‘They decided to do it’: Michigan school angry after opposing player’s 16-goal game | Soccer


A northern Michigan school board plans to send a sportsmanship protest after a football player’s record-breaking 16-goal game against a winless team.

Kevin Hubbell, one of Michigan’s top players, scored 16 goals in Benzie Central’s 17-0 win over Kingsley last month, setting state and national records for most goals in a game of high school.

“He was shooting them like a rocket,” said Heather Bartelmay, a Kingsley school board member whose son was a goaltender for part of the game. “We went and hugged our boys. This is what was needed. Their hearts were bleeding.

Kingsley School Board Superintendent Keith Smith told The Associated Press it was a “cheap move”.

“They decided to do it, and they did it,” Smith said Tuesday. “It has no place in high school athletics. … Going forward after getting punched in the face is a great lesson in life. But our football program is a nascent program. We only have so many children.

Kingsley have lost their 16 games and only scored seven goals all season.

Benzie Central coach Chris Batchelder told local media he knows records are possible against the struggling Stags. But in a letter to Kingsley officials, he said he had no intention of “humiliating your players or your program” and apologized for some remarks.

“He was a player who was getting hot and I got lost in the opportunity the kid had in front of him,” Batchelder said.

Shannon Schoech, a parent of Kingsley, suggested the school should stop playing at Benzie Central in any sport this year.

“As parents, we want to be able to tell our boys that not only did their parents and loved ones stand up for them, but their entire community did too,” Schoech told the school board.


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