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Suspended Wayne Hills Football Players Won't Play in State Sectional Title Game

Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf upholds administrative law judge's recommendation.

The nine football players suspended will not be able to play Saturday night in their school's sectional state title game.

Christopher Cerf, the state’s acting Commissioner of Education, upheld a , who heard arguments for the players’ case for emergent relief Thursday. The players sought relief from .

Although the players will not be allowed to play in the game, attorney Darren Del Sardo, who represents one of the players, said that a lawsuit against the would continue.

“We look forward to taking testimony from the superintendent and the principals in this matter,” Del Sardo said.

Bass outlined the effects the incident involving nine football players had on students at Wayne Hills and High Schools in her decision issued Friday.

Interim Superintendent Michael Roth learned from the schools’ principals that two of the nine Hills students were not permitted to attend an automotive shop class at Wayne Valley High School that was part of their regular schedule due to concerns about their physical safety.

According to Bass’s decision, one of the alleged victims of the assault wrote on his Facebook page that he wanted to “kill these kids… [expletive] the only justice in my mind is there [sic] blood on my fist…”.

The decision stated that Roth was “most concerned” about the post. School administrators forwarded excerpts from Facebook posts to the Wayne Police Department.

Roth also described an incident at a pep rally at Wayne Hills that took place immediately prior to the football team’s second-round state sectional playoff game Nov. 18.

The decision states that football players wore their team jerseys to the rally and the junior class wore T-shirts with the words “the Police” on them.

“During the rally, the football players chanted “[expletive] the police” to the juniors and that it took several attempts for staff members to get them to stop,” the decision states.

The attorneys representing the players gave several excuses as to their clients’ conduct: the shirts were Halloween costumes, they were celebrating the rock band The Police, and that “cursing is typical pep rally fare.”

Roth used the incidents to establish that there had been “a troubling change in the tone of his two high school buildings,” the decision read.

The decision stated that two Board policies provide that a “pupil in any grade who fails to demonstrate good citizenship or observe school rules for pupil conduct may forfeit his/her eligibility for participation in athletic competition” and that consequence for conduct away from school grounds may be imposed in accordance with the applicable state regulations,” the decision states.

Three of the nine players, including star wide receiver Andrew Monaghan, are seniors and all of the nine players are starters. Attorneys for the players also argued that prohibiting the players from participating in the game Saturday will “jeopardize athletic scholarships that they are relying upon to attend college, as well negatively impact college admissions opportunities.”

In a separate decision, Bass ruled that Monaghan is also not entitled to emergent relief from an extracurricular ban stemming from .

The decision states that Monaghan contends he declined to take possession of the air horn from another student, Joe Lane. The air horn discharged near a teacher’s face, injuring her. Monaghan was suspended from school due to the incident. Monaghan contends that school administrators ignored his request for an informal hearing, denying his due process rights. He was advised that his suspension from extra-curricular activities might extend for the remainder of the school year.

DJ December 04, 2011 at 12:13 AM
actually very shocking all the hype and drama for the last few weeks,not alot of people here for the game.
John Wayne December 04, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Frank - Wayne Hills lacks culture
DJ December 04, 2011 at 12:25 AM
its kickoff time
Frank December 04, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Media at the game?
DJ December 04, 2011 at 12:32 AM
old tappan driving..fuller up the middle for 35yrds
DJ December 04, 2011 at 12:47 AM
6-0 old tappan
DJ December 04, 2011 at 01:12 AM
12-0 old tappan.. hills cant even move the ball..
still in town 78 December 04, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Go Wayne hills. This has nothing to do with the team. Olsen has nothing to do with this. Nither do the kids that didn't do anything wrong it seems like people just want to complain about who's on the top of the mountain because they haven't been there themselves'
DJ December 04, 2011 at 01:29 AM
i can careless about the coach or either team to be honest..just have no respect for 9 kids fighting 2 kids.people say 2 of them werent even there and who knows maybe true.but after 1 month of investigating not one of the boys have come forward and said hey so and so wasnt there we were the ones involved.. shows me none of them cares much about each other,also shows not much of a team or friendship either..
Al Scala December 04, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Hopefully, the 9 will see the consequences of their actions by sitting in the stands tonight. Wonder how it feels. Now, to the more important part which is facing the criminal charges and very possibly civil charges as well. Hopefully, when this is all over, they will see the BIG PICTURE, and finally come to the conclusion that missing the game was the least important in all of this.
DJ December 04, 2011 at 01:50 AM
very true.. i dont think they get it.
DJ December 04, 2011 at 02:38 AM
15-12 wayne hills 3 min to go
DJ December 04, 2011 at 02:45 AM
i think fuller felt bad and gave the game up for old tappan.he fumbled 3 times inside the 20 yard line
Hills baby! December 04, 2011 at 02:47 AM
15-12 Hills! Feels good for the rest of the team (AND OLSEN) that worked hard all season!
Hills baby! December 04, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Hills 15-12!
DJ December 04, 2011 at 02:49 AM
ITS OVER... WAYNE HILLS 15 -12 WINNERS...WOW
still in town 78 December 04, 2011 at 03:59 AM
And du who are you? Why don't you support your local team? Another sour grape I guess ?
Hills Alum December 04, 2011 at 05:00 AM
DJ=Darn Jealous! Fire Olsen? He needs to go? Why? Because he stood by his kids that claimed their innocence, played without them in the end, and still won? He has done more for Wayne kids than you will ever know. He will leave soon and Wayne will not be better off. In the meantime, save your sour grapes and meet me at the Outback for a cold one to toast the best public School Program in the State--Ka-Chow!
Phyllis Rec December 04, 2011 at 06:24 AM
It was not a real scrimmage moron
Jessica Brody December 04, 2011 at 07:26 AM
Whoo-hoo Congrads WH. WV Cheerleaders- nice touch. WV coaches-shame on you. By not stopping cheerleaders from cheering for Old Tappan, you are encouraging the battles to continue. Thank-you Andrew for bringing that to they're attention...and NO- A.M. did not cause the "Black-out" on 11/29. General Olsen- Patriot Pride. Under the stadium lights the Wayne Hills Stars shined the brightest. and through it all, these young men made a statement to all of the non-believers. They are not part of the problem. They are the solution. They are the end result of a productive extra-curricular program.
Wayne Parent December 04, 2011 at 12:56 PM
I sure hope the WV Cheerleader screw-up was just a mistake. If not, that is so sad ! I'm so happy for the WH football players that took pride in their school and worked hard (on and off the field) to accomplish their goal and represent their school honorably.
star December 04, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Just to clarify those were NOT WV cheerleaders they were OT girls. WV & OT have the same warm up with almost exactly the same colors & design. NO ONE other than the teams playing ar allowed on the field. The WV coaches always promote good sportsmanship no matter who is playing. I have seen these girls in action & they are exactly what cheerleading is all about. Shame on you for spreading rumors without having any facts.
Frank December 05, 2011 at 01:43 PM
@Phyllis, More excuses! By the way how does your "Paterno" explain away his ENTIRE resume of wrong doings? Oh, I know....everyone is JEALOUS of ME and MY program. EVERYONE has an axe to grind with me. PLEASE do not attempt to insult the intelligence of the public at large. MORON huh? Interesting how you and your BLIND LEADING THE BLIND groupies stoop to disrespectful low's while conducting conversation.
MikeBrandt December 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Coach has an amazing wife and three great children. Did anybody mention that his son wasn't out that night or how his other son is doing amazing things for cancer research. Or that his eldest son is one of the most stand up citizens to have come out of the Wayne school systems. I'm not bashing the parents of the kids who fought, from either Wayne Hills or Wayne Valley. I'm also not saying that fighting is right, but c'mon, they are 16, 17 & 18 year old boys. The judge now determines their fate but if it comes out that one of the"infamous nine" were not even there than it's a shame and BOE dropped the ball.
John December 07, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Ok... so I know that the agenda of many of those that comment here is to disparage & destroy Chris Olsen and portray the football team as a bunch of arrogant thugs who think they are above the law. I get that & I've come to the conclusion that it's not worth attempting to make a legitimate, logical argument engaging people who have an agenda & an axe to grind. I am, however perplexed at the complete absence of anyone's outrage over the fact that this altercation took place largely as the result of a teen house party run amuck. There are parents in our community who apparently think its perfectly alright to allow their kids to host parties where alcohol flows freely among their underaged guests. There are homes where this goes on often... where the "PARENTS" either turn a blind eye to or are complicit in the illegal activities that go on under their roofs. As a parent of 2 teenaged kids who attend Wayne Public schools, I must say that I for one am outraged about THIS. How about someone suggesting that these type of "PARENTS" act more responsibly? How about someone suggesting that "PARENTS" like this quit enabling their own and others kids to behave badly and make bad choices while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Police Chief Reardon, why is it that the names of the homeowners who hosted this party on Urban Club Rd. haven't been released to the media? Why haven't THEY been charged with anything? I guess money and relationships can buy you a lot of things...
Shawshank McGee December 10, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Trolls....nuff said
sally singsong December 10, 2011 at 05:01 AM
thats what all you knuckle heads are doing too...spreading rumors without having any facts...
sally singsong December 10, 2011 at 05:11 AM
NOT A SECRET everyone in town nows who it is...
sally singsong December 10, 2011 at 05:21 AM
no I think hills was a little too much for him to handle....twice
sally singsong December 10, 2011 at 05:26 AM
good sporstmanship ..yeah right when O'Connor starts an argument with WH players in stands,thats showing sportsmanship....he has his own problems just trying to win games

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