Parents & Players Clash over High School Basketball Game at Gallego
By Honora Hillery Skyline High School Correspondent
ALPINE- Michael Pacheco, Sul Ross President Pete Gallego’s chief of staff, urges Sul Ross students to “take the high road,” after a near altercation at a high school basketball game on Jan. 19.
The bitterly contested high school basketball game, hosted at the Sul Ross Gallego Center, nearly broke into a violent melee between parents and players over an unruly fan’s apparently excessive taunting.
Pacheco laid some of the blame on university students, who joined in the heckling. Pacheco said they were “reminded of the rules and encouraged to use this as a learning experience.”
By all accounts, the game between the men’s Alpine and Kermit High School teams, played at the Gallego Center, was heated, and officials had to pause at least once to quiet fans. One parent from Kermit, who has been cited previously for unruly behavior, was particularly aggressive in his comments. Afterwards, the parent taunted the Alpine players as they left the building, and, according to witnesses, a fight nearly erupted.
Lee Sanchez, Alpine interim Principal, told the Skyline that the parent had been ejected previously from games for similar transgressions.
“From what I’ve heard he’s always been a little too supportive and has been asked to leave a couple of times in his days coming to Alpine,” Sanchez said.
Pacheco said that Sul Ross will continue to host Alpine High School basketball games in the future.