‘Disciplinary matter’ might mean the end of Camden’s season

CAMDEN — The Camden Central School District’s baseball season might be over.

Superintendant Dr. Jeffrey K. Bryant said on Friday scheduled games at New Hartford on Thursday and at Oneida on Friday were postponed, and the rest of the team’s schedule is uncertain due to a "student disciplinary matter."

Bryant said an investigation into the matter was being done at the school on Friday.

"Administration and the school’s athletic director (Aaron Carey) are conducting a full investigation on the team," he said. "We’re looking further to see if the district’s student code of conduct was violated."

Bryant declined to discuss specifics involving the investigation, citing student privacy issues.

He did say, however, that "in regards to if any or what type of punishment, it all depends on what the individual or a group has done. We are interviewing every member of the team."

Asked if the Blue Devils’ season was in jeopardy, Bryant said, "It is fair to say that it is going to have an impact on their season."

Bryant said he hoped the investigation would be completed on Friday. He was unavailable for further comment today.

Camden baseball coach Jake Bates declined to comment, and Carey did not return phone calls Friday or today.

Camden’s next game is scheduled to be played on the road at Whitesboro on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. The game is still listed as being scheduled on the Digital Sports Web site that includes a listing of the school’s sports events.

Camden is 4-5 overall and 1-1 in Tri-Valley League play.

The team recently went on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to compete in the Mingo Bay Classic, and last weekend the Blue Devils played Rome Free Academy as part of the Stop DWI Classic Tournament in Utica and came away with a 9-2 defeat.