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Michigan school worries about sportsmanship after football player scores record 16 goals

KINGSLEY, Michigan – A northern Michigan school board plans to send out a sportsmanship protest after a football player’s record-breaking 16-goal game against a winless team.

The backlash over Kevin Hubbell’s performance continued on Monday night at a Kingsley board meeting. Members did not take a formal vote, but there was clear support for sending a letter to the Benzie Central school board, the superintendent said.

Hubbell, one of Michigan’s top players, scored 16 goals in a 17-0 win over Benzie Central on September 29, setting state and national records for most goals in a high school game .

“He was shooting them like a rocket,” said Heather Bartelmay, a Kingsley school board member whose son was a goaltender for part of the game. “We went and hugged our boys. This is what was needed. Their hearts were bleeding.

Superintendent Keith Smith, who will draft the board letter, told The Associated Press it was a “cheap move.”

“They decided to do it, and they did it,” Smith said Tuesday. “It has no place in high school athletics. … Moving forward after being punched in the face is a great lesson in life. But our football program is a nascent program. We only have so many children.

Kingsley is 0-16 and has only scored seven goals all season, according to match results posted online.

Benzie Central coach Chris Batchelder told local media he knows records are possible against the struggling Stags. But in a September 30 letter to Kingsley officials, he said he had no intention of “humiliating your players or your program” and apologized for some remarks.

“He was a player who was getting hot and I got lost in the opportunity the kid had in front of him,” Batchelder said.

There was no immediate response Tuesday to emails seeking comment from officials at Benzie’s Central School.

Kingsley’s soccer mom Shannon Schoech has suggested the school should stop playing Benzie Central in any sport this year.

“As parents, we want to be able to tell our boys that not only did their parents and loved ones stand up for them, but their entire community did too,” Schoech told the school board.