The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 2, 2012

PIAA penalizes 4 Shik players for Selinsgrove brawl

Shikellamy Superintendent Pat Kelley said Tuesday that four Shikellamy football players have been suspended by a PIAA District 4 committee reviewing the actions of players during a brawl near the end of the game versus cross-river rival Selinsgrove last month.

No Selinsgrove players were suspended by the committee, but two Selinsgrove players served a one game suspension for being ejected. Kelley said that the Shikellamy player who was ejected from the game is no longer believed to have been among those most responsible for the fight.

Three players will have to sit out Friday night's homecoming game against Warrior Run. One player is no longer with the team, but will have to sit out two events during the next sport he participates in, Kelley said.

"The committee had the perception that Shikellamy had a larger part and that Shikellamy had to suffer more consequences," he said.

Though the school may not agree with this assessment, it will not appeal the ruling, since an appeal would require the introduction of new evidence.

Therefore, the school will be complying with the committee's decision, Kelley said.

Contacted Tuesday, James Zack, the Shamokin Area School District superintendent who chairs the PIAA District 4 committee, refused to comment, saying he had not had an opportunity to formally notify Shikellamy of the committee's decision.

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