Basalt games on; refs will work
BASALT ” The basketball games between Basalt and Olathe will be held tonight thanks to an 11th-hour deal brokered between school administrators and officials.
The girls game will start at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game is slated for 7 p.m. at Basalt High School, according to Principal Jim Waddick. There will be no junior varsity games.
The games had been threatened with cancellation after the Glenwood Springs Officials Association announced Wednesday it wouldn’t send referees because of alleged on-going problems with adult fans.
Representatives of the Roaring Fork School District and the officials association met at 11 a.m. today and reached a resolution in the dispute. The conditions include a police presence in the gym and availability of multiple administrators in case the refs require disciplinary action against a fan, according to Randy Hunt, head official for the Glenwood Springs pool of referees.
A statement about sportsmanship and consequences of poor behavior will also be read before the games and during half-time of both games, Hunt said.
If all goes well, the local referees will work the remaining games next weekend.
“We agreed to service them for the rest of the year in the interests of both parties,” Hunt said.
Earlier in the dispute, a deal was arranged to bring in referees from Grand Junction to work Basalt’s home games Saturday against Gunnison.
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