Regular readers know I’m not a fan of running up the score in high school sports. No excuse for it. None.
Last week Dominican High School played Milwaukee Lifelong Learning. Dominican is now coached by Steve Showalter.
Obviously Showalter is an excellent coach, having won WIAA Division 1 state titles with Germantown in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Germantown lost the state title game in 2015. That’s an amazing run.
The last couple of seasons Showalter coached non-basketball powerhouse St. Augustine in Milwaukee. His expertise helped turn the team from doormat to a highly competitive bunch. I worked many of his games as the official timer and found Showalter to be a good guy (treated me well).
That’s why I’m stunned at what I learned about his recent game against Milwaukee Lifelong Learning.
FINAL: Dominican 122, MLL 24. That’s with a running clock, a rule I know personally that Showalter doesn’t care for. I’m told by a reliable source he played his starters well into the 2nd half and also used a full court press during most of the game against a badly beaten opponent.
I can’t imagine what he possibly could have been thinking. What do you learn from an outcome like that? What teaching moment have you given your kids?
I don’t wish anything bad against Showalter and Dominican. But I’m reminded of a saying about sports that applies also to life in general.
What goes around comes around.