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Student announcers broadcast during football, basketball games

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

February 8, 2016

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

After the Firebirds score a touchdown, senior Bryce Torneden celebrates with a fist pump.

Jackson Barton and Sydney Gard

January 29, 2016

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

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

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 come together as a team. The team practices every Monday Wednesday and Friday after school.

Evan Frook, Reporter

November 30, 2015

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

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

Watching competitors read their putt, sophomore Tori Hoopingarner waits to move onto the next hole. Hoopingarner first got interested in golf because of her dad and grandpa,

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor

November 2, 2015

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...

Tennis and soccer coaches analyze pros and cons of selective teams

Looking across at her opponent, senior Dalma Olvera gets ready to serve at Free State's dual meet against Mill Valley on September 17. Olvera plays soccer, a cut sport, and tennis, a non cut sport.

Maya Hodison, Reporter

October 28, 2015

When sophomore Ashton Rantilla tried out for soccer this year, he hoped to make a team. When he did not, however, he chose a different sport: ultimate frisbee. “I do want to practice more and try out next year, but I went and joined ultimate frisbee instead, and am now pursuing different opportunities,”...

Free State cross country team boasts largest numbers in Free State’s history

Senior Chris Blevins, freshman Trey Melvin, junior Sid Lin and senior Bret Carey run during an after school cross country practice. they are team members o the largest cross country team in school history. The number of team members has been steadily increasing for past years.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

September 28, 2015

From the long, sweaty runs in the hot August sun, the yearly team campout and helping out at the state meet, senior Hayley Boden has had countless memorable moments during her time on the cross country team. Boden started running casually four years ago, but soon realized she loved being on the team. “I...

New sprinting coach Joanna Romito’s experience promises success

Science teacher Joanna Romito coaches sprinting for Free State.

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief

May 6, 2015

Striding across the football field, new sprinting coach Joanna Romito works to reach the track’s finish line and shout out times as the sprinters complete a workout. “I ran track and field in high school, and then I went on to KU and ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, so it’s...

Young varsity girls soccer team set to defy expectations

Leading warm-ups (from left), junior Mika Schrader, senior Hannah Reussner, junior Allie Knapp, senior Lindsey Wethington, sophomore Goosie Zicker, juniors Marcela Ellabracht and Sidney Zavala run laps around the football field during practice.

Darby Gilliland, Reporter

April 28, 2015

With an assist from freshman Maya Hodison, senior Hannah Reussner scores a goal to win the game, securing an unexpected victory in the season opener. “We want to prove other people wrong,” sophomore Goosie Zicker said. “We’re not expected to win anything, not even a single game.” The...

Seniors commit to post-secondary schools, continue athletic careers

Seniors Carson Bowen, Scott Frantz, and Michael Georgie sign to play sports at their college of choice. Bowen, Frantz, and Georgie were all players for Free State's football team.

Maame Britwum, Reporter

March 9, 2015

When senior Scott Frantz signed his letter of intent to play football at Kansas State University, emotions were running high. Frantz thanked everyone who helped him along in his athletic journey. “[Signing] was a really amazing feeling,” Frantz said. “It was nice to know after such a long recruiting...

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