Somewhere James Naismith is rolling in his grave. If you're a fan of basketball, this video -- found by our boy A. Isaac at Guyism last week while we were taking a chill pill from the Internet -- will infuriate you. It's from a game between Washington state's Connell and Highland high schools and some of the worst officiating and dirtiest basketball playing you'll ever watch. Just keep your eyes on big guys wearing number 34 and 42 in the white and gold.
Those blatantly flagrant fouls/thuggery are being thrown by two players by the name of Cole Vanderbilt and Kennan VanHollebeke. A local news station recently filed a report on the video, which is understandably causing some community outcry. Here's what you need to know:
Michael Christenson says several players on Connell's team committed multiple blatant, flagrant fouls - and the refs didn't hold them accountable. School district administrators in Connell say what happened isn't out of the ordinary.
Christenson posted the video on YouTube so people could be are aware of the game, with hopes that this type of behavior could stop before
somebody gets hurt. In an email sent to us today, Christenson wrote: "I am happy that this video is getting a lot of attention, because I think the officiating in some of these high school games is appalling, and this video is getting people to talk about it. I also believe that if the video didn't contain any flagrant/controversial fouls--it never would have become popular, so that gives the video some credibility. I hope the WIAA will make some changes after seeing my video. The type of fouls that occurred in the Highland / Connell game cannot be allowed to continue, because someone will suffer a serious injury."
But school administrators say this video isn't a fair representation of the game, the players or the team.
"My feeling is I bet you could go to 90% of any sporting event that has contact like basketball, football, whatever. You could probably go through any person's game film and pull these same or similar incidents out. This just happened to be a person did that and posted it online" said Steve Frucci, athletic director of the North Franklin School District. The commissioner of the Washington Officials Association, Todd Stordahl, says he is aware of the video and it is being reviewed, along with the rest of the game not shown on the YouTube video.
This isn't what hoops are about. Shameful.