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Athletic director for Ohio school that lost 108-1 in girls hoops fired

The athletic director at Northeast Ohio College Prep, whose girls basketball team got national attention for a 107-point loss and the class it showed afterward, has been removed from his duties, according to multiple reports.

Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio) beat NEO 108-1 in a girls sectional semifinal basketball game Wednesday night. The game got national attention, including from USA TODAY High School Sports. Gilmour coach Bob Buetel said the team did not run the score up and did everything it could to respect the game and the opponent. Northeast released a statement saying the school “is extremely proud of the comraderie and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game.”

However, school administrators clearly were not happy with the result and the attention and it cost Justin Shullick his job. USA TODAY High School Sports reached Shullick on Thursday morning after the game. He said he was “running to a meeting” and would call when the meeting was over. He never returned the call.

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In a statement released to Fox 8 in Cleveland and cleveland.com, the school, “We strive to assure that our athletic program is as successful as our academic model. … We took steps that would move our athletic program in a new direction. While we cannot discuss any personnel matters, we felt it was necessary to embark upon a different path regarding our athletic department. We are always seeking additional support that will enhance our athletic programming and offer opportunities for our scholars to be successful not only with their academics, but also with their athletic interests.”

Northeast Ohio Prep has been in existence as a school for five years and this is the third season for girls basketball. The roster had eight players, most freshmen. The team finished 1-12.

“I figured people would be upset about the negative publicity, but I had no idea it would cost him his job,” Nadia Cuevas, the lone senior on the team, told Fox 8.

“These girls played with their heart. They didn’t play with an attitude; they didn’t give up; they kept encouraging each other on the floor. … The freshmen now are already talking that we are going to learn a lot from this game and they are going to come back.”

7 comments
cosandriamoore
cosandriamoore

im number 11 and I play for neo college prep we played our hardest that night to me that score don't mean nothing at least we didn't give up, we could've walked away but we didn't we left our hearts out on that court but just know its not over I am one of those freshman and I will be returning next year and im proud to play for neo!

ColumbusTravis
ColumbusTravis

I live in Ohio, and let me explain, once again.  EVERY high school team in Ohio gets to play in the end of year tournament.  If you win, you advance.  But again, regardless of your record, you will play in the state tournament, and you play until you lose or win it all.

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LeeDavis3
LeeDavis3

What is the world coming to when a HIGH SCHOOL athletic director is fired because his school's 8 person girl's basketball team -7 of whom were freshmen - wasn't competitive in a game? First, the school doesn't have a huge student body from which to pull athletes for its teams. Second, they made the playoffs, which is itself an accomplishment to be proud of for a very young program (in terms of age of players and age of the program). Third, news reports indicated the team played hard the entire game and did not give up. The other team saluted their effort. Sometimes, hard effort doesn't yield the desired outcome, but the effort itself shows the students were taught right. The school administration blew it.

ColumbusTravis
ColumbusTravis

@LeeDavis3 just so u kno... ALL Ohio basketball teams make the playoffs.  Every team, no matter what their record is, gets to play in the high school tournament.

ErikBaran
ErikBaran

@LeeDavis3 How did they make the play-offs with a 1-12 record?  This sounds as if this is another example of today's everybody gets a medal mentality.  Why are two such obviously disparate teams even playing each other?   

ColumbusTravis
ColumbusTravis

@ErikBaran @LeeDavis3


To answer your second question, the reason two "disparate teams" play each other is because just like in the NCAA tournament, all teams in the Ohio HS basketball tournament are seeded.  So your first round or two of games will include high seeds against low seeds.

Remember, ALL Ohio HS teams play in the end of year tournament.  If you win, you advance. Once you lose, you are out of the tournament.  But no matter what your record is, you are included in the tournament.