In sports there are often great moments such as a team victory or an athlete achieving a personal goal. Sports can bring out the best in a person by simply requiring hard work and determination to succeed. However when frustrations get the better of an athlete the result can be just the opposite. Unfortunately when the STC/EM boys soccer team played Waterloo East last Thursday an incident occurred that did not bring out the best in some athletes.
According to STC Athletic Director Jeremy Jones, who was not present for the game but has been investigating the situation, a Waterloo East player punched a STC player after mounting frustrations on the field. Jones said that the conflict arose after both teams allegedly exchanged inappropriate language in Spanish several times throughout the course of the game.
Waterloo East players later admitted to their athletic director of using inappropriate language. Another area of frustration was the double-digit lead that the Trojans continued to extend throughout the game.
Four red cards (and their subsequent ejections) were issued by the officials to the Waterloo East team. One red card was issued to the student who threw a punch, another was issued earlier in the game due to inappropriate language, and two were issued to players for leaving the bench to separate the athletes. The Iowa High School Athletic Association policy states that any player/athlete on the bench as a substitute or in uniform who is involved in the breaking up, participating in, or initiating of a fighting incident will be automatically ejected from that contest. The lone red card that was issued to a South Tama player was also for leaving the bench to help separate students.
Thursday's game was called early by the officials with a final score of 19-0, in STC's favor.
Coach Dima Shklyarov resigned from his coaching position effective immediately. According to Jones the resignation was not entirely due to this incident. South Tama volunteer assistant coach Dave Chizek will take over coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the season.