Trophy Bonfire at Irwin Park [UPDATE]

Youth League Football team members were encouraged by their coaches to burn their trophies following a third-place finish as a, "motivational tool," according to a police report.

UPDATE, Monday, Dec. 12

An email addressed to, "NC Black 8 Team Members" and signed, "The Coaches" was sent Saturday, Dec. 10 to the team parents, which they were asked to share with their sons, according to the Advertiser.



While the , the board of  are faced with the investigating what happened in the aftermath of 8th Grade Black teams' third place finish. 

The loss, after a five-year winning streak, resulted in an end-of-year party, which included a walk to , where they were invited to toss their trophies into a bonfire at the suggestion of their coaches, according to a report by the Advertiser.

The incident, which occurred on Nov. 19, was reported anonymously to on Nov. 30 and corroborated by a parent and player, who also requested anonymity, when they spoke with Advertiser, according to the paper.

The town Fields Committee was notified last week and committee and said,  “Clearly, this is wholly inappropriate conduct and frankly should never happen again," as reported by the Advertiser.

mary parker December 22, 2011 at 06:28 AM
JeffM: Oh gee I'm so hurt by your remark. Village idiot. Ha. Looks like I really got you mad. I raised my kids to try their best and be proud of how they play no matter what the out come is at the end of the game. You are just going after me for my spelling mistakes ect.. because you have nothing better to say about the situation. Believe me, you are a waste of my time. Merry Christmas Jeff.
mary parker December 22, 2011 at 06:32 AM
LAgohome: What I wrote came from a parent and child that were there and told me. No hear say.
Lime Greene January 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
It seems to catching on. In November the Shenendehowa girls varsity soccer team came in second for the fourth year in a row in sectionals, right behind Bethlehem, again. Their reward for playing in the final game was a plaque for the school and patches for the girls. On the 30 minute bus ride back to the school the girls, with the coach present, stewed in their anger of losing, again. When they walked off the bus they smashed the school plaque on the ground while the coach watched. They then picked up the pieces and with the coaches permission, had a team bonfire to destroy the plaque. The only request by the coach, "...no pictures or video." The school athletic director received the information about what had happened and called the girls in for a talking to after school. What did he tell the girls? Don't tell anyone about this, not even your parents. So far there has been no accountability by the students, the coach, the AD, or the school. The girls involved, are laughing about it, having a good time at the expense of the rest of the students and the community at Shenendehowa. http://blog.timesunion.com/sidelines/2011/12/22/shen-girls-soccer-team-destroyed-trophy-as-coach-watched/
Jackson Quinn January 08, 2012 at 10:50 PM
As someone who played on this team for several years, I feel its wrong people who have no inside knowledge of the team and the coaches who ran it to judge it so harshly. Our team was intense, but everything was within reason and the ultimate goal was always playing ability and sportsmanship development so that all of the players could go on to play highschool football. Maybe the burning of the trophies was somewhat out of line...(i personally think it was fine) But no one should be able to judge the mindset of the team's players and staff with one bad story
NS November 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I went to college with that coach, what did he do that was so over the top???


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