Holloway acknowledges he misspoke regarding officiating crew
By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School boys basketball coach Jacy Holloway acknowledged Monday that he misspoke on Jan. 11 when he said the officiating crew that had called his team's loss that night at Hays had been banned from doing GCHS games.
Holloway made comments on the officiating crew following the Buffaloes' 74-54 loss to the Indians.
"When a crew gets banned from doing your games, and they are still allowed to do it, it really affects the coaching, the way you coach and the way we play," Holloway told the Hays Daily News on Jan. 11. "Our kids know it."
The crew consisted of Kevin Heft, Mike Miller and Doug Luebbers.
Holloway said he had been told last spring, after the 2011-12 season, that the crew in question would not be officiating future GCHS games. Holloway would not comment as to who had told him. It wasn't until after he made the comments following the Hays game that he learned the crew had not been banned from officiating GCHS games.
"I should not have made any post-game comments about the officiating crew," Holloway said.
Jeff Weaver, who now serves as commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, is responsible for assignment of officials for all WAC games. In a telephone interview Thursday, he said the officiating crew in question has never been banned, and he doesn't know where that incorrect assumption came from.
Former WAC commissioner and area official Randy Richter also said Thursday that the crew had never been banned.
"All parties agreed that the crew would not be assigned to future home games for Garden City," Richter said. "Everybody was happy with that conclusion."
"I do know that the crew had requested (to Randy Richter, previous WAC commissioner) that they not be assigned to work any Garden City games, especially those at Garden City," Weaver said. "There's been some scheduling times, though, where we've had to assign them to a Garden game, but tried to make sure it was a road game."
Four technical fouls were called in the Jan. 11 Garden-Hays game. One was assessed to Holloway and one to GCHS senior forward Austin Terpstra. Adam Deterding and Kenny Rounkles were the Hays players whistled for technical fouls.
Weaver said that the same crew has been contracted to work the upcoming Feb. 12 Garden City at Dodge City game and there was some consideration for having another crew reassigned to work that game.
"I had talks with Fran (Martin, Kansas State High School Activities Association assistant director who oversees basketball), and it was her feeling that since a contract was already in place, that it should be honored," Weaver said.
The crew also worked the Garden City-Denver South game in early December during the Southwest Classic in Garden City, a game Garden City won 57-55.