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Police investigating possible embezzlement in youth football league

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. — Across the country, fall means football. But now one local town is in turmoil over allegations of embezzlement that have sidelined a local squad.

The season started a few weeks ago, and parents and players in Granite Falls thought everything was OK. That is, until parents learned the team’s insurance policy was canceled for non-payment; without it, the kids can’t play.

GFYFTwo days ago, dozens of families with kids on the team received an e-mail saying games were suspended indefinitely.

“It’s like the ‘Bad News Bears’ without the good ending,” football mom Stacey McBride said.

McBride added that she didn’t worry when new equipment wasn’t coming in on schedule, but she never expected this.

The team is missing about $10,000, and now there are fears one of the coaches may be responsible. Granite Falls police are investigating.

But the real losers are the 60 players now left in a lurch.

Normally, the Tigers play at Granite Falls High School. However, without insurance, Saturday’s game, and all future contests, are canceled.

“It’s been really hard,” said McBride. “It’s torn the town in half. You have parents who really want to string this coach up and you have parents who have been really good friends with him for a very long time and really want to help him and support him.”

Q13 Fox News showed up at the coach’s house looking for answers and his wife answered the door. She declined to comment.

Parents have planned a meeting at Alfy’s Pizza for next Monday night to figure out how to raise enough money to cover insurance and league fees so the kids can get back out on the field.

However, that’s going to be a tall order since these families already shelled out $200 each to join the team in the first place.

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14 comments

  • Kevin Naslund

    Wow! I feel really bad for the kids. I also feel for the parents who have spent their $200.00 for nothing. This breaks my heart since I served 5 years on an athletic board that is in the same league as Granite Falls. I have seen the GF kids sweat just like our kids. I'm kind of surprised that the school district did not ask for proof of insurance (ours always does) when booking the facilities. Most leagues have higher enrollment fees, but smaller leagues try to keep costs down so more kids can participate. I hope this all works out. I would encourage folks to donate $$$ to get this program back on track for the rest of this season and next season.

  • Chauntelle

    Hopefully they can come up with some good fundraiser's ( Car Washes ect ) we can all
    help and participate in. After all it is about the kids…

    Lets turn a Negitive in to a POSITIVE :)

  • Tiger Momma

    It's a shame that there are inaccuracies in this reporting. And information left out…like the countless hours of time and energy the members of this community have put it since this issue was exposed. Granite Falls is rallying. The people of this town, my town, are incredible. One man, and we know exactly who he is…he's admitted to everything…, will not make or break our football program. Thank you everyone who is helping with fundraising, donations of time and money, and prayers. God is good and will see us through this. My son loves football and will be playing it in GF for many more years to come. Go Tigers!

    • mark

      its not about the inaccuracies. its about an adult or adults taking advantage of little kids. when kids are not getting complete uniforms ( practice or game ) then common sense tells me someone or some people were stealing money. 280 dollars is what i paid for my kid to play for a team and it took three weeks to get his name on the jersey. then had to pay for socks which should have been included in the uniform suggest to me that somewhere in the nsjfl that money is being misappropiated

  • MARK

    WHY ARENT ANY OF YOU PARENTS TELLING THE MANS NAME ON HERE. WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF. IF THIS HAPPENED TO MY CHILD THEN I WOULD TELL THE PERSONS NAME PERIODDDDEDD. THIS MAKES ME WONDER IF ANY OF YOU GUYS WERE INVOLVED WITH THE THEFT. DONT PROTECT THE FREAKING THIEF HE STOLED FROM YOUUUUUUUUUUUU AND YOURRRRRR KIDDDDDDDDD.

    • Mike

      Would you not ask Q13 that question? Why put that on the parents, is it their job to play journalist? They are focused on the kids, not the guy who ruined it all. You must not have a child if that is what you see as more important.

  • Parent

    As some of you may know, Granite Falls Youth Football is in serious jeopardy and may not be able to continue to operate due to the actions of our former commissioner. We have started a throw-a-thon fundraiser to help us pay off our league fees, insurance premiums, and unpaid equipment. If you haven't already, please consider sharing this and donating to help our community continue this sport for our current and future kids. You can donate here: https://99pledges.com/fund/granitefalls

    • Jessica

      Hello, I would love to help, but first, I wanted to ask/confirm: Have charges been filed against the thief and, if so, can anyone provide a case number? If not, why not?

  • Kevin

    I really hope that the Granite Falls police dept doesn't let this one drop like they did when money was missing from the Little league. It is also a shame that the people of the Fathers House Church are the one's that want to help "SAVE" this man from being punished by the law. This is quite a large sum of money that is missing to just sweep it under the rug.