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Hawaii H.S. Football Team Goes Wild

September 26, 1998

HONOLULU (AP) _ Three-quarters of St. Louis High School’s nationally ranked football team have been placed on probation for allegedly drinking beer during a Las Vegas road trip, hiring exotic dancers and then trashing their hotel rooms.

The school’s president, the Rev. Mario Pariante, said Thursday that 60 of the team’s 88 players were put on probation. Although the players remain with the team, another serious offense could lead to expulsion.

The Crusaders are 12-time Oahu Prep Bowl champions. They are ranked No. 7 in the National High School Poll, No. 10 by the Dick Butkus Football Network and No. 14 by USA Today.

The alleged partying occurred during a preseason victory celebration following a 55-6 victory over Green Valley High on Sept. 5 at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

An unidentified player told Honolulu’s KGMB-TV that the party was held in several rooms of the World Trade Center Hotel.

The player said his teammates were drinking beer and then hired six exotic dancers at $200 apiece. He said a fellow player got so drunk that he passed out, failed to check out with the team the following day and had to take a later flight back to Hawaii.

Hotel security chief Mike Critchlow said, ``There was just blatant destruction of rooms.″

Beer also was found in the rooms of most players.

``They partied real hard in those rooms,″ he said.

Coach Cal Lee said only one player was caught drinking alcohol by coaches and chaperones, who made nightly bed-checks during the three-night trip.

Lee said the player is still on the team, but hasn’t played in the two games since the trip.

Sheila Serna, the hotel’s head of housekeeping, said several rooms were strewn with vomit, alcohol and pizza that had been ground into the bedspreads and carpets. Another room also was flooded and the players used mattresses to try to soak up the water.

Lee also said he was aware that the hotel rooms were damaged and he has told his players they will have to pay the $1,064 tab for broken beds, telephone jacks and damaged bedspreads.

``I take full responsibility for what happened,″ Lee said Friday. ``I should have supervised better.″

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