The Hartford Courant published a story Friday detailing the difficulty Capital Prep’s girls basketball team has had scheduling in-state games following the school’s virtual ejection from the old Constitution State Conference and a Courant report in May which found the school gamed its lottery system to admit athletes.
In light of that report, a number of high-profile girls basketball teams were urged to remove Capital Prep from their schedules, including SCC schools Mercy, Hand and East Haven. The SCC also encouraged its teams not to play Capital Prep in other sports, including football.
“We made a decision that we’re not going to endorse you playing them,” SCC Commissioner Al Carbone told The Courant, detailing a meeting with his league’s principals and athletic directors in May. “It was kind of agreed around the room. We’re not going to play them in any sports. If people aren’t playing by the same rules, why should we endorse that?”
Middletown and Enfield also declined to play the Trailblazers. New London was one school that retained its girls basketball game vs. Capital Prep. The Whalers won, 54-48 on Dec. 20.
Capital Prep, for its part, has denied any wrongdoing. Girls basketball coach Tammy Milsaps in particular struck a defiant tone when interviewed by the Courant for this follow-up story, calling “a lot of the information” in the report, “fake news.”
“Essentially we got blackballed,” she told veteran reporter Lori Riley. “We had to do what we had to do. I didn’t finalize my schedule ‘til two weeks ago.
“If we read between the lines, folks think we’re doing things we should not be doing. It’s unfair. A lot of the information was fake news, false information, and people are scared of that. When you put those type of stories in the paper, people want to believe it’s true. People want to ruin the reputation of Capital Prep. We want to compete. We want to play. We have to do what we have to do, in order to move forward.”
That accusation earned a rebuke from Hartford Courant publisher and editor-in-chief, Andrew Julien. “The Courant stands by the accuracy of its reporting on an array of issues concerning enrollment at Capital Prep,” he said.
Read the report via the Hartford Courant: Multiple Schools Refuse To Play Capital Prep Team Following Lottery Investigation