Northport Principal Warns of Threat at Volleyball Match

Northport High School Principal Irene McLaughlin said the school would send 10 extra teachers to serve as security at the playoff match.

officials sounded the alarm ahead of Wednesday’s boys volleyball showdown for the Suffolk Division I championship after a threat to disrupt the event was uncovered, the school announced.

In an automated call to the homes of students, Northport High School Principal Irene McLaughlin said the school would send 10 extra teachers to serve as security at the playoff match.

“It has come to our attention that students from another high school that we previously played will attempt to engage our fans in an altercation,” McLaughlin said, without elaborating on the source or the school.

No. 2 seed Northport will face Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at neutral Longwood High School in Middle Island. Admission is $6.

McLaughlin said the athletic director at Longwood, as well as security chief for Section XI and Suffolk Police were alerted. Section XI Executive Director Ed Cinelli, who oversees the governing body of Suffolk high school sports, was unaware of the threat as of mid-afternoon.

But the volleyball match is still on, and McLaughlin added a note in her message to parents to temper any concern. She asked parents, “Reinforce the need for good sportsmanship and appropriate conduct at all times, including but not limited to the nature of cheering and interaction with the fans,” McLaughlin said. “We hope this message does not discourage any fans from supporting our team tonight, but we felt the information was critical for our parents to know.”

Northport Athletic Director Drew Cronin did not return a call seeking comment.

The Tigers, 16-1 overall, advanced to the championship by , on Monday.

Scamp November 09, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Kelly, are you back????
Scamp November 09, 2011 at 10:40 PM
looks like the volleyball team is wearing blue and gold not black and gold like the football team - what's up with that??? I need some answers about this, I can't sleep at night with all these inconsistencies. :)
Jason Molinet November 09, 2011 at 10:48 PM
I have no idea why football wears black. It's a valid question.
Class of '81 November 09, 2011 at 11:38 PM
The black uniform story: in 1976 the football team's uniform supplier erroneously shipped black jerseys instead of blue. There was not enough time to replace them before the season started, so the team wore the black ones. They went on to win the Suffolk County AAA championship that year. Viewing the black jerseys as a good luck charm, the team has never switched back.
FYI November 10, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Based on recent performance, perhaps now would be a good time to switch back :))
jim Weis November 10, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Kip Lukralle has done such an outstanding job since David Summers left us. Black uniforms good luck? The only thing that would give us good luck would be to replace the Coach.
Bob B November 10, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Jim, Coming from a guy who changed in the bathroom for gym class I find your comments very funny. You ever get over that wedgie you got in 8th grade?
northside deli November 10, 2011 at 04:16 AM
Jason Molinet November 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Northport fell to Lindenhurst, 3-1.
Jason Molinet November 10, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Reporting no incidents at the match: http://patch.com/A-n9sH


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