Like most people, I'm not fond of watching basketball games that will ruin my evening. On Saturday, December 13, I thought I'd go watch Kellogg's game with Sandpoint at Andrews Gymnasium. With both teams undefeated, the game would be a barnburner regardless of who won. Instead I spent a quiet evening watching Christmas specials at home on television.
Had I attended the game, it would have been a huge mistake for it would have ruined my whole month. The game itself would have been well worth my time and money. However the antics which followed the contest would have made me sick.
Kellogg has a well balanced team which promises to be a factor in both the Inter Mountain League race and State Championship consideration. This truly is the best basketball team the Wildcats have ever had. If Kellogg's state championship hopes are to be ruined and I hope they won't be, we should let the team itself do it, not the fans.
The Board of Control for the North Idaho Officials Association has placed the Kellogg Wildcats, along with two other schools, on a warning status for the 1980-81 basketball season. The action was taken after one adult threw a coat over an official and another fan threatened the same official with violence. Stunts like these are expected from junior high school students, not grown ups.
In Anaconda, Montana, the rivalry between Butte Central High School and Anaconda High has gotten so out of hand that high school officials are pondering the idea of holding both basketball games and wrestling matches between the two schools, but not letting anybody in the gymnasium except the players, coaches, cheerleaders and officials. Does that sound much fun? I certainly don't believe so. Now, the situation in the Silver Valley isn't that bad, yet.
When I attended high school in Wallace, my teammates and I enjoyed playing against Kellogg for the bragging rights of the Silver Valley. Whether we won or lost wasn't the point. We just enjoyed being up against the Wildcats and obviously wanted to win. Our teams were always razzed in fun when competing in either Kellogg or Wallace for that matter, but it was merely fun.
The athletes of today will be our leaders tomorrow. I submit to the parents of Kellogg athletes this question. Do you want your children to witness these types of shenanigans when they participate in or watch sports at Kellogg or anywhere else? I hope and pray it's a rhetorical question and your answer is "No Way." These are good kids that attend Kellogg High School and they are just as good in Mullan, Wallace and other schools throughout the nation.
Please don't ruin their moment of glory this year in basketball or any other sports by displaying bad manners at athletic functions. I love sports and consider it a major part of my life. There are millions of others who feel the same as me. Why is it that a select few ruin moments for all of us?
Something isn't proper along the beaten path. Those select few don't have to spoil it for the majority and they won't. Kellogg is too great of a community to let that happen. The people of Kellogg, Idaho are the kindest, most generous and greatest in the land. Now is their chance to prove just that.
The Kellogg Wildcats basketball team is a splendid team to watch. I love the city and school almost as much as my alma mater of Wallace. When competing in my younger days, I'd get a little carried away at times and make bad decisions, but I was a kid. However, my antics were mild in comparison to what happened on December 13 in Andrews Gymnasium. What excuse do adults profess?
Fans of the Silver Valley athletic teams, let's love and root for our favorite team, but not in a manner which demonstrates being a poor sport. Let's show out of towners what I'm a firm believer in and that's the graciousness of the people of this community as a whole. That's all of The Play By Play until after Christmas. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hey there. I'm Rick Coe and thanks for stumbling on to my blog which contains columns I wrote while working for the now defunct Kellogg Evening News which was located in Kellogg, Idaho.