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Controversy continues to surround team

January 25, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — After the Calexico Unified School District board gave coach Jamie Chew a vote of confidence Saturday, two Calexico High School girls varsity basketball players didn't show up to practice Monday.

One of the girls is the team's 5-foot-10 "sixth-man," the first player off the bench. The other is a role player on the team.

The girls also skipped Tuesday's game against Holtville.

The Calexico girls lost by more than 30 points to the Vikings.

A source close to the team said the absence of the two players didn't affect the outcome of the game, "(Holtville) just hit all their shots."

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That opinion notwithstanding, the fallout from Saturday's decision by the board and the lingering controversy surrounding the team could have repercussions on the hardwood and in the administrative halls of the district. The girls did not show up for Wednesday's practice.

Their status tonight's game is in doubt. The Bulldogs (11-7 overall, 2-1 IVL) play Central Union High School in El Centro tonight.

School board Trustee Reynaldo Ayala said the board at its next meeting could discuss reprimanding Superintendent Roberto Moreno and Athletic Director Ray Alvarado regarding the controversy.

The two came under fire from parents of players and coaches because of their handling of a recent incident that was sparked by Chew's decision to send a junior to the junior varsity team instead of the varsity squad.

After Chew sent the girl to the JV squad, the parents of that player contested the move and the girl refused to report to the JV team.

To shield herself and her players from the ensuing controversy, Chew locked the doors to the gym during practice.

That act set off the parents anew.

Ayala said at this point in the dispute, the school superintendent and the athletic director should have handled the matter internally.

That didn't happen.

After weeks of meetings with the various parties affected, including players, the matter was brought before the school board.

After 12 hours of testimony at board level, a decision was made to keep Chew as coach.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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