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sweetie

Reeds Spring, MO

#1 Nov 11, 2008
I heard some disturbing news. I heard that a girl was not put on a high school team because a board member told a coach not to put her on it. I always thought better of our HS coaches. Could this be true?
Could Be

Buffalo, MO

#2 Nov 12, 2008
This very well could be true. Who was the board member? What team was it? R-7 is quite a political commodity. It's very one way, and it's the Baptist way so it seems.
sweetie

Ava, MO

#3 Nov 12, 2008
Not sure who the board member was, but his or her daughter is on the team. So could that be Tyree or Marhefka??? Anyway, I just thought Coach Long had better morals than that. I thought determination and dedication was more important with him than money and name. Maybe not.
Could Be

Ozark, MO

#4 Nov 13, 2008
I'm not sure anymore
Hmm

Buffalo, MO

#5 Nov 13, 2008
If it makes you want to wonder even more COACH GREG SIMPKINS said something racial to a player this year...he asked the boys to go clean up and looked at this player who is black, and said that will be hard for you to do. BELIEVE IT!
unbelievable

Ava, MO

#6 Nov 13, 2008
I can believe it. I think i know the girl that sweetie is asking about and yea, it did happen. Good kid who loved softball spent her summer going to every practice but when it came time to pick teams she wasnt picked. Several parents told me why and it boiled down to politics. I encouraged her parents to go to the school board with it. I even told them what I heard. All mom said was that the coach just wasnt who she though he was if he was that way, she didnt care for her kid playing anyway, I dont think I could have taken it that well. My daughter made the team, but I'll not look at Long or WPH the same.
Hmm

Buffalo, MO

#7 Nov 14, 2008
What a crock of sh!t!
sweetie

Ava, MO

#8 Nov 14, 2008
unbelievable wrote:
I can believe it. I think i know the girl that sweetie is asking about and yea, it did happen. Good kid who loved softball spent her summer going to every practice but when it came time to pick teams she wasnt picked. Several parents told me why and it boiled down to politics. I encouraged her parents to go to the school board with it. I even told them what I heard. All mom said was that the coach just wasnt who she though he was if he was that way, she didnt care for her kid playing anyway, I dont think I could have taken it that well. My daughter made the team, but I'll not look at Long or WPH the same.
Well, that's a shame. You know, you teach your kids that they work hard enough then their efforts will be rewarded, then someone comes along and shows them that money talks and shit walks. I have to agree with the mom. If the coach doesn't care about the kids any more than that, he is not a very morally sound person. I know WPHS always cared about who had money and power and who didn't, but I always thought Long was from the old school. Maybe his job was on the line?? Still no excuse if he did that.
oh my cow

Ozark, MO

#9 Nov 16, 2008
I've known the Wp coaches for a while and they have done things like this before. They have their teams picked before they even have tryouts. As far as the young black man, that coach should be ashamed of himself. Maybe hes from the old school too. Just remember, when they start treating others like that, they have to live with that dirt on their soul.
what

Ozark, MO

#10 Nov 16, 2008
The coaches were in trouble on topix a few weeks ago for not winning games now they are in trouble for make a softball team with the best record within a hundred miles. My son was coached in baseball by Coach Long and Coach was great. I am just a poor country boy and my son earned his starting spot. I promise there is more to this story. How can our kids grow up strong if a coach doesnt ride them a little thats part of a coaches job in high school.
oh my

Columbia, MO

#11 Nov 17, 2008
Yeah, there is more to the story...much more, and it is worse than anyone on here probably knows. I should know because I am sometimes privy to information like this. No one can say that this year's team isn't good because they are, but there is a lot more to who is on the team than talent or effort. I agree with sweetie, money talks. You are right, coaches and teachers get scolded no matter what they do, but I would rather be griped at for doing what is right than doing what is popular.
country boy

Canada

#12 Nov 17, 2008
While not the greatest fan of Coach Simpkins, I think this racial profiling thing is a joke. He has had quite a few colored kids on his teams before - mostly by the last name of Desisso or Bush, all who earned their way and didnt get preferential or bad treatment. I don't know about these other coaches and situations so you guys are on your own there.
unbelievable

Ozark, MO

#13 Nov 17, 2008
He may have felt comfortable enough to say that to the boy, too. Sometimes coaches do feel privledged to say things that others cant. I have to say I was amazed at the parent of the girl though. She didn't even argue the point, and she even said that if she didn't hear any of it, it was all hearsay. But let me tell you, I have been there for games and practices, and that girl could outplay many of them and she had committment and dedication. The coach lost out.
rockette

Des Moines, IA

#14 Nov 18, 2008
sweetie wrote:
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Well, that's a shame. You know, you teach your kids that they work hard enough then their efforts will be rewarded, then someone comes along and shows them that money talks and shit walks. I have to agree with the mom. If the coach doesn't care about the kids any more than that, he is not a very morally sound person. I know WPHS always cared about who had money and power and who didn't, but I always thought Long was from the old school. Maybe his job was on the line?? Still no excuse if he did that.
I can agree with the political crap that goes on. Even the State Winning Cross Country team coaches fall into it. Look at the girls team this year. The Tyree girl got to walk onto the varsity team at the district meet. She went to State and was included in their first place photos. Even if only the alternate, it was completely unfair to the rest of the team that earned the right to be there all season. Ms. Tyree is a great track runner but definitely didn't earn the right to be recognized with the cross country team at all.
The Tyrees aren't the only parents that pull rank though. The Robson's do as well even though Chuck didn't make the Board in the last election.
unbelievable

Ozark, MO

#15 Nov 18, 2008
Like I said before, I was at every practice. I heard Ms. Tyree say things about "her team." Now she is an very good pitcher, but it shouldnt be "her" team. Haneys also have some pull there, although I dont know why. Their daughter seldom came to practice and only came to tryouts once, but she made the team AFTER the team roster had been posted. She also started every game as a "special player"
one-on-one

Ava, MO

#16 Nov 18, 2008
This is old news, been going on for years in most all the sports.
stupid coaches

Viburnum, MO

#17 Dec 4, 2008
if you dont have money, dont even bother trying out. especially girls basketball.
wow

Columbia, MO

#18 Dec 4, 2008
Maybe they didnt think she was ready for the team. Not saying this girl isnt good, but there are others better always...Expecially if you come from a rural school where you are the star of the team its not the same in high school. You also have to think of the attitude of the girl...alot of coaches wont put up with that....there has to be more to the story. Also my brother is on the basketball team and is amazing we dont have money to buy ppl off or whatever your talking about money...so that is not the case here he is just good at what he does....some people have it and some dont...its life-----get over it or try harder.
stupid coaches

Viburnum, MO

#19 Dec 4, 2008
actually my sister was a starter on the girls basketball team and womack told her that she couldnt start anymore because marhefka was mad that his daughter wasnt starting on varsity even though she isnt good enough. so yeah...theres money and power issues in there "wow" maybe not all the time. but it is there.
wow

Columbia, MO

#20 Dec 4, 2008
im not saying that there isnt all of the time...b/c I went to school there I saw it to, it is like that with every school weather you want to believe it or not. I have worked in a few other towns also that make more money than anyone in this town and its funny how humble and nice they are but in wp it is not like that at all...Here they always think someone owes them and they always want something for nothing b/c guess what they really dont have money they have debt...oh and yes it does disgust me as well.

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