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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


Celebrating with his teammates, senior Drew Rosenthal runs toward the student section after a goal at a varsity soccer game on Sept. 5.

SPORTS: Fall Sports Highlights

Nick Sprecker, Sports Editor November 28, 2023

With the conclusion of the first quarter and the beginning of November, fall sports have wrapped up for all programs. The Firebirds left their mark on the 2023 season, and now is a great time to highlight...

Despite the cold temperature of 40 degrees, Free State students in the student section chant in support of the Football Team at the home game vs Garden City on Oct 27.

SPORTS: Football Advances to Second Round of Playoffs

Chloe Cook, Yearbook Photo Editor November 1, 2023

Free State was able to hold Garden City back on a 42-0 lead until the fourth quarter when Garden City scored their first touchdown. The Firebirds were able to come back strong in both defense and offense...

Senior Maya Lee anticipates the ball as she serves. Although this is Lee’s final year with Free State, her tennis journey has not yet reached an end. “I am playing in college and intend to coach to make money during school as well.” Lee said.

SPORTS: Lee Sisters State Tennis

Nick Sprecker, Sports Editor October 30, 2023

On Oct. 14, the Lee sisters capped off an impressive performance at state, with senior Maya Lee and sophomore Cami Lee finishing fifth and tenth respectively. Through harsh conditions and even battling...

Junior James Spear dribbles the ball through Lawrence High players. The junior, who is playing his first year on varsity, acts as a defender.

SPORTS: Boys Soccer Program Sweeps Lawrence High

Elizabeth Hare, Assistant Social Media Editor October 16, 2023

Following a win for the varsity boys soccer team last year against Lawrence High School, this year's schedule declared that Oct 12, the Firebirds would be facing off against the Chesty Lions in the annual...

Senior Hank Fuchs hugs junior Bralin Preston after Preston scores a touchdown at the City Showdown on Oct 13.

SPORTS: Football falls to Lawrence High

Chloe Cook, Photo Editor October 14, 2023

Last night, the Lawrence High Lions defeated the Free State Firebirds in overtime, 31-24. Chances were looking in favor for the Firebirds as they held a perfect season record of 6-0 coming into the game.  Every...

Parents of the cheer team run with state flags at cheers Parent Boot Camp on Sept. 26. Photo courtesy of Ellie Trummel

SPORTS: Cheer Team Parents Clinic

Grant Lincoln, Reporter October 12, 2023

The fans in the crowd and the cheerleaders on the sideline joined together to create a better community for the cheer and dance teams. Through the Parent Boot Camp on Sept. 26, parents learned more about...

The varsity football players cheer while running onto the field before their away game against Olathe West. Free State beat Olathe West 47-29 at their first game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 31.

SPORTS: Lawrence Football 4-0

Thomas Patton, Reporter October 10, 2023

Free State and University of Kansas [KU] football both won their first four games to start the season undefeated. Coming into the season, expectations were high for Free State. Last year, they posted a...

Running towards the ball, junior Delaney Bruhns works to win a point against her opponent.

SPORTS: New Varsity Roster

Emi Stone September 18, 2023

Coming off a successful season placing fourth at state, the girls tennis team returns to the court striving for success again, but without multiple key players who graduated. The new team will look at...

After scoring a goal, the boys varsity soccer team celebrates with each other. They beat Shawnee Heights 5-0 on Tuesday, Sep. 5.

SPORTS: Boys Soccer Striving for Success

Elliot Skillman September 18, 2023

With a loss to DeSoto to start the season, the Boys Varsity Soccer team aims to show their resilience in the coming games. When faced with their next two matchups, the squad showed that they are prepared...

Sophomore Addy Tenbrink passes an opponent from Olathe East. In her second year on the team, Tenbrink is a regular runner on Varsity.

SPORTS: Striding into a New Season

Mason Lester, Reporter September 12, 2023

The cross country team is looking to carry on the legacy of a very successful program. After getting 7th in state last season, the boys did not finish the way they wanted, but they have been working hard...

Running the halls, the cross country team practices inside due to a rising heat wave. Having to practice inside isn’t new to the cross country team, according to coach Steve Heffernan. Were used to having to make up some stuff to fill in gaps when the weathers just not accommodating,” Heffernan said.

SPORTS: Record Breaking Heat Disrupts Fall Sports

Nick Sprecker and Lilly Wall August 25, 2023

Lawrence, KS, one of many midwest cities currently trapped inside a heat zone, has broken its own heat index record twice in the span of a week with index temperatures reaching up to 135 F. Small, everyday...

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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