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    (PHOTO | WWW.GOFLASHWIN.COM) The Dutch Fork football team following the 2019 Class 5A state championship victory.
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    (PHOTO | WWW.GOFLASHWIN.COM) Dutch Fork head football coach/athletics director Tom Knotts

S.C. HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE, DISTRICT 5 LOOKING INTO DUTCH FORK PRACTICE

Social media footage showing Dutch Fork High School players working out on campus has prompted an investigation.

A now-deleted video posted on Twitter showed players from the defending 4-time Class 5A champions taking part in passing routes on the Irmo school field. With schools closed for the rest of the year, the S.C. High School has not allowed teams and athletes to utiltize facilities or conduct workouts not in compliance with social distancing after cancelling the remainder of the spring season. 

“While many are eager to get back together and start working again, we cannot stress enough that coach(s) and/or athlete(s) must not meet in person or groups to conduct these training sessions,” according to the memo. “One on one activities and use of school facilities will not be permitted.”

Lexington-Richland District 5 released a statement on the matter Wednesday. 

“We are aware of reports of student-athletes working out at Dutch Fork High School and can confirm that these were not authorized practice or workout sessions,” said Katrina Goggins, District 5 Director of Communications, in a statement. “Based on our initial review, no coaches or staff were onsite. We will continue to investigate the reports and will decline to comment further.”

The SCHSL is reportedly looking into the matter. Any penalties, ranging from fines to loss of practice or preseason scrimmage time, would be relayed to the school.

Both the SCHSL and S.C. Independent School Association indicated on April 22 they would follow the governor’s lead when it comes to resuming sports. 

Each is looking at around June 1 as the date to reevaluate the resumption of summer activities if the governor eases restrictions.

SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton also said they would follow its summer calendar when it comes to workouts, passing leagues. The S.C. High School League also voted unanimously to waive the “dead period” in July for sports if the restrictions are lifted by the governor. 

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