This one is ugly.
It started with a common sight, your usual pushing and shoving after a play. But then the players from the Florida high-school teams of Miramar and Flanagan started throwing punches, kicks and even their helmets, and this became an incident high schools around the country are talking about. Here’s the video from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
The brawl came with five minutes left in the the third quarter, and believe it or not, they’re going to try and finish this one. Someone thinks putting these two teams together again is a good idea. But then again, many of these players might not be around when the teams meet again. The 58 players suspended will miss between one and six weeks, according to this report. Imagine that, missing 29 players for a game.
A South Florida columnist had this to say about the incident. It ends with these two paragraphs:
At Dillard High, the football team does a drill that sadly needs to become as standard as tackling and kickoff returns. A mock fight breaks out on the field. Players are checked for staying on the sideline. Designated coaches assure peace is kept.
If only two teams had each others’ backs like that.
Feel free to discuss your feelings on the punishment, but I’m more interested in the crime. The columnist gave one suggestion as to how we can stop fights from breaking out. What other ways can we keep competition from turning into aggression?
Volleyball note: here’s the link to the most recent state volleyball rankings.
1. Kayley Page, Eastlake, volleyball. Five kills, 10 digs, 21 assists. Page does it all in important sweep of Garfield.
2. Janssen Todd, Woodinville, boys golf. Shot a 2-under 32 at Echo Falls golf course.
3. Haley Bustad, Lakewood, girls socccer. Scored both goals in 2-0 victory against King’s.
Tonight’s top games
1. Monroe at Kamiak, volleyball, 7 p.m. Pair of 7-1 WesCo teams square off.
2. Inglemoor at Redmond, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. Redmond is protecting a one-game lead in the KingCo 4A Mountain division.
3. Eastlake at Roosevelt, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. In case you haven’t noticed, the Wolves are undefeated and leading KingCo 4A.