Boys Basketball: IHSA hands out additional punishment for Leo-Seton fight
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org January 2, 2014 5:44PM
Updated: February 4, 2014 6:27AM
The IHSA on Thursday announced additional punishment for the boys basketball programs at Seton and Leo high schools, stemming from an altercation during their Dec. 20 boys basketball game.
During that game, a Seton player punched a Leo player with 6.6 seconds to play. Benches emptied before order was restored. The game was called with Seton ahead 49-47.
The two players — one from each school — responsible for the altercation have been suspended indefinitely and must complete the National Federation of State High School Association’s online sportsmanship program before they are considered for reinstatement.
Additionally, each program and the head coach at each school — Leo’s Noah Cannon and Seton’s Justin Domingo — will be placed on probation.
“You are disappointed any time you hear about incidents like this at the high school level,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. “Frankly, I was even more disturbed afterward to read the comments placing blame on the officials for what occurred. We are failing our young people as teachers and coaches if we provide them with excuses and don’t hold them accountable for their actions.
“With that said, I think there was leadership shown by the schools, coaches and student-athletes in the time between the game and our meeting. They recognized the severity of what happened and knew they had to represent their schools and communities better. We expect them both to be exemplary programs the rest of this season and in the future.”
Cannon refused to comment when contacted Thursday. Leo president Dan McGrath accepted the IHSA’s decision.
“I understand the need for crowd control, and sportsmanship should be the No. 1 criteria of interscholastic activity. It’s a clear violation when you have an incident like we had,” McGrath said. “But I’m a little disappointed we were given the same punishment as Seton. From my vantage point, the young man from Seton was the instigator. Obviously, we’re going to comply with the IHSA’s ruling.”
A call to Seton seeking comment was not returned.