High School Sports

High School Sports

Free State boys earn scrappy victory

December 12, 2010


— Nothing was going right for Free State High’s boys basketball team.

Lansing was executing its game plan to perfection, getting the close whistles, and FSHS senior standout Eric Watson was on the bench after a collision under the basket.

No problem.

Propelled by a late surge, the Firebirds (3-0) escaped with a 63-54 victory over the Lions on Saturday night at Lansing High.

“We needed a tough game,” FSHS coach Chuck Law said. “That was great for us. That was probably the best kind of win we could have had tonight.”

Junior Brett Frantz led the Firebirds with 18 points, senior Alec Heline added 17 points, and Watson chipped in 11, but the game was decided after the Firebirds went on a 16-7 run in the final three minutes.

“Things weren’t going our way,” said Frantz, who scored six of his 18 points in the deciding fourth-quarter stretch. “But we just came together, and we did it. We finished it.”


bballwizard 7 years, 5 months ago

Frantz leading scorere. Need I say more.

Clickker 7 years, 5 months ago

who was the leading scorer in the JV game?

Kids name rhymes with "Pack"

bballwizard 7 years, 5 months ago

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Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 5 months ago

Fiirst, you do realize that Brett's dad is one of the assistant coaches don't you? You think there wouldn't be a little bit of pull there if either the dad or Brett was worried about starting? You see, if the minutes are there, it really doesn't matter if you are starting or not. Just give 'em their court time and touches.

Secondly, are you aware that Ian has been injured? I'm sure he'll start to get more playing time once he is back in shape.

Finally, I've talked with several of the guys on the team and to a man they talk about how hard Hack works in practice. None of them were surprised he made the team. Quite the opposite, they are happy to have him on the team.

hail2oldku 7 years, 5 months ago

Not to mention wizard, that best player does not always equate to most points.

For many coaches, if you don't play defense you aren't going to play much. If you don't set the screens, make the smart extra pass, or rebound the ball you won't play.

Get over yourself wiz. You are starting to give a whole new meaning to "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain". Which in this case is an anonymous poster on a local fish-wrap's message board.

Clickker 7 years, 5 months ago

no, its free speech, he shouldnt be banned. Just dont read if you dont like his posts

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 5 months ago

LOL. Someone doesn't think so Kenny. Looks like the wizard had another post removed.

I think he/she have had as many posts removed as post allowed to stay.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 5 months ago

Apparently the wizard has been tied up by the flying monkeys since he/she hasn't refuted what Maria or hail added.

bballwizard 7 years, 5 months ago

Okay your right Coach self will play one of the walk ons over the Morris Twins because they set screens, play D and they a good teammate. You play the best talent not the kid who has no talent if you want to win. You figure out how to reach the kid who has more talent in his little pinky then player X has in his whole body. But the Free State coaches are inept and they can not evaluate talent. Really do any of you go to the games. Did you go to the games last year when against SM South FreeState scored zero points in a quarter, not one but zero points in a state playoff game. The LHS coach is a much better evaluator of talent and I bet you LHS and KJ will beat FreeState both games this year. Oh wait shawn nighton will shut down KJ. Not

hail2oldku 7 years, 5 months ago

Way to try and twist the logic there wiz. Fail on that attempt to by the way.

As I recall, Frantz not Knighton played in that SMS state playoff game. And KJ is good, but he's not the best player on the LHS team. He's not even the second best, but wtf you're the wizard so you know what you're talking about lmfao.

bballwizard 7 years, 5 months ago

Okay Hail2oldku, so if you are saying the KJ is the 3rd best player on the team you should start blogging about checkers or poker. Hes 6'4" and can dunk two handed, he can drive it to the rim, he can shoot the 3 and he has a mid range game. he scored almost half of their points last game and your are saying hes a scrub??? Okay you win I wont blog anymore because obviously KJ does not have the gene pool to be a good player. Hes Dad did not play in the NBA for 7 years, maybe his dad was he milkman

hail2oldku 7 years, 5 months ago

Reading comprehension challenged also I see. I never said KJ was a scrub. Just that he's not the first or second best player on the LHS team.

Given your logic, Evan is the best player on the FS team given his gene pool. HIS daddy played in the league longer than KJ's and he WAS the best player on the team that Kevin Jr's daddy was a member.

Your biggest problem is you equate scoring with being the best player. WHO was the best player on the 2008 National Championship team? (trick question because it all depends on what hole you need to fill) There can be arguments made for six or seven different players depending on what you are looking for as a PLAYER, but all of those guys gave up the opportunity to score more in order to WIN more.

Not to mention, you still haven't refuted anything posted by Maria that blows your improper rantings about specific HIGH SCHOOL kids out of the water.

bballwizard 7 years, 5 months ago

valid point, I was possibly out of line with some of my comments. I can tell you are passionate about your position and I respect that even though I disagree with you. Have a good day.

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