Now that you’ve read the story and have caught up with everything, you see where I’m at. Regardless of whatever sport I’m slated to cover for the day — whether that’s my usual beats of volleyball, girls basketball or softball, or fill-in assignments on football, girls lacrosse, or anything else, really — I want to see a competitive game. I would like to see the best team win, and if that doesn’t happen, I at least want to see a drama-free game.
I don’t like bashing officials or umpires, although some on the basketball blog suggest that I get my kicks doing so. I don’t like doing it, but I usually do it whenever it’s warranted, as in, the officiating played a significant role in the game. I don’t like seeing officials dictate the outcome of a game, and I can’t help but believe that the poor officiating at Saturday’s Class AA semifinal played a hand in Clarkstown South’s elimination.
This post is not because Clarkstown South lost. Well, I guess it is because we cover the Vikings, but that’s not what I meant. Had this game been a regular season game, this wouldn’t have bothered me as much, if at all. The fact is that this was a state semifinal, and it was my belief (as well as many others) that the level of officiating should’ve been higher.
Had Clarkstown South been on the opposite end, I would’ve mentioned how several key calls went in its favor en route to the win. It just happens to be that the Vikings were not on that end. I have family and friends who officiate (I even did two Little League baseball games — true story), and I admire the dedication they give to a truly thankless job. I just happen to think that the officiating on June 13, 2015 on Field D of Moreau Recreational Park between 1:45-4 p.m. was horrible.
I want to point out here that Orchard Park played terrific softball, and that is a terrific team and earned its eventual state title. I do not want this rant/post/whatever you classify it as to diminish Orchard Park’s accomplishment. I just would’ve liked to see how the game would’ve panned out if properly officiated, is all.
Above anything else, I think Vikings head coach Maura Heebink, who is retiring after finally winning a section title after 17 years, should’ve gotten a better hand than she was dealt in her only trip to the state final four.
As I tweeted, this photo sums up everything about the game: