Coronado stripped of basketball title after tortilla throw

Coronado High School has been stripped of its first Southern California boys boys regional basketball championship due to a tortilla incident that occurred after the game.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) imposed several sanctions against Coronado on Wednesday, leaving its championship and putting the school to the test through the 2023-24 school year. Coronado also has a ban on hosting the boys’ basketball section after the season or regional playoff games through the 2022-23 season.

The CIF’s decision comes less than two weeks after a racist-charged tortilla-throwing incident took place after Coronado’s title fight victory over Orange Glen High School. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, at least two people threw tortillas at the team from Orange Glen after the last summer.

Orange Glen High School has a prominent Latino population.

Just days after the tortilla throwing incident took place, the Coronado Unified School Board voted unanimously to release veteran Coronado High School head coach JD Laaperi from his duties. Laaperi reportedly banned an Orange Glen coach after the game, who played a role in his firing. For 12 years as Coronado’s head coach, Laaperi set a 215-121 record, including a 24-5 mark in this year’s COVID-19 pandemic season.

The CIF’s investigation into the incident lasted just over a week before the sanctions were handed down.


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