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Senior football fan attends his final home game

Senior Wyatt Stevens anticipates the final home football games of his senior year. One of the only  times Wyatt has missed a home game was because of an ACT session the following morning

Jake Clark and Kaya Shafer

October 17, 2016

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

Senior Blake Hoffman, Cooper McHatton and Aaron Funk cheer for Owen Kapfer during the city showdown.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2016

“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

Leah Wethington, Grace Patchen, Kate Odgers, Isabel Carey, Maggie Ziegler, Erin Cushing, Kylie Hawkins, Sydni Beeley and Caroline Kirk pose for a team photo. The junior team claimed victory after the sophomore team forfeited.

October 4, 2016

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...

Team traditions uphold unity

The varsity soccer team performs their ceremonial huddle after a home game. Fans and parents were encouraged to join.

Chris Pendry, Reporter

September 30, 2016

A team, be it sports or clubs, is considered a family to those involved, and with family comes tradition. Traditions unite, motivate and aid a team in their journey towards success. Sports teams practice many traditions. Swimming coach Annette McDonald insists on incorporating a gnome into the team's...

Soccer D team aims for player development

Sophomore Bayn Schrader consults his teammate Jacob Appleman during a drill. All soccer players started conditioning only two weeks after school ended in May.

Juna Murao, Copy Editor

September 12, 2016

Trading their vacation time for push-ups and sore muscles, the boys soccer D team trained at 3:30 p.m. every day over summer break to improve their soccer skills with the rest of the soccer teams. The D team is made up of players whom are considered to have the least amount of experience. Sean Devlin,...

Bryan Duncan Resigns as Girls Basketball Coach

Coach Duncan calls a timeout during an away game. This is Duncan's last year of coaching for the girls basketball team.

Evan Frook, Reporter

April 26, 2016

Looking to the 14 team photographs on his wall before answering the question, former girl’s basketball coach Bryan Duncan thinks of the 14 teams he coached through every win and loss. “We’ve had several outstanding teams in the last 14 years, and it wouldn’t be fair to say there’s a favorite...

Athletes Prepare for Spring Season

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

April 7, 2016

Tennis This year's tennis team looks forward to the upcoming season, with the goals already set in stone. Tennis coach Keith Pipkin has high hopes for his team.   “My goal for the team this year is to have our league and conference view us as the hardest competing, strong minded, and ...

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

April 3, 2016

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 enthusiasts will often spend hours gripping their video game controllers as they work towards the next level. In recent years eSports has reached a larger audience of both amateurs and professionals.

Jackson Barton

March 29, 2016

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

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

Unlike most sports, the bowling holds their practice across town at Royal Crest Lanes. The team has preformed well so far and hopes to go to state.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

February 19, 2016

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

The 2015 girls swimming team dives into the pool during a meet. With the loss of a strong senior class,  the team has to work hard to be successful.

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor

February 17, 2016

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...

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