Player scores 16 goals in high school football game, raising sportsmanship concerns
KINGSLEY, Michigan – 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 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 school board, 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 being 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.
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.
There was no immediate response Tuesday to emails seeking comment from officials at Benzie’s Central School.
Kingsley’s soccer mom Shannon Schoech has suggested the school should stop playing 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.
The problem with high school oddball breakouts is not new and is certainly not exclusive to Michigan high school sports.
In 2009, the Covenant School in Texas fired its female basketball coach the same day he emailed and posted on a website he disagreed with school officials after. that they have publicly apologized for the team’s 100-0 victory over an overwhelmed Dallas Academy.
In 2013, Aledo High School beat Fort Worth Western Hills in a 91-0 blowout, which led a Western Hills parent to file a bullying complaint against Aledo’s coaching staff.