Re: Texas HS state champs caught cheating
Gouci, If you are a senior member of this forum, you had better get your facts together before slandering someone. Your post scares me with your hatred and ignorance. It is a team tennis championship made up of 44 members that we are talking about.
Lilly Kimbell was not on tape. 2 of the Unicorn boys were. Rumor has it that a Westlake parent hired a P.I. The P.I. followed the boys (who are both top students in their class and want to be doctors, no kidding) from school over to Newk's. They were getting ready to leave for a tournament. It was 11:00 in the morning, not even during high school tennis season (December, 2008) He hired a private investigator to film them. His intimation was that the kids got off at noon'ish to practice tennis, which of course is ridiculous. Isn't it scary too that the P.I. knew that they'd be there at that time, because normally they aren't? Isn't that against privacy laws?
NBHS found out about it at a coaches meeting and started checking into it. They found that no of course no kids were onsite normally at the academy at 11:00 a.m., but they did get questions about the Newk's class.
The class in question is group lessons, so your little math equation is all wrong. She isn't taking any privates, even at Newk's, except with her family. The class also has been going on for 27 years. It is a P.E. class that high school kids can attend. Little kids are in it too; my ten year old is in your version of "elite tennis classes"; kids from all over the San Antonio area go to it, including your high school. The only reason it got "investigated" is because NBHS has won the state title and the other schools are jealous. The class is in the school catalog. Nothing was hidden. Been that way for 27 years.
The rules are not clear. The UIL book says that you can have outside/private (which are really group) lessons. The UIL book also says that you have to have a full-time district employee onsite. So which is it? It is a muddy area.
The dog-eat-dog-we-are-going-to-take-NBHS-down-because-we've-been-jealous-of-NBHS-for years "committee" that decided this 27 year old class wasn't ok, was comprised only of competitor schools (principals and AD's). Schools that have been jealous for years, and whose kids would directly benefit by taking away the team championship. That is objective?
If you think that either Sam or Lilly really wanted to play high school tennis to just be the champion, you have to be kidding. People make fun of hs tennis in the real tennis world; they act like it is nothing. However, their parents played high school tennis and loved it; then pushed them into it at the beginning, and then they loved the camaraderie. That is why they play hs tennis. By the way, Lilly also played freshman NBHS basketball. If she is such a superstar, would she really have done that? She certainly doesn't think she is any kind of a star, for sure! She'd still have kept with bball, but sprained her ankle 2x in a summer league so thought she better stop.
By the way, the NBHS kids left school at 3:10 p.m. They traveled over to Newk's and got there about 3:30 (construction). Regular school gets out at 3:50 p.m. That is the timeframe w are talking. Newk's doesn't start until 4:00. (Officially they start at 3:30, but there is talking, joking, dinking around, so they don't hit balls until 4:00). So where is the cheating? Were the kids supposed to say, "Hey, wait, I want to stay another 40 minutes at school so I can't go?" Why are the kids being penalized? If the class is not ok with the rules, change the class, but don't punish the kids.
By the way, they tell us that 90% of the time, the UIL sides with that very objective committee made up of dog-eat-dog competitors. But now you know the facts.