Tardiness costly for MHS' girls basketball team

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Jenna Blair and Middleton's girls basketball team will have to be road warriors this postseason./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

 

Jeff Kind felt terrible.

Being late isn’t like him. And in one of the rare instances Kind was tardy, it was costly.

Kind, Middleton’s girls basketball coach, thought his postseason seeding meeting Sunday was at 1 p.m. Instead, it was at noon.

So when Kind arrived at 12:50 p.m., the meeting was already wrapping up.

Because Kind was not present when the postseason seeds were being voted on, Middleton is not allowed to host any games at the regional level.

“I feel terrible about it,” Kind said afterwards. “It’s nobody’s fault but my own.”

The good news is Kind’s Cardinals received the No. 3 seed, which is what Middleton expected. The bad news is the Cardinals’ first game — a regional semifinal against sixth-seeded Madison West — will now be at West on March 1 at 7 p.m.

If the seeds hold true to form, Kind’s snafu will only hurt the Cardinals in their opening playoff game. The Middleton-West winner will most likely travel to second-seeded Madison La Follette for a regional final.

If the Lancers somehow lose, though, to seventh-seeded Madison Memorial — and Middleton defeats West — the regional final will be played at Memorial.

Kind also can't work from the coaching box in either game, and instead, will have to remain seated.

“Two games is a pretty steep penalty,” said Middleton athletic director Bob Joers. “But chances are it will only hurt us once. Jeff feels really bad. Mistakes happen.”

Verona received the No. 1 seed, followed by La Follette, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Oconomowoc, Madison West, Madison Memorial, Watertown and Madison East.

The sectional semifinals are March 7 in Sun Prairie, and the sectional finals are March 9 at Middleton.

The state tournament runs March 15-16 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Ironically, Kind has a policy with his team in which “on time” actually means “15 minutes early.”

“No one feels worse than I do,” he said. “But we tell the kids all the time, ‘next play’ and we have to do the same and move on. What’s done is done.”

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