High School Athletics Moves Forward With Steroid Testing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/11/08

High School Athletics Moves Forward With Steroid Testing

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The governing body of high school athletics is another step closer to testing South Plains athletes for steroids. The University Interscholastic League approved the program's rules and protocols Thursday. This comes after lawmakers approved a bill last May.

However, NewsChannel 11 found it could be spring before any athletes here are tested.

The Lubbock High Cheerleaders are ready, and fans are in the stands; setting the stage for high school talent to shine.

Texas lawmakers want to make sure it is only raw talent on the court. Thursday, the University of Interscholastic League approved rules for a statewide high school steroid testing program.

"The vendor is charged with the responsibility of randomly selecting the schools that will be chosen to participate," Lubbock ISD Athletic Director Gary Gaines said.

If chosen, Gaines says they will have to provide a list of all male and female athletes to the testing company.

"It's a gray area because you don't know if you are going to be chosen, if any of our schools will be chosen or if they'll chose a whole school district which would involve four of our high schools."

Lubbock High School football and baseball player Matthew Hester said, "It's pretty good. It keeps the playing field level; nobody has an advantage over anybody."

 "I think they should test all the students. It's in the professional world and I think they need to start now before they go on any further," Belinda Martinez, a parent of a Lubbock High athlete said.

 The University Interscholastic League hopes to conduct at least two rounds of testing before the end of the school year.

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