Wednesday Nov 19 2008
Bear River players suspended
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
Three football players to miss playoffs after violating athletic code
The Bear River varsity football team has lost three players, likely for the rest of the season, due to a violation of the school’s athletic policy. “Our district has a 30-day suspension policy from extra curricular activities so that’s basically the rest of the season,” Bear River co-coach Terry Logue said Tuesday. Two of the three suspended players were held out of last Friday’s game with El Dorado. Despite playing shorthanded, the Bruins defeated El Dorado, 35-14, to cinch the Pioneer Valley League’s No. 2 playoff berth. The Journal has learned that the alleged violation of the school’s athletic code stemmed from members of the school’s football team attending a Halloween party where alcohol was being consumed. “All I can say is that there has been a violation of our athletic code and we’re trying to see where we’re at right now,” said Logue. “Yes, we have lost some players for the rest of the season but I can’t divulge who,” Logue added. The current incident at Bear River follows last winter’s violation of the school’s athletic code by members of the girls basketball team attending a party in which alcohol was involved. In that case, the girls team forfeited the second half of its league games because they did not have enough members left to field a team. Because of that incident, the Nevada Union High School District rewrote its athletic policies in regards to penalties. Earlier this season, the Granite Bay football team held out 16 to 20 players in a game against Oakmont after school officials were alerted that there was a violation of that school’s athletic policy.