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home : sports : sports   April 29, 2016

4/11/2013 9:53:00 AM
Harrisburg, Seton coaches sanctioned

NT Sports Staff

The IHSA has completed its investigation into the 2013 Class 2A boys basketball state championship game and has announced sanctions for Harrisburg High School and Seton Academy.

Harrisburg beat Seton 50-44.

“This was an ugly and embarrassing incident,” IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said in a release. “Harrisburg High School, Seton Academy and the contest officials all share in the blame for the outcome. We also recognize that the IHSA needs to be more proactive in dealing with on-court behavior and conveying the expectations for appropriate conduct to the players, coaches and officials participating in our events.”

Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters has been placed on probation for the 2013-14 school year and may not participate in the 2013-14 state series unless he successfully completes the NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior training program.

Smithpeters’ sanctions result from his actions toward game officials.

In addition to sanctions implemented by the school, Seton Academy coach Brandon Thomas is on probation for the 2013-14 school year and may not have any involvement during the postseason during the next two school years.

Thomas was punished for incidents that occurred at halftime and during the post-game awards ceremony.

He delivered an obscenity-laced tirade in the presence of players in the tunnel following the first half.

Thomas bypased offers of congratulations from IHSA officials and Governor Pat Quinn, threw his medal to an assistant coach and engaged in a verbal altercation with a fan and had to be restrained by security and police.

Seton Academy refused to accept the second-place trophy and it remains at the IHSA office.

The IHSA also reprimanded the game officials for failure to enforce the bench conduct rule.

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