MIAA allows varsity foursome at St. Paul's to join JV squad

Those players weren't involved in sex scandal

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

April 18, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Four St. Paul's lacrosse players who were not involved in the sex scandal that forced the cancellation of their team's varsity season have been permitted to drop down to the Crusaders' junior varsity, the senior official of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association confirmed yesterday.

Rick Diggs, the MIAA executive secretary, said a six-member executive committee unanimously voted Thursday to grant an appeal by St. Paul's that allows four players - two juniors and two sophomores - to join the Crusaders' JV team.

The boys were four of the program's eight players who did not view the videotape - produced without the girl's knowledge - that a 16-year-old sophomore player made of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl from another area private school. The other four players are seniors whose season is over.

The player who made the video was expelled; two others were suspended from school for two weeks; and a fourth was given 40 hours of community service. The rest of those who viewed the video were suspended from classes and scheduled for religious and psychological counseling.

"The rule is that once you've played on varsity, you can't drop down. The juniors never played, but the sophomores played in two games and scored no points or anything," Diggs said. "St. Paul's appealed for them to play, and the executive committee allowed it, unanimously. The four seniors, they're done."

Diggs said the committee has allowed similar moves in the past, when Gilman and John Carroll's varsity football teams played reserves on special teams and nowhere else on the field. "I figured it was a no-brainer," Diggs said.

St. Paul's principal Chris Dorrance said the Crusaders' JV, 1-1 since the four players joined the team, was "winless before the incident, and lost six players to the incident."

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