Members of the Lewiston High boys’ hockey team have been disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana after the team won the Class A state championship on March 5.

The incident, first reported by the Lewiston Sun Journal, happened outside the home of a school district employee, the newspaper said. It is unclear how many players were involved.

Lewiston athletic director Jason Fuller told the Portland Press Herald that the players “were disciplined according to the contract.”

According to an athletic handbook posted on the school district’s website, punishment for the first offense of “any student who is involved in a violation of the substance abuse policy will be suspended for 14 days from the (sport) in which the student-athlete is participating at that time.”

The rule states that the suspension carries over to the next season, but it is not known if any of the students involved were seniors.

Lewiston boys’ hockey coach Jamie Belleau could not be reached for comment. An assistant to superintendent of schools Bill Webster said he had left for home with an illness.

Earlier, Webster told The Sun Journal: “We have fully investigated this incident, and discipline has been administered in accordance with policy. While I cannot go into details, I do want to communicate that our investigation determined that the alcohol and marijuana use was outside the house, and not known by the employee when it was happening. This does not excuse that it took place.”

Webster called it “a very disappointing situation. We will be doing a review of applicable policies in the near future.”

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