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Logan High football players under investigation; fellow students react

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Kristi Lambert
JCOM 1130 News Staff

LOGAN—The Logan High School football team, the top seed going into the first round of the Utah state 4A football playoffs on Saturday, will enter the game against Herriman with an overall record of 10 wins, no losses — and one ongoing investigation.

Police confirmed Wednesday morning that there is an active investigation underway at LHS involving allegations of illegal actions on the part of a number of players on the football team. Saying the matter was “still under investigation and active — therefore, not releasable for a bit,” Logan City Police Department public records clerk Kirsti Kjome declined to provide specifics about the case early Wednesday until Asst. Chief Jeff Curtis was available on Friday.

• Friday Update: The Logan Herald Journal reports that police have three football players for theft, and that they have been suspended from school and will not play in Saturday’s championshiop game. All three students are seniors and football starters.

Mike Russell, LHS’s security officer, declined to comment Wednesday until the police report is filed. “It is still under investigation at this time and we don’t have any information to give out,” said Logan High secretary Nicky Kimball.

Mike Favero, the 10-1 Grizzlies’ head coach, was also unwilling to give out any information.

Logan police officials promised to provide additional information regarding this case on Friday.

But LHS students aren’t waiting to talk.

“Word spreads like wildfire here.” said Ashley Littell, a senior and captain of the varsity volleyball team.

Littell and others students said that the hearsay going around the school was that three players from the football team had allegedly broken into the boys’ locker room and stole iPhones and iPods during a sophomore football game. Littell estimated that the theft occurred about a week and half ago.

“People think that there’s like an 80 percent chance that they’ll get kicked off the team,” Littell said.

“It sucks because we are seeded number one in 4A,” said sophomore Sammy Parkinson. “And State [championships] is this Saturday.”

But KSL.com was reporting late Wednesday that teammates believed the accused players will only be benched for a quarter of the game against Herriman.

The police department and school administrators have neither confirmed nor denied any of these rumors.

MDL/TP

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