Sam Phillips is a 6-foot-1 junior at Fremont-Mills who leads the Knights (7-1) in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.6). F-M will resume play after the holiday break when it hosts Stanton on Jan. 7. 

Jeremy Christiansen didn’t look like a coach who had just kept his team’s unbeaten record intact Friday. That’s because the Fremont-Mills coach was left puzzled by a number of mental miscues throughout the night, despite seeing his team hang on for what turned out to be a dramatic 30-22 victory over Eight-Man, District 8 foe Stanton.

Sam Phillips looked exhausted. His jersey was ripped, and he was dripping with sweat. It happens when you put a team on your back. Phillips was brilliant for Eight-Man No. 1 Fremont-Mills Friday against East Mills.

The past week has conjured fond memories for Penny Malcom and some of her former Fremont-Mills teammates. The former Penny Alexander was a starting sophomore guard on the 1965 Fremont-Mills girls basketball team that reached the Sweet Sixteen, the famed one-class, 6-on-6 Iowa state tournament.

Fremont-Mills (23-1) will add to its only other state trip — in 1965 — and play No. 11 Springville on Monday at 3:15 p.m. in a 1-A state quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

With the nets cut down and a majority of the home crowd still in the gym, Fremont-Mills boys coach Mike Wood shouted two words that brought everyone to a scream. “Go Knights!”

Coaches are famous for believing, even where there’s little to believe in. So here’s what Fremont-Mills coach Jeremy Christiansen had to say about his team’s chances at halftime.

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