I am writing this letter in regard to Ashley Browns Jan. 14 sports column. I consider Ashley to be a friend and he does a good job of giving recognition to area athletes, but sometimes friends disagree. This is one of those times.
Richie Carnes of Lakeside High School is one of the best young coaches in the area and to criticize or question his coaching strategy in print is wrong. Nobody knows his players' abilities or personalities on the court better than the head coach - not the parents, fans or sportswriters.
Evidently, Carnes saw something he did not like and made an adjustment that he thought would help his team. Coaches make mistakes sometimes, but this was not one of them and to question it in the news media is wrong. Carnes is one of the hardest working and most knowledgable coaches around, and has his team playing very well late in the season.
The other item is that this is the most balanced year among the boys teams and to declare one school king of basketball based on one game is premature. Coach Casey Dees of Greenbrier High has done a great job this year, and they defeated us 40-39 in a great high school basketball game to win the series 2-1.
But when everybody in the county has defeated everybody else at least once, there is no king. On any given night, any of the four boys teams can beat each other.
If Brown is going to be in the habit of crowning 'kings,' he should do his research and find out which is the only boys team in the county in the past seven years to have an overall winning record despite playing in the toughest basketball regions in the state the last four years and enduring grueling travel conditions. Let me give you a hint: it starts with an 'E.'
Keep up the good work Ashley, and as I stated earlier, good friends can disagree with each other.
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Evans High School
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