Penalties for brawl due today

Officials review telecast of S. Carroll-Liberty game

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Carroll County superintendent Charles Ecker today will announce all penalties resulting from a brawl on Friday between the South Carroll and Liberty boys lacrosse teams.

Ecker met yesterday with principals from both schools - South Carroll's George Phillips and Liberty's Florence Oliver - plus director of high schools Gregory Eckles, supervisor of physical education and athletics Bruce Cowan and security coordinator Larry Faries.

"There was a lot of discussion and sharing of information," Cowan said. "I thought it went well."

Ecker said Monday that he was leaning toward canceling the rest of the season for Liberty and South Carroll, but yesterday said he still wasn't sure what direction to take.

"I'm considering all the options," said Ecker, who, with the group, reviewed the Adelphia Sports cable broadcast of the game. "It's going to be my decision as to what's going to happen with the teams and players. I am concerned about those students who were trying to break it up. I hate to penalize kids who were doing what they were supposed to do. Those kids exhibited good behavior, and you like to reward that somehow."

The game, played at Liberty, was suspended with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 13. What apparently started as a shoving match escalated with players from both benches - and parents - coming on the field. The game was suspended at that point.

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