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Published: Friday, Feb. 10 2012 10:57 p.m. MST

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JoeCoug
OREM, UT

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 lot better).

Highlandutahguy
highland, UT

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.

satch
Highland, UT

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.

Cougar Blue
N. Las Vegas, NV

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.

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

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.

Natester
Cedar Hills, UT

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 players.

Ballfan6
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

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!

Natester
Cedar Hills, UT

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??

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