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Most of Clear Spring girls soccer team suspended

September 28, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

CLEAR SPRING

karenh@herald-mail.com

Fourteen members of the Clear Spring High School varsity girls soccer team have been suspended for violating a Washington County Public Schools policy, according to Ed Masood, the school system's supervisor of athletics, health and physical education.

Masood said the girls were suspended for their involvement in a party at the home of a volunteer coach. The volunteer coach no longer is coaching, Masood said Monday.

"A number of the members of the team were involved in an alcohol party," Masood said.

Washington County Public Schools students sign contracts at the beginning of the school year acknowledging they will lose their eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities if they use alcohol or drugs, or attend events where illegal alcohol or drug use occurs, Masood said. He said the policy provides for suspensions of 45 days or the remainder of the season, whichever is longer.

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"Zero tolerance is the bottom line," Masood said Tuesday.

Police were investigating the incident, Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Randy Wilkinson said Tuesday.

According to Wilkinson, police responded to a complaint of a loud party at a home on Boyd Road southeast of Clear Spring about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Wilkinson said two deputies planned to spend Tuesday evening interviewing witnesses to determine what happened at the party and whether any adults were home at the time. Wilkinson said he was unsure of how many people were at the party.

Masood said the volunteer coach has said he was not home at the time of the party.

According to Robert "Bo" Myers, executive director of secondary school administration, the junior varsity girls soccer team was dissolved and those players were moved to the varsity team. A varsity roster provided to The Herald-Mail at the beginning of the season listed 20 players.

A varsity girls soccer team will continue to play for the rest of the season, Myers said.

Masood said Tuesday the dissolution of the junior varsity team is the first in his three years as a school administrator in Washington County.

"When kids are kids, they often don't make the best decision, and that's how things happen," Masood said.

Staff writer Pepper Ballard contributed to this story.

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