[UPDATE] High School Soccer Teen Accused of Felony Battery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 2-8-2011 6:50 pm

Final Report on Soccer Fight From FHSAA

Attached is the final report from the FHSAA regarding the incident that took place between Suwannee and Trinity Catholic at its regional quarterfinal soccer game. In the attachment is the officials report, the letters of sanctions to the schools, the responses from the schools regarding the incident, and the numbers of players suspended. As per FHSAA policies, all names and identifying markers of the student-athletes have been redacted.

Trinity Catholic's team has not been suspended and will play in its game tonight. Those players suspended may not play.

Click on paper icon above to read full report from FHSAA.


UPDATE 2-8-2011 4:23 pm

Carol Brinati, Chancellor for Administration, issues a statement for Trinity Catholic in regards to a soccer brawl that broke out with Suwannee County.


Trinity Catholic High School Varsity Boys Soccer Team will be competing
against Crystal River tonight at 7:00 p.m. in a Regional Semifinal
Competition. The Florida High School Athletic Association (F.H.S.A.A.)
has placed sanctions on seven of the Trinity Catholic High School
Varsity Boys Soccer Team players due to unsportsmanlike conduct
displayed at the last game where Trinity Catholic High School Varsity
Boys Soccer Team played Suwannee High School in Live Oak on February 3.

"We are grateful for the swift and fair decision of the FHSAA and
support its decision," said Brother Daniel Aubin, President of Trinity
Catholic High School. "On behalf of our faculty, staff and student body
Ms. Jacquelyn Gehrsitz, principal of Trinity Catholic High School,
offered an apology to Principal Ted Roush of Suwannee High School. All
of our students are called to portray a team spirit and emulate Christ."


LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida high school soccer goalkeeper
has been charged with a felony count of hitting an opposing player
during a post-game brawl.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office booked 18-year-old goalie Jared Andrew Hendry on a felony battery charge Friday, according to its website. He was released on bond.

The Gainesville Sun reports that a dispute broke out after the Ocala Trinity Catholic team defeated Hendry's Suwannee High School team 4-2 in a playoff game Friday. An arrest report obtained by the Sun says Hendry struck an opposing player in the mouth, breaking two teeth.

Suwannee's athletic director said Hendry won't be participating in any more sports at the school. News video shows around 10 people, including some non-players, involved in the scrum. Hendry's father declined comment Saturday.


LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) -- A teen in north Florida faces a charge of felony battery for allegedly striking another player after a soccer game.

A dispute broke out as the Suwanee High School and Ocala Trinity Catholic boys' teams were exchanging handshakes Friday. Trinity Catholic had won the playoff game 4-2.

According to an arrest report, 18-year-old Suwanee goalie Jared Andrew Hendry broke away from his teammates and coach to chase a member of the opposing team. Police say Hendry struck a Trinity Catholic player who tried to stop him in the mouth, breaking two teeth.

Hendry was released on bond. Suwanee High School Athletic Director Hunter Abercrombie says Hendry won't be participating in any more sports at the school.

The Florida High School Athletic Association has ordered an investigation.

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  • by R Location: live oak on Feb 17, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Trust me Jared is not a thug. He is a hot head at times and yes there should be some kind of actions be made but not felony battery.
  • by Suw Resident Location: Live Oak on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:53 PM
    Relax, The Felony battery charge will more than likely be pled down to a misd. simple battery. If Jared is planning on claiming self defense, I don't think it will fly. (1) Although he was be instigated, he chose to take action and charge at the instigator. (2) Yes, He was tackled and possibly choked. However he did not hit the other guy to get him off, he hit him in retaliation. (Clearly seen on the video) (3) He was bragging to the masses of witnesses and to the A.P. who escorted him from the field. Bragging that he popped the other guy and he got it. Sadly, Mistakes are often made. I am sure Jared will relive his decision for many days to come. I feel his life will be more devastated by losing his eligibility as an athlete, than the legal consequences that follow. In a few short months his probation will be over. His family will pay some restitution. And life will go on. Very powerful lessons are learned in this manner. I learned mine in about the same way.
  • by Soccer Mom Location: Live Oak on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    First of all, I have a middle school child, that has been coached for two years by one of the coaches, that was on the sidelines that night. He is a terrific mentor and a great teacher. In every crowd there are a few people, who could act more like adults, but that does not mean that every parent in Live Oak promotes their children fighting. As a parent I do my best to teach my child right from wrong, but kids make mistakes. To the Hendry family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. This will pass!! Keep your heads up! I do not know you or your son, but I am not going to be self righteous like alot of other people are on here. Jared, I have made many mistakes in my life, and so has everyone else that has posted comments on here.
  • by suwannee Location: suwannee county on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    if you dont have anything to say besides talking bad about suwannee county (manny) then dont say anything, thats what started all this in the first place. and trinity played dirty the whole game not suwannee. trinity wanted to run their mouths and just so happens one got what he deserved, dont run your mouth if you cant back it up.
  • by Larry on Feb 9, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    To "a good friend of the thug"-He got charged with FELONY BATTERY for a reason, don't act like he is the victim, he's a violent felon. This punk should be locked up before he hurts anyone else.
  • by A good Friend of Jareds Location: suwannee on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Jared is not a thug and if you think he is then you don't know Jared. Jared is a very well liked guy at Suwannee High and has lots of friends that stick by him. Jared was defending himself when the opposing teams player attacked him. Put yourself in his position if you have an opposing teams member that your not after attack you and tackle you to the ground your going to react in self defense. How was Jared suppose to know that the guy was just trying to prevent him from getting to the other player? And for the guy from Trinity Catholic to take his shirt off and wave it above his head was wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    There is no place for fighting in sports. If you can't control your temper you should not play. The pros should take a stand against it as well. the player in the superbowl that threw the punch to the other players head should have been ejected, fined one million dollars and should have to sit out the next 5 games. The second time he does it, he should be banned from the league. The high school players that fight on the field should be kicked off the team, and all team wins should be forfited. There has to be a stop put to this. Its getting out of hand. Either control yourself, or not play.
  • by Anon on Feb 8, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    Not suprised this happened in good ol' Live Oak.
  • by Concerned on Feb 8, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    aunt, no wonder he acts like a thug, the adults in his life (like you) blindly defend his actions and minimize violence like this. Jared is a violent thug, his actions proved that. No excuse for violence like this, but I'm sure you have plenty
  • by student Location: ocala on Feb 8, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    there is no need for the name calling of tc players or the boy who got his teeth knocked out thanks..grow up it doesnt involve us only the players you dont know what was being said only they do
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