The Norman Transcript


March 31, 2013

T-Wolves put Florida scrape behind them



“At no point did we ever make any racial comments,” Aylor said. “We don’t do that, and we’ve never done that. That’s not who we are.”

Several attempts to contact SIAA league officials to obtain the official report were unsuccessful.

Back in Oklahoma, as the T-Wolves dealt with the fallout at home including injuries to several players, Dickerson’s comments pushed the story onto the national scene. Aylor didn’t learn about Dickerson’s comments, made late that night to the Pensacola News-Journal hours after the game ended and when North was on its way back to Oklahoma, until the next day and said he wasn’t contacted or given a chance to defend his team.

North’s administration investigated all the claims made against the team, and principal Bryan Young said there was no basis to the allegations of racial taunting. Media members who were on or near the field said they didn’t hear any racial slurs, though there was some talking going on between both teams.

OSSAA regulations require that any player who leaves the bench be suspended for one game, and anyone involved in an altercation miss at least two. Suspensions handed down by administrators for the incident kept a number of North’s players off the field in a 20-11 loss to Lawton on Monday, and several more out for North’s 11-4 victory over the Wolverines on Tuesday.

With Friday’s win, the Timberwolves hope to put to rest the incident and move forward with a team that has state tournament aspirations.

“I think the coaches and everyone is moving on,” Young said. “They’ll put it behind them and learn from it. They’re a good baseball team and they have some high expectations moving forward.”

The adversity the team has faced in the past week will ultimately help the team to grow, Aylor said.

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