Pottsville, Other Public Schools Cry Foul at PIAA Basketball Tournament — Ignore the 6 That Won Championships Last Week
- Public schools: Quit crying, start practicing.
Right before the PIAA basketball championships started, a movement to split the annual spectacle started.
It called for splitting the tournament in two. One for public schools. Another for the private schools in Pennsylvania.
The belief is that private and now, charter schools have an unfair advantage. They’re able to “recruit” players from a bigger geographic area.
Public schools, they claim, are stuck with the people they’ve got. You can’t play God and manufacture great basketball players.
Well, we’ve concluded the PIAA state tournament. We see now what we knew then … the movement is led and its message is echoed by crybabies.
Not everyone wins a trophy. Sorry, it’s just reality. Life’s got winners and losers. At “states” some teams win and some teams lose.
PIAA Basketball Championship Results – Public vs. Private vs. Charter
The state already decided to give out more trophies when it went from 4 classifications of schools to 6. That same crybaby mentality leads to this. If we let it persist, one day it’ll be 8 or 10.
So, with 6 classifications and a boys and girls champion in each, that’s 12 new champions this year. And 12 runners-up, too. In total, 24 teams traveled to Hershey over the last few days to compete for state supremacy.
If you believe that this whole PIAA tournament is unfair, you’d think the Giant Center was filled with Catholic and charter schools.
Sorry, didn’t happen.
Of the 24 teams there this weekend, there were:
- 11 Catholic schools
- 10 Public schools
- 3 Charter schools
And who collected the most gold?
Of the 12 champions, this is how it broke down:
- 6 Public schools (60% win pct.)
- 3 Private schools (27% win pct.)
- 3 Charter schools (100% win pct.)
Is the PIAA unfair? Seems like it’s the perfect measure of high school basketball supremacy in Pennsylvania.
Crimson Tide Cabal Whines and Cries PIAA is “Unfair”
We reported on the sore loser mentality festering at the Pottsville Area School District. It showed itself after Pottsville was bounced from the Class 5A state tournament. It lost to Archbishop Wood in the tournament, a Catholic school from the Philadelphia area.
Archbishop Wood would go on to the Class 5A Finals but lost … to a public school.
Right after the loss, people from within the Pottsville team took to social media to push a message. We’ve broken it down in appropriate meme form:
We presume they meant it was unfair that this tournament would stack them up against a team like Archbishop Wood. They said:
One even suggested that Pottsville was the best PUBLIC basketball program in the state. Reminder, the team they lost to was beaten by a public school in the Finals. Also, is Pottsville even the best public school basketball program in the county? Maybe top 5 … maybe. Add in Nativity … not even close.
They do realize they’ll be competing in other PIAA tournaments in other sports, right? This is what Pottsville is teaching students?
Of course, maybe if they cry loud enough, the PIAA will give in to Pottsville and all the other public schools whining that the tournament’s not fair: