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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...

Game of the Week: Firebird basketball tops Lions 56-49

Game of the Week: Firebird basketball tops Lions 56-49

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

December 18, 2017


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On February 22, 2013, Chuck Law’s Firebirds beat the Lions by a score of 44-38. It was not until nearly five years later, on December 15, 2017, that the Firebirds would beat Lawrence High School in basketball again at Allen Fieldhouse. Seniors Garrett Luinstra and Jalan Robinson were in seventh...

Girls varsity basketball prepares for season with one senior

Girls varsity basketball prepares for season with one senior

Will Davis, Sports Reporter

December 11, 2017


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The beginning of a season presents new challenges for every team. It could be a new coach, an athlete not yet sure about their role on the team, or a lack of experience and leadership. The girls basketball team will begin their season with one senior on the roster, Erin Cushing. For a varsity team...

Firebirds suffer crushing loss in State semi-finals

Firebirds suffer crushing loss in State semi-finals

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 13, 2017


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Following last week’s victory against Junction City, the Firebirds knew that they had an enormous challenge facing them in the quarterfinals. The challenge was none other than the two time state champions, the Derby Panthers. This was the third straight year the teams would face each other in the pla...

Game of the Week: Free State defeats Junction City, advances to quarterfinals

Game of the Week: Free State defeats Junction City, advances to quarterfinals

Will Davis, Sports Reporter

November 5, 2017


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The Firebirds did not overlook Junction City in the second round on their way to the quarterfinals, winning 47-14. In the first quarter, the Firebird defense forced two turnovers. Junior Jax Dineen finished with three touchdowns en route to the 47-14 win. Brisa Salas-Pfaff “Just do what we...

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