Westbrook baseball players among those charged in drinking party

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Three members of the Westbrook High School varsity baseball team are among those charged following what police describe as an underage drinking party held on Sargent Street in Westbrook on April 22.

Ryan Gilligan, 18, was arrested for refusing to submit to detention/furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor. Collin Joyce, 18, and Tristian Savage, 18, were summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor.

On Friday, Superintendent Marc Gousse said all the student-athletes either

arrested or summonsed for drinking will not be taking the field with their

respective athletic teams.

“Without question, nobody should be participating, and I want to be really

clear about that,” he said. “Where this is going is accountibility and

enforcement of the code, period.”

Marc Sawyer, the Westbrook athletic director who recently announced his

resignation effective in June, hasn’t released the exact number students

suspended, but has said it includes student-athletes from multiple

programs.

Cale Bollig, 19, who was summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor, was a 2012 Fitzpatrick Award semi-finalist for football. He graduated from Westbrook High in 2013.

Joyce is the son of Suzanne Joyce, the Westbrook School Committee member embroiled in an issue stemming from a party last fall attended by a number of Westbrook student-athletes, where alcohol was served. The athletes’ suspension, and the subsequent lifting of the suspensions, are at the heart of a widening controversy.

Joyce said Friday that her son had already “removed himself” from the

baseball team for the season on Wednesday.

“I’m beyond disappointed, and he needed to remove himself,” she said.

“We’re not going through any investigation process, he’s completely off

the team.”

At approximately 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Westbrook police were dispatched to 6 Sargent St. after receiving a complaint of a “loud, large” party. On arrival, according to police Chief Michael Pardue, officers observed people running from the house.

Pardue said officers then met with Gilligan, who represented himself as a resident of the home and the person responsible for, and in control of, the residence. Gilligan told officers he was 18, Pardue said.

During the investigation, the chief said, officers encountered 12 additional people, all under the age of 21, in and around the residence. Subsequent investigation determined that several had consumed alcohol. Others who were charged include:

• Briana Ibarguen, 19, summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor.

• Brett Goodnow, 18, summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor.

• Shawn McKeough, 19, summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor.

In addition, three juveniles under the age of 18 were summonsed for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Ibarguen and Goodnow graduated from Westbrook High in 2013.

Thursday afternoon, Pardue said the investigation is ongoing, with police seeking out the parents of Gilligan and possible sources of alcohol for the party. Pardue also said he believes Gilligan will also receive a summons for consumption of liquor by a minor.

The incident comes on the heels of an ongoing controversy stemming from a party in November 2013 that involved some 30 Westbrook student athletes, and the lifting of their suspensions from their respective sports programs.

Last year, 12 members of the Westbrook varsity baseball state championship team were sentenced to 40 hours of community service to avoid criminal vandalism charges after they celebrated their win at a home in South Portland near Wainwright Field and caused roughly $6,000 in damage to the field and equipment.

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