Monday, February 13, 2012

Riverview controversy not new to Manatee County

The FHSAA ruling that Sarasota Riverview had to forfeit games because of improprieties involving former Bradenton Christian player Austin Walker brings back memories of Haminn Quaintance.

Known as “Q” he was one of the best basketball players Ken Ansbro coached during his 21 years with the Palmetto High basketball program (last 7 as head coach).

Quaintance transferred to Riverview for his senior year amid a lot of controversy. He had a solid career at Kent State and played professionally overseas.

Ansbro has never forgotten the day prior to his senior year when out of the clear blue sky Haminn came up and told him he was leaving.

“He was one of the best players I ever coached. To this day, I don’t know why he left. He just came up to me one day before his senior year and said he was going to Riverview. I gave up trying to figure those things out,” Ansbro said.

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