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Alta Vista poor host to CB during Regional tournament

Colonial Beach School Board member Wayne Kennedy aired his disapproval of Alta Vista’s hosting practices at the March 12 school board meeting. Kennedy asked Athletic Director Michael Patierno to look for alternative sites in the future or consider hosting games at Colonial Beach.

Kennedy said he was unable to attend the game, but received many calls from parents, as well as fans, concerned about the way both they and the team were treated. “I think, and I would really like to avoid what we ran into at Alta Vista, if what I hear is true in terms of bench assignments and disrespect and just poor hospitality for a host.” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said that although Colonial Beach was the number one seed, Alta Vista used their tournament site as a home site, neglecting to treat the team with neutrality, which Kennedy said should have been done.

“Colonial Beach should be able to wear the home uniforms, use the home bench and be introduced last. And certainly, they should be treated with respect.” Kennedy said, adding, “As you know, you do a great job when people come to our gym,” addressing Patierno and CB High School Principal Andrew Hipple.

Hipple told the school board that after the game, he did address the issue with Mark Dorsey from West Point, the principal chairperson from Regional. “His response to me was that he was going to set up an AD (Athletic Director) committee to look at a standardized form of play across the region. One of the things that was said to us at Alta Vista was, ‘You had your opportunity last spring to host the game’.”

Hipple told the board that he had explained that neither he nor Patierno were employed in Colonial Beach when the opportunity came up to make that choice. He said, however, that he made it clear to Alta Vista’s athletic director and principal, “The next time that comes up as an opportunity, we’re going to be the first one up with our hand saying that you can come play over here.”

Kennedy said he was really disappointed and had heard the Northumberland’s girls’ team also experienced some problems. Kennedy reported a disproportionate amount of fouls of 32 to 8, in favor of Alta Vista.

Kennedy did not elaborate in which game those fouls were reported, but added that Washington and Lee also reported problems, as well. Kennedy hopes to put Alta Vista on a neutral site next year during tournament play.

Patierno confirmed what Kennedy had said, “Everything you’re saying is exactly correct; we were very upset with the whole thing. We were the home team and that should have been our court and Alta Vista made it like it was one of their home games, and we were just visiting.”

Patierno said that both he and Hipple had registered a complaint to Alta Vista’s principal and athletic director, but got no respect in return. “They were very curt, hollering, didn’t want to hear it. ‘This is the way we’ve always done it; I’m the director- if you don’t like it bring it up to the Region.’ ”

Patierno said, “So in fact, Mr. Hipple, that evening, he sent a text message to the President of the First Region; we have meetings at the Virginia High School League tomorrow and Friday.” Patierno said that they would bring up the matter then.

Patierno said he was upset but was unaware of how poorly the fans had been treated until they boarded the bus to go home and started hearing the stories. Patierno did not elaborate on specifics, but said, “In some aspects, I’m even a little more angry about that than I am about which bench we were going to sit on at the game. Certainly that didn’t make any difference, as far what the score of the game was. We should have played a better game, and we didn’t. Nevertheless, that was supposed to be a neutral court.”

The group also discussed travel times, stating that some games required up to seven hours on the bus.

Patierno felt that the incident was all being run by the AD, who Patierno thought was just taking it personally; that someone would challenge his ability of running a tournament.

“We weren’t challenging his ability to run a tournament; we were simply saying, ‘We’re supposed to be the home team,” and clearly, it wasn’t.”

—Linda Farneth

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