WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY
Who: The Freeman High School girls basketball team.
What: Playing in the 2019 State 'B' Basketball Tournament.
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7, 8 and 9.
Where: At the Huron Arena.
Why: Because the Flyers qualified by advancing through Region 5B competition and winning against Avon in the SoDak 16.
The Freeman High School girls will leave for Huron Wednesday morning, March 6, for their 1 p.m. practice that day. They will leave the junior-senior high school shortly after 9 a.m. and take the traditional homecoming parade route out of town via escort. The bus will leave the high school parking lot north on Wipf Street, head west on Seventh Street past Oakview Terrace, and turn at the Salem Home and leave town headed north on Main Street. The public is encouraged to line the streets to see them off.
SCHOOL'S OUT (NOT FOR THE SUMMER)
There will be no school at Freeman Elementary or the Freeman Junior-Senior High School Thursday and Friday.
Freeman is the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Warner early Thursday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 1:45 p.m., but it will probably be a little later. If the Flyers win they'll play the winner of No. 1 Ethan/No. 8 Waverly-South Shore at 6 p.m. on Friday. If the Flyers lose they'll play the loser of the Ethan/Waverly-South Shore game at 12 p.m. on Friday. The full bracket is here.
All Class B girls tournament games will be televsied on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. They will also be streamed online at sdpb.org. Click here for the link.
Tickets for the 2019 tournament are only available for purchase at the Huron Arena the day of the game.
In addition to the live broadcasts, the Courier is planning extensive coverage of Freeman's trip to state online. That will include updates on three social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (just search Freeman Courier) — as well as through a link you'll find at the top of this page starting Thursday morning. And, of course, there will be a recap in the March 14 print edition.
This is the Freeman girls' third trip to a state tournament. They were seventh in 2009 and sixth in 2010.