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Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Shen suspends eight basketball players

The new year got off to a rocky start this week for Shenendehowa's varsity basketball teams as eight players were suspended for four games due to a violation of the district's student-athlete code of conduct policy.
The suspensions were first reported on the Shen school web-site link, "Heard it through the Grapevine."
"An off-campus incident occurred over the Christmas break, in particular an incident stemming from events on New Year's Eve," Shenendehowa Dirctor of Athletics Christopher Culnan said. "A couple of concerned individuals contacted girls basketball coach Ken Strube to make him aware of the off-campus incident. He contacted me on Saturday (Jan. 2). Our investigation began on Monday and ultimately led to eight players, six girls basketball players and two boys basketball players being suspended. All were first violations and carry with it four game suspensions through next week."
This was the first time in 31 years that Stube has lost a player(s) under the school's athletic code of conduct policies.
"Any time an event like this occurs you're disappointed," Culnan said. "We have taken steps to try to enforce the importance of proper behavior expected of a Shenendehowa student-athlete.
"We go over the code of conduct, have the player and the parents sign it," Culnan said. "We have have had (sport) captain leadership conferences, but despite it we still have to keep having dealing with this issue."
Three years ago several athletes were charged with tresspass and vandalism a vancant home in Halfmoon referred to as the "Hockey House" incident and last year several ice hockey players were removed from the team due to marijuana use on a team overnight road trip.
Currently the Shenendehowa girls varsity basketball team are highly ranked in the latest New York State Spprtswriters Poll.
"Three sophomores have been elevated to the varsity level," Culnan said. "We have gotten a waiver from the Suburban Council that they will be able to return to the junior varsity level after the suspensions are complete. That was also agreed upon by Coach Strube and our JV coach Tim Minor."
Shenendehowa did not release the names of the athletes, citing student privacy policies.
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At 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

so let me get this one straight:

they attended a party where others were consuming alcohol?

and this was a violation of the so called Code of Conduct.

when did Clifton Park become part of the Taliban empire? or the neo-Christian fundamentalist equivalent of the Taliban?

i didn't get that memo


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