The Lowell High School girls’ soccer team has been put on probation for four years by the San Francisco Section.
The sanction was originally reported by the Twitter feed of The Lowell, the school’s newspaper, and has been confirmed by Lowell athletic director Rob Ray and S.F. Section commissioner Don Collins.
According to multiple sources involved, the disciplinary action stems from the moments after the Cardinals’ 8-0 win over Washington in the Academic Athletic Association championship game on Saturday at Boxer Stadium.
After the final whistle, eight Lowell seniors removed their jerseys to reveal T-shirts that displayed an inappropriate phrase. There was also a similar incident in the 2009 season, in which three of the eight seniors from this season’s incident were involved and suspended for.
“It violates our sportsmanship rule,” Collins said. “[Players] must be respectful, including on their clothing and attire.”
The probation’s stipulations are that if the soccer team is to violate the section’s sportsmanship guidelines again, Lowell coach Marcos Estebez will face suspension.
The eight seniors were also officially suspended for one game if they participate in any other spring sports.
Heading north: St. Ignatius swimmer Nina Mullin signed a letter of intent to swim at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Mullin, whose strongest stroke is breaststroke, was the varsity captain this season for SI. “I’m very excited about coming up to Fairbanks this fall and looking forward to being a part of the swim team,” Mullin said.
“I feel that it will be quite an adventure and a great opportunity to experience all Alaska has to offer.”