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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:24 PM

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An incident stemming from the end of Monday's match between Springstead and Nature Coast has resulted in sanctioned levied on the Lady Eagles.

Springstead's fans took the court immediately following the team's three-game victory over the Lady Sharks at Nature Coast.

In response, the FHSAA hit the school with a $250 fine and placed the Lady Eagles on administrative probation through the 2013-14 season.

Administrative probation amounts to a warning and carries no sanctions, though further violations would result in harsher penalties.

Both Springstead head coach Noemi Rivera and Nature Coast head coach Emily Gore confirmed that players and coaches from either team were not involved.

However, the two squads were unable to complete the customary handshakes at the net after the match.

Springstead athletic director Bob Levija called the crowd's actions a show of enthusiasm that fans have performed all season long for the Lady Eagles, as a way of offering congratulations after victories. The team is 10-6 this season.

Still, he admitted the fans "should have waited until after the handshakes" had taken place.

"We did wrong and we paid the consequences," Levija said. "It won't happen again." (352) 544-5288

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