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Hoffman Estates High School basketball team disciplined for hazing allegations

Updated: January 3, 2013 10:57AM

The Hoffman Estates High School boys’ varsity basketball team has been disciplined following hazing allegations, school officials said.

The team will forfeit three games as a result of a district investigation into hazing allegations, Township High School District 211 school board president Robert LeFevre said.

District officials were made aware of allegations of hazing Friday afternoon, and the district opened an investigation. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Hoffman Estates police were contacted.

Hoffman Estates police are working with the district, according to a news release issued Saturday by the department.

The district’s own investigation into the 14-player team has concluded, LeFevre said, adding that he does not know what the allegations consisted of.

He said no students were singled out.

“As far as I know this applies to the entire team,” LeFevre said.

He said the coaches had not been disciplined.

“Thank goodness no coaches were involved or aware of anything,” LeFevre said.

The coach, Luke Yanule, could not be reached but his father Robert, said, “Whatever happened, he reported it right away — immediately.”

Suburban high school athlete hazing has made headlines in recent weeks with several soccer players at Maine West High School alleging they were initiated into the team by players sodomizing them with sticks and fingers, according to a lawsuit and Des Plaines police reports. The police reports indicate a coach at that school knew about some of the hazing.

The situation in Hoffman Estates “really does not mirror Maine West,” said the mother of a Hoffman Estates varsity basketball player.

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