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Conemaugh Twp. coaches under investigation after alleged misconduct

CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It was a rowdy night at Windber stadium on Friday as three separate coaches from the visiting team are being investigated for incidents that occurred during the game against Conemaugh Township.

There were hundreds of fans at the game, many of them witnessing what happened and word spread like wildfire on social media over the weekend.

The local chapter of the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic Association said Monday that it's very aware of what happened but said it's in the school districts hands right now. Both Windber and Conemaugh Township are not yet commenting on the situations but they are investigating.

The PIAA District V committee confirmed Monday that each incident involved a separate Conemaugh Township coach but the committee couldn't go into specifics.

6 News has learned that one of the incidents involved Conemaugh Township's head coach questioning a call on the field. He got ejected from the game and as per PIAA rule, he will now be suspended and required to sit out during this week's homecoming game versus Homer Center.

There were two other incidents, one involving another coach being handcuffed by police after the game, but Conemaugh Township superintendent Gary Buchsen said Monday that officers did not use a Taser on the coach as has been rumored throughout town.

Palumbo said both districts are required to conduct their own investigations and report their findings to district five next week. Until then, we won't know much more, but PIAA District V Committee Chairman Virgil Palumbo said, "Conemaugh Township and Windber student athletes were not involved whatsoever. All involved parties were adults. The players displayed sportsmanship through the course of the entire game and properly shook hands afterward. They should be commended."

Buchsen couldn't comment on the incidents, citing personnel issues, but he did say that no one from Windber played any role in Friday night's incidents. He said he's already called Windber and apologized on behalf of his entire district.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times