Thursday, September 28, 2000

CovCath cancels series with Beechwood




By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PARK HILLS — After fans' behavior at a recent football game between Covington Catholic and Beechwood high schools drew widespread criticism, the two Northern Kentucky rivals will no longer play each other.

        CovCath Principal Jack Kennevan announced the decision Tuesday afternoon, saying it was not in the best interest of either school to continue the matches.

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        “It is with much regret that the unacceptable behavior of a few and the articles published in the Enquirer have so adversely characterized Covington Catholic High School to the people of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” Mr. Kennevan said in a statement. “In no way does anyone associated with Covington Catholic condone or tolerate such conduct.”

        Two nights before the Sept. 16 game, some Beechwood buses were vandalized and other property at the school was damaged. At the game, Beechwood fans said some CovCath students were chanting vulgarities at them.

        CovCath supporters, in turn, pointed fingers at Beechwood, saying some of their fans threw bottles at CovCath students and spray-painted the Beechwood logo on CovCath's track.

        Officials from both schools had planned to meet next month.

        Mr. Kennevan said his school has been on the receiving end of such behavior but preferred to handle the situation quietly.

        Beechwood Superintendent Fred Bassett said he understands Mr. Kennevan's decision, but would have preferred to continue the contests.

        “I'm disappointed that we weren't able to work out some way for us to get our students to come together and have a mutually beneficial, friendly rivalry,” he said.

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