New coach for FMHS boys basketball

  • [photo by David Waters]

    [photo by David Waters]

By Marcy Axness, TME

The Frazier Mountain High School varsity boys basketball team was down a man, and in serious need of a replacement. The position? Coach! Due to schedule conflicts, the previous coach had to step down. On October 26, 2021, up stepped Chris Freeman.

“He’s a great coach,” FMHS Athletic Director Christy Zimmerman said of Freeman. He brings his experience of coaching (and playing) at Occidental College and Flintridge Preparatory School in L.A. County. He laughed, saying, “I did not think I’d ever end up at a school smaller than Flintridge…” but here he is at FMHS, which typically plays much larger schools.

“We’re outmatched most of the time,” Freeman said. When FMHS plays a team with 15 members, he said, they can swap out players, while “our kids get tired” with no bench for relief. But the Falcons’ great spirit counts for …(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

At the Vasquez Tournament—Back row, l-r: Jacob Tamamian, Morgan Bennet, Coach Freeman and Michael Chavez; Front row, l-r: Matthew Mechelin, Vidal Jardines, Carlos Gomez and Nigel Sawrey.

In the January 4 game against Cal City, junior forward Morgan Bennet had ‘a stand-out game,’ said Coach Freeman, scoring 28 points. ‘That’s impressive,’ his coach said.

Above: In the January 4 home game against Cal City, junior center (left) Matt Kern made a move inside, and sophomore guard (right) Carlos Gomez, whom Coach Freeman calls ‘scrappy,’ drove to the hoop.

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