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State tops Shawnee Mission West 56-9

Just before scoring a 27 yard touchdown, junior Jax Dineen avoids getting tackled. The firebirds won against SMW with a score of 56-9.

Will Cook and Jax Egan

September 5, 2017

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

Will Cook and Evan Cornell contemplate their draft picks. The NFL season begins Thursday, Sept. 7.

Will Cook and Evan Cornell

September 1, 2017

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

High fiving her teammate, Sapphira Knight celebrates after bowling a strike. Knight is on the girl’s varsity bowling team this year and has been bowling through Free State for three years now. “I think meeting new people [is my favorite part about] each tournament we go to. There’s like six people on each team, so you get to meet six new people you bowl with,” Knight said.

Will Cook, Reporter

March 28, 2017

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

Starting for Free State, junior Garrett Luinstra scored 8 points in Wichita at the semifinals.

Jax Egan and Will Davis

March 11, 2017

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

Senior Cameron Clark warms up before the game.

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

March 9, 2017

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

Eugene Galvez swims in a freestyle event. The current school record for the 50 meter freestyle is held by Jack Ziegler at 20.90 seconds.

Will Cook, Sports Reporter

January 17, 2017

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...

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

At the front of Allen Field House, the statue of Phog Allen stands to remind citizens of the history of basketball in Lawrence. Allen Field House is the home of Kansas basketball and has seen players like Danny Manning, Wilt Chamberlain and Mario Chalmers.

Reagan Sullivan

December 16, 2016

Bright lights illuminate the court. Sneakers squeak against a floor that has seen All Stars to D Roses, Chamberlain to Chalmers over the past 61 years. On Friday Dec. 16, Allen Fieldhouse will host an all new group of competitors. Instead of cramming into the Free State gym for the Free State versus L...

Varsity football stops short of State

In celebration, senior Zion Bowlin hugs sophomore Kameron Lake. Lake kicked the winning field goal against Washburn Rural

Juna Murao, Copy Editor

December 1, 2016

Stepping off of the field, the varsity football players held their heads low after losing 21-49 on the road against defending State champion Derby, ending their post-season. The locker room was filled with remorse and heartache from the team. “Everybody was crying, I hugged all the seniors and co...

Varsity volleyball competes at state

Seniors Jenalee Dickson and Naomi Hickman rest between a set. During the post-season, the Firebirds toppled undefeated and no. 5 national seed Blue Valley West

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

November 7, 2016

After a long season of preparation the girls volleyball team aimed to take state. For eight seniors, it was their last time competing in the postseason. Though the team’s season has ended, the memories the team shares will last a lifetime. Senior Jenalee Dickson noticed the team’s high morale...

Photo Gallery: Girls tennis places seventh at State

Photo Gallery: Girls tennis places seventh at State

Kaya Shafer, Riley Paradise, and Jackson Barton

November 1, 2016

Girl’s varsity tennis has placed seventh at state this year. Freshman Anna Peard, sophomores Kate Piper and Gabby Gorman, senior Andrea Chen and junior Alexandra Dodd all competed in the state competition. The team’s performance shows just how Free State much the varsity girl’s tennis program has...

Varsity athletes make early verbal commitments

Senior Jordan Portela talks with a teammate before practice. Portela has been swimming competitively for seven years

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

October 24, 2016

Senior Madison Piper committed to play basketball at Santa Clara University in California, while senior Jordan Portela has committed to swim at the University of Minnesota. “I decided on Santa Clara because it’s in California [and] I love the coaches, I love the players, [and] I love the campus...

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