Dulaney duo bounced from teams

November 09, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun Reporter

Dulaney twins Danielle and Derek Parker have been kicked off the volleyball and football teams, respectively, principal Pat McCusker confirmed yesterday.

The players, who are seniors, are traveling to France with their parents and will miss three school days, their mother, Sharon Thomas-Parker, said. She said her children were removed from their teams because the trip took place during the season.

"Our response was shock," Thomas-Parker said Wednesday before leaving for France. "They said that they would not be able to complete the season, while other students have missed games and have not been penalized."

McCusker declined to discuss the reasons for their removal.

"I don't really want to discuss it. We're about teaching and learning here," McCusker said. "We're very blessed to have very strong athletic performance. I have spoken to Danielle and Derek's mom, but I respectfully don't want to have a conversation about it."

Dulaney volleyball coach Cary Lyon and football coach Matthew Martello declined to comment and directed questions to athletic director Mike Lafferty. Lafferty referred questions to McCusker.

Danielle Parker averaged three kills a game and was the top hitter and a team captain for the Lions. She was not at Dulaney's 3-2 win over Westminister in a Class 4A North regional semifinal Wednesday night.

Thomas-Parker said that Danielle told Lyon about the trip at the beginning of the season. Danielle also missed the first week of volleyball tryouts because of a family vacation.

Thomas-Parker said that Lafferty told her and her husband that both students would be stripped of any honors, awards or letters they received while playing their sports.

McCusker declined to comment on Thomas-Parker's claims. "I'm happy to talk to the family about those things," he said.

Derek Parker played on the offensive and defensive lines. The Lions (2-7) play at Franklin tonight.

Thomas-Parker said that she may seek legal action if her children are not reinstated.


Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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