Eight girls volleyball players and one football player were suspended from competing for their teams this week after it was discovered they were drinking at a weekend party.
The eight volleyball players were benched for the final two games of the season, which included senior night, said NU volleyball coach Marco Salcedo.
“It was senior night and the last two games of the year, and I felt bad, but Kelly (Rhoden) and I had to stand firm,” Salcedo said.
It was brought to Salcedo’s attention when several Facebook pages posted pictures from the party.
The suspended football player will miss today’s game against Granite Bay, said NU football coach Dave Humphers.
The player’s names were not released because they are minors.
The party took place over the weekend and at the suspended football player’s house, said NU principal Mike Blake. Since the drinking occurred off campus and on the weekend, it is out of the school’s jurisdiction.
“We’re still in the process of piecing things together to a degree,” Blake said. “In the athletic code, coaches have discretion to suspend.”
All athletes sign and are expected to adhere to the athletic code, which prohibits the use of alcohol, Blake said.
“I think the circumstance of this is Halloween,” Blake said. “Unfortunatley, some students made some poor decisions, and it’s a shame.”
As of today, no arrests have been made, and there will be no consequences for the players coming from the school.
“We rely on the coaches to go over the athletic code with the kids, and the players know that they are held to a higher standard,” Blake said.
The investigation into the events at the party is still ongoing, Blake said.
“We are still sorting through it, and we’ll continue to go through our process and deal with it as we learn more,” Blake said.
Salcedo and Humphers both said they go over the athletic code with their teams before the season and throughout it as well.
“Every Friday, I have the girls repeat after me, ‘Every decision I make this weekend could affect me for the rest of my life,” Salcedo said. “I put my heart and soul into these kids, and that’s what is so disappointing.”
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“I put my heart and soul into these kids, and that’s what is so disappointing.”
— Marco Salcedo,
NU volleyball coach