Fort Wayne Community Schools on Wednesday backed the IHSAAs decision to suspend South Side football players and coaches.
We believe IHSAA officials were deliberate in their review of the events that took place Friday night and believe we were treated fairly, Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman, said in a statement. It is unfortunate that such an investigation ever had to take place, and we expect adults to serve as leaders for our student athletes. Had the adults on the field during the game taken control, the outcome would have been different.
Prior to the IHSAAs decision, South Side had already begun putting in place a plan to address sportsmanship and appropriate behavior with the coaching staff, athletes and parents. This will serve as a learning experience for those involved, as well as a reminder for all student athletes, that we expect good sportsmanship by all members of our teams.
A day earlier, the IHSAA handed down its penalties for a fight that occurred during the third quarter of the game between South Side and Indianapolis Tech last Friday in Indianapolis.
Both schools were placed on probation through 2014, both head coaches – South Sides Eddie Fields and Techs Emil Ekiyor – were suspended one game and both teams had an assistant coach suspended for the rest of the season: Dan Muchler for South Side and Angelo Muhammad for Tech.
Stockman said two Archers players were suspended and that no more disciplinary actions will be taken by the school district.
We are not taking action against the program as a whole, Stockman said in an email. Any additional actions will be on an individual basis as necessary, but we will not be publicly discussing individual students or staff members.
Stockman cleared up why the game was stopped with 1:41 left in the third after the two teams had brawled for a couple of minutes.
It has been reported that the game was stopped because there were so many ejections they couldnt continue, but that wasnt the case, Stockman said. (South Side Principal Carlton Mable) made the decision to remove the team.