SDHSAA Denies Freeman Co-op, the Status of 9-Man Football in South Dakota

Last Updated by Nate Wek on
The Mitchell Republic (2014)

The South Dakota High School Activities Association voted against a football co-op between Freeman and Canistota on Thursday during a special meeting. Had the co-op been approved, both Canistota and Freeman would have jumped to the 9AA class. Even though Canistota did NOT want to move up a class, their 'Average Daily Membership' number under a co-op with Freeman would have exceeded the terms of the 9A class.

Highmore-Harrold also requested a co-op earlier this month (with Miller) through the SDHSAA. That request was granted, which left Freeman optimistic about their future. However, it was the class jump that ultimately played a role in the decision.

From 1996-1999 Freeman was a dynasty for 9-man football in South Dakota, winning four straight 9A state championships. Today, Freeman no longer has a football team. These types of changes have left many people questioning the overall status of 9-man football in the state.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting radio reporter Gary Ellenbolt hit the road this week to examine that very status.  Click here  to see what he found...

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