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Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

April 3, 2016


Filed under Sports

Every hook shot, free throw and three-pointer they made this season helped junior Madison Piper and senior Caiti Schlesener reach a milestone previously only one other girls basketball player in school history has been able to achieve: 1,000 points. Before joining the Firebirds this year, Schlesener p...

“eSports” prove popular among student body

“eSports” prove popular among student body

Jackson Barton

March 29, 2016


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There are 15 seconds before the round starts. Sophomore Eli Bork’s five man team just lost a decisive round that has put them one point away from losing the entire match. It’s been a close game so far, but now Bork’s team finds itself in a financial deficit. Only two members of the team have ...

Everything you need to know about March Madness

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

March 17, 2016


Filed under Sports

With an expanded, two-hour selection show on CBS, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was announced on Sunday, March 13. The years of guaranteed bids and sure-fire advances are gone, and with so much parity in college basketball nowadays, this year’s tournament is no different. Each region is...

Bowlers discuss the sport and their season

Bowlers discuss the sport and their season

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

February 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Every day after school, each member of the bowling team drives 15 minutes across town to Royal Crest Lanes and prepares to practice hitting targeted pins, spares and playing full games. Senior Avery Allen, who has bowled for four years, says the sport is not a huge commitment, but still enjoys being...

Girls Swim and Dive team prepares for a successful season

Girls Swim and Dive team prepares for a successful season

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor

February 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

The Free State Girls Swim and Dive team has two State Championships under their belt in the last six years. Naturally, that means the last six years have been months of hard work for team members across the board. This year, however, seniors Cierra Campbell and Anna McCurdy are ready to have fun. Bo...

Student announcers broadcast during football, basketball games

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Sports

At varsity football and basketball games, senior Sean Jesse and junior Emma Mason can be seen in front of a cluster of cameras, diligently filming the games. The two are part of a small group of students who broadcast Free State sporting events. “(I started) freshman year, I was already taking video...

Free State senior chosen to play in Kansas high school all-stars game

Free State senior chosen to play in Kansas high school all-stars game

Jackson Barton and Sydney Gard

January 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

After his strong final season as quarterback, senior Bryce Torneden has been invited to play in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. The Shrine Bowl is a game with team rosters of the best high schoolers, selected by coaches and the Bowl committee, in the state of Kansas. “The Kansas Shrine Bowl is known because w...

Baseball and softball players prepare for their season

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor

January 8, 2016


Filed under Sports

The Fall Ball program, run by coaches Matt McClassland, Justin Protacio, Steve Patton and Jake Powell, provides softball and baseball players a chance to show their moves before the spring season starts. With practice twice a week and games on the weekends, the boys are given plenty of opportunity to...

Senior athletes sign to play at the collegiate level

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

On Nov. 11 2015, the first official signing period for National Letters of Intent, opened. As the class of 2016 prepares for graduation, a multitude of senior student athletes have begun to sign their allegiance to their future colleges. For senior swimmer Cierra Campbell, she will go from a record-breaker,...

Ultimate frisbee players defend their sport

Ultimate frisbee players defend their sport

Evan Frook, Reporter

November 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Senior Kardal Hart spends every Monday, Wednesday and Friday running up and down a field, making plays for the end zone. As an ultimate frisbee player, he knows that some people may assume he plays football, but Hart argues that ultimate is no less of a sport. “I think you can say that any sport...

Athletes balance practices, games, schoolwork

Juna Murao and Trenna Soderling

November 28, 2015


Filed under Sports

Freshman Emma Yackley has a full schedule of all advanced classes, including two math classes. Additionally, she’s a dedicated soccer player. In order to juggle school and sports, she often stays up late or scrambles to finish homework on the way to games. “I have trouble staying awake,”...

Girl golfers discuss a successful season

Girl golfers discuss a successful season

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Sports

When junior Tori Hoopingarner gets ready to hit a ball, she clears her mind and focuses on just hitting the ball. “I usually concentrate and try not to be distracted by anything,” Hoopingarner said. “I try not to overthink and just hit it.” Hoopingarner, who’s been on the team since her...

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