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

Holding the ball away from an opponent, junior Sam Lawrence finds a teammate to pass the ball to. Lawrence plans to play basketball in college.

Hayden, Robinson

January 30, 2018

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...

Photo Gallery: Home wrestling meet

Photo Gallery: Home wrestling meet

Emma Pravecek, Photographer

January 23, 2018

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

After tip off, the firebird student section throws teared up news papers into the air.

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

December 18, 2017

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

At girls basketball tryouts on November 14 the head coach, Ted Juneau talks to the girls. This year the varsity team only has one senior player.

Will Davis, Sports Reporter

December 11, 2017

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

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

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...

Firebirds begin playoffs with blowout win

Junior Matt Georgie jumps back to his feet with his team after a play. The Firebirds scored 35 points in the first quarter.

Will Davis, Sports Reporter

October 28, 2017

When a one seeded team plays their first playoff game, staying focused and not playing down to the level of their opponent is usually the hardest part of the game. For the one seeded Free State football team, neither was a problem in their 69-6 blowout win. On the opening kickoff Wichita North att...

Nerve-Racking City Showdown Completes an Undefeated Season

Kicker Kameron Lake sleeps on LHS after nailing the game winning field goal.

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

October 27, 2017

When junior kicker Kameron Lake lined up for the potential game winning field goal, there wasn’t much that was not on the line. Not only would this kick win the game versus crosstown rival LHS, but it would also complete Free State’s undefeated season, and ensure the Firebirds the No. 1 seed i...

Cross Country rocks Rim Rock

Sophomore Bella Crawford-Parker and senior Kate Odgers run past a dog. Crawford-Parker finished in 23:38.

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

October 24, 2017

Infamous for its hills and two covered bridges, Rim Rock Farm is a notoriously challenging cross-country course. This posed no problem for junior Julia Larkin, who paced the girls cross-country team with a time of 20:43.3 at the Sunflower League meet on Friday. This was Larkin’s eighth time running...

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Jax, Joe, Jay and Jet Dineen pose for a family photo. Jax Dineen is a junior who plays running back for the firebirds

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

October 12, 2017

Like both his brothers before him, junior running back Jax Dineen is one of the football team’s major playmakers. Jax Dineen is the third in line of four brothers to come through the football program. His two older brothers, Joe and Jay, were both all-state players. The oldest Dineen brother,...

Firebird Fantasy: Week 5

Firebird Fantasy: Week 5

Will Cook and Evan Cornell

October 11, 2017

Will’s Starts: Ben Roethlisberger: This may seem like a bad start because the Jaguars are one of the most brutal defenses on paper this year. Just take a few seconds to look at the offenses the Jaguars have played this year. Notice that Mariota is the only solid QB the Jaguars have faced this year....

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