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The Illinois High School Association on Tuesday released a statement
saying that none of the 141 athletes tested for performance-enhancing drugs
in the fall tested positive.
The statement was issued in response to Internet message board rumors of
failed tests involving the Maine South High School football team, which won
its second state championship in a row in November.
Maine South coach Dave Inserra denied the rumor Monday and urged the IHSA to
make test results public to clear his team's name.
"We had intended to release the results of our fall drug testing at a later
date," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said, "but felt compelled to
distribute it immediately to address a proliferation of false and damaging
rumors about the test results of Class 8A football state champion Maine
"It is truly unfortunate that these rumors have persisted. It is our hope
that these groundless accusations will not diminish the outstanding
accomplishments of Maine South High School, its football coaching staff and
Inserra said Tuesday he was happy with the IHSA's decision.
"I'm extremely pleased that they came out so fast," he said. "I wish it
would have been earlier, then this whole story wouldn't have happened, but
I'm extremely pleased they responded to rumors and set the record straight.
We have nothing to hide."
According to the IHSA -- which began random drug testing after state finals
last school year -- fall testing included girls swimming and diving, boys
soccer and football. The IHSA said 117 of the 141 student-athletes were
tested for anabolic steroids and 24 for stimulants.
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