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Superintendent upholds forfeited season

Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Ralf Swenson has decided to uphold the forfeiture of Bear River’s girls basketball season and the athletic suspension of four other winter athletes after discussing the matter with the board of education Tuesday.

Swenson is not accepting the appeal to suspend all punishments of student athletes involved after a closed session with the board to discuss “anticipated litigation,” according to the meeting’s agenda.

“I just believe the decision was correct,” Swenson said of Bear River’s administrators applying the athletic code.



The girls basketball season was canceled after it was discovered that 10 of the 11 team players were found to be in violation of the athletic code as well two snowboarders, a boys basketball player and a cheerleader.

Parents and students alike have admitted there was drinking at a private party in Granite Bay, which falls under illegal substances portion of the athletic code.




Parents alleged that the athletic code didn’t apply because it wasn’t a “school-related” activity as described in section K, the scope of the code’s application.

“I just feel this is an appropriate decision for all of our students that Bear River’s administrators applied the code,” Swenson said. “Not just our student athletes.

“There are consequences.”

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To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail zberry@theunion.com or call 477-4244.


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