Sanctions have been levied on Bishop Blanchet by the Metro League for violations of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules. As a result, the girls basketball program will vacate the past two seasons, including second- and third-place finishes at the state tournament, and the football team will forfeit the past season.

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Sanctions have been levied on Bishop Blanchet by the Metro League for violations of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules. As a result, the girls basketball program will vacate the past two seasons, including second- and third-place finishes at the state tournament, and the football team will forfeit the past season.

Additionally, the school’s athletic programs will be placed on a two-year probationary period, with its future in the league at stake if it further violates similar rules.

Bishop Blanchet self-reported violations to the Metro League on May 1. A news release from the school late last week provided details of the Metro League’s decision, which came Thursday. The release stated seven specifics the school is doing to ensure future compliance:

  1. The formation of a Compliance Committee comprised of BBHS leadership to oversee full compliance and to review any irregularities.
  2. Updated policies and procedures for the Offices of Development, Finance, and Admissions and training to provide additional levels of safeguard to ensure full compliance with WIAA rules and Metro guidelines.
  3. Suspension of BBHS affiliation with youth feeder programs in girls and boys basketball and football for the 2015-2016 school year. While the youth on these teams can continue participation in these activities, BBHS will not be affiliated with the programs pending a review over the 2015-2016 school year.
  4. The Head Football Coach and Director of Football Operations are no longer associated in any formal or informal capacity with the football program. Employment action regarding the Head Football coach is currently under review by the Archdiocese of Seattle Human Resource Office.
  5. No one associated with the Bishop Blanchet Basketball program, including all program parents, will be allowed to coach in any fall or spring off-season league.
  6. On-going training for BBHS employees and school parents on WIAA rules and Metro League guidelines.
  7. Bishop Blanchet High School has requested an independent review of this investigation through the WIAA.
Bishop Blanchet president Antonio DeSapio wrote: “It has been abundantly clear to me over these past weeks and months, that our entire Bishop Blanchet community of students, athletes, families, faculty, staff, administration and coaches has felt a sense of pain and loss through this process of discovering and addressing these violations. Throughout this process, our focus has been on maintaining the integrity of the school and adherence to WIAA and Metro League policies, all while ensuring that our student athletes can continue to compete positively in athletics, fostering their personal development as part of the overall student formation experience. In this circumstance, WIAA policies that were put into place to assure equitable participation in athletics were not followed. The consequences for the school and our athletic programs are obviously significant, but I firmly believe that absent our self-report, the negative impact on our institution may have been more severe if we had not taken action in full cooperation with our peer schools in the Metro League.”