Lessons From the Hardwood

Posted: March 2, 2012 by Kodi in Other

We all learn a lot from high school and here are some lessons from the hardwood including this kid dropping 71!

A huge blowout victory is normally praised but not when your coach is lacking self-confidence

Then there’s the problem of dealing with spectators of the sport, like Richard Querna

In high school gymnasiums across the country the future stars of the hardwood are winding up their regular seasons in preparation for their state tournaments. There are many awards and accolades to be dished out and the kids are able to look back onto their seasons and relive some great moments and incredible games. Most often these basketball games go unnoticed by most of the general public but there are those extreme cases that people like me are incapable of containing their emotions. One thing that I can never truly understand is the incredible scrutiny that teams go through when they are on the winning side of an explosive blowout.

In late January the Christian Heritage women’s high school basketball team played West Ridge Academy and went through condemnation from many residents in Utah for their 108-3 victory. The team averaged two baskets every minute for the entire game and were incredibly consistent scoring 28 points in the first, second and third quarters and a game low 24 in the fourth. Christian Heritage Crusaders head coach Rob McGill played his starters for most of the game but said he did so because only 9 girls were available for both the junior varsity and varsity games. He did say later that his team didn’t implement a full court defense and that “I’ve been on the other side of this equation, it was very insulting when teams slowed the ball down and just passed it around.”

It seems like McGill has been haunted by that shellacking and was waiting for the opportunity to gain some redemption in his girl’s high school basketball coaching career. In his interviews it seems as if the guy has a mouthful of shit grinning from ear to ear saying things like “I didn’t want to taunt them, I didn’t want to embarrass them, I didn’t want them to think we could do whatever we want.” Because scoring 108 points and holding your opponent to 3 measly points isn’t taunting, embarrassing, nor showing the other team you can do whatever you please. “Too many people in the world right now allow the youth to not be as good as they can be” McGill boasted “I’m giving them an opportunity to live  to the best of their abilities and be proud of what they’re able to accomplish. If that’s what I’m being blamed for, then OK, I accept it.”

I’m pretty sure that McGill is only thinking about the situation from his team’s perspective but what about the opportunity and pride of the other team? Fuck ‘em, it’s a good lesson that everything won’t be handed to them on a silver spoon and that even though they go to a private high school that they can still find themselves holding the short end of a stick. Rob McGill is a douche bag and could have handled the situation a little better but clearly he had something to prove and there is nothing that boosts a guy’s confidence like trouncing another women’s high school basketball team on the court. It’s too bad he didn’t handle it like West Ridge’s captain Carli Perkins who said “sometimes the score doesn’t show everything. . . .It’s really important to have sportsmanship. It makes basketball fun.” And that ladies and gentlemen is how a teenage girl show’s she has more class than a middle aged man.

Anders Broman, a junior basketball player at Lakeview Christian Academy in northeastern Minnesota, scored 71 points on his own during a game in late February against Melrose. Broman scored 24 points in the first half and his team was down 16 but he scored 47 points in the second half and overtime but his team lost 114-110. “I started feeling it” Broman said “it felt like everything I shot would go in. I love when those days happen.” Anders plays with his freshman PG Bjorn who had 14 assists that night, most of them to his older brother. “I see him all the time so I know how good he can shoot, but today he was lights out” Bjorn told reporters. Anders was 8-13 from 3 point range, 13-14 from the free throw line and shot 67% from the field.

His 71 points was the 2nd most in Minnesota state basketball history, 19 behind Cash Eggleston’s 90 set in 2005 while he was playing for Minnesota Transitions high school. In the end his 71 points didn’t matter because his team lost and even though more recruiters will be requesting his tapes Anders wasn’t pleased saying “it was a bittersweet game.”  The young man averages more than 45 points a game so his big game came as no surprise to his head coach who told reporters “in this [game], we needed every point he could put on the board, plus another few.” Nothing like a worthless head coach who just allows his star player to run this offense at his own will to throw the kid under the bus in probably the only interview he has ever done. Basically the guy was saying that “71 was good, but 76, 76 would have been great.”

Luckily for Anders and his little brother Bjorn they weren’t born as females otherwise they would most definitely have been targeted by class 5 creeper Richard Querna. Querna was detained and questioned by police after a parent noticed him filming the same female basketball player and continuously zooming in on her. The parent who noticed informed the players father and the two men cornered Querna to ask him what was going on. According to the two men Querna “got real nervous and tried to leave.” If you were a peder-ass that was filming some dude’s daughter and he caught you, I’m pretty sure you would want out of that situation immediately. As Querna attempted to squirm his way out of a sticky situation the group of men were met by the school’s athletic director Ken Essay.

The girl’s parents explained their allegation to Essay and Querna agreed to turn the camcorder over so that he could review the tapes footage. That was Querna’s first mistake. It didn’t take long for Essay to find Querna naked in an office chair, stroking his nipple with one hand and his penis with the other while screaming girl player’s names while appearing to be watching basketball footage. Obviously the next step was for Essay to call the police, which he did, and when Querna was picked up he committed his second mistake. He tried to lie about why he was at the game with a video camera. He told police he was just running errands and decided to stop by, later admitting he came for a different girls basketball game, eventually admitting that he does a lot of recording and especially liked watching girls’ basketball games.

What is even crazier is that the Mankato police department was unable to come up with any crime that Querna had broken and let him return home. Querna admitted to the police that he “likes to film the ones with talent” but exactly what kind of talent he was talking about is unknown. Some of these girls were as young as 14 but still no arrest was made. Querna promised he “would never do it again” but how many pedophiles have said that before? Essay contacted Querna after discussing what punishment he was capable of enforcing under his legal parameters and said he was being kept from all Mankato school, suggesting that Querna should “stay away from all schools permanently.” Essay finished that statement by saying “or at a minimum until [Querna] can get some help” leaving the opportunity of watching girls basketball games open in the future. Ridiculous.

I’m positive it wouldn’t have taken Querna long to learn about Kathleen Mulvey and commit to making a road trip to se the star basketball player from Illinois. Mulvey is a former stand out player for Carl Sandburg high school in Orlando Park but she was forced to transfer after constantly being bullied by her teammates. She transferred to East Coast school where a counselor diagnosed her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mulvey was verbally and physically abused, her attackers went as far as pushing her down during a rebounding drill. Mulvey tore a ligament and missed an extensive amount of time from the court. Mulvey’s family is so upset that they have filed a half a million dollar lawsuit against Kathleen’s former head coach and the school district.

“The coach knew it was going on. He saw it on a daily basis, he heard it” Kathleen’s mother explained. “The bottom line is the evil of inaction. The adults knew about it and they just wouldn’t step in and stop it.” The family moved Kathleen to a private school in Connecticut which cost the family $50,000 a year but the Mulvey family was sick of it. “Officials did nothing to stop the bullying. After three years, some half-hearted effort was made to stop the bullying (after she suffered a physical injury), but the school personnel seemed to work against the efforts to stop the bullying.” This is something that has taken place since high school had been around but it seems that our children are incapable of standing up for themselves.

I am in no way condoning bullying because I know that it is absolute bullshit, but it seems that all too often a vulnerable kid is taken advantage of. Mulvey tried to led her game do the talking but it was the Sandburg mean girls that won the game. I think that there does need to be more of a collective effort by schools to curb bullying but I also think that we need to empower those who are targeted and that’s why I side with the Mulvey’s in their law suit. All that needed to happen was some adult figure to step in and stop the bullshit between the dram filled teenage teammates. Nothing happened and the responsibility will always be placed on the adults in the situation first and in this case they failed Kathleen, so they gotta pay the chick. I’m guessing $500,000 is a pretty damn good WNBA contract and Kathleen Mulvey isn’t even out of high school yet.



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