Wasonga faces charges in Marietta
Was arrested Sunday night
October 8, 2011Parkersburg News and Sentinel,
PARKERSBURG - A former Parkersburg High football star was arrested following a fight outside a bar earlier this week and is facing charges in Marietta.
Allan Wasonga was arrested Sunday night by the Washington County Sheriff's Department on misdemeanor charges of assault and obstructing official business. Wasonga was involved in a fight outside the Locker Room in Marietta, the sheriff's department said.
In the arrest record, the 18-year-old's address was listed as Point Pleasant. Wasonga transferred from Point Pleasant High School to Parkersburg High following his sophomore season.
In February Wasonga signed a letter-of-commitment to play at Marshall University.
On Sept. 22, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported Wasonga was no longer with the team. The report was preceded by a Sept. 21 press release announcing the abrupt resignation of the team's strength and conditioning coach, James Townsend, less than four months after he was hired by head coach John "Doc" Holliday in June and three weeks into football season.
Jason Corriher, Marshall University assistant athletic director for media relations, declined to answer questions from The News and Sentinel on Friday, including whether Townsend and Wasonga had engaged in an altercation that resulted in Townsend's resignation.
"No comment," Corriher said.
As for Wasonga, Corriher said only that Wasonga was "no longer part of the program." Wasonga left the team about a month ago, according to Corriher.
Attempts to contact Wasonga were unsuccessful.
Wasonga's case in Washington County has been continued to Oct. 12, according to Marietta Municipal Court.
In July 2009 the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission investigated Wasonga's eligibility after his transfer from Point Pleasant. Commission officials cleared him to play for the Big Reds.
After a standout junior season when he ran for more than 2,000 yards, Wasonga was named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year. He floundered during his senior campaign when he was hampered by injuries and conflicts with coaches.