I’ve been covering high school athletics in the city of Lawrence for more than two decades. But, I can’t recall a year quite as good as this one.
By my count, the Kansas State High School Activities Association hands out 11 girls sports championships in Class 6A every year. More than 35% of the trophies from the 2018-2019 school year now call Lawrence home.
It all started back in late October. That’s when the Lawrence High volleyball team claimed its first state title since 1995. The Lions finished the year with a record of 38-2.
The run continued two weeks ago when Lawrence High’s swimming and diving team won state for the first time since 1994. Kent McDonald’s squad outpointed Shawnee Mission East 303-283 to finish off a perfect 2019.
A week later, the Free State High softball team added its name to the city of champions list. The Firebirds won their second consecutive title by beating Washburn Rural 1-0.
Roughly 24 hours later, the Lawrence High track and field team joined the party. LHS won back-to-back titles with an easy romp down in Wichita.
In all, that’s four titles that now belong in Lawrence. Three at 19th and Louisiana and one at 6th and Wakarusa. Congratulations to all involved. You’ve not only made your school proud, but your community as well.