Archive for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Firebirds No. 1 in new poll; Chiefs name Lisher coach of the week

October 9, 2012, 12:34 p.m. Updated October 9, 2012, 4:09 p.m.


Free State High football coach Bob Lisher has been a part of countless victories in his years as a player, assistant coach and head coach. The Firebirds’ 28-0 win over Shawnee Mission East on Friday brought both Lisher and his program some extra recognition.

Not only will representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs be at Wednesday's FSHS practice to name Lisher the organization’s Kansas High School Coach of the Week, but the Firebirds (5-1) moved up to the No. 1 spot in Class 6A in this week’s Kansas Football Media Poll, which was released Tuesday.

Behind the Firebirds — ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history — in the top five are No. 2 Topeka (6-0), No. 3 Hutchinson (4-2), No. 4 Derby (5-1) and No. 5 Shawnee Mission East (5-1). Lawrence High (5-1), which hasn't been ranked No. 1 since the district split into two high schools in 1997, also received votes but didn’t make the top five.

Lisher has served as Free State head coach since the school’s inception, compiling a 90-68 record in that time. Now in his 16th season leading the Firebirds, Lisher played at Lawrence High and was an assistant there before taking the head coaching job at Blue Valley North, where he had a 14-14 record.

The Firebirds’ season-opening win against Olathe Northwest on Aug. 31 marked Lisher’s 100th career victory as a head coach. His career record now stands at 104-82.

Free State begins district play on Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against Kansas City, Kan., Wyandotte (5-1).


Enoughsaid 5 years, 5 months ago

Why doesn't KU hire Lisher and fire Big Head Charlie.

Homey 5 years, 5 months ago

If you believe that high school coaches don't recruit then you have not paid much attention to how talented kids on one side of 15th street have ended up on the other side of the line when they go to high school.

Rick Werner 5 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to Coach Lisher and all of his assistant coaches. What a class football program at Free State.

Clickker 5 years, 5 months ago

These guys totally deserve #1. They likely wont get challenged in district, except LHS may give them some competition for a while, but FS just too disciplined. Should make it to the finals.

kujayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

We will see. Wedd took Lisher to the woodshed last year.

fbird1 5 years, 5 months ago

kujayhawk, you must not follow the two programs. Last year Free State was down while LHS was up. Free State, because of Lisher not talent, managed to win a handful of games. Wedd also inherited a program while Lisher had to build his up.

kujayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Good theory fbird. Wasn't the LHS qb hurt for the game last year? Didn't LHS completely change their offense and run the wildcat against FSHS? Didn't Wedd make adjustments so the FSHS qb would have to try and beat LHS with his arm and not his feet? And didn't Lisher just have to keep the game close for the Firebirds to be in the playoffs, yet his pride/ego/stupidity got in the way and he waited until it was too late in the 4th quarter to to make the change he should have made in the 2nd quarter.

polopony 5 years, 5 months ago

Pride/ego/stupidity huh? Well now, that doesn't sound like the Coach Lisher I have known, loved, and respected since I was eight years old. How about this, instead of putting down Lisher, let's commend the LHS team on their talent. I know it is easy to be a critic in the stands, kujayhawk, but instead of bring people down, perhaps you can congratulate the LHS team on a great win. When you say things like "his pride/ego/stupidity got in the way" then you sir sound stupid. The boys love playing for him, that is why there are at least three south-side residents on the Free State Varsity Football roster.

FrankDrebin 5 years, 5 months ago

fbird1 perhaps you are the one that needs to follow a little closer. KuJayhawk simply said that LHS won last year, that is a fact. Not only that, they did it with a running back playing quarterback as their top 2 or 3 were injured. But that is ok, memory fails at times. The funniest part is the fact that Wedd inherited a program and Lisher had to build his. Didn't Lisher get his program from the same halls as Wedd did originally? That is what I recall happening.

FrankDrebin 5 years, 5 months ago

Lastly, it is nice that we have 2 very good teams this year. Between them, I think that one will make a lot of noise in the playoffs, possibly both. Either way, it stands to be an exciting time for HS football in Lawrence. Lets enjoy the journey. Now for that 3rd team in town...............................

MISTERTibbs 5 years, 5 months ago

fbird1 - you are really revising history now. After FS knocked off ONW last year all they had to do was play LHS close to make it into the state playoffs. Instead, they came into the game over confident and looking past Lawrence High, ended up getting their rear-ends handed to them on their home field, and got to get ready for winter sports at least a week earlier than they expected.

I don't expect Lisher will have any problems keeping their attention during district play this year though.

Congrats on the honor coach. As for rankings, they only really matter at the end of the season.

Doyle Coons 5 years, 5 months ago

Congrats to Coach Lisher! My son played for him in the past and he is a great coach, leader, and teacher to these young men.

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