ASTORIA, Ore. – The Astoria High School football season is three games shorter this season after players were caught doing drugs and alcohol during a team sleepover.
A total of 28 players were punished for alcohol and marijuana use during a team sleepover on Aug. 27 at Warren Field.
Superintendent Craig Hoppes said it would be too unfair and not safe for the remaining athletes to compete. League rules call for athletes to sit out at least 20 percent of the games – due to the serious nature, Hoppes said they made it three games in all.
The players also have to do community service, attend mandatory drug and alcohol education and forfeit the opportunity to win the Cowapa League title.
“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students,” Hoppes said. “We will closely monitor the behavior and performance of every team member as he conforms to these requirements and restrictions. Any student who fails to live up to our expectations will lose his membership on the team.”