(2-27-23) The #12 seed Mid Vermont Christian School girls basketball team withdrew from the Vermont Division IV state tournament last week because of a refusal to play against #5 seed Long Trail an opponent with a transgender student-athlete.
By withdrawing Mid Vermont Christian forfeited the game to the Mountain Lions.
MVCS Head of School Vicky Fogg
“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players.Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”
The Eagles’ forfeit sent Long Trail to the quarterfinals this past Friday against #4 seed Arlington Memorial where they ended up losing 45-26.
Vermont law allows transgender female students to play on girls’ sports teams. Among the goals of the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Activities Standards Committee is to provide “proactive talk tracks for transgender athletes.”
- Commentary—David vs. Goliath, dressed as a girl
According to a posting on the Vermont Daily Chronicle Rose Johnson is the the player in question and happens to be the tallest player at 6’4 on the team.
LTS coach Courtney Stasny told the Manchester Journal –
“Rose brings such a great energy to the floor.We nicknamed her Rose ‘not in my house’ Johnson because she just does not let anything come through the lane.”
Long Trail’s Rose Johnson (25) wins the tip vs Proctor
Two Long Trail games from this season….
Proctor vs Long Trail
PrHS Athletics You Tube Video
Bellows Falls High School vs Long Trail Girls Varsity Womens Varsity Basketball
Bellows Falls Union High School You Tube Video