Drinking rules cost Centennial girls team

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Most of the coming soccer season will be lost for four Centennial girls varsity soccer players who were among 12 students cited for underage drinking at a back-to-school dance Thursday night.

Eleven of the students attend Centennial and one attends Mount St. Joseph High School, said Centennial principal Lynda Mitic.

The 11 Howard County students will be suspended five to 30 days from classes and be ineligible to compete in extracurricular activities for 70 calendar days.

For the soccer players, that means missing the regular season and most of the postseason.

Centennial has one of the top girls teams in Howard County.

"We've had drug and alcohol violations in the past but never on this scale," Mitic said. "Every student signs the county's drug and alcohol policy on the first day of school."

School opened Monday.

Mitic said that two police officers were assigned to the dance, and one was called as a back-up.

They issued citations to the 12 students who eventually were released into their parents' custody.

"They came to the dance under the influence. We have teachers as monitors at the door. The alcohol was detected on the students' breath as they came in. The police then did their own testing," said Mitic. "No alcohol was confiscated from any of the students."

Centennial girls soccer coach Mike Senisi declined to comment, as did several players and parents. The Eagles are scheduled to play their first game Friday against the Institute of Notre Dame.

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