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Freeman still optimistic about fielding team

FREEMAN -- The Freeman Flyers football team, although still without a head coach, is still expected to field a team for the coming season.

Former Flyer players met with school board member Laverne Diede on Sunday afternoon to brainstorm ways to save the team, according to Freeman Superintendent and Athletic Director Don Hotchkiss.

Freeman's wrestling coach and assistant football coach Chris Sayler, who couldn't attend the meeting, said the community still believes it will have a football team for the 2014 season.

"The feeling still is that we're going to field a football team," Sayler said. "We just don't know what the numbers will be."

Sayler said the former Freeman football players who were at Sunday's meeting will try to call boys enrolled at the high school and try to convince them to go out for football. The same players had previously discussed setting up a mentor program for the 2014 season.

Hotchkiss, who also did not attend Sunday's meeting, said he wished he had more information and options for the team but said finding a head coach is the next step.

"We are still waiting until we can name a football coach," Hotchkiss said. "We are still not sure when that's going to be at this point."

A Freeman parent and player meeting is in the works to be scheduled for sometime next week but has not yet been officially set.

Freeman's first football game is scheduled against Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Freeman.