Declaring that all of the responsible players did not come forward to account for the vandalism of St. Paul’s locker room during a game on Oct. 26, Wolcott Public School administration announced Thursday that the team would be forfeiting this week’s game vs. Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech.
The decision follows a bullet-point list of demands made by superintendent Tony Gasper on Monday, which gave the students until Wednesday, 2 p.m. to come forward.
In a letter released publicly and signed by Wolcott superintendent Tony Gasper, principal Walter Drewery and athletic director Tayna Adams, Wolcott said two “honorable student-athletes” and their families came forward to account for the damage done to walls and lockers at St. Paul.
But WPS said it was “100% confident” that “several others students” were involved, based on its own investigation.
“None of the others who caused substantial damage to the locker room have identified themselves,” the letter said.
“It is regrettable that the other student-athletes themselves have decided not to take the honorable path and therefore have forced the unfortunate outcome of this matter.”
As of late Thursday afternoon, the CIAC had not listed an official forfeit of Friday’s game. The impending forfeit would drop Wolcott to 6-3 with one game remaining, at Holy Cross on Thanksgiving. The program is also forfeiting its junior varsity game.
Wolcott, which is coached by second-year man Matt Hove, had been ranked No. 6 in the Class M playoff standings before the forfeit. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Friday night was supposed to be senior night at Wolcott High. Senior football players and cheerleaders will now be recognized at Holy Cross on Thanksgiving.
The Wolcott administration said its investigation isn’t over. “If further information comes to light, we will take appropriate action,” it concluded. “This includes looking deeply into the actions of our coaches who were charged with supervision of these students at the time(s) that the damage occurred.”