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."
Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Irrational response to a changing world.
Well Joe, the 18th Century has much to be appreciated is suspect.
So we are supposed to be outraged that this happened but not be angry when that boy was recently kicked off the girls field hockey team even though he was 3 years younger than all the girls? This is why feminism is bs. You can't discriminate then whine when you are discriminated against. This girl won a "championship".
To answer your first question: "No."
To reply to the rest of your post: "Please stop talking, you're making the rest of us look bad."
I feel badly for the kids at Our Lady of Sorrows Academy. Because they go to Our Lady of Sorrows Academy.
Wasn't it another Catholic School that pulled out of a basketball tournament because of the day it was played on? Why can't they just play the game and stop whining?
Reading news here in Russia, every day I get more and more confirmation that Arizona is a one of the most idiotic place on Earth. Right there after Russia.
The boys of Lady of Sorrows are afraid to get beat by a girl. They have a girls name for a school for God's sake.
Another reason why the Catholic church needs to just go away. They are the most divisive organization the world has ever experiences, and do not represent what Jesus would do – ever...
Matthew – I agree. Being a Christian (admittedly, not a Catholic), this view by the religious school does not seem consistent with the 'inclusive', 'all-loving' and compassionate God that I know.
Drop 'em from the league.
Pro Sports DO NOT allow mixed teams. why should highschool or any other leverl of play.
Pro sprorts Do allow mixed teams. It is open to the best players regaurdless of gender. Manon Rheaume was a goaltender in pro hockey.
sorry john, but did you see danica patrick drive in nascars races this past weekend?
women are demanding to be treated as equals in all things, and some of us are living by older standards that no longer apply.
and obama just came out in support of gay marriage.
You are incorrect (surprise, surprise). Pro sports do not prohibit women from playing.
You're partially right. It only works when women have something to gain. Danica in NASCAR, Rheaume in hockey, the whole flap at Augusta..
Now, when it benefits the man, that's when it's okay to be exclusionary. Allen Iverson needs money, but I think the odds of the WNBA letting him in are slim to none.. I like volleyball, but men's volleyball didn't exist where I grew up. I wasn't given the option to join the volleyball team, despite a girl being allowed to try out for football.
Stinks, doesn't it? Reeks of double standards...
Forfeit and still lost to a girl!
Now when gays are no longer shunned (at least openly), we can begin anew to pick on girls and women. The Catholic Church continues to do damage young people. Hang in there Paige!!
So can boys compete in girls track and field, or swimming or soccer?
If there is no male equivalent, then yes.
Seems like every team should add a girl to their team and then these clowns will have to forfeit every game. My suggestion to the ACAA would be that their forfeit should not be accepted, they should be disqualified.
Thank you Arizona for now becoming like the other biggoted gender and race baiting states like AL, MS, KY, TN, SC etc......
"Our Lady of Sorrows", really?? Is that the name of the academy or the description of those running it? ūüėČ