Meyer is suspended from team
Hudson High School student Waylon Meyer was suspended from the boys basketball team last week for an alleged violation of the school's athletic code.
The suspension apparently is related to accusations that Meyer inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl in 2001, when he was 15. He is accused of two counts of second-degree sexual assault in the case.
Meyer didn't dress for Thursday night's home game with Rice Lake, but sat on the bench with the team. He didn't play in Saturday night's game at Menomonie either.
"Our district administration has decided that he at this point is in violation of the athletic code and will be suspended indefinitely," coach Tim Scharfenberg said when asked about Meyer's absence from the court.
Scharfenberg said Meyer would appeal the decision.
According to the high school student handbook, a student suspended from an athletic team may appeal the decision to the Code of Conduct Council. The council is comprised of an assistant principal, two coaches, an adviser and a non-coaching staff member.
Scharfenberg is hoping that the council will give Meyer a hearing on the charges, too.
"You hope that they will be prompt and keep this thing rolling so that we know one way or the other," he said. "Obviously, we'd like to have him back. We feel like he should be with us."
According to a report in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, the suspension is based on transcripts from a Jan. 21 court hearing that said Meyer is likely to plead guilty to reduced charges.
Meyer had been allowed to continue to participate in high school athletics after the charges were filed in December 2002. Recent publicity of the case, initiated by the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, apparently caused school officials to reconsider their decision to allow Meyer to continue to participate in athletics pending the outcome of the case in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Athletic Director Larry Ofstedal and District Superintendent Ronald Bernth said student data privacy rules prevent them from commenting on the case.
Hudson attorney Mark Gherty, who is representing Meyer concerning his athletic participation, also declined to comment.
"In fairness to both Waylon and the school district, I have to let the process run its course before I comment," he said.
Scharfenberg was vocal in his support of Meyer.
"He's gotten so much negative publicity through this whole thing, and yet he's been very strong through it," Scharfenberg said. "He has just handled himself with a great deal of maturity. He certainly has the support of our team. I think it's real important for him now to stay connected... I'd sure like for him to be a part of it as a player."
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