As it turns out, the “St. Francis Prep 9” will be allowed to play for the school again. Their parents just won’t be able to watch them.
Last Wednesday, St. Francis Prep revoked a ban placed on nine players on the girl’s basketball team stemming from a boycott of a game against Christ the King in February.
Principal Brian Conway, in letter sent to the parents of the five sophomores and four juniors, restored the girls’ academic eligibility and allowed them to try out for any sports team next year, including basketball. However, the parents have been banned from attending basketball games, either at the Fresh Meadows School or on the road.
The school originally banned the players after their parents, upset with the team’s performance and the performance of coach Jo-Ann Wagner, had forwarded the school a petition demanding Wagner’s removal. The petition was signed by parents of 10 of the team’s 13 players. When the petition went unanswered, Parents the prevented their children from boarding the team bus to Middle Village.
The school responded immediately by suspending the nine players and preventing them from ever participating in Terrier athletics.
The school’s actions spawned a letter of apology from the parents.
“Our actions over the past week were irresponsible and thoughtless,” the letter read. “We not only failed, but embarrassed the school, Mrs. Wagner and the team and deeply regret doing so.”
The players will meet with Coach Wagner and her staff once Spring Recess concludes next week.