MIAA: No merit to New Mission complaint

The MIAA will not overturn the outcome of last Friday's Division 4 girls basketball tournament game between New Mission and Shawsheen Tech, spokesman Paul Wetzel said Tuesday.

New Mission athletic director Cory McCarthy filed a complaint alleging that one of his school's players was "wrongfully disqualified" from the game, which New Mission lost 57-55, by the trainer for host Shawsheen, who McCarthy said ruled that Deandra Humphries had suffered a concussion and could not return.

McCarthy said that after the game doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston concluded Humphries sustained an eye injury and "declared her free of any concussion symptoms." In a statement to the media Monday, McCarthy alleged “bad sportsmanship and unprofessional behavior” by the Shawsheen trainer and its athletic director, Al Costabile.

Wetzel's statement on Tuesday reads in part, "The MIAA is not going to question the judgement made by a qualified medical professional on the scene."

Wetzel said Shawsheen has a contract with a private company to provide trainers for games, as needed or required, and as the higher-seeded team provided the trainer for the game in question. The trainer working Friday night had been assigned to Shawsheen for the first time two weeks ago, according to Wetzel, and was trained to serve as an athletic trainer, including taking a course on concussions.