Coach Won't Apologize for 100-0 Win

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The coach of a Texas high school basketball team that beat another team 100-0 sent an e-mail to a newspaper saying he will not apologize "for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity."

On its Web site last week, the Covenant School of Dallas, a
private Christian school, posted a statement regretting the outcome
of its Jan. 13 shutout win over Dallas Academy. "It is shameful
and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not
reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition," said
the statement, signed by Kyle Queal, head of school, and board
chair Todd Doshier.

Covenant coach Micah Grimes, who has been criticized for letting
the game get so far out of hand, made it clear in the e-mail Sunday
to The Dallas Morning News that he does not agree with his school's

"In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School Web
site, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the
Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or
ashamed," Grimes wrote in the e-mail, according to the newspaper.
"We played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my
beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and
it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my
girls played with honor and integrity."

A phone number for Grimes could not be located by The Associated
Press. The Dallas Morning News said Grimes did not respond to their
repeated e-mail requests for a telephone interview.

Queal did not immediately return a phone message left at his
home Sunday afternoon by the AP. There was no answer at a number
listed for Doshier.

A parent who attended the game said Covenant continued to make
3-pointers - even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant
players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering
wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.

Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime.

Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20
girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons.
The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in
teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as
short attention spans or dyslexia.

There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the
game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become
one-sided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have
applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the
Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, said last week.
Both schools are members of this association, which oversees
private school athletics in Texas.

The story has received national attention, and the Dallas
Academy team has been recognized for refusing to give up during the
lopsided contest.