ELO school chief will look into fights

EAST LIVERPOOL – A city school administrator is investigating reports that fights broke out during recent games involving the Potters.

Superintendent James Herring confirmed Friday that he is looking into a report that the Oct. 5 soccer game between the Potters and Beaver Local “got out of hand,” resulting in two East Liverpool players being “kicked out of the game.”

Herring said two Beaver Local parents had called him and he has set up a meeting with his district’s athletic director as well as left calls for Beaver Local administrators to talk with them to try and get to the bottom of the reports.

It was Herring’s understanding that a prior soccer game between the Potters and Beavers “got a little heated,” but “no one got kicked out,” saying that the Oct. 5 game, then, “got intense.”

Asked if he is also investigating reports that a fight broke out among coaches and referees at the Aug. 30 game between East Liverpool and Carrollton, Herring said he had not heard of any fracas during that game.

He said he will, however, look into that now that it was brought to his attention.

The newspaper was first made aware of these unconfirmed reports this week after news stories were published about a similar incident at the Oct. 5 game between Oak Glen and Weir High which ultimately resulted in disciplinary measures taken against school personnel and a student.

Oak Glen offensive coordinator Jason Kekseo has been named interim coach, although the status of head coach Ian Whittington has not been discussed by school officials.