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School worries about sportsmanship after new football record


KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) – A northern Michigan school board plans to send a sportsmanship protest after a football player’s record-breaking 16-goal game against a winless team.

The backlash over Kevin Hubbell’s performance continued on Monday night at a Kingsley board meeting. Members did not take a formal vote, but there was clear support for sending a letter to the Benzie Central District, the superintendent said.

Hubbell, one of Michigan’s top players, scored 16 goals in a 17-0 win over Benzie Central on September 29, setting state and national records for most goals in a high school game .

“He was shooting them like a rocket,” said Heather Bartelmay, a Kingsley school board member whose son was a goaltender for part of the game. “We went and hugged our boys. This is what was needed. Their hearts were bleeding.

Superintendent Keith Smith, who will draft the letter from the board of directors, told The Associated Press it was a “cheap move.”

“They decided to do it, and they did it,” Smith said Tuesday. “It has no place in high school athletics. … Going forward after getting punched in the face is a great lesson in life. But our football program is a nascent program. We only have so many children.

Kingsley is 0-16 and has only scored seven goals all season, according to match results posted online.

Looking back, the Benzie Central district chief said maybe the game should have been stopped immediately when the Huskies had an eight-goal lead instead of waiting until half-time and allowing more goals to go. accumulate.

Amiee Erfourth said there have been imbalanced scores in other sports in the Northwest Conference, sometimes with her school on the losing side.

“It highlighted a good learning opportunity,” said Erfourth, the superintendent. “We always strive to ensure that our students are the best student-athletes on the field and at school. But we also want to have class and sportsmanship.

Benzie Central coach Chris Batchelder told local media he knows records are possible against the struggling Stags. But in a September 30 letter to Kingsley officials, he said he had no intention of “humiliating your players or your program” and apologized for some remarks.

“He was a player who was getting hot and I got lost in the opportunity the kid had in front of him,” Batchelder said.

Kingsley’s soccer mom Shannon Schoech has suggested the school should stop playing at Benzie Central in any sport this year.

“As parents, we want to be able to tell our boys that not only did their parents and loved ones stand up for them, but their entire community did too,” Schoech told the school board.