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St. Francis football team endures busy offseason

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -


Prep football teams are already in spring camp, but the St. Francis Saints are dealing with more than X's and O's.

After only one year, the team faced suspension, but has managed to fight back after months of administrative issues.

The trouble started in early February when Interscholastic League of Honolulu officials voted the team wouldn't be allowed to compete at the varsity level due to lack of players.

The decision led to the dismissal of athletics director Sol Batoon.
Recently, school officials successfully appealed the ruling and new AD Brad Hebing has plans to rebuild for long term stability.

"Our program needs to demonstrate that it's solid from making sure that all our processes are in place, we're fully represented at all the meetings with the ILH and the coaching staff," Hebing said.  "We've had some shortcomings in that and that was something that hurt us, but that won't happen again."

While the program is reinstated, it still is under a two-year probation.

One of the most major conditions is at least 30 players need to be on the roster.

Hebing expects to have 45 suiting up.
"That's the one thing I wanted to make sure we had the right numbers and from all indications, from commitment of what we have currently, what's coming back next year, our numbers are going to be solid," Hebing said.

Fielding fewer than 30 players a game,  last year's Saints finished 1-8.  

A losing record combined with a threat of suspension is part of the growing pains of a team in its infancy.

"Anytime you start a program, a first year program you are gonna pay the price the first year," Hebing said. "It's very different than a lot of other sports where you have a center and all of a sudden now you're a pretty good team. I wouldn't say that we're that far and I would say that we are going to be a good part of this league for years to come."

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