SHP boys and Gunn girls both fall from first place Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm
Prep water polo
A grip on first place slipped out of the hands of the Sacred Heart Prep boys' and Gunn girls' water polo teams this week. The Gators dropped a tough 12-11 overtime decision to Bellarmine and the Titans were edged by Los Altos, 6-5.
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Posted by B Larsen, a resident of Los Altos, on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm
It is sad that this reporter/paper took the position they did when reporting this competition. It is my opinion that it shows poor sportsmanship and sends the wrong message to parents of high school athletes - to NOT volunteer for your school's programs. The desk is run by parents who volunteer their time. The type of comments listed in the article "The Titans converted a five-meter penalty shot with 36 seconds left in the second extra period" and "the desk had made an egregious mistake and the clock showed only 18 seconds left" were inflammatory and were the opinion of an excited coach - and nothing else - and therefore did not need to be reported.
This issue was resolved by the referees at the game.
Posted by Jim, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm
The folks who run the clocks at water polo matches, volunteers or not, should know what they are doing. When a 5-meter penalty shot is called, the clock should stop. Coaches probably don't look at the game clock at that time because the clock should be stopped. The folks at the desk evidently let it run and Gunn lost valuable time. The fact that it happened at Los Altos and that the home team ended up winning by a single goal does not look good. The refs should have re-set the clock and Gunn should have its final shot to tie. The Gunn coach had every right to complain, as does any other coach in any sport where seconds can make the difference in an outcome.
Posted by C Monticello, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm
The supposed fact that there were 36 seconds left in the second overtime period at the time of the penalty shot is false. If it were true, the referees - who are paid to be unbiased - would have seen the mistake and fixed it. The penalty shot was called at 18 seconds, and that is how much remained after.
Even had the remaining time been 36 seconds, Gunn would have had at most 4 seconds with the ball on offense. And from the proof that they only scored 5 goals in an entire 34 minute game, not to enflame any further argument, statistically it's highly unlikely they could have scored in 4 seconds.
Regardless, the referees made the call and that is how the game ended, without any biased work done by parents at the desk.
Posted by B Larsen, a resident of Los Altos, on Oct 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm
My comment stands. The folks at the desk are very capable - and have been running things for MANY YEARS. The coach had every right to contest the situation on deck, at that time. And believe me, he DID! The referees made the ultimate call. THE END.
The paper did not need to further inflame the situation by reporting it in the manner in which it was printed.