High School Basketball Game almost turns into Hockey Game and in the process becomes an ‘Unsafe Environment’, as Wheatmore forfeits game to WS Parkland:Randolph County Schools Superintendent Stephen Gainey apologizes to WS Parkland HS and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
CLICK HERE to see the video from the Saturday altercation with Wheatmore High School and WS Parkland HS, on Senior Night, at Winston-Salem Parkland High School….Bath Fitters commercial prior to the video and just scroll down on this post and click on the video…
from staff reports at the Asheboro Courier Newspaper and www.courier-tribune.com
WINSTON-SALEM – Citing “an unsafe environment,” Wheatmore High School varsity boys associate head coach Brandon Thalasinos took his team off the floor in the second quarter of Saturday night’s non-league game at Parkland High School, resulting in what is now being called a forfeit loss.
Thalasinos, who was acting as the Warriors’ head coach because David Spell could not attend the game due to a prior commitment, said he was acting in the best interest and for the safety of his players when he called the game off at the 7:17 mark of the second period.
According to Thalasinos, WHS’ Austin Biggs committed a common foul early in the second quarter. The player who Biggs fouled grabbed Biggs by the throat and another player punched him in the face. Thalasinos went on the floor to grab Biggs and pull him to his bench while Pete Kilcullen, who was acting as the assistant coach for the game, helped keep the other Warriors players on the bench.
While the referees discussed the situation, Thalasinos said the crowd began getting verbally abusive toward the Wheatmore players and coaches. When Thalasinos and the Parkland head coach went to the scorer’s table to hear the refs’ decision, Thalasinos said the Parkland coach cussed at him, telling him that “I need to get my (expletive) team under control.”
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from the Winston-Salem Journal and Patrick Fertlise we read from Randolph County Schools Superintendent Stephen Gainey:
“As superintendent of the Randolph County School System, I would like to apologize to the students, staff members, parents, and community members of Parkland High School and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System for any negative actions displayed by students or staff members from Wheatmore High School during, or after, the varsity boys basketball game on 2/9/19 on the campus of Parkland High School,” the statement read. “I am confident that Parkland High School is a safe environment in all respects.”
More from Patrick Fertilse at the WS Journal:
**********On Monday, WS Parkland Coach Travis Holcomb-Faye of Parkland and athletics director Linwood Jerald disputed Wheatmore Coach Brandon Thalasinos’ account in the Asheboro Courier-Tribune. Video posted Sunday on social media, which shows the fight between the players, also appears to cast doubt on the story.
“I would say that report was totally inaccurate,” Holcomb-Faye said. “It painted our cheerleaders and our fans and our players and our coaches in such a dark, negative light.
“The past few days, I’ve just been so sick about it.”
Wheatmore coach Brandon Thalasinos also said he and the team(Wheatmore) took verbal abuse while heading to the bus and that he feared for their safety. A school resource officer escorted them out.
“That’s a lie. That’s a blatant lie,” Parkland AD Linwood Jerald said. “Their players and cheerleaders got on the bus, and they left. But nobody said anything to them. (The escort) was all just done as a precaution — it’s just that simple.”
CLICK HERE for the Patrick Ferlise post from the WS Journal…..