I wanted to pass along a story I came across in the Salt Lake Tribune. It’s about a Utah high-school football player named Scott LeFrandt; he was allowed to play for a school he transferred to midseason, the very next week no less.
Of course there were mitigating factors involved. His coach, Monte Morgan, physically and verbally abused him during a game after he came to the sideline.
Morgan admitted grabbing LeFrandt by the breastplate attached to his shoulder pads and screaming an obscenity at him after LeFrandt ran off the field yelling obsenities about the team’s offense.
Obviously, the coach handled the situation poorly, and was suspended as a result, but could the Utah High School Activities Association panel’s ruling set a dangerous precedent? One that allows disgruntled players to find a new setting without much trouble.
This transferring issue is also brought up in a story in The Oregonian, which compares high-school athletes to free agents.
When I was in high school, there was always some controversy around the league surrounding a transfer. And it’s an issue that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Earlier this season, Calvin Schmidtke and Watson Togialua transferred to Lakes — the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
What are your thoughts on these stories and athletes transferring in general? Is this a solvable problem? Is it a problem at all?
1. Kristin Tan, Holy Names girls golf — Tan, a sophomore, outshot Seattle Prep star Katrina Hegge, leading the Cougars to a victory over the Panthers at Jackson Park.
2. Ashleigh Pollard, Rogers volleyball — The 5-foot-11 junior starred on offense (19 kills, 4 aces) and defense (15 digs) in the Rams’ three-set win over Puyallup. It was the Vikings’ first loss of the season.
3. Bishop Blanchet girls cross country — Blanchet boasted the top six finishers (Margaux Barlag-Welling, Bridget Toulousse, Leah Swanson, Lizz Bryant, Valerie Lamb, Jaquelyn Komen) in a four-team Metro meet at Lincoln Park.
Tonight’s top games
1. Woodinville at Juanita, volleyball, 7:30 p.m. — One of these teams is getting its first KingCo 4A loss of the season.
2. Issaquah at Mount Si, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. — Is this the game Issaquah (5-0-1) finally concedes a goal?
3. Cedarcrest at King’s, girls soccer, 7 p.m. — Teams combine for a 10-2-1 record in this Cascade Conference showdown.