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January 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Some links and rankings

One story caught my eye recently. A girls basketball game the other day ended in a 94-1 score. Here’s how the winning coach justified the lopsided final score.

“I’ve had 100 points scored on me before, and I think it’s important to respect the game and to respect your opponent,” Frontier Academy head coach Nathan Buxman said this morning in a phone interview. “We show the most respect for our opponents by continuing to play hard.”

Obviously lopsided scores are an everyday occurrence in prep sports. Each day mismatches allow for potential blowouts, but I think there’s a reason why scores as drastic as 94-1 are so rare: it’s wrong. Continuing to play the same after leading 48-0 at halftime isn’t what high school competition is about.

“I wanted to respect effort on their part,” Buxman said of the Justice team.

I don’t buy it. Here are some other links and notes:

  • The father of a Crescent boys basketball player died of an apparent heart attack during his son’s game against Neah Bay on Wednesday.

  • An 8th grader in Hawaii gets a college scholarship offer for football before playing a down in high school.

  • Idaho has a girls basketball team that has lost every game this season, but has a winning attitude.

  • A wrestler caught in Ohio is taking a bite of his competition.

  • The NCAA has lowered its official prospect age to 7th graders in men’s college basketball. The prospect age used to be 9th grade until a vote Thursday. This is clearly a response to the age we’re in where kids are ranked, sorted and recruited at camps at younger and younger ages.

  • A fight at a prep basketball game in Michigan forced the authorities to use mace — which in turn got some people sick.

  • Time for some national boys basketball rankings, where Rainier Beach and Franklin are Washington’s representation in polls from ESPN, USA Today and Rivals.

  • The Kentwood girls are the states best in national polls. The Conquerors are 17th in the ESPN poll and 3rd in USA Today’s Super 25.

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