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When you're a high school soccer coach, you've got several options when it comes to motivating your team. You can help them practice diving. You can teach them to pick up the football players' girlfriends when they're at a road game. You can even shower them with flop sweat. All kinds of choices.

Or, if you're feeling particularly inspired, you can play them tape of a Hitler speech.

"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.

But before the game, Hoilett said, some Forestview players were chanting something in German that means "On to victory," according to one of his players who speaks German. Hoilett, who is black, said that during the game some Forestview players directed racial epithets at his two black players.

"It was one of the worst things I've seen," Hoilett said of the speech and the racial epithets.

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We don't see what the big deal is, honestly. We mean, it was a North Carolina Class 3A playoff soccer game! Huge! Gotta pull out the big guns for that one.

Pregame Hitler Speech Stirs Fury [Charlotte Observer]

(WithLeather has a nice take on this as well.)