From the Charlotte Observer’s Langston Wertz, Jr. :

When Charlotte Catholic’s boys’ soccer team got to Forestview High School in Gastonia on Saturday night for an N.C. 3A playoff game, the Cougars heard something over the public address system they never would’ve expected:

A 90-second portion of a speech from Adolf Hitler.

“We were warming up,” said Catholic coach Gary Hoilett, “and all of us stopped and looked up at the booth. We were just real shocked. It was obviously a Hitler speech. The voice was coming across clearly. Everybody knew.”

Forestview’s players took the field after the speech ended.

Monday, Forestview Principal Robert Carpenter (above) met with Gaston County Schools Superintendent Reeves McGlohon, Gaston County athletics director Butch Adams and Forestview soccer coach David Shearer. After that 40-minute meeting, Carpenter faxed a letter of apology to Charlotte Catholic officials.

In the letter, Carpenter confirmed that a CD containing a Hitler speech was played over the PA system. He called it inappropriate. He said he was at the game but did not hear the clip. Carpenter said that it was the first time it had been played and that Shearer was not aware of it.

“Sometime back, coach Shearer and the team started using `On to victory’ as a slogan,” Carpenter wrote. “We have a German exchange student on our team. He taught our students to say it in German. Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA. They copied it from a speech by Hitler but could not just copy the `On to victory’ and got too much of the speech.”

There’s no truth to the rumor that Ron Atkinson has been invited to take over Forestview’s soccer program.