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While the forfeit will officially make Mesa Prep the ACAA state champion, the school's athletic director made clear that her team didn't want to earn its state crown that way.

"What true athlete would want to win or lose a championship game by forfeit?" Mesa Prep AD Amy Arnold, who also happens to be the only female football coach in Arizona, told the Republic. … "I respect their views, but it's a bit out of the 18th century."

I understand that Amy must be trying hard to be diplomatic, but couldn't she have taken a slightly firmer line line than this. Paige had been singled out and discriminated against on the basis of gender by the fundamentalists on two previous occasions and forced/coerced off the team and the school did nothing. I am appalled at their indifference to the plight of such a willing and conscientious student whom should have expected better protection from the school. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Sat, 12 May 2012 10:41:35 UTC | #941168