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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Imac football slate continues as planned, school considered eight-man

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  • The Immaculata High School Raiders football team began practice Monday, following uncertainty surrounding the program last week.
    First-year Imac coach Fred Elliot said the team's future was never questioned as the beginning of fall practice loomed.
    "We're going to have a team," Elliot said. "We were going to have a team the whole time, it was just a matter of if we were going to play eight-man or 11-man."
    The school has 15 players on its current roster, and has elected to continue with its 11-man football season as planned.
    Elliott is also a driver's education instructor at Shawnee Mission East High School, and is not a resident of Leavenworth or the immediate surrounding communities.
    He said he didn't pay much attention to local rumors about his program.
    "Being that I live in a different town, I don't hear very much, like nothing," Elliot said. "I was immune to any rumors or anything. I was amused with it. ... I've heard some people asking ... and I'd say, 'I really don't know what you're talking about.'"
    When asked last week, Athletic Director Bronson Schaake said a decision regarding the football team's near future was going to be made Thursday night during an Immaculata athletics meeting.
    Schaake could not be reached for comment for this story.
    Elliot said last week's meeting did not pertain to the football team, but was a standard athletics meeting that takes place before every school year begins.
    With questions now answered, and as the season approaches, the shorthanded 2014 Raiders practiced in Monday's heat at Abeles Field.
    "It went fine," Elliot said. "We have a few players that need to finish their paperwork, you know, physicals and stuff. But, we had practice, we had about 14 kids out there (Monday)."

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