Broken rules bench several at Gilman Football, soccer players among those penalized

November 01, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Several key members of Gilman's third-ranked football team have been barred from participating in today's game at unranked St. Mary's for violating a team rule, first-year athletic director Tim Holley confirmed Thursday night.

"It's a mixed bag of kids, and our official statement is that they violated team rules," said Holley, an assistant to first-year head coach Biff Poggi.

"We have a training-rules policy throughout our athletic department for all of our athletes," Holley said. "The rules run the gamut, from violations of our honor code, to academic standards, use of substances, or any infraction that goes against school policy."

Holley would not reveal the violation, name any players, or say how many were penalized. But he said "investigation could reveal more kids who were involved."

A source close to the situation said as many as 22 students were involved in the consumption of alcohol last Saturday night.

"It's not just athletes," Holley said, adding that members of the soccer team were involved, too, and that those players did not participate in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Mount St. Joseph.

"Our team rules cover a larger range of things and a wider range of infractions than our school rules," Holley said. "As an athletic director, and as a member of the coaching staff, we came to the decision along with the headmaster [Archibald Montgomery] that the one-game suspension was appropriate for the students involved.

"They're students who made a mistake," Holley continued, "but I'm confident that after they pay their penalty, they'll learn from their mistake."

Under Poggi, the Greyhounds are in the midst of a turnaround. After winning just six games in the previous two seasons, Gilman is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference.

Gilman, unranked to start the season, appeared in The Sun's top 15 after a season-opening 17-0 shutout of then-No. 5 City. Since then, it has beaten three other ranked teams -- Poly, Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph.

The Greyhounds still have a shot at the league title with a defeat of St. Mary's, coupled with a Loyola loss to either Mount St. Joseph or Calvert Hall.

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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