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Last April we published this blog exposing a couple of INSANE Braintree parents who wrote some INSANE emails to the girl’s basketball coach, prompting her resignation after an 8 year tenure that included two D1 State Championships and last year’s runner up trophy.
The two worst parents were Rick Tonetti and his wife Kim, who is a second grade teacher in Quincy.
These were the emails:
These are quotes Kim Tonetti claim she heard from other parents:
“Another parent during the playoff games was writing out plays for you, because they did not feel you knew what you were doing.”
“I have to walk out of the gym because I can’t watch her coach.”
“I hate that woman right there. I can’t wait to write a letter to her.”
LOL. Let’s be clear – she was talking about herself. She just didn’t have the minerals to put her name to it. “I can’t wait to write a letter to her,” might be the most Braintree thing I’ve ever heard.
Either way these parents knew WAYYYY more about coaching basketball than Kristen McDonnell. From their vast experiences watching AAU games while telling all their friends how their daughters were superstars, they had developed way more basketball acumen than a coach who had made three state title games in four years.
— Jenna Roche (@Jennnaroche) April 6, 2017
After we served up this shame sandwich the Braintree High School administration did the only thing they could do – rehired Coach McDonnell. But let’s be clear – they never would’ve done this if we didn’t publish the emails. It would’ve been business as usual. But it’s hard to do that when a quarter of a million people read a blog and thousands of them flood your school with angry emails and phone calls in support of the coach.
Then this happened today:
Girls' Hoops: Braintree avenged a loss to Springfield Central in last year's D1 final, while Coyle & Cassidy ran away from Monson in D4.https://t.co/FnJ63gx231
— Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe) March 17, 2018
Braintree girls basketball reclaims the state title with a thrilling 59-56 win over Springfield Central in the D1 state title game at MassMutual Center #wearethechampions #wampsnation @BostonHeraldHS @MassHoops @braintreetownfc @BConn63 @Braintree_TV pic.twitter.com/rf7PlXEue3
— Robin Chan (@marinerphoto) March 17, 2018
Div. 1 Girls FINAL: Braintree 59, Springfield Central 56. Wamps back on top in Division 1. pic.twitter.com/heivEBLaIE
— Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612) March 17, 2018
Yup, Braintree won their third state championship in 9 years under Coach McDonnell’s guidance, and avenged last year’s loss to Springfield Central. And turtle riders had a lot to do with it by forcing the school to do the right thing. Yet another example of how Turtleboy is the ultimate force for good. Congratulations to Coach McDonnell and the girls, you all earned it by overcoming a bunch of bullshit you never should’ve had to deal with in the first place.
Remember though, Rick Tonetti wrote this in his email about the parent of a sophomore who got more playing time than his daughter:
By the way, when people see (parent of another girl) Jeff Timberlake talking to all the officials ahead of time and his daughter starts and plays the entire game, it’s not a stretch for even the most naive to see when something is being manufactured.
So according to Rick Tonetti, Jeff Timberlake’s daughter Adriana wasn’t good enough to start on her own. She only did so because the coach favored her. Let’s see how Adriana, who is now a junior, did in today’s game:
The Wamps then went for it all, firing the ensuing inbounds pass the length of the floor, clearing a Central defender’s outstretched hands by inches, instead falling into Adrianna Timberlake’s, who darted in for a layup.
“I did not think I was going to catch that, Mackenzie didn’t think it was going to get there,” said Timberlake, a junior forward who poured in a team-high 19 points.
Yup, she led the team with 19 points and she had the game clinching layup which you can see at the 55 second mark of this video:
But yea, tell me more about how the coach has no idea what she’s doing. Tell me more about how the best players aren’t playing. Tell me more about these plays the Tonetti’s were drawing up in the bleachers. I’m sure they would’ve won this game by 40.
The bottom line is that this is the ultimate fairy tale happy ending. And when you couple this with the Andover hockey story the message should be sent loud and clear to principals and athletic directors everywhere – don’t let out of control parents control their kid’s sports teams.