Jeannette, North Catholic fight sparks WPIAL discipline review
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The Jeannette High School boys' basketball team could face disciplinary action from the WPIAL because of a fight between the Jayhawks and North Catholic after today's PIAA playoff game at Hempfield.
Jeannette won the Class AA quarterfinal, 86-60, and the fight occurred outside the North Catholic locker room.
The WPIAL will hold a hearing Tuesday with all parties involved, and WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley acknowledged some of Jeannette's players could face disclipinary action that might affect their status for Wednesday's semifinal game.
Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor was one of many players involved in the incident.
"Clearly what has been reported to have taken place is totally unacceptable and outside what is involved in sportsmanship," said O'Malley. "Might there be consequences? Absolutely. What they might be, I don't know. That will be up to our board of control."
State police said last night the incident is under investigation, though it is being treated so far as a disturbance. No criminal charges have been filed.
According to those who saw the incident, Jeannette's team came down a hallway after the game and approached North Catholic as it entered the locker room.
Hempfield assistant coach Rob Stauffer worked security for the game and escorted North Catholic to its locker room when the fight started. Stauffer told state police he was holding back Pryor during the melee.
First Published March 8, 2008 6:08 pm