I’ve shown up to a gym before only to find out the game I was supposed to cover was postponed or canceled. I’ve never heard of that happening to a team, though.
When Baldwyn’s basketball teams arrived at Hollandale Simmons on Saturday, the gym was already emptying. But it wasn’t a basketball crowd. It was a funeral crowd.
I don’t know who had died, but Baldwyn coach Jason McKay wasn’t too worried even when chairs were still strewn about the floor at 5:15, 45 minutes before the girls were to tip off.
“That’s just the way it is over here,” he thought.
When Simmons coach George Willis finally showed up, he had no players in tow. There were no refs, either.
“The bottom line,” McKay told Willis, “is we’re here. Get your assistant coach or whoever you want to call the game, and we’ll play.”
The MHSAA would’ve loved that.
But there would be no game.
The teams were originally scheduled to meet on Dec. 1, but the football playoffs forced it’s being moved. Willis insisted that the makeup date had never been agreed upon, only discussed, but McKay said otherwise, citing witnesses to the coaches’ conversation.
McKay later learned that one of Simmons’ best players was out with an elbow injury. Willis offered to travel to Baldwyn on another day, but the Bearcats’ schedule is too full.
On the bright side, McKay said, “They’ve got a great Wendy’s that’s a 3 1/2-hour drive to eat at.”