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

Trying not to let his opponent steal the ball from him, sophomore Zach Geortzen takes the ball further down the field.

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 Turner Corcoran prepares to begin a workout in the Free State weight room. Corcoran credited his hard work in the weight room for his rise  in the rankings.

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...

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

“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

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

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

With players and coaches gathered around, boys basketball coach Sam Stroh discusses strategies for the fourth quarter. Simon McCaffrey hit two free throws at the end of the game to help ensure Free State finished with a win.

Jax Egan and Will Davis

March 9, 2018

“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

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

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

Junior Zach Hill and Alexi Sommerville prepare their arguments before their event at State.

Hayden Robinson, Sports Reporter

February 5, 2018

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...

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