So, both Mammoth High and Bishop High won their first round of CIF playoff games. Mammoth absolutely pounded their opponents from Victor Valley Christian, 9-0. Bishop also didn't have much trouble their first round, defeating Vasquez High (from Acton) 5-0.
I was the assistant referee for the Bishop-Vasquez game, and it was an interesting insight into how seriously some parent take their children's sports. I've refereed all season for Bishop and Mammoth high, and while sometimes I got the occasional outburst from a frustrated coach, it paled in comparison to what happened in the Bishop/Vasquez game.
A Vasquez parent came over at halftime to where the refs were resting. We were seated, and talking to the local Mojave Desert Officials Association assignor, who also happens to be the Bishop High girls varsity coach. This parent came over and began immediately demanding to know what we were talking with the "Bishop coach" (he didn't know he was the girls coach, or that he was the MDOA local liaison). Then he started in on an offside call he didn't like. Thankfully, our assignor politely asked him to leave us alone, and that he needed to return to the stands.
Anyway, the entire second half, this same parent is behind me by about 10 feet, literally running up and down the track as I go, shadowing me to see if I get the calls right (I'm on Bishop's attacking side the 2nd half). Of course, he says nothing when the calls are against Bishop (apparently I'm a good ref when that happens) but if a call went against Vasquez, I was the worst referee in history. Sheesh. He got so verbal I had to finally ask the Vasquez coach to speak to him before I brought it to the center ref's attention. The only sanction available to non-players is to eject them from the vicinity of play, which means they can't be in the stadium, or within earshot. I'd hate to do that to a father who might just be watching his kid's final game of soccer... Anyway, he finally went back to the stands (although he remained just as verbal). Quite an eye-opener. That has never happened with either Bishop or Mammoth parents, no matter how heated the competition...
Anyway, Bishop plays Nordhoff high, from the Frontier league. I have no idea where that is. Mammoth's next opponent will be Avalon High, from the San Joaquin league. Wish them both luck in the next round of CIF Division VII playoffs!