Caribs not making trip for tourney


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ST. THOMAS - The St. Croix Central High School baseball team will not be traveling to St. Thomas today for an IAA game scheduled for tonight and two more games set for Saturday.

Caribs coach Leroy Simmonds Jr., said in a text message that preparation for student exams on Monday and Tuesday is the reason. He did not return repeated phone calls seeking further comment.

IAA St. Thomas-St. John District President Mark Daniel said Central (1-7) did not submit its travel permission forms in time to make the trip. In a different text message, Simmonds said, "We never turned them in once we found out about the exams."

Forms typically need to be turned in to schools two weeks in advance for processing.

IAA St. Thomas-St. John District Baseball Commissioner Steve Parris finalized the season schedule on Jan. 1, but did not receive any requests for changes because of the proximity of the exams. The St. Thomas students have exams Tuesday through Thursday.

St. Croix Educational Complex (7-1) will make the trip and play Ivanna Eudora Kean High School at 6 tonight at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Complex will play Charlotte Amalie High School at 10 a.m. Saturday. Kean (2-2) and CAHS (2-2) will play at 6 p.m. Saturday. The evening matchup is a make-up game because the stadium lights did not work Wednesday. Daniel said that he is working on getting Complex's flights back to St. Croix rescheduled for Saturday afternoon in order to give the players more time to prepare for their exams at home.

CAHS coach Kenny Todman and Kean athletic director Peter Seipel said that their respective players have completed and returned their permission slips to travel for a similar slate of games Feb. 1-2 on St. Croix. Both schools also completed the forms for the IAA championship series the following weekend. One team will face Complex, which has secured a berth in the championship.

Kean was originally scheduled to play Central at 5:30 p.m. today.

"It's unfortunate that they're not coming, but we have to go by whatever rule the president sets," Kean coach Lloyd Jackson said. "Whatever they do, I'm ready to play."

Todman said, "It's disappointing because you had a schedule set, but at least one is coming. We get to play two games still."

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or tchapman@dailynews.vi.

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