Saint Stephens Athletics No Longer On Probation
One high school athletic program has cleaned up its act, but it's not in the clear just yet.
St. Stephens has been upgraded to warning status by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, after spending the 2013-2014 school on probation.
The Eagles were running the risk of being disqualified from participating in any and/or all forms of post-season competition, after a number of athlete and fan related issues in past years.
Two instances in particular was a brawl in the stands in late February 2013, at the 1A West Regional Basketball Tournament in Lander, and a stabbing outside the Casper Events Center, after the basketball state championships in 2011.
There had also been a number of issues regarding athlete ejections.
WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird says the Association and the school have been working on an action plan to address the issues.
"It was a sportsmanship issue that drove us to the point where we had to make the steps we took last year. All of their fans as well as any of our fans, need to learn that when they go to those tournaments, they are representing their schools and their communities and if they don't act appropriately, then it unfortunately can have an impact on their kids."
According to the WHSAA handbook, the maximum amount of time, that a school athletics program can be suspended, is one calendar year.
This can also mean that a team may not participate in competition vs. any WHSAA member school, and/or a member school of any state association affiliated with the National Federation of State High School Associations.