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Connell High School May Have the Dirtiest Basketball Team in America (Video)

Connell High School in Washington is receiving negative attention for a video showing the dirty play of its basketball team. The video is from a December 22nd game between Connell and Highland High School and it was posted on YouTube December 28th. Our friends at Guyism posted the video a day later and described one of the young men as “The dirtiest basketball player in America.” It’s hard to disagree.

The video shows six flagrant fouls committed by Connell seniors Cole Vanderbilt and Kennan VanHollebeke. Vanderbilt is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds while VanHollebekeis is 6-4 and 235 pounds. Both were linemen on the school’s football team, and displayed an alarmingly aggressive football mindset throughout the team’s 38-37 win. Vanderbilt even threatened the safety of one of his opponents with a vicious clothesline.

The man who uploaded the video to YouTube is the uncle of one of the Highland players. He says his intent was to show the need for better officiating in the games.

“It wasn’t my intention to single (Vanderbilt) out,” Michael Christenson told the Tri-City Herald. “If you look closely at my video, his name is never mentioned. What I wanted to single out was the officiating. If they do their jobs, there are no hard fouls and no video.”

A 30-year veteran official from the Tri-Cities Sports Officials Association disagreed with the video’s message.

“There were no problems and no fights. It’s getting painted as flagrant fouls or intentional fouls, but it doesn’t have anything to do with that,” David Pierce said. “The guy took a camera and jaded it. He didn’t show the whole game. He showed six plays.”

Connell’s coach says the video paints Vanderbilt unfairly. The school’s athletic director even blames technology for the problem.

“Everybody has the right to their opinion. Not everybody thinks about all the consequences about what their actions will be,” Eagles’ Athletic Director Steve Frucci said. “It goes to show what can happen in today’s day and age. Whoever can afford that technology can do anything they want.”

The video may have singled out certain plays, but if the Connell players hadn’t committed such heinous fouls, people wouldn’t be talking about the video.

Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the link


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEGMZHLKVQHFC3ML66M4JRRJCA Phade2Blaq

    Agreed ! These idiots were fouling flagrantly just to be fouling !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEGMZHLKVQHFC3ML66M4JRRJCA Phade2Blaq

    You’re as delusional and racist as Rick !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEGMZHLKVQHFC3ML66M4JRRJCA Phade2Blaq

    Agreed !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEGMZHLKVQHFC3ML66M4JRRJCA Phade2Blaq

    Agreed !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEGMZHLKVQHFC3ML66M4JRRJCA Phade2Blaq

    In the NBA, guys are taught to commit “hard fouls” to prevent giving up easy layups but these thugs in this game were committing fouls 20 feet from the basket when no one was attempting a shot !

  • Anonymous

    I played high school basketball 50 years ago in a conference of schools too small to have a football team. It was not unusual to encounter bullies like this on the court. The solution was simple (not one I approve of now, but it was effective). Notice the dimensions of the court and the short distance between the base line and the wall.

    After more than one event like is shown in the video without a response from the referee, our coach would put in out third team center (6’4″ & 240 lb). We would allow the other team’s bully to have ball around the free throw line and a clear lane to drive to the goal. 3rd team center would then follow him to defend against the lay-up, stumble, and take him full speed into the wall behind the goal. Even with the padding, once was usually enough. I was not that big, but this was my job as a sophomore.

    I have matured since then, and now practice law. If my son were the player attacked in this matter, I would now file criminal charges for assault. I think it would at least get the attention of the school.

  • Anonymous

    That fat slob #34 is a thug and does not belong on a basketball court. Those fouls would even be called as penalties in football for God sakes. I cannot believe the refs didn’t kick him out of the game but the really pathetic is that his coach would allow him to play that way. I am and have been a basketball coach for many years at all levels except pro and i can tell you that a thug like that would never be on my team.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve played it all (football, basketball, wrestling, boxing, baseball, softball, etc.), and appreciate a physical and very aggressive style of play.   But let’s be real here – the round kid is doing nothing but goon it up, hunkering down in the lane so he can pick on little guys.  That is not being manly.  It is quite the opposite.  Look how comfortable and self-satisfied that bag of **** is is doing nothing but blow up small dudes in vulnerable positions.  Get that butterball off the court – he shows no basketball skillset, and clearly doesn’t belong there – unless it’s to punk men half his weight.  Instead, insert his bloated *** where it does belong:  a boxing ring, a wrestling mat, a football field — where “street justice” isn’t the one-way street he seems to be so fond of here.  Trust me – there are LOTS of athletes that would love to sink their fangs into this juicy slab of meat.

  • Robert Wyatt

    WOW!!! Every foul was at least intentional…note how the fouling player is given some skin by his teamates after each foul, how the fouling player NEVER helps up the fouled player, and the look on the young mens’ faces after the foul occurs.  I totally understand contact in basketball, I played in high school, and lots of pick up games.  And I also understand certain teams just hate each other.   But any true athlete who is mentally right understands the risks every day they suit up and they do not appreciate or condone dirty play..and that is exactly what we have here.  Every one of those fouls could have easily resulted in serious injury.  My guess is those fouling players also got some serious penalties in football also…personal foul/unsportmanlike conduct comes to mind.
    AND we have a coach and AD who are supporting their players WITHOUT question.  Seems to me that there is a “culture” at this school that includes violence and stick together no matter what.  If publick opinion does not force the institution to make some changes..if I were school officials at other schools that played themn I would complain hard to the state authorities and strongly consider forfeiting to them citing concern for my players.  Hell, everyone forfeit and send that team to state playoffs!

  • Big Love

     A 30-year veteran official from the Tri-Cities Sports Officials Association disagreed with the video’s message. A thirty year veteran.  That explains how things got so bad there.  Very lucky a fight didnt break out.  i know one kid, (34), who woulda been laid on his arse if he tried that in a school where the players weren’t so pasty 

  • Anonymous

    unfortunately, sometimes, the only way something can be done is for enough people to be outraged so I applaud the person who posted this criminal behavior on-line for all to see. Clearly #34 is a THUG who doesn’t belong on a basketball court. As bad as his actions were, it is even worse that his coach and administrators seem to condone this behavior! That is where the REAL problem lies.

  • Ed Fahey

    That 30 year veteran official must be no. 34′s father.

  • Anonymous

    1 foul could was flagrant, 4 fouls show complete lack of basketball skill and one was caused by an opposing player running obstruction. n If he would not have pushed there would have been a blocking foul. What conspired between these clips may have a lot to say with what happened as well.

  • Jerry Fleming

    I read a couple of your comments, and the one thread that is common, is that you need to return to school and learn both the English language, spelling, and proper grammar usage.  Beyond your language failure, you need to learn the difference between thuggery, and really stupid acts with intent to injure. Quite frankly, removing you from the gene pool would be an asset to humanity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000469822831 Kevin Chapman

    They sure did look like accidents. Especially with the giant smirk on his face when the ADULTS were begging the refs to kick his no talent butt out of the game

  • Anonymous

    Just another fat red-neck in army boots… His parents must be so proud…

  • Rance Pitts

    It is obvious that these two goobers have no basketball skills or talent for the game. I blame their coach for even letting them on the team, much less the court. They are apparently doing his bidding by trying to intimidate or injure the other team. Not only do we need better officals, we need better coaches. A responsible coach would have benched these goobers after the first mugging!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIJLLFASBJYJDEBO4KKTACEI6A paul

    This guy has no basketball skills at all. He might be a good football player but to put him in a basketball game to intentionally hurt  people thats has better skills than him. He must be the coaches son or the atheletic director to prove he can play basketball. he not even tying o block the ball. Sorry dude you suck as a basketball player.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIJLLFASBJYJDEBO4KKTACEI6A paul

    This is really bad sportsmanship. He is going to hurt someone one day and then what are you going to say.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIJLLFASBJYJDEBO4KKTACEI6A paul

    He must be your son. He sucks and should be playing football with  the KKK. Look he has no basketball skills at all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMAZX55VV7RAPOX2CJQCRURUWU KH

    I received and committed my fair share of hard fouls while playing high school sports but after commiting/receiving a hard foul I can not recall a time that either I or the other player didn’t offer our hand to help one another up.
    This is the crux of the whole matter…at no time does #34 ever offer his hand to help the opposing player up. To the contrary, you can see the look of glee on his face and see it in his body language post foul. Offering your hand to an opposing player whos been knocked down is basic sportsmanship and doesn’t need to be taught. No one specifically taught me or my teammates this…we just did it. 
    Who here needs to be taught or remembers being specifically taught that when you see someone do a faceplant that it’s a kind gesture to offer your hand in assistance?

    The responses of the offending teams coach, AD and Carissa Murphy show the typical American mentality of no personal responsibility and blaming everyone else for dangerous and stupid behavior. 

    I firmly believe that what individuals like #34 need is a good serious ass kicking. Once you’ve gotten your ass kicked real good you learn things…like not to mouth off, not to pick fights and generally to just not act like an ass. 

    But that’s just my opinion… 

  • Anonymous

    are you blind?? haven’t you seen the video.?? was this a crooked video???
    I am going to fully go after this issue, it is clear that is not nice kid #34……it is the coach.
     #34 Cole never did not go after the ball he went after the body 2 fouls with no regards on the smaller skinnier kids and what about the smile in his face after his actions?
    I understand You don’t see it my way,  Cole Vanderbilt is a nice kid OFF court but if He really makes an effort He can be a good player He has the Height.
    The referies should be fired, school coach fired, principal removed or reprimanded .
    Someone has to do something about this!!
    Denial is not the solution.

  • Anonymous

    This is Connell H.S. “motto.” What a joke! The bigger problem here is that their football coach is also the assistant basketball coach and the track coach. Once again, in High School we see the “Good ol’ Boys” network at play leading these young men astray. These coaches should be fired on the spot. They have no C.L.A.S.S. whatsoever. What happened to “Show respect to all,” and “Success through sportsmanship” which their athletic/scholastic programs claim to live and learn by?
    It’s a sad day in athletics when you see things like this.

  • Anonymous

    I call B.S. on Carissa. Those State Champion football players were out to physically harm the opposing players. Coaching staff needs to be replaced immediately and the A.D. put on notice. This should not be tolerated, period!

  • Anonymous

    Shut up Carissa and quit making excuses for whoever you are trying to protect. Malicious acts like these displayed on the video should not be tolerated. That big bastard will get his ass kicked someday, and I expect that you will stick up of the guy who served it up. Right?

  • Anonymous

    What you just said, is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this chat room, is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Anonymous

    To IdahoGirl –
    What you just said, is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this blog is now dumber for having readit. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Anonymous

    Kramer470 –

    What you just said, is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent statement, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this blog, is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Anonymous

    Carissa Murphy is a no brained idiot for her posts. These fat bastards had every intention to harm the opposing players and Carissa is blind for not seeing that. Bring that team to Seattle and see what happens. Quit making excuses for the fatty boys, because you are actually supporting their behavior. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Ashley Vandemark

    Seriously? Its a GAME between highschool boys! What if that kid would have landed on his neck and broke it? He came close. Then what gets me, is that little jerk-off has a sh*tty smirk on his face the whole time they were checking on the other kid to see if he was ok. What a f*ck stick!