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Season’s premature end saddens coach

February 12, 1997

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) _ The coach of the men’s basketball team at Yavapai College on Tuesday said canceling the rest of the season was sad but necessary after seven players admitted smoking marijuana at a motel.

``I already bawled my eyes out over this. It’s unfortunate, but someone somewhere has got to take a stand, has got to create heroes in today’s society,″ said coach Dolph Carroll.

College officials canceled the rest of the Roughriders’ season Monday after the players were arrested Sunday night on marijuana possession charges.

The Roughriders had been ranked second in the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (16-8 overall, 10-6 in the conference) and 25th in the nation among junior colleges.

Carroll told ABC Radio Sports that the players had made a mistake.

``These are not bad kids. They made a mistake, but the mistake unfortunately is going to cost us,″ he said.

Campus police said the players admitted smoking marijuana after an employee of Motel 6 reported smelling the smoke.

Two Texas women, Kristi Ferguson, 20, and Jennifer Klenz, 20, were booked into Yavapai County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana. Neither is a student at the school, and police alleged the women bought the marijuana for the party.

Other coaches in the conference were unhappy about Yavapai canceling the rest of the season, but Carroll defended the action and said he never considered bringing in other players to finish the season.

``I didn’t even think twice about it. The kids work extremely hard, they built the program. To bring other kids in would have been a mockery and it would have been a total injustice to the school and the kids who worked so hard. Better to end it cleanly,″ he said.

The players cited were Jarret Evans, 19, a freshman from Tucson and son of assistant University of Arizona coach Jessie Evans; Steven Grant, 20, a sophomore from Prescott; Joe Karcie, 19, a freshman from Prescott; Anthony Oates, 18, a freshman from Tucson; Michael Maxwell, 21, a sophomore from Phoenix; Gonzalo Ojeda, 20, a sophomore from Sante Fe, N.M.; and Bernard Rock, 19, a freshman from Mayer.

Freshman Brad Geddes of Mesa and sophomore Michael Clemens of were not involved.

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