Will Avon Football Suspensions Mar Opening Day Rivalry?

10 Avon players have been suspended; reason remains unconfirmed

What has become quickly become a classic football rivalry, Avon Eagles vs. Avon Lake Shoremen, might be less of a contest this year with 10 of the Eagles players suspended.

School officials close to the situation won’t comment on the reason for the suspensions, but that hasn’t stopped news outlets from reporting possible causes.

“I really can’t comment on this,” new Michael Laub said. “I’ll only say it’s important to remember that even though (some of the players) are 17 and 18 years old, they’re still kids.”

The Avon football program issued two-game suspensions for the players last weekend.

The Chronicle-Telegram said Laub would not comment on whether the suspension were related to an Aug. 11 party on Evergreen Drive in Avon, involving students from Avon, Amherst, North Olmsted and Lorain.

No charges resulted from the party and none of the suspended students have been publicly named.

“The kids were very honest and forthright, and no one appeared to be intoxicated,” (Avon Police Chief) Richard Bosley told the Chronicle.  “Everyone was more than cooperative with officers at the time.”

Fox 8 news is saying underage drinking was the reason for the suspensions.

Laub told the station the players at the party were suspended for the first two games of the season.

“Our athletic or other co-curricular activities, they’re extensions of the classroom and every experience for our students are learning experiences,” Laub told Fox 8. “And we need to stay true to what we’ve said is important and we’re going to do that.”             

Laub later said the comments he made to the station were accurate.

Avon stunned Avon Lake at the 2011-12 season opener in a 38-7 win.

The game kicks off tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

MC August 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM
First of all the game is at 7 not 7:30 and secondly don't you have someone review your articles before you post them? You lose more credibilty as a writer every time I read an article by you.
Lori E. Switaj August 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM
You are correct, the game starts at 7 p.m. For those interested, there will be shuttles running from Bleser Park, a tailgate party (open to all fans) and the SOUPer bowl. Details here: http://patch.com/A-xhFz
Bill Bishop August 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Who is this Bosley person that is quoted? “The kids were very honest and forthright, and no one appeared to be intoxicated,” Bosley told the Chronicle. “Everyone was more than cooperative with officers at the time.”
Lori E. Switaj August 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Bill, I added that in. I apparently pulled in the wrong text and didn't catch it. *Shame*
william August 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Bosley is the Avon Police Chief
Amy Harris August 29, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I think Lori is doing a great job, essentially running the editorial herself on this *FREE* news site for all of us. Want credibility? Attend every event and contact every source yourself, and write the articles yourself. Then we'll critique you. THANK YOU, Lori. Keep up the good work.


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