UPDATE: Washington Players Suspended

Four members of the Washington High School football team are suspended ahead of the unbeaten team’s second round state playoff game.

Washington Dist. 308 Superintendent Kyle Freeman confirms the district is aware of four players who “violated the school’s athletic code.” However, Freeman says he is legally unable to go into specifics.

Washington Police Chief Don Volk confirms authorities are investigating an alleged underage drinking party at 904 Wellington Sunday night. Volk says of the persons involved, “four of them include players listed on the Washington High School football team roster.” Volk says he cannot release their identities because they are under age 18.

Freeman says other students were allegedly involved, but could not provide an exact number or a breakdown of how other athletic programs at the school are affected.

“Consequences are effective immediately upon receipt of confirmation there was a violation,“ Freeman said. “The consequences are progressive based upon the number of violations.”

According to the Washington Dist. 308 Athletic Code, accessible on the district’s website, a first offense calls for suspension from one-third of scheduled contests, a second offense calls for suspension for one calendar year, a third offense calls for a student to be dropped from all activities for a scholastic career.

Washington (10-0) plays at Sterling (8-2) at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the second round of the IHSA Class 5A football playoffs.

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