Two senior starters for OPRF baseball suspended

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The OPRF baseball team will be without two senior starters when the Huskies take the field in their season opener on Wednesday (March 21) at Glenbrook South.

OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter confirmed today that the two players are suspended for eight games for violating the school’s code of conduct.

“It’s unfortunate, but the punishment will hopefully prevent others from violating the rules as well,” said Ledbetter. “It’s obvious these are rules not to be taken lightly.”

Because of the infraction, the players are suspended for a percentage of games according to the sport they are participating in. The two starters won’t be eligible to play again until the home opener on April 3 against Glenbard West. 

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Posted: March 31st, 2012 5:29 PM

Don't the athletes, band members, etc. have to sign a code of conduct? involving smoking, drugs & alcohol?


Posted: March 30th, 2012 8:21 AM

Reader, lolz. Got my laughs for the day from these comments. It's very simple. Breaking the rules leads to missing games/activities. Deal with it. I know how hard this must be for the parents of these two fine athletic scholars, but your kids did something terrible and they must be punished!!!! lol.

OPRF Achievement  

Posted: March 28th, 2012 7:27 AM

Soccer Cap., was suspended. If he was wrong, than the punishment was right. Baseball is king in OP. Look, these policy's are Tough. But, kids who are athletes, just like in college or pros - our society looks up to them. They must be setting examples. You do NOT have to play sports - but if you do you are representing the SCHOOL, not yourself! As a father or Mother, this is one of the Hardest lessons. But in the long run, (season withstanding) it is one of the Best Lessons to Help kids.


Posted: March 26th, 2012 11:35 PM

Iman Shumpert was in the dunk contest.

Unfair from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2012 11:10 PM

I find it funny how only these 2 baseball players were pointed out. How the soccer captain who was suspended, or the 8 hockey players that where suspended???

Are you kidding   

Posted: March 25th, 2012 12:17 PM

A simple look at the usage rates of OPRF students shows Stelzer does not have the time nor inclination to go after the "I was just there" kids. This is just another example of parents who listen to their teens without examining the facts. These parties are not about beer anymore. Between the pills, weed and every other combination, it is a wonder why more teens don't overdose but we complain about the school who is trying to help ?


Posted: March 23rd, 2012 9:18 AM

Whats more important? Shumperts return to Chicago or the policies that affect student athletes and that dialogue? I ask you.

Just Saying  

Posted: March 23rd, 2012 9:06 AM

The athletes are the only one's with ramifications from the no tolerance policy. It only applies the the athletes. As a Dad I want my children to be responsible. That being said I don't want them to be subject to a quarter of a season suspension for being in a room with a beer can. The policy is flawed at best and there are no good solutions to stopping partying in high school. As a side note Mr. Spencer great investigative reporting. How proud you must be to brought this situation to light.

Believe that Changed from OakPark  

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 7:36 PM

response to Just Saying: The list of activities that are affected similarly by the Code of Conduct is quite long, including pep band, Model UN, etc. I believe the change was made in '08. Check WJ 7-29-08

Just Saying from Oak Park  

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 11:07 AM

OPRF Achievement Oak Park as many other schools do in fact have a different set of rules for the athletes. The no tolerance policy applies only to the athletes. The rest of the student body has no such policy. The band members, debate club members, chess, theatre people and on and on are not subject to these sactions. The policy is flawed at best. If an athlete is in a room with a beer can in it what happens. Suspended. We can debate this all day long but kids have rights too. Unless you are


Posted: March 21st, 2012 10:28 PM

Has anyone heard? Iman Shumpert is in the NBA. He is unbelievable. He can dunk a basketball. Its all over the WJ. He has gotten 10x's more press than this story.

OPRF Achievement  

Posted: March 21st, 2012 6:21 PM

Well Done OPRF and Mr. Stelzer. A school as good as OPRF cannot be led by different set of rules for different teams/coaches. A rule is a rule. As the Coach said - hopefully this will make kids take notice.

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