I was at the Great Western Shootout and witnessed one of Lone Peak's lone losses
(to Orem HS). While I like the way LP battled, I was pretty disappointed in
their whiny attitudes and poor sportsmanship. Granted, it was limited to a few
of their players; nonetheless, I find it hard to root for guys/teams that let
their strong competitive natures bleed into technical fouls, constant complaints
and poor sportsmanship.Honestly, I was embarrassed, as well, for
Dave Rose (technical foul) and some of the fans (warning and 2 technicals) at
the St. Mary's vs. BYU game in Provo. Yes, the officiating was poor and I, too,
was unhappy about it. I'm as competitive as anyone. However, my television is
still in tact and there are no holes in our living room walls. I didn't even
yell at my wife/children. I expect more from guys who should, among anyone,
understand that decent comportment should be the hallmark of what we are all
about, and that winning isn't to be valued over setting the right example.No, I'm not perfect. Yes, I've stepped off the soap box (and I feel a
I totally agree with JoeCoug! I was at the game and saw a terrible display of
sportsmanship on the side of lone peak. To see a boy get tackled because he
drives by you, he gets fouled out, and walk over to the bench and slap it was
totally inappropriate. I had a talk on the way home with my younger kids about
what is most important in sports; sportsmanship. Yes it is good to be
competitive, but "you don't have to cry about it". The two stars for
Lone Peak, who should be role models for younger kids, just taught my children
that it is ok to cry and hit when things don't go your way. Coach Lewis is a
great coach, please coach teach these boys some restraint.I do have
to say that I was very impressed with Berry, Hansen, and Shumway. They showed
restraint and sportsmanship.
Super game played by both teams. Congratulations to AF. You played tough
defense and deserved the win. Once again, I could see both these teams in the
finals.I know WJ is very good too. I think AF is well balanced and
plays excellent defense. I hope my LP Knights can find their stroke. Emery had
a tough shooting night- I think his emotions got to him. These are high school
kids who have a competitive spirit.I watched the game on-line and
must say the AF announcers were very good.
The headline says things get crowded at the top. A well written story would
address the headline. How crowded, and amongst who, and what's up next.
Lone Peaks studs, Emery and Haws,Have watched 3 games in person, a
few other online,They really really do complain about everything
when they are being guarded. if they go to the hole they expect a foul every
time. I have seen both just lose it when something really bad is not going there
way. Case and Point Emery last night.Haws went after a kid earlier
in the season for a foul. These two goldenboys need to learn from there
brothers. Both of which were the reason people enjoyed watching LP , because
jackson never once was like this younger emery, and the older Haws is so much
more mature then his little brother. These two boys are bringing
there whinny issues to BYU. Not excited because you boys think its hard for boys
to barely touch you in high school. Well college there shoving each other the
whole game. So man up, and Grow up.Congrats to American Fork.
Agreed with the comments about there being no excuse for poor sportsmanship.
Keep in mind, however, that until parents and adult fans in the stands are
better with their abusive language and profanity laced gestures toward coaches,
refs, and even worse...toward the players - we can't expect much better out of
an upcoming generation of players. True Emery lost his cool and deserved the
technical foul. There were plenty of fans in the stands, however, who can't be
proud of how they acted toward him or the other players. These are teenaged
boys. I witnessed too many adults yelling them down in very personal ways.
Adults taunting teenagers. Coach Lewis has been called upon to handle these
boys and teach them correct principles about life. He's just the man to do it.
A.F. deserved the win. Congrats. Let's please keep in mind that the need for
better sportsmanship is as much or more for the spectators as it is for the
That was one of the best high school games I have ever seen. Intense. I was a
little shocked with the lone peak stars. I understand getting frustrated when
your shots don't fall, but it really got to them and made them lose their
composure. Obviously the Emery incident was out of control, but I was
disapointed with how the stars handled adversity. I know Coach Lewis will take
care of it, but I was a little embarrassed for them as Coach Rose was there
watching. But it was a fantastic game and atmosphere.
Using the excuse that these players lost their control because adults were
taunting them, is really lame. Everyone is accountable for their own
actions......period. At this stage in HS Emery and Haws both know better and
have nobody to blame but themselves. Time to grow up boys!
To Sports Nutz:If you believe everyone is accountable for their own
actions, doesn't that also include fans who lose control? Incidentally, it got
so bad that there were ejections from the stands - police were needed to 'keep
the peace.' The taunting was started by the fans in the stands. Not the other
way around. Nobody is arguing here that Emery, Haws, or any other players can
blame anyone for losing their cool. They, alone, need to fix that. What's
wrong, though, is that we've allowed a 'sporting activity' to deteriate so badly
that supposedly responsible adults are found singling out young student athletes
and verbally abusing them. What's wrong with this picture??