I would agree the game was hard fought and could have gone either way...Yet you don't want to speak to the point that the Poland coach was speaking to the disparity is high school sports. You don't think that the parochial schools dont already stand next to the public schools playgrounds and approach kids based on how their theology (not sports because that would be shady) can change the young childs life? Of course they do...and yeah, I'm voicing my opinion that its wrong to corner the market on talent. Then play a regular season schedule on one level, and come playoff time, drop two (or more) levels and dominate your way to a Championship. Look at the State of Indiana. In the late 90's they changed the most sacred HS basketball tournament in the country....No classes, all or nothing, each year people hoping for David v. Goliath. Well, after all those years, the "Davids" got tired of realizing no matter how well they coached, how well they played, at the end of the day, the larger schools who started 4-5 Div-1 recruits were going to prevail. Yes the change was difficult but it was for the better. I disagree Coach Joyce is a better coach, but I live in Poland, so that's a dead end argument (I have to get my 2 cents in); And think about the timing of Coach Grisdales comments, if they were made in the middle of August at some function would they be printed in the newspaper? Doubt it...but his timing, although interpreted by some as whining, is good because it was printed, and here we are debating change!
PS- For the record: not to call a Technical foul after an elbow to the face, when the lead is only 4...I would say that is game changing!
March 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.
I think its fair to say Coach Grisdale is speaking on behalf of public schools. Look at his comments closer. Yes, they are directed at STVM Coach Joyce after a heated contest, but his message to the OHSAA is clear. Polands region had 3 private schools competing in it. TMHS had 1 private school and Norwalk had 0. And obviously Bishop Watterson cruised past the public schools in its region. Lets face it, Canfield, Struthers, Campbell etc. couldn't compete against STVM any better then Poland did. And to say you can't buy talent is absurd!! I guess the rest of the country forget or ignored the economic prosperity happening in Akron where 4 random parents would just decide to up and move their basketball talented child to such an up and coming boom-town! I would argue all of the kids on the PSHS roster have had an address in Poland for most of their young lives. Yes a family can move when it wants, but lets agree the practices of recruiting at private schools exists...how else does a small school in the middle of a depressed area survive, while the local public schools see a down-swing in talent? Uh, lets at least agree none of us are ignorant! Whether its Football, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Girls Sports or Boys, change needs to happen. Grisdales comments were directed to that change...and he is speaking on behalf of the popular opinion in many public schools from this area. He is teaching his kids something. Standing for what they believe in, and that change, although painful, is good!!
March 16, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.