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September 22, 1997


WHS suspension appeal denied

  by Andrew Walgamott
   An appeal of Woodinville High School football coach Terry Agnew's one-game suspension was unanimously denied by the KingCo Conference Appeals Board last week.
   Agnew has been suspended for allowing players to suit up in pads during the first day of practice which was August 25. Doing so is a violation of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules. Agnew has been a football coach at Woodinville since the early 1990s.
   The Appeals Board consists of KingCo Conference principals. It upheld the conference athletic director's ruling that suspended Agnew for one game and placed the team on probation for two years. Agnew can continue coaching while the school appeals.
   Northshore School District Director of Student and Athlete Services Eric Barnum said an appeal to the next level, the Sea-King District, was planned. According to reports, the appeal was denied because the violation appeared to give the Falcons an unfair advantage over opponents.
   WIAA rules prevent suiting up on the first three days of practice for safety and conditioning reasons. The Falcons have been placed on two years probation for the violation as well. If another infraction occurs in that time, the football team could lose revenue sharing or postseason privileges, or both.