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Coronado HS stripped of boys basketball championship after tortilla-throwing incident

Coronado HS stripped of boys basketball championship after tortilla-throwing incident

First, a tortilla-throwing incident cost Coronado High School its boys basketball coach. Now, it’s cost the school its regional championship.

The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday it had vacated the San Diego-area school’s regional championship after the team’s players celebrated by throwing tortillas at players from Orange Glen High School, the predominantly Latino high school it had defeated in its final game.

Additionally, the Coronado team was placed on probation through 2024 and was banned from hosting postseason games for the next two seasons. All other Coronado teams are also banned from hosting postseason games until the completion of a sportsmanship workshop (with cultural sensitivity training) by the school’s administrators, coaches and student-athletes, as well as game management training by the administrators.

The final sanction is a “strong” encouragement for Coronado administrators to engage with their counterparts at Orange Glen to “begin the process of developing a positive relationship between the two school communities.”

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