Girl on boys basketball team: Readers take sides
Tampabay.com readers have lots to say about Aliyah Farley, the 13-year-old girl who joined the boys JV basketball team at Westside Christian School.
School officials support her playing on the boys' team. But Rick Preslicka, the head of the Suncoast Christian Conference, declared Westside's recent victory a forfeit because Aliyah played with the boys. The conference's board will vote on the issue Wednesday night (Dec. 10).
The case has roused strong emotions at Westside -- where the administrator and athletic director are women -- and on tampabay.com.
"If she's good, what's the problem? Are the boys intimidated?" tampabay.com reader Butch asks.
David says: "In the FHSAA, a girl is allowed to play football, so why the ostrich head in the sand for this situation? Let's wake up to the modern age of equality you doofs."
CC says: "Someone needs to let him know the 1950's are over."
But all readers aren't cheering on Aliyah:
A mom writes: "I have a son who plays in this (conference). My son has stated that he does not want to play against her due to the close contact. He says it goes against what he believes as a Christian man."
"Anyone ever met Rick?" asks Robb. "I have. Great guy. Not a pig. Just a guy, doing right, and gettin' heck for it. As usual, eh?"