CIF Reviewing Tortilla-Throwing Incident Between Coronado, Orange Glen High Schools Following Championship Game – CBS Los Angeles


SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) — An investigation is underway into an ugly incident between two San Diego-area high school basketball teams in which tortillas were thrown at some of the Latino athletes.

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The incident happened Saturday night, after Coronado High School beat the predominantly Latino team from Orange Glen High School 60-57 in overtime.

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A Medium post recounting the incident said Coronado head coach JD Laaperi began screaming insults at Orange Glen’s head coach Chris Featherly after his team was declared the champions. Tensions had already been high following an altercation at a previous game between the two teams over a disputed shot clock violation, according to the post.

Cell phone video shows tortillas being thrown from Coronado’s side of the gym, and the Medium post included screenshots of social media posts that included images of Coronado High School students holding bags of tortillas. The original images were posted by Coronado High School’s ASB, but have since been taken down.

Laaperi described the incident as “a community member brought tortillas and distributed them which was unacceptable and racist in nature.”