SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Good sportsmanship needed at all levels

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 02:47 PM.

It's a good example for our local teams. I witnessed a couple of unsportsmanlike incidents this past week. Each involved teams from Chipley High School.

The first incident occurred Tuesday night when Chipley's boys basketball team played at Crestview.

The Tigers led Crestview by 11 points with four seconds left in the game. Rather than let the clock run out, Chipley Coach Joel Orlando called a timeout, seemingly to set up one more scoring play at a point when the game had already been won.

Calling a timeout when you have the game well in hand is, in my opinion, poor sportsmanship.

Chipley's boys don't have a corner on poor sportsmanship.

Friday night, Chipley's girls traveled to Baker in a District 3-1A game. The Tigers led Baker 37-11 at the start of the second half and quickly scored the nine points needed to push the lead to 35 points and start the running clock.

Even with the game in hand and the clock running, Chipley Coach Kimberly Tuel continued to have the Tigers push the action against the outmanned Gators.

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