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January 31, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Wrestling coach resigns after biting player

It seems every week there is a national story in high school sports worth noting. This week’s takes us to Pittsburgh, where a first-year wrestling coach at Central Cambria High School agreed to resign after biting one of his players in the leg during practice.

It sounds crazy, but it’s true.

The coach’s name is Mike Marshall; he also serves as a probation officer in the Cambria County Department of Juvenile Probation.

The coach and player were wrestling each other in practice when the incident occurred, according to police officer James McGough.

The bite caused bruising, but did not draw blood, McGough said. The student, whom McGough did not identify, did not want to prosecute and opted to drop the matter if Marshall agreed to resign, police said.

Through his lawyer, Marshall said he was just “joking around.”

What are your thoughts on this wild story from Pennsylvania?

Morning stars

1. Emily Farrar, Bainbridge girls basketball — The 5-foot-5 senior scored a season-high 25 points and hit seven three-pointers in a 63-44 victory over Bishop Blanchet. She had 18 points and six three-pointers in the first half.

2. Jordan Smith, Lopez boys basketball — It was just another day in the office for the 6-foot-1 senior. He had 34 points in a 65-56 win over a good Lummi team. Amazingly, this lowered his season average (it’s now a Seattle-area best 35.7 ppg), and our database credits him with eight higher scoring games this season.

3. Sarah Anderegg, Interlake girls basketball — Anderegg, just a sophomore, scored a season-high 30 points against Mercer Island, but the Saints came up just a couple points shy, 55-52.

Tonight’s top games

1. SPSL 3A girls game — While Auburn Riverside has a secure hold of the league title, the No. 2 spot while be up for grabs tonight with big games between Auburn (8-3) and Enumclaw (7-4), and also Auburn Mountainview (7-4) versus White River (7-4).

2. Decatur at Kentwood, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. — Your weekly postseason-worthy game from the SPSL North features the 10-3 Conquerors against the 10-2 Gators.

3. Mount Rainier at Renton, boys basketball, 7 p.m. — Seamount finest take the court tonight; the two teams are a 32-2 this season and 21-1 in league combined.

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