Hoover principal: Laguna Beach boys water polo should be disciplined


The principal at Hoover High in Glendale believes Laguna Beach's boys water polo team should be disciplined for the schools' intense quarterfinal match Saturday night that was halted early by officials and resulted in the police being called to the pool.

The top-seeded Breakers won the Division 2 match, 13-11, at Burbank, but the game was stopped by officials with about 26 seconds left with Laguna Beach in possession of the ball.

On Monday, the CIF-SS said that four Hoover players received misconduct penalties in the match and were ejected and that no Laguna Beach players were sanctioned.

Hoover principal Jennifer Earl said Tuesday night that she submitted a report and video from the match to the CIF-SS on Monday night.

"We also believe that based on our video tape that there should be Laguna Beach players who should be held accountable for their inappropriate actions as well," Earl said. "The angle that I sent to CIF, I believe, will show the actual kind of play-by-play of what happened in that altercation.

"Who should be held accountable, that is my biggest concern. All students should be held accountable because there was a lot of over-aggressive behavior."

Laguna Beach plays Murrieta Valley in the semifinals Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine. 

Earl also submitted statements to CIF-SS from three of her players about alleged racist remarks said during the match to Hoover.

The Burbank police received a disturbance of the peace call from the game and responded but no report was filed.

"It was a shocking experience," Earl said of the match, which she attended.

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