How would you feel if you’ve won a game against an archnemesis which you haven’t been able to defeat for a while only to have the win snatched away by a forfeit because one of your teammates forged his grade check?
The worst feeling in athletics is knowing that you’ve lost not by any on-field performances, but for off-the-field antics, which graced the Kaua’i High School boys soccer squad recently.
A Red Raider player knowingly forged the signature on his grade check form before a game and because he played in the following day’s contest, the team had to forfeit the win.
Not only did it spoil any shot for the Red Raiders to win a KIF title, it also put a sour taste in the mouths of Kaua’i seniors, who won’t have a chance to win a state championship in their final year of play.
So why would a player jeopardize his team’s chances to play at the next level?
Well, it’s really simple and it’s called selfishness.
Once in awhile, you’ll come across a player who puts himself before the team.
What makes this shameful case a bit more disturbing is the fact that the Red Raiders actually had a shot at the title this year.
With just two games to go in the KIF soccer season, Kaua’i stands at 2-4-1, with seven points, just four points behind first-place Kapa’a.
If the player didn’t forge his grade check, the Red Raiders would have earned the three points they deserved and instead of Waimea being just a point behind the Warriors, the boys in red would have been in title contention.
But what’s done is done and it shows how one selfish act by a player can utlimately affect a large contingent of people.
Let’s just hope this type of thing never happens again.
I surely hope the unnamed player truly learns from this embarrassing experience because if anything, he’ll learn the valuable lesson that cheaters never win.
Meanwhile, the Warrior girls soccer team, who were in full control of the girls’ race, lost two key players for unspecified reasons and are now tied with Kaua’i atop the standings.
In any rate, the KIF soccer season is turning out to be a heck of a barn burner with Kapa’a and Kaua’i battling for the girls’ title and Kapa’a and Waimea duking it out for the boys’ championship.
The Menehune battle the Warriors tonight, starting at 5 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium.
And in the regular season finale on Saturday, Kaua’i will take on Waimea.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIF Soccer Standings
1. Kapa’a: 5-2, 15 points
2. Kaua’i: 5-2, 15 points
3. Waimea: 0-6, 0 points
1. Kapa’a: 3-2-2, 11 points
2. Waimea: 3-2-1, 10 points
3. Kaua’i: 2-4-1, 7 points
Key: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie
Next: Tonight, Waimea vs. Kapa’a, Hanapepe Stadium