The Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game wasn't played Thursday night because Mesa Prep's second baseman is a girl.
Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn't offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game - and the state title - to Mesa Prep.
"As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education,‚ÄĚ Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate KTVK.
‚ÄúIt takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right,‚ÄĚ Mesa Prep Headmaster Robert Wagner told KTVK.
But Sultzbach's mother, Pamela Sultzbach, said her daughter and the Mesa Prep team were being done a disservice.
"This is not a contact sport. It shouldn't be an issue. It wasn't that they were afraid they were going to hurt or injure her, it's that (they believe) that a girl's place is not on a field," Pamela Sultzbach told the Arizona Republic.
"I respect their views, but it's a bit out of the 18th century," Amy Arnold, Mesa Prep's athletic director, told the Republic.
Mesa Prep and Our Lady of Sorrows played twice during the regular season, but Sultzbach sat out, as they were away games for her team.
‚ÄúIt was on their field, and I felt the need to respect their rules,‚ÄĚ she told KTVK.
The final would have been on a neutral field, and Sultzbach wanted to play.
Now, despite being hailed as state champions, Mesa Prep will feel like they've missed something, Pamela Sultzbach said.
"This team has worked so hard," she said. "They're undefeated. They had one game left. At our school, we're taught that when you start something, you complete it, and they weren't done."
Catholic Church...stuck in the Dark Ages.
Sometimes it's just embarrassing to be a Catholic.
For us non-cathlic heathens, we can see how you could be embarrased. Cathlics seem to want all of us to abide by "their" rules and beleifs. What a sad lot of folks who can't seem to respect others who have different views. I believe God loves us ALL...not just those who attend cathlic mass and confess their sins to some Man behind a shrouded wall or curtain.
Was this just because Catholics don't like girls and they prefer little boys?
I don‚Äôt think there were any priests on the team, or maybe they were priests in training.
This is clearly about religious freedom.
What religious freedom would that be?
Another branch of the American Taliban.
Yea, don't catholics bomb medical clinics in the name of their relgion? I think they also shoot people, especailly Doctors over their beliefs also.
The only reason not to play this game would be because one school is a "Nike" school and the other is an "Under Armor" school. Now those are two streams which should not be crossed!
Good for them. It's heartening to see someone stand up for their principles.
Just like Rev. Phelps.
I suppose, but from another perspective they look like people who don't want to play against a girl.
Sooooooo; the principle of Hate is nobel enough to stand up for? Great! It's loons like you that made this country what it is today....divided, violent, and hateful.
Hitler stood up for his principles. Does his behavior hearten you also. Standing up for one's principles is admirable if the principles are admirable.
Sick though they may be!
If a muslim school had done this you'd be raising a holy ruckus.
So you support the Taliban killing civilians in support of their principles too?
Just like George Wallace!
Personally I have no convictions myself and am intolerant of anyone who disagrees with me.
It is a contact sport at second base. the boys would not go for a deep slide and hit the girl-not in their make-up. You people grow up and realize that not everything has to be co-ed. Women are physically different than men. I could not the %$#@ out of that girl when I was that age-I would probably break her bones with a hard hit. You have rules in life if you are Christian and you live by them. By the way the Catholic Church is the largest Christian Church in the world. This is standard in any other country except politically correct America.
you mean in America where-we-don't-let-religion-rule-our-lives-correct...You have a lot of assumptions in your comment. As if you've REALLY have slid into second base and hit a female. is that so? I guess if you are not a Christian then you don't have to live by those silly rules. Play Ball!
Wrong, and if you are breaking bones in baseball, then you are a mo-ron that should not be let onto the field. Most of the civilized world does not worry about your personal little gender interaction issues. Also, their "reasoning" had nothing to do with safety and everything to do with gender separation. Nothing more.
You are everything that is wrong with this country. Please leave.
Most Catholics believe that they are saved in some way by their works. That is not what Christians believe. For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. We can't earn our way into heaven. You don't pay for a gift, you accept it. We are saved unto good works, not by doing good works.
Politically correct? If she can play second base better than anybody else who tried out at Mesa it's called fairness, or does your gender bias not account for that?
And oddly enough, she managed to play all season long without having all of her bones broken.
‚ÄúI think that all good, right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told
that all good, right thinking people in this country are fed up with being told that all good, right thinking people in this country are fed up with being sick and tired.
I'm certainly not, but I'm sick and tired of being told that I am‚ÄĚ
ITS BASEBALL!!!! LEAVE RELIGION OUT OF IT!!
You are an f-ing moron.
No, not everything has to be coed, but the article clearly states there is no softball team. It would be unfair and rather childish to say "you can't play because you are a girl." Clipping someone's wings because they are female is very nineteenth century.
"As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education".....reads,
As a Catholic school, we believe women are subservient to men and feel insulted that one has the nerve to step on a field and call herself "equal"
Thae pretty well sums it up. When these 'boys' enter the real world and have a female supervisor what are they going to think or do?
From a country that prides itself on human rights, this amazes me. Where is the equality? No wonder Americans are scoffed at by forward, free-thinking people. Wow Arizona, great example!
Can't blame Arizona, just one backward Catholic school.
America doesn't actually 'pride itself' in human rights; it just tries to impose its supposed belief in 'human rights' on the rest of the world as an excuse for waging war.
Ah... religious schools. Teaching weirdness every day.
That's why we live in America and it isn't un-American as they have the freedom to choose to play or not play.
Its merely unsportsmanlike which comes awful close to un-American in most people's eyes.
So....they can pray to a woman, but they can't play with a girl?
LOL, well, only if she's a virgin and somehow managed to give birth.
Gotta love Arizona. It's OK to profile Hispanics, impede the poor's access to health care, and open carry weapons, but hey! A girl on the field? That's a problem! Perhaps if she offered to wear a burqa the other team wouldn't have been polluted by this female infidel.
Glad you agree!!