My first visit to Ignacio was the 2008-2009 basketball season. As I drove into town, I saw a sign that stated it is a
tri-racial community. I was very impressed and thought, wow, this must be a neat town.
Well, a year later, I have another image of this town, and it is not impressive. I watched a coach give in to his team
begging to break a record against a basketball team that struggles. Wow, the Ignacio dream team can beat the Nucla
Mustangs and break a record.
Compare those two teams. It is like a strong pro team beating a college team. It is not impressive. To make matters
worse, after every point Ignacio made, the crowd cheered louder and louder. Ignacio's audience even booed the refs when
a call was made against Ignacio. I guess 80 points ahead was not enough.
Is the whole basketball community so insecure that it is entertained about creaming a weak team? I am not impressed.
Ironically, the school read to the audience to remember to show sportsmanship during the game. The only sportsmanship I
saw during the boys game was the Nucla Mustangs bench and Nucla's audience - mostly parents. Those boys held their
composure, and the Nucla audience cheered on their boys. The refs even complimented the Mustang boys' composure.
What happened that night was a horrendous act, and the boys' coach led the way. I am a certified teacher, and I, too,coach. I do not remember ever taking a class, training or reading anything that supported the behavior of what happened
that night in Ignacio. Pathetic, at best, is the only way to describe the behavior I witnessed.
The good news is Ignacio's girls basketball program seems to teach integrity and grit, which is what we, as coaches,are supposed to teach our athletes.
Ann Wright, Nucla