Oct 29, 2010
Team That Threatened Boycott Now Will Play

SHERRARD, IL — “She wasn’t just a coach, she was a role model, said Erin Barton, a student athlete at Sherrard High School.

The Sherrard Tigers’ head basketball and softball coach Becky Ince was fired from her job Wednesday by the school board.

We asked her why earlier this week.

That’s been the most confusing part of the whole process, said Ince. Like I said, I truly don’t know the reason behind the whole thing.”

She’s already got a new job as a coach at Mercer County.

The news comes just days after the girls, along with fellow teammates, signed a petition claiming they wouldn’t play the upcoming season without Ince by their side.

“I think we got our point across that she’s a great coach and our idol, said Aimee Iverson, another student athlete.

The signs the girls made are still up all around town.

One says, We want Ince back.”

It’s a tangible, symbolic reminder of what these girls were fighting for.

But, like Ince, the girls have moved on.

“We didn’t want to throw away our season, but if that’s what it came down to we would have, said Iverson. She wants us to play and that’s what we’re going to do.”

It’s been an emotional week.

Still, the players say, there are no hard feelings.

“We aren’t upset with her. We are happy for her because we all support her, still, she said. She wants what’s best for us, like we want what’s best for her.”

Sherrard’s athletic director, Brady Stromquist, says whether or not people agree with the girls, they showed great character and conviction.

“They’ve come together as a tight group and we’re looking forward to seeing that on the court when practice starts on Monday, said Stromquist.

That’s just what the girls say will happen thanks to their former coach, Ince.

She pushed us in the right direction and taught us to live with no regrets.”

Sherrard will play Mercer County on December 18th. Team That Threatened Boycott Now Will Play

WQAD.com (Iowa)

SHERRARD, IL —

“She wasn’t just a coach, she was a role model, said Erin Barton, a student athlete at Sherrard High School. The Sherrard Tigers’ head basketball and softball coach Becky Ince was fired from her job Wednesday by the school board. We asked her why earlier this week. That’s been the most confusing part of the whole process, said Ince. Like I said, I truly don’t know the reason behind the whole thing.” She’s already got a new job as a coach at Mercer County. The news comes just days after the girls, along with fellow teammates, signed a petition claiming they wouldn’t play the upcoming season without Ince by their side. “I think we got our point across that she’s a great coach and our idol, said Aimee Iverson, another student athlete. The signs the girls made are still up all around town. One says, We want Ince back.” It’s a tangible, symbolic reminder of what these girls were fighting for. But, like Ince, the girls have moved on. “We didn’t want to throw away our season, but if that’s what it came down to we would have, said Iverson. She wants us to play and that’s what we’re going to do.” It’s been an emotional week. Still, the players say, there are no hard feelings. “We aren’t upset with her. We are happy for her because we all support her, still, she said. She wants what’s best for us, like we want what’s best for her.” Sherrard’s athletic director, Brady Stromquist, says whether or not people agree with the girls, they showed great character and conviction. “They’ve come together as a tight group and we’re looking forward to seeing that on the court when practice starts on Monday, said Stromquist. That’s just what the girls say will happen thanks to their former coach, Ince. She pushed us in the right direction and taught us to live with no regrets.” Sherrard will play Mercer County on December 18th.






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