Washburn returns following suspension ruling

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By The Staff

BERNALILLO — Just three days after his reinstatement onto the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, Grant Washburn suited up in his first game of the 2012 season.
Washburn, a two-year offensive and defensive line starter, as well as a 2011 first team All-District player at both positions, made an appearance in Friday’s game against the Bernalillo Spartans.
Washburn was suspended from extracurricular activities Aug. 30 for a violation of Los Alamos Public Schools’ alcohol and drug policy, but his suspension was overturned Tuesday by the Los Alamos School board.
According to New Mexico Activities Association rules, players must have 10 days of practice before they can compete, but Washburn was suspended just one day before the start of the regular season and had put his mandatory practice time in by then.
“He was back at practice (Wednesday), Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “The team is happy to have their teammate back.”
Williams said Washburn kept up with his conditioning and strength training during his suspension.
On Aug. 30, a plastic bag in Washburn’s car was determined to have marijuana residue inside of it. Washburn had been suspended from athletics during the spring 2012 season for violation of the LAPS substance policy — which was his second violation and would’ve cost him the balance of his senior year in extracurricular activities —  but following his August suspension, family members and Hilltopper football supporters organized an online position to get the senior reinstated.
Friday night, Washburn came in as a substitute at defensive end. In one of his first plays, he was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on Bernalillo, but came back on the following play to record a 7-yard sack against Spartan quarterback Ralf Olguin.

-Mike Maez-Cote