The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online


Graphic made by Eli Roust.

SPORTS: Weekend Madness

Rakshan Ossen, Reporter April 8, 2024

Following the first week of April, the NCAA March Madness games are down to the Final Four for both the men’s and women’s brackets. The action-packed weekend saw a fierce matchup against their opponents...

PHOTO GALLERY: February Sports Recap

PHOTO GALLERY: February Sports Recap

Chloe Cook, News Photo Editor March 22, 2024

SPORTS: Hometown Heroes

SPORTS: Hometown Heroes

Nick Sprecker and Lilly Wall February 29, 2024

For many football athletes, their hard work and aspirations are driven by the hunger to ultimately compete at a higher level. While there are plenty of Division I football schools throughout the country...

After being head coach of the Free State boys basketball team last year, KU Alum, Sherron Collins resigned and former Hayden high boys basketball head coach, Dwayne Paul took the position.

SPORTS: New Basketball Coach Dwayne Paul

Mason Lester, Reporter October 25, 2023

After last year's season did not end the way they wanted it to, the Boys Basketball team is looking to come back better than last year and make many changes. Coming with some of these changes is a new...

Rising to the surface, junior Sarah Masterson takes a breath between strokes.

NEWS: Skinner Fills Head Swim Coach Position

Grey Heiman May 15, 2023

After a triumphant 23 years of coaching the boys swim and dive team and 16 years of coaching the girls, head coach Annette McDonald will be passing the torch on to assistant coach Janna Skinner next season.  During...

Going for the pin, freshman Ava Corbin takes down her opponent. Although unsure at the beginning of her season, Corbin has grown to love the sport. “My friends were doing it and I joined as a joke,” Corbin said. “But then I started to really love it as a sport. [I’m] definitely going to continue to do it next year and the years to come.”

SPORTS: The Face of the Future

Nick Sprecker March 7, 2023

Every sports program needs a blueprint. They need a way to foster growth and a future to look forward to. That growth can come from a combination of things, but for the girls wrestling squad, freshman...

Senior Matthew Marcum, successfully pins down his opponent from Holton, winning the match on Dec. 1. Achieving the 100 Win Club was just one of Marcum’s goals coming into his senior year. “Most of my goals are pending with Regionals and State still awaiting,” Marcum said.

SPORTS: Firebird Trio Reaches Milestone

Nick Sprecker February 17, 2023

Head coach Randy Streeter had a vision when he was hired three years ago: build a winning culture immersed in camaraderie and brotherhood. Not only has that been accomplished since his arrival, but his...

Fans celebrate the final score at Johnnys North.

NEWS: Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl

Greyson Heiman, Thomas Patton, and Nick Sprecker February 15, 2023

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 Feb. 12 in Super Bowl LVII. It was a competitive game between the two teams, but in the end the Chiefs came out on top. With an outstanding...

Archived photo from 2022 spring dive season. Focusing before his dive, junior Elliot Ahlvers gets ready. Ahlvers placed second at State in 2022.

NEWS: Senior Elliot Ahlvers Breaks School Diving Record

Emma Wiley February 13, 2023

Senior Elliot Ahlvers defeated the 1-meter diving school record with a score of 485.8 on Jan. 24. This record had been held previously since 1999. Along with being the new holder of this record, Ahlvers...

Varsity Boys Basketball head coach, Sherron Collins joins in with Cortez Overstreet and Zeek Brown in the traditional Alma Matter celebration played after the first home game win against Gardner-Egerton. Starting the season, one of Collins biggest goals was to connect with the players off the court on a personal level.

FEATURE: Sherron Collins First Year Coaching

Nick Sprecker January 28, 2023

When former Kansas standout Sherron Collins was announced as the boys’ basketball head coach, it sent a wave of excitement throughout the Firebird fanbase. The start of the season aroused curiosity throughout...

Sophomore Everett Essman gets back on his feet after diving for the ball.

FEATURE: Students Form After School Spikeball Club

Lilly Wall December 13, 2022

After playing his first game of spikeball this summer, sophomore and co-founder Marvin Kapfer was hooked. Spikeball is a game played in teams of two in which the pair has three contacts to hit the 12 inch...

Junior Greyson Heiman, watches a world cup game during class. On Tuesday Nov. 29, the United States played Iran during school.

FEATURE: World Cup Winter 2022

Greyson Heiman December 3, 2022

Due to the overwhelming heat in Qatar this summer, this year the Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] World Cup will is taking place in Nov. and Dec. opposed to June when the competition...

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