If you can't do something right, then maybe you shouldn't do it
Those are sage words of advice that could be given to all basketball coaches
around the area.
As Championship Saturday faded into the rearview mirror, the accolades of
All-District teams were awarded to individual players for their efforts this season.
awards list for District 2-AAA and District 2-A girls teams were enough to make you scratch your
In one of the more bizarre results in a long time, the District 2-AAA coaches voted to
award Seymour's Kasey Norman as the 2012-13 Player of the Year.
Not Cocke County's Allison
Ball, who was District 2-AAA Tournament MVP, or Mika Wester. Not Morristown West's Christina
Zimmerman or Jecca Simerly, who were a force in the paint all season long.
Not even Jefferson
County's Autumn Dodson, who routinely scored over 20 points per game all season long. A handful of
other players also made a case for District 2-AAA Player of the Year, including others on Norman's
But if that wasn't enough to make you say, "What?!", then the District 2-A
teams were announced.
To say that the Cosby Lady Eagles cruised through their eight games
of play in district play was an understatement. Cosby, which hasn't lost in league play since
February 2010, won its eight games by an average of 38 points this season.
the state's fifth-ranked team, which has won 24 games, and returned four players who have sent
the Lady Eagles to consecutive Class A sectional appearances, would be as sure as a sure thing
could be to have a member of the team honored as a Player of the Year honoree.
Any of the
Cosby starters would be worthy of the honor.
Instead, the wise coaches of District 2-A
voted Hancock County's Harley Jessee and Washburn's Ashley Meyers as the co-Player of the
While voting for individual basketball talent can be subjective
as anything else, it's all but clear that the District 2-A coaches had one main objective: making
sure the Lady Eagles didn't come away with any hardware.
Lady Eagles coach Richard Coggins
made those feelings known after Saturday's 30-point title win over Hancock County. The win came a
night after the Lady Eagles clobbered Clinch by a mere 73 points.
"I didn't have a girl get
a vote for district MVP," Coggins told the Plain Talk following Saturday night's win. "I thought
we got done dirty in the district meeting. We wanted to prove why tonight and last
It's likely the Lady Eagles got taken behind the woodshed in the voting in the
Coaches are routinely not allowed to vote for their own players,
meaning the other three schools in the district apparently ganged up on Cosby in the
While there certainly will be grudges held against rival schools, especially with one
like Cosby that has dominated the district since joining it in 2007, is it fair to hold grudges
against a school or a coach, against the school's student athletes? In other words, who are
supposed to be the adults in the room?
Often times the All-District accolades are used in
nominating athletes for other awards, such as All-State awards, or for the kids to use themselves
in the collegiate application process.
Coaches may view the All-District voting process as
a menial task, or seek to secretly sabotage another school or coach in the process. However, it is
an important process that recognizes the work of the athletes that have rightly deserved such
Instead, three coaches of District 2-A elected to make their All-District team a
joke and made themselves look ignorant in the process.
Maybe next year, they'll vote to do
it correctly - or just forgo the entire process.
Seth Butler is the Sports Editor of the
Newport Plain Talk. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org