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Published February 23, 2012, 08:27 PM

2 RRHS Athletes Disciplined After Wahpeton Locker Room Damaged

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Red River High School basketball coach and his players have apologized to the Wahpeton Athletic Director for damage to the school's visiting locker room.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Red River High School basketball coach and his players have apologized to the Wahpeton Athletic Director for damage to the school's visiting locker room.

But there will be consequences for the guilty students.

Besides paying for the damage, two Red River basketball players will be sitting on the bench during the team's next game.

Red River principal Kris Arason says 95 percent of the time coaches check the locker room, but on Tuesday night, coach Jason Gregory and his staff left a mess for Wahpeton to find.

It was a close game that ended a winning streak for an undefeated team.

And administrators say Red River players let emotions get the best of them.

"When kids are in those situations, sometimes they make decisions they regret," Arason said.

"Sportsmanship is not just on the floor but the whole thing," Wahpeton superintendent Rick Jacobson said.

A light was ripped from the ceiling, pieces shattered on the floor, and a rail was torn off a shower.

"I've already talked with the principal, I've talked with the athletic director, we know that working with kids on a daily basis that things like this unfortunately do happen," Arason said.

Arason is disappointed, but he's making sure those students are punished for their lack of judgment and other students learn not to follow in their shoes.

"One of the boys has already called the school and talked with the athletic director and principal and apologized," Arason said.

"It is a good reminder of what not to do," Jacobson said.

Arason says he doesn't think this incident will have any impact on future sporting events between the two schools.

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