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Old 01-23-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default TX HS girls basketball team seeks to forfeit 100-0 win

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DALLAS -- A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse.

Now officials from The Covenant School say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

"It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened," Kyle Queal, the head of the school, said in a statement, adding the forfeit was requested because "a victory without honor is a great loss."

The private Christian school defeated Dallas Academy last week. Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime.

A parent who attended the game told The Associated Press that Covenant continued to make 3-pointers -- even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.

"I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off."

Dallas Academy coach Jeremy Civello told The Dallas Morning News that the game turned into a "layup drill," with the opposing team's guards waiting to steal the ball and drive to the basket. Covenant scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and "finally eased up when they got to 100 with about four minutes left," he said.

Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Both schools are members of this association, which oversees private school athletics in Texas.

"On a personal note, I told the coach of the losing team how much I admire their girls for continuing to compete against all odds," Burleson said. "They showed much more character than the coach that allowed that score to get out of hand. It's up to the coach to control the outcome."

In the statement on the Covenant Web site, Queal said the game "does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community."

Covenant coach Micah Grimes did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Queal said school officials met with Dallas Academy officials to apologize and praised "each member of the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team for their strength, composure and fortitude in a game in which they clearly emerged the winner."

Civello said he appreciated the gesture and has accepted the apology "with no ill feelings."

At a shootaround Thursday, several Dallas Academy players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity. They also said they are excited about some of the attention they are receiving from the loss, including an invitation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to see an NBA game from his suite.

"Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing," said Shelby Hyatt, a freshman on the team. "Keep trying, and it's going to be OK."

Peloza said the coach and other parents praised the Dallas Academy girls afterward for limiting Covenant to 12 points in the fourth quarter. She added that neither her daughter nor her teammates seemed to dwell on the loss.

"Somewhere during that game they got caught up in the moment," Peloza said of the Covenant players, fans and coaches. "Our girls just moved on. That's the happy part of the story."
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So Basically they want to punish the team for playing hard all game long??? Wow.
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So Basically they want to punish the team for playing hard all game long??? Wow.
It's the winning coach that is looking to forfeit the game, not the losers.

It seems the losing coaches and players did what good sportsman do. They continued to play until the final whistle.
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It's the winning coach that is looking to forfeit the game, not the losers.

It seems the losing coaches and players did what good sportsman do. They continued to play until the final whistle.
No, I'm stating the winners doing that. They did what they had to do, the other team didn't.
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I love this story. It is teaching class along with competition.

Someone send this story the Belicheck.
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I don't understand? Why would the winning team request the forfeit when they were the one shooting three's in the 4th quarter? What kind of message does this send to young athletes? That when they totally give up and don't try at all, we will reward you with a pity win? Lowering test scores needed to pass, now forfeiting because we beat you too badly. Our educational system is FUBAR!
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I don't understand? Why would the winning team request the forfeit when they were the one shooting three's in the 4th quarter? What kind of message does this send to young athletes? That when they totally give up and don't try at all, we will reward you with a pity win? Lowering test scores needed to pass, now forfeiting because we beat you too badly. Our educational system is FUBAR!
No, it teaches class.

When we are up by 70 points. You don't keep hitting threes and putting out a FULL COURT PRESS.

You play a traditional, half court game. You eat up the clock on offense with passes, and then shoot from within the arc to only put up two points. It is about having respect for those whom you play against. It is about showing class to the opponents in victory-- This is the EXACT same thing as Booing President Bush when he was at President Obama's inauguration.

At least there are some people who recognize that.

This isn't about hitting too hard. This ISNT about failing test scores. This is about a recreational sport, against KIDS who have social, developmental, or learning dysfunctions.
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Yeah I understand that Preacher, but why run up the score, run the press, shoot 3's late into the 4th quarter with your starters, and then after the fact decide it wasn't sportsman-like? If they wanted to show good sportsmanship that should have happened during the game, not by requesting a forfeit after the fact. To me this just magnifies their poor sportsmanship during the game. The coach should have had back ups in by the 2nd half that don't normally get to play. But the coach didn't do that. Instead opting to continue to run up the score. This was pathetic all the way around.
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Yeah I understand that Preacher, but why run up the score, run the press, shoot 3's late into the 4th quarter with your starters, and then after the fact decide it wasn't sportsman-like? If they wanted to show good sportsmanship that should have happened during the game, not by requesting a forfeit after the fact. To me this just magnifies their poor sportsmanship during the game. The coach should have had back ups in by the 2nd half that don't normally get to play. But the coach didn't do that. Instead opting to continue to run up the score. This was pathetic all the way around.
Ahh... Sorry, I didn't get your point.


Notice, it was the administration of the school that is seeking the forfeit. I think it is somewhat a slap in the face of the coach.

And you are exactly right. They shouldn't have ran up the score. I think that is why teh administration stepped in. Of course, if any of them were there at the game, they should have pulled the coach aside DURING THE GAME.

Somehow, i think they weren't, and only found out about it afterwards.
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If they had some back ups in there and made it 100-0 then they shouldn't have anything to apoligize about. What are you supposed to tell your team as a coach "Ok everyone, great game but let them score some points and don't play so hard!"? I bet every girl on the losing side of that game shows up to practice and is motivated like never before. It's what pushes us to make ourselves better.
No, like I said. You stop shooting threes and chew the clock up. You DONT play the press.

I have been on both sides of that kind of score playing hockey. It isn't fun.
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