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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


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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


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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


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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

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

Reagan Sullivan

December 16, 2016


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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

Varsity football stops short of State

Juna Murao, Copy Editor

December 1, 2016


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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

Varsity volleyball competes at state

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

November 7, 2016


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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


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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

Varsity athletes make early verbal commitments

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

October 24, 2016


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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...

Senior football fan attends his final home game

Senior football fan attends his final home game

Jake Clark and Kaya Shafer

October 17, 2016


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Showing up early to get a spot at the front of the student section,, jumping and shouting “Pump that firebird spirit up” and throwing baby powder at kick-off. This is what senior Wyatt Stevens has grown used to at football games -- only a few of which he has missed. Stevens has been coming to the...

High schools unite to support Kapfers

High schools unite to support Kapfers

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2016


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“Today represents more than just a rivalry between Lawrence High and Free State,” senior Jaja Wang said. “We [came] together to support our Free State family…” The soccer city showdown was more energetic than usual, but instead of students calling out the opposite school, fans were focused...

Powder Puff Football dominated by junior team

Powder Puff Football dominated by junior team

October 4, 2016


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Hoards of girls huddle around their classmates. They are preparing to get down and destroy a game of football. For the first time in three years, StuCo has organized Powder Puff Football during Homecoming week. Junior Margaret Uhler wanted to immerse herself in the new Homecoming activities. “I...

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