The California Interscholastic Federation made a huge announcement this week that it will vacate the Coronado High School boys’ basketball team’s Division 4-A regional championship title following an incident in which tortillas were flung at players from rival Orange Glen High School, a mostly Latino school.
“After a thorough review and analysis of the incident following the conclusion of the Division 4-A regional basketball championship game between Coronado High School and Orange Glen High School, the CIF state executive director reiterates that discriminatory and racially insensitive behaviors toward an opponent contravene the principles of education-based athletics,” a CIF statement reads.
“In this instance, there is no doubt the act of throwing tortillas at a predominately Latino team is unacceptable and warrants sanctions.”
Orange Glen’s predominantly Latino team lost, 60-57, in overtime to largely white Coronado High back on June 19th. Soon after the game, some members of the crowd threw tortillas at Orange Glen players.
The sanctions below are levied against Coronado High School:
- The 2021 Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship is vacated.
- Coronado High School is on probation for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years.
JD Laaperi, the head coach of Coronado’s basketball team, has since been fired after the Coronado Unified School Board voted 5-0 in favor of his termination.