[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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