Michigan school concerned about sportsmanship after new football record

KINGSLEY, MICHIGAN (AP) — A school board in northern Michigan plans to send a protest over sportsmanship following a football player’s 16-goal record-setting game against a winless team.

The backlash over Kevin Hubbell’s performance continued on Monday night at a meeting of the Kingsley board. Members didn’t take a formal vote, but there was clear support for sending a letter to the Benzie Central district, the superintendent said.

Hubbell, one of the best players in Michigan, scored 16 goals in a 17-0 victory by Benzie Central on September 29, setting state and national records for most goals in a high school game.

“He was firing them off like a rocket,” said Heather Bartelmay, a Kingsley school board member whose son was goalkeeper for part of the game. “We went over and hugged our boys. That’s what was needed. Their hearts were bleeding.”

Superintendent Keith Smith, who will draft the board’s letter, told The Associated Press that it was a “cheap shot”.

“They set out to do it, and they did it,” Smith said on Tuesday. “It has no place in high school athletics. Moving forward from getting knocked on your face is a great life lesson. But our football programme is a fledgling programme. We only have so many kids.”

Benzie Central’s Kevin Hubbell controls the ball during a high school football game. PHOTO: AP