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Good luck coach --- It is great to see both Lawrence football teams do so well this year. The article doesn't say it but Coach Lisher was a big part of many LHS state championships under Bill Freeman as well. As a former LHS player I can say that all of his players respect him as a coach.
Otto, Thanks for pointing out my unfortunate omission of Bill Freeman in this story. Here's what Coach Lisher told me about Coach Freeman. "I was so fortunate to have such good mentors like Ralph Wedd and Bill Freeman. I've been quail hunting with Bill Freeman many times. He could still outwalk me. Great energy."
Mel Lisher Jr. expressed gratitude to Coach Freeman for getting his brother involved in coaching right away after Bob's sixth knee surgery ended his career. He said he thinks Freeman was thinking that being involved in the game as a coach would help his brother get over the disappointment of not being able to play anymore.
I tend to wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. for a quick break, and through the years, when I do, if I've made a mistake or an omission in a story, it pops into my head. Bill Freeman popped into my head in the middle of last night. When I was covering baseball, a couple of times I realized I forgot that meaningless ninth-inning run. The copy editors always caught that and put the right score in my story. A few other times, I had the wrong day. On one long, hot August road trip, three consecutive nights were Wednesday.
Thanks again for bringing attention to Coach Freeman, Otto. Come say hello if you're at the game tonight. I'll try to get the score and the day right. It is Friday, right? -- Tom
I say we give you a pass on this. If I'm not mistaken, you have covered high school football, KU football and KU basketball this week. And that involved a TON of travel.
I think you write great articles! Keep them coming!
Good Luck Coach Lisher and Firebirds!
this is probably the best article i've seen in the journal world in years, nice work mr. keegan
Thanks, Beatnik. Maynard G. Krebs was one of my all-time favorite TV characters. Like, know what I mean? -- Tom
Great article about a great guy and coach from an outstanding family in the community! The youth of Lawrence have been blessed to have been influenced by this coach's wisdom and integrity. Go Firebirds -- ALL the way!
Coach, just a little deja vue but you had a team this good in 2007...and against the same school, SM West....don't get out-coached in the second half like you did back then....and if you think SM West is tough, ( if you get past them ), the Hutch team will be the toughest team you will have ever faced!
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