'Code violation' keeps 3 Springs players out of state championship game

Players from Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs and Iola-Scandinavia warm up at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison before the WIAA Division 6 state championship football game, Nov. 16, 2017. (WLUK/Dylan Scott)

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- Three St. Mary's Springs football players were held out of Friday's state championship game because of what school officials are calling a "code violation."

The school says one starter and two reserve players were affected.

School president Kelly Norton sent a letter to parents which reads as follows:

"Greetings SMSA Families,

You may have seen the FDL Scanner/Crime Reports Facebook post last evening, stating that there was a "disorderly conduct call to Pizza Ranch, reported to involve the St. Mary's Springs football team." We are not in a position to comment on the nature or details of the incident as it is in the hands of the FDL Police Department. However, as information is presented to the Administration of SMSA, we will manage the situation per the policies outlined in our student handbook and code of conduct. It is our expectation that our students and school community, whether on our campus grounds or elsewhere, serve as examples of the core values and Christian character that we teach and expect of one another.

Despite these circumstances, let this not be a deterrent from the importance, magnitude and community celebration of today, for there are many students, coaches, fans, and friends that have supported us on our journey to Madison. As we travel there today with our team, students and school, please remember we are ONE--in faith and community! GO LEDGERS!

In Christ,


In a statement to FOX 11 Norton, said:

"The events of last evening were unfortunate on many levels. Although no formal charges were filed regarding the incident, St. Mary's Springs Academy did take these issues seriously as they are an infraction of not only our Athletic Code of Conduct, but also not in alignment with the core values of our system. As a result, these students did not suit up for today's game. Despite these circumstances, we don't want to to underplay the importance, magnitude and community celebration of today, for there are many students, coaches, fans, and friends that have supported SMSA on our journey to Madison and we are grateful to be coming home with a state championship once again!"

The manager at Pizza Ranch declined to comment for this story.

And FOX 11 also requested the police report on the incident from the Fond du Lac Police Department.

The department said it would send that report once it has been completed.

Springs beat Iola-Scandinavia in the Division 6 final at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

After the game, Ledgers' coach Bob Hyland did not have much to say about the incident that left three of his players on the bench.

"I made the decision, I told them what had to be done that was it," Bob Hyland said.

Even if Fond du Lac police hold on to the reports for a while, FOX 11 will update this story when the information becomes available.

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