58 victory over Olathe West. Emma Pravecek Players and fans wore gold and purchased T-shirts to support the family. At halftime, Nolan Henderson received a $4,000 check from the Free Sta...

Debate finishes historic season under new leadership

Debate finishes historic season under new leadership

Hayden Robinson, Sports Reporter

February 5, 2018


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When first-year coach Kelly Thompson took over the Free State Debate team, his goal was to get each debater invested in the demanding process that comes along with debate. He believed that by setting goals early in the season that the team could ultimately break school records. “It is a lot of work," Thompson...

Game of the Week: Girls Basketball finishes eighth in home tournament

Game of the Week: Girls Basketball finishes eighth in home tournament

Hayden, Robinson

January 30, 2018


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The girls varsity basketball team played their best quarter of the season in their 64-56 loss to Olathe West in the seventh place game of the Firebird Winter Classic on Saturday. The Firebirds went on a 17-6 run in the last four minutes of the game, but it came just a little too late.   Throughout the first...

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