A ceremony to honor Chiawana High School's football team, originally set for Jan. 11, will instead be Jan. 25 to avoid bad feelings with cross-town rival Pasco High School.
Sports website Max Prep Sports was to recognize Chiawana for its state championship season and as a top 50 high school football team at the boys basketball game between Chiawana and Pasco. But district officials rescheduled it to the game between Chiawana and Southridge High.
Letters sent to the Herald criticized the rescheduling, saying the district is "hammering a wedge" between the schools and the entire Pasco community is capable of supporting each school.
District Spokeswoman Leslee Caul said the district developed a policy years ago to avoid one school being recognized at a sports event where both are competing after students and parents became upset after a game where one school received an award.
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Several parents connected to both schools contacted the district before the Jan. 11 game and objected to the ceremony, she said.
"Based on that information, we rescheduled," Caul said. "No harm, no foul."