Posted by BigD on March 07, 2017 at 22:59:25:
In Reply to: Re: Carnegie exposed! posted by wolverines exposed on March 07, 2017 at 22:12:11:
: : : : http://www.pe.com/articles/year-826751-last-boys.html
: : : : Last year, Riverside Christian School’s boys basketball team lost all 14 of its games.
: : : : This year, newly christened as Carnegie Schools Riverside, it was on track to do the same, dropping its first four league games of the season, by large margins.
: : : : Then came the 11.
: : : : A cadre of international players — including a 7-foot center — had transferred to the school and, per CIF Southern Section regulations, had to sit out the first 30 days of the season. After that, they were ready to go.
: : : : They took on a new team name, the Wolverines, and they stomped the competition in the Division-6 Arrowhead League. Division 6 is usually reserved for the lowest performing teams. Carnegie won its final 10 league games by an average of 38 points, leaving coaches and players wondering what hit them.
: : : : Others wondered where and how. Where were these players from and how did they end up at a small private school in Riverside?
: : : : UPDATES:
: : : : Carnegie again proves it's too good for CIF Division 6 in championship game
: : : : Carnegie reclassified to Division 3 for State Regional basketball playoffs
: : : : CIF spokesman Thom Simmons said he could not confirm which nations the players are from due to privacy laws. A scan of various social media account showed players’ ties to Canada, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey.
: : : : School officials have been largely tight-lipped. When a reporter approached them several weeks ago about talking to the players, officials said the players could only speak with a coach present and questions could pertain only to the game they had just played.
: : : : When parents were approached at a playoff game between Carnegie and Lancaster Desert Christian, one woman mimed zipping her lips together, and they refused to speak about the team.
: : : : CIF officials have said that Carnegie — one of four schools operated by the Pasadena-based Carnegie Education Group — followed its rules and that officials had verified the players’ standings.
: : : : Kris Dryer, chairman of the school’s board of directors, said the players in question are just a few of about 100 international students attending Carnegie, out of a student body of 600.
: : : : Of the team’s top-four scorers — 7-foot senior center Luka Filipovic, 6-5 junior Kostas Altinis, 6-7 senior Nikola Ilic and 6-2 senior guard Kresimir Jerkov — three had transfers approved Dec. 15, according to the CIF Southern Section’s web site. All four were subject to the section’s mandated 30-day sit-out period that applied to transfer students.
: : : : Short of that, Sweeney seemed to think there were few regulations to hold the school back. In an interview shortly after he was hired, he expressed a free-wheeling philosophy in comparing the restrictions on public schools regarding attracting athletes, with “unlimited boundaries” private schools enjoy.
: : : : “At a private school,” Sweeney said, “you can get anyone from anywhere without restrictions.”
: : : : Sweeney didn’t get to realize that freedom. He was replaced with current coach Jose Hernandez before the season began. Sweeney declined to comment for this story.
: : : That is crazy..even cif darling Mater Dei wouldn't try to import 11 skilled international players in one season.
: : No, Mater Dei left that sort of thing to McKnight's old pal Wayne Merino to recruit all those foreign guys at Artesia...oh, but there was a little help from Mater Dei too, since Merino's uncle was an administrator at Mater Dei who "helped" with some of the paperwork.
: : Man, people have short memories.....
: : And what is the connection between Wayne Merino and Sweeney?
: : Stay tuned.
: : stop with the witch hunt, and the stay tuned thing. the cif is turning a blind eye to transfers, my legal council is better than yours... i know for a fact that sweeney had nothing to do with the artesia debacle of foreign players, guilt by association?? not good.
The Carnegie girls team also had a dramatic transformation this year after a very weak season as Riverside Christian in 2015-2016. Likely for the same reason.
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