Coach Wins, Some Players Lose
You have likely heard the expression many times - boys will be boys.
At Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean, a suburb of Ottawa, that expression might have a new meaning. I am sure it will be tossed around for awhile, maybe even later this month at Commencement.
It has to do with the manner in which several members of the Bengals baseball team, apparently, decided that it would be alright to try some alcoholic beverages the night before the start of the Prentice Cup baseball playoffs in Oshawa. Some of the players, not thinking about their teammates or even themselves, likely assumed no one would see, things would be quiet and, well, they were away from home.
First off, a violation of the student code of conduct. Also, some players were underage. We can continue, but you get the message.
School principal Barb Gage would only tell reporters in Ottawa that something occurred - but wouldn't elaborate. It would be nice if these officials would admit the truth, protect the names of minors and then explain the course of action taken to ensure there are no repeat incidents.
I can hardly wait until the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations, responsible for this provincial playoff, weigh in - or will they just let things wash off? Maybe OFSAA will leave possible sanctions to their brothers and sisters in the National Capital athletic association or the school or just treat this as a case of - boys will be boys.
Hidden in this embarrassment, and taking away from a well-run event by regional organizer Geoff Whent from Sinclair Secondary in Whitby, was the role taken by school coach Jean Lefebvre. Turns out that I am not the only one who believes the Borden coach should be up for a medal or some form of citation for how he dealt with this mess.
When Lefebvre found out, he spoke with the players, benched and later removed the offenders from the team. Also, he decided to play a game with the remaining roster players allowing them a chance to experience a playoff game.
Borden, with only eight active players, beat Belleville Centennial - but Lefebvre had already determined the game would be a forfeit with a restricted roster. He did the same for the next one against Innisdale from Barrie, withdrew the team from the tournament. Kudos to the coach. I Know there will always be critics questioning why the coach, and his assistants, weren't supervising 24 hours of the day. There has to be some form of student ownership for their habits. Lesson to players: stick to the rules.
Must have been a quiet bus ride home.