Posted: 11:39 am Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

FHSAA hands down suspensions, fines for Lake Worth-Park Vista fight 

By Jason Lieser

The Florida High School Athletic Association fined Lake Worth and Park Vista for an on-field fight at the of their football game Nov. 13. The FHSAA also suspended a total of 10 players for their parts in the altercation.

Park Vista was fined a total of $2,200, while Lake Worth got $1,500. The athletic eligibility of four Trojans and five Cobras was suspended through Dec. 25. for Level 2 unsportsmanlike conduct. Park Vista also had a player suspended for his next athletic contest in any sport.

Both football programs were officially reprimanded, placed on administrative probation through June 2011 and must attend an FHSAA sportsmanship program.

Park Vista Athletic Director Pam Romero and Lake Worth Athletic Director Seth Groveman said their schools disciplined additional students for their roles in the incident. Both athletic directors also confirmed that some participants were suspended from school for up to 10 days.

Romero and Groveman declined questions on the incident and said their football coaches are not commenting.

As a result of the incident, Park Vista coach Brian Dodds asked the Lou Groza committee to remove his name from the ballot for the Coach of the Year award, committee chairman Bill Davis said. Dodds was one of four finalists for the award.

Here is the official’s report submitted to the FHSAA (transcription is verbatim, including punctuation):

At the end of the game there was a bench-clearing fight between Park Vista and Lake Worth H.S. The officials tried to separate both teams at the end of the game but both benches emptied on to the field plus we had spectator from the park vista side charge the field. When the officials feared for their safety we backed off and took numbers. We found that [redacted] and [redacted] of Park Vista throwing punches. [redacted] of Lake Worth picked up a Park Vista helmet and was swinging it at Park Vista players. Both Team benches charged the field. Both schools coaching staff as well as Park Vista administration did an outstanding job of restoring order to what could have and was a very dangerous situation.