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Juniors dominate Powderpuff Football

Juniors dominate Powderpuff Football

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

September 22, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, Top Stories

With under a minute left in the 2017 Powderpuff football championship, junior Brittany Hoffman took the ball on a reverse for a touchdown. This would end up being the final play of the game and the juniors erupted as their victory was made final. Facing the seniors in the championship, the juniors had one...

Firebird Fantasy: Week 2

Firebird Fantasy: Week 2

Evan Cornell and Will Cook

September 17, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

Will’s Starts: Ty Montgomery: Facing the Atlanta Falcons this week, Montgomery is going to be a top 10 RB this week again. The Falcons clearly are not ready for the receiver-running back type of player; look at Tarik Cohen’s explosion last week against the Falcons. Montgomery is a high RB2 star...

Boys varsity soccer dedicates overtime win to Keith Loneker

Boys varsity soccer dedicates overtime win to Keith Loneker

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

September 12, 2017


Filed under Game of the Week, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

After a strong first half, the boys varsity soccer team climbed their way back from a point deficit to win in overtime against De Soto Monday night. The game was dedicated to Keith Loneker Sr., a longtime Free State athletics supporter and professional football player. Loneker Sr. died of cancer late...

Firebirds win first home game 49-0

Firebirds win first home game 49-0

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

September 10, 2017


Filed under Game of the Week, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

Since the beginning of last week, the Free State linebackers were locked in on shutting down the Shawnee Mission South offense. They succeeded. “Monday we came in and coach came up to us and said, ‘Hey, we’re blitzing every play,’" sophomore linebacker Ben Miller said. "And we were like, ‘...

Firebird Fantasy: Week 1

Firebird Fantasy: Week 1

Evan Cornell and Will Cook

September 9, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

Evan Cornell and Will Cook discuss their initial starts and sits. Will’s Starts: Dalvin Cook: Check out this stud rookie. Playing for a team that relies heavily on the run-game, this is a solid start. This makes sense; look who is starting QB… Sam Bradford. I think it’s a pretty safe bet...

State tops Shawnee Mission West 56-9

State tops Shawnee Mission West 56-9

Will Cook and Jax Egan

September 5, 2017


Filed under Game of the Week, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

The football team beat the Shawnee Mission West Vikings 56-9 Friday. It didn’t look good for the Firebirds after an early botched snap that resulted in a safety for the Vikings, but the Firebirds persisted to score 49 unanswered points, topped off with a 46 yard touchdown run by sophomore Ja’Brandion ...

Firebird Fantasy: Draft Week

Firebird Fantasy: Draft Week

Will Cook and Evan Cornell

September 1, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports

Sundays are about to get a lot more exciting for football enthusiasts as the the National Football League kicks off which means the start of fantasy football for many. Will’s Top Pick: RB Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: Although David Johnson is listed as the number 1 overall projected draft pick from many sources, the Steelers had one of the top offensive lines in...

Bowling team places seventh at State

Bowling team places seventh at State

Will Cook, Reporter

March 28, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, Top Stories

The boys bowling team placed seventh at the state tournament Friday, March 3 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. Senior Alex Jiminez led the boys team who placed fifth individually. The boys team members were not pleased with their performance at the state tournament, but were satisfied with their season o...

Firebirds fall to Huskies in tough semifinal loss, finish strong against Blue Valley North for third place title

Firebirds fall to Huskies in tough semifinal loss, finish strong against Blue Valley North for third place title

Jax Egan and Will Davis

March 11, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, Top Stories

As the student section’s “Thank you seniors” chant rang out in Koch Arena as a memorial to the the boys’ past four years, the future of the program played on the court in front of them. By the time Blue Valley Northwest guard Sam Ward slammed the ball through the rim with just over a minute l...

Firebirds advance to state semifinals for second time in school history

Firebirds advance to state semifinals for second time in school history

Jax Egan, Will Davis, Kaya Shafer, and Sam Spencer

March 9, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, Top Stories

As senior Jacob Pavlyak dribbled out the clock with Firebirds leading the Wichita South Titans 48-42, he looked to his right to see the Free State bench celebrating their quarter-final win in the Kansas State 6A Boys Basketball Tournament. The quarter-final win was the Firebirds first appearance in ...

Swimmers win senior night

Swimmers win senior night

Will Cook, Sports Reporter

January 17, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, Top Stories

Boys swim and dive team hosted several schools at home on Thursday, Jan. 12. The meet also marked senior night. The team placed first at the meet beating out the second place team Washburn Rural. “It was really special saying goodbye to all the seniors,” junior Cameron Hodge said. “I’m glad...

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