Letters to the Editor

Firebird fan

June 22, 2008


To the editor:

As a baseball fanatic, I would like to express my gratitude to Free State High School baseball coach Mike Hill and his staff. They have developed a baseball program with class, and players with grace and poise. And for the last three years, the Free State Firebirds have been the best high school team in Kansas baseball. Hill and company became the standard of baseball excellence. The Firebirds were the team everyone feared. They were the team to beat. Players who beat the Firebirds will remember it as a great achievement for years to come.

I would also like to thank the players. They are truly great players, who made watching their games a genuine pleasure. Baseball, the way they played it most of the time, was a thing of great beauty. I will fondly remember these last three years for the rest of my life. So will many others.

Todd Wilson,


cato_the_elder 9 years, 11 months ago

While I would heartily agree that Coach Hill is an outstanding baseball coach, it's a bit of a stretch to say that his team has been the best high school team in Kansas baseball for the last three years when Lawrence High School has beaten them in the state playoffs the last two years in a row.

Lawrenceiscrooked 9 years, 11 months ago

I am sick and tired of people praising Mike Hill. Its obvious you have never witnessed how he treats YOUR kids. Hes abusive and degrates the kids every chance he gets. Not only does he NOT deserve any awards, he deserves to be fired, This man has no right being around kids. He is a disgrace to the public school system. Why do you think so many talented kids have dropped out of baseball at freestate? They refuse to play for this man. I have heard many horror stories from parents of players and it shocks me he can even put 9 players on the field. He actually told a 16 year old kid after making a mistake that he would never play in Lawrence again if he made that mistake again. This is no way to motivate. It is however a way to dictate.Mike Hill thiks his S^%T doesnt stink, and until someone steps up and takes him on it will continue this way. Your kids deseve so much better than this. If my kids played baseball they would NEVER play for this man. NEVER!

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