OHSAA to announce investigation decision on Warren JFK incident in Windham 'early next week'

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

A decision from the OHSAA's investigation to Tuesday's Warren JFK at Windham boys basketball game is expected to be announced by "early next week," according to Director of Information Services Tim Stried.

Stried's comment indicates that a decision, which was originally thought to be released on Friday, could be announced on Monday or Tuesday.

The investigation was warranted after Warren JFK's players and coaching staff walked off the court with 3:51 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game when they were trailing 88-49.

Warren JFK head coach Shawn Pompelia has been suspended, but not in coordination with the OHSAA's investigation. The two-game suspension for Pompelia, who was ejected from the game after receiving a pair of technical fouls, follows the state's guidelines for an ejected player or coach. Pompelia will be fined a maximum of $100 and will have to attend a seminar in Columbus.

Along with Pompelia's pair of technicals, the Warren JFK team was assessed three others, with two given to players and one to assistant coach Marlon McGaughy.

Windham also received one technical foul in the game, which was part of a double-technical that produced Warren JFK's last technical.

Following the double-technical, McGaughy called his team to the bench and then instructed them to leave the court and go into the locker room.

McGaughy cited player safety for his decision, but an internal investigation done by Windham administrators on Wednesday did not uncover anything that would support an unsafe environment.

On Wednesday, Stried referenced General Sports Regulation No. 14 with the Record-Courier, which says "No member of any school-sponsored interscholastic athletics squad shall leave the 'playing area' in which a contest is being conducted and enter the 'spectator area' of the facility to engage in any type of conflict -- verbal or physical."

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