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    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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    Fire the other coach.

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    What's to forfeit? One team was better than the other one. Now, you have to feel guilty when you win fair and square?

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    ^^Yup, it's that mentality that no kid should lose.
    We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings...so let's forfeit or better yet make it a tie!
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    Back when I was playing sports in school, yeah, the coach would have us back off a bit if we were winning by an insurmountable margin. But that doesn't mean they should forfeit a win that they earned. Talk about extremes.
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    They shouldn't forfeit, they won fairly and thats like rubbing salt in a wound.

    But you should NEVER run up the score like this in a competitive match, thats just ridiculous and poor sportsmanship. When you are so far ahead, focus on playing a good game and don't worry about scoring any more points. Thats something I do blame the coach for.
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    They've fired the coach of the winning team.


    Covenant coach who beat Dallas Academy 100-0 is fired

    06:04 AM CST on Monday, January 26, 2009

    By BARRY HORN / The Dallas Morning News
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    The Covenant School fired its girls basketball coach Sunday, the same day he posted a message on a youth basketball Web site saying he disagreed with school officials who had publicly apologized for the team's 100-0 victory over Dallas Academy.

    In reporting the firing, Kyle Queal, Covenant's head of school, emphasized that former coach Micah Grimes "now only represents himself" when discussing the game, which has become a national talking point. Queal said he could not say whether the firing was a direct result of the posting and declined to answer any questions.
    In a statement posted Sunday on Flight Basketball Academy :: Individual & Group Basketball Instruction :: Dallas, Texas, Grimes offered his first public comment since the story was first reported.

    "I respectfully disagree with the apology, especially the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel 'embarrassed' or 'ashamed,' " part of the post says. "We played the game as it was meant to be played and would not intentionally run up the score on any opponent. Although a wide-margin victory is never evidence of compassion, my girls played with honor and integrity and showed respect to Dallas Academy."

    Grimes also included the quarter-by-quarter scoring on his post: 35, 24, 29, 12.

    At the end of his post on the Web site, which identifies him as co-founder of Flight Basketball, Grimes wrote, "So if I lose my job over these statements, I will walk away with my integrity."

    Grimes did not teach or work at The Covenant School. He was in his fourth season as girls basketball coach, having built the program from a 2-19 record his first season to a state championship contender last season. Covenant, which plays larger out-of-district schools, is 6-3 this season and undefeated in its Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools district. It has informed TAPPS headquarters that it has chosen to forfeit the Dallas Academy game.

    Grimes responded briefly to an e-mail request for an interview, indicating that he might speak at a future date.

    On Thursday, Covenant posted a statement on its Web site that said it "regrets ... the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition." It was signed by Queal and Todd Doshier, chairman of the school's board of trustees.

    That was also the day the national spotlight began focusing on the game, following a report in The Dallas Morning News on the 100-point shutout on Jan. 13.
    Dallas Academy coaches and administrators say Covenant kept the pressure on until it reached 100 points midway through the fourth quarter.

    Until Sunday, Grimes hadn't made any public comments since he e-mailed The News on Wednesday night. In that e-mail, which was also sent to Queal and athletic director Brice Helton, Grimes called scoring 100 points "unfortunate."

    "It just happened," he wrote. "Please know Covenant intended no harm against them. I see this as a real learning opportunity, so we can prevent this from happening in the future."

    Grimes said in his Sunday post that his team stopped applying full-court defensive pressure after the score reached 25-0 three minutes into the game, then dropped into a relatively benign zone defense and began resting its starters in favor of its three bench players.

    Dallas Academy coach Andrew Lott agreed that Covenant stopped pressing at that point but returned with an alternate press later in the game.
    "I am 100 percent sure," said Lott, who estimated that his team was able to take seven shots all game.

    Dallas Academy, renowned for its work with students who have learning disabilities, is winless this season and has not won a game in at least four seasons.
    "He's entitled to his opinion," Lott said of Grimes' assessment of the game. "If you ask 10 people about it, you might get 10 different answers."

    Lott said his team did not videotape the game, hosted by Covenant, but he is certain Covenant did.

    "Maybe we could look at the tape," Lott said.

    Cheryl Bugg, whose daughter is one of Covenant's top players, said she didn't want to talk about the firing.

    She said the parents of the team's eight players met with school officials Saturday and outlined three goals for the program:
    "We want to represent Christ with the highest respect, we don't want to humiliate anyone ever and we want our students to be enthusiastic in everything they do."

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    Organized religion vs, Organized sports....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    Fire the other coach.
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    This whole thing probably started because the parents of the losing team bitched and moaned. Maybe if their kids had some athletic ability they wouldn't have gotten spanked 100-0.

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    "We want to represent Christ with the highest respect, we don't want to humiliate anyone ever and we want our students to be enthusiastic in everything they do."

    Sounds like they were enthusiastically playing basketball.

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    I say it would have been more insulting to play the worst players and throw the game. I assume the other team was playing their best,why a double standard? But that coach is gone. Everyone seems evenly split on the decision to forfit,pretty much none say he should have been fired.
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    Meh, it's all about the attitude. My son plays baseball and I've been at games when our team would get a pretty good lead on our opponent and our coach would recommend ending the game at a certain time and if, for some reason the other team didn't want to, we'd have them shut off the scoreboard so that the kids didn't have to know precisely how badly they were being beaten. We still won but nobody needed to know that it was by 15 points.
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    I don't know if you all read the whole article. The losing team is from a highschool of 20 girls with learning disabilities.

    Kinda fucked up to say they have no athletic ability and got spanked. I for one don't think the winning team had to play like that.

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    Yes, the other team had dyslexia and short attention spans....come on, hardly a disadvantage .

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