Posted by Disappointed, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm
I was pleased PALY qualified for the playoffs after forfeiting 6 games. They are a wonderful and talented team and deserved to be included. I was dismayed however at the conduct of the coach during their semi-final game against Saint Francis Wednesday night. Throughout the game she was talking trash about the Saint Francis girls and complaining non-stop about the officiating in a voice loud enough to be heard in the stands across the field. It was one of the worst demonstrations of sportsmanship I have seen in a long while. I'm sure getting beat as badly as PALY got beat contributed to her emotions but as an adult, I expected much more. Congratulations PALY on a great season under trying circumstances.
Posted by Kelly, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 8:24 am
I was also at the game last night and as a Palo Alto resident, I was embarassed by the actions of the PALY coach. The girls deserve a better role model. Belittling opposing players is not coaching and has no part in youth sports. Saint Francis was clearly the better team last night and deserved to win.
Posted by David, a resident of Stanford, on May 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm
I too attended the game. I watched and listened intently. From my vantage point, I neither saw nor heard even a single objectionable comment. The Paly team played with pride, integrity, courage, and determination; qualities taught and promoted by their outstanding coach throughout the year. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply incorrect. The girls of Paly are fortunate, indeed, to have the current coach in place. Relative to the game, never have I, personally, been witness to such uneven enforcement of rules.
Posted by Classy, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on May 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm
David, you may believe what you say. But it strains credulity a bit to defend the coach as such a classy guy, and then blame the refs when you lose. Maybe you and the coach are cut from the same cloth?
Posted by Sherry, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 13, 2012 at 4:38 am
Folks, this team has battled through exceptional circumstances throughout this season. From the forfeiture of the season's wins to the unfortunate loss to Meningitis of one of their prominent members of the Paly Lax community, the morning of game day.
I shall think, we can all exhibit and extend a bit more sensitivity and respect.