Paula Tucker

Paula Tucker is the Salmon River High School activities director and girls basketball coach.

A formal review of the Salmon River/Sho-Ban Feb. 15 girls basketball state tournament contest is nearing completion, with the Idaho High School Activities Association having spent 14-15 hours scrutinizing a game that grew increasingly bitter as it went on.

“We have been in contact with the administration from both school districts,” IHSAA executive director Ty Jones told the Free Press April 5. “I have spoken with both superintendents and both athletic directors. I’ve also spoken with the tournament managers and officials coordinator. … I’ve probably spent 14-15 hours on this so far, which includes film review and interviews.”

It’s the first such review Jones has carried out during his five years on the job, he told the Free Press, noting that the film review is the main item that is not normally done as part of IHSAA’s regular post-tournament reviews.

Jones told the Free Press Friday afternoon he had about an hour more of work to bring the review to completion; other newspapers have reported the investigation will likely wrap up in mid-April.

Earlier this week, the Lewiston Tribune reported the Sho-Ban school district had formalized a complaint mirroring allegations made in previous letters, including one the Bingham News published as a letter to the editor last month. The Idaho State Journal (in Pocatello) reported having received a copy of the district’s complaint through a Shoshone-Bannock Tribes spokesperson. The Journal reported April 3 that the complaint does not identify specific allegations of racial taunts directed at Sho-Ban players but states that witnesses at the game saw and heard “racial and discriminatory language” from Salmon River fans, parents and players targeting Sho-Ban players.

Salmon River girls basketball coach and athletics director Paula Tucker addressed the allegations and defended her players in a statement the Free Press reported last month.

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