HS Basketball

Chavez now has a 16-10 record this year, its first as a independent.

This past Year, in its own winter round-up, the Washington Post called Markee Mazyck of Chavez as the participant of the year at the Washington Charter School's Athletic Association, the sports convention to DC charter schools, also recognized Mazyck as a grownup. Eligibility-wise, in the same way the Post indicatedhe was a senior . If, that is, his college had not left the summit only so he would play high school ball a year ago.

The Chavez basketball narrative is an unusual one. Anyone who viewpoints DC charter schools since the Wild West of the instruction realm could locate some fodder here.

"That is a one-time thing."

You can not blame a pupil for wanting to maintain his high school career moving. Mazyck's still attending Chavez and ending his degree following some stumbles early , states Natera. And, everyone agrees, he is real good at basketball. So why would not he need to play the basketball team , and find an excess year of appearances out of school coaches?

It is possible to blame the college for the scenario, but since the Chavez administrators understood the WCSSA rules and, you can argue, should not have flexed'em for one child, particularly a 6'4, 225-pound child whose athletic abilities gave him choices not accessible to lower ballers. The college's coaches, as an instance, might have functioned to put him into a training school in which fifth-year seniors would be the standard. Or, if obtaining a college scholarship is your target, shopped his highlights reel out of the past year's player-of-the-year year a great deal tougher and more. Although the Chavez declares insists that this is for Mazyck, the college's interests are conflicted: Using a fantastic player and a fantastic basketball program may be employed to provide the college a bigger name locally, and also make Chavez more appealing to potential students, and athletes, who have a good deal of charter schools to pick from.

However, if Chavez did really opt to allow the child continue playing for the noblest of motives, they did it the ideal way. Natera did not attempt to conceal Mazyck's fifth-year standing from league brass, although that could have been fairly difficult to do given his standing as the WCSSA's reigning player of the year. Ahead of the year, Natera went to Don Cole, commissioner of this WCSSA, also stated that Chavez desired to provide the participant an excess year of basketball eligibility. Natera says that he pointed out to Cole who Mazyck played hardly any basketball his freshman year of high school, and that the child's birthday -- he turned 18 years old at summer time, based on school records - sets him well inside the age limits for D.C. sports.