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Lisher does it again.....it involves a different mind set when it comes to big games like this....Lisher just doesn't have it....he had a super talented team in 2006; several D1 players, and many who went to smaller schools...this team was almost as talented, yet falter in those important games...Free State fans, come out and watch this Hutch team demolish SM West...then let's petition the powers to be at Free State to hire their coach!
First. The head coach at Hutch is originally from Victoria, KS. I know him and his family personally. He isn't going anywhere. He'd prefer being closer to his family. Second. Lisher is an excellent coach. If you know anything about football you would understand this. Third. When Lisher decides to retire who do you think the next coach will be? This is Kansas high school football, not Texas. It's not like coaches are lining up for jobs that pay an extra 3000 to 6000 a year, maybe a little more at a place like Hutch or Gardner.
"In short, either bring even more attention to detail, greater desire and focus..." Seriously? Would Mr. Keegan ever print this about a LHS loss, playoff or regular season. Free State had a great year, and an ugly loss to end it. But that loss had nothing to do with the coaches or players lack of attention to detail, lack of desire or lack of focus. I would submit, the FS coaches spend exponentially more attention to detail at their profession than any of us. Furthermore, it's laughable to suggest our players lacked desire, if you knew how much blood, sweat and tears they put into this program.
Finally, "it’s possible the Firebirds experienced a letdown without even knowing it....", because LHS lost the week before. Really? Free State did not lose this Friday because LHS lost the week before. Spare us with your psyco-babble drivel.
Thank you Free State coaches and players for a special season. Best of luck in the future to everyone involved with the program.
I agree with McFarland all the way. These kids worked their butts off to get further than any of the KC, Lawrence or Sunflower league sports writers thought they would at the beginning of the season. To suggest they would even care about LHS is just ridiculous. Free State football has the best program of any sport at any school in Kansas. If the LJ World sports writers cant recognize this then maybe they need to start doing the 3:00AM farm report. Thank you Free State Coaches and especially Coach Lisher. Also a huge thanks to the Seniors. They took on the role of leaders to perfection and it was an honor watching you. Cant wait for the day when the LJ World recognizes what a great program there is on the NW side of town.
I thought this was a good article. The LHS reference was terrible. haha I can see how that pops into your brain as interesting but you really need to real that one back in. My son does play on the Free State team and I've been to ever game. Friday night I did feel like we as a whole team made some crucial mistakes. That's part of the game. I do believe we didn't respond well after being hit in the mouth like we have before and that was unfortunate. There is a lot to learn from that game for everyone in both football and life. Now is the time for the Firebirds to truthfully evaluate what they did right and where they need to get better. Write it down now and remember the feeling. Tom is right, the Jr class has plenty of talent, but if they don't pay attention to detail and realize the focus and practice tempo it takes week in and week out to make the state run, they could be reliving this feeling all over again. FreeStateFan your comments are obviously personal. I think Coach Lisher is a good enough coach to know there are places he too can get better, there is room for improvement for everyone. But I have never seen him miss a block,miss a tackle,drop a pass, throw the ball bad etc. The blame isn't all his. So if you don't like OUR coach drop the "FreeStateFan" name and call yourself something else. We got a coach and we aren't looking for another one. We will get better go back to work. We will challenge our present Jr's leadership to demand more focus and toughness to achieve our fight for a state championship.We appreciate our Senior class for the direction they took our team. Free State Football
COM..I don't disagree with most of your post. This should serve as a great life lesson for all involved. To copesis1 point, I also believe FS is fortunate to have the football coaches that we have. Coach Lisher and his staff consistantly end the season ranked higher than preseason polls.
I still stand by my original points. 1) I don't believe Mr. Keegan writes the same article about LHS. 2) FS didn't lose because LHS lost the week before. Complete Hogwash.
Moving forward, FS Football is in good hands next year with a very talented SR class coming in and Coach Lisher et al coaching and leading them along the way.
Finally, thanks to everyone involved in making this one of the most enjoyable seasons ever from a parent/fan perspective. Seniors...its been a true pleasure watching you all over the years. Couldn't be more proud of all of you. Thank you.
I'm pretty sure Keegan didnt mean that FS lost because LHS "lost the week before". I think his point was that in his mind, the kids were looking so forward to a remach that it may have been a letdown. Who knows, that definately could be the case, it happens all the time at bigger programs than these.
Keegs has been phoning it in for some time now. I have seen him briefly show up to games/matches....talk to a coach, then write an article as though he was there 30 mins before to 30 mins after the game. In all fairness though, I do think he writes the same article about LHS had they been in that situation. It was an upset with the higher seeded team playing uncharacteristicly poor. That was a lay me down for O'le Keegs. Bik is right...the Juniors need to shore things up and get to work. FS will be OK.
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