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Six Free State football players named to All-Sunflower League first team

Free State's Keene Niemack (14) returns a kick for a touchdown in the first half of the Free State and Olathe Northwest game Friday in Olathe.

Free State's Keene Niemack (14) returns a kick for a touchdown in the first half of the Free State and Olathe Northwest game Friday in Olathe.

December 1, 2009


Six Free State High football players earned eight first-team berths on the All-Sunflower League team as chosen by league coaches.

Seniors Camren Torneden and Michael Lisher were double selections — Torneden at quarterback and punt returner, and Lisher on the offensive and defensive lines.

Torneden and Lisher are repeaters at quarterback and offensive line, respectively.

Other Firebirds on the first team are senior running back Kirk Resseguie, senior offensive lineman Matt Ruder, senior kick returner Keene Niemack and junior linebacker Matt Cole.

Torneden (DB), Niemack (WR) and Ruder (DL) also earned second-team berths, as did Lawrence High senior running back Tyrae Jenkins.

In leading the Firebirds to an 8-3 record, the 5-foot-7 Torneden compiled 2,211 yards of total offense. He also returned three punts for touchdowns, including a school-record 71-yarder against Leavenworth.

The 6-3, 265-pound Lisher, son of Free State coach Bob Lisher, started at center and defensive end for three seasons. And the 6-3, 215-pound Ruder started every game at offensive tackle and defensive end.

Resseguie, a 6-2, 190-pounder, led the Firebirds in rushing with 1,099 yards and in touchdowns with 17. In addition to leading the Firebirds with 23 receptions, the 5-10, 165-pound Niemack returned two kickoffs for TDs.

The 5-8, 175-pound Cole was Free State’s leading tackler with 84 stops.

Jenkins, a 5-9, 165-pound tailback, was the primary offensive weapon for the 1-8 Lions, gaining 900 yards on 201 carries and scoring eight TDs.


Kufan57 8 years, 6 months ago

I applaud Coach LIsh for his coaching and leadership during his years at Free State and hope the so called "armchair quarterbacks" will get a life!

Ltown4life 8 years, 6 months ago

FreeStateFan, first off you call yourself a fan? Do you have any idea how to coach football or do you have a son that didn't play much and you're bitter? Coach Lisher is one of the most dedicated coach's in the state of Kansas. The kids respect him and he has done a great job with the program. It's not his fault that he's rarely dealt the cards and necessary talents to defeat such adversaries who generally are stacked beyond belief and have multiple division 1 signees. Shame on you for not supporting Coach Lisher. If you truly think he or his staff don't know what they're doing, then you have no respect for the program or the players. Before you speak, please think because you have no idea who Coach Lisher is. And when you say the good coaches know how to handle a Lisher coached team....what in gods name does that mean? What classifies a good coach? Winning all of the time? hmm wow good one. Get real.

proudmom 8 years, 6 months ago

Ditto! Coach Lisher deserves nothing but respect and just because one may not agree with his coaching decisions, no one can say that he isn't there for the kids, his staff and FreeState High! Everyone knew how stacked the Olathe North team was this year and knew that that would be a very tough rematch for State. You seriously think Lisher doesn't deserve praise and support after only having 3 starting players on the offense this year and we go all the way to the game before state and battle an unstoppable team like they did!?!?!?!? Like Ltown4life says-get real! Lisher is an outstanding coach and deserves respect.

runningforlife 8 years, 6 months ago

good job coach....you have done an excellent job with all of the boys! and freestatefan...i have kept quiet for the last couple months but your posts are rediculous...when have you EVER had any coaching experience in your life? with all of the stuff you have said about coach lisher the last couple of months i would think you are an expert on coaching....youre probably just one of those people that play NCAA football all day on your PS3 and think you can coach because youre calling all the plays on the stupid game...or better yet you probably played for him and thought you were good and really you were not and still hold a grudge on him for not playing you! please stop with the dumb posts and go back to playing your NCAA games!

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