Menomonie (WQOW) -- When the high school football season kicks off next month, Menomonie will find itself a bit shorthanded, as ten student-athletes will have to sit out the first three games of the Mustangs' season.
Those ten athletes had consumed an energy drink which contains a substance banned by the WIAA. Menomonie superintendent Chris Stratton tells News 18 the issue was brought to the school's attention on Monday by the WIAA, after that organization received an anonymous tip from an individual who had read Twitter postings from one of more of the athletes about their use of the energy drink.
Menomonie athletic director Bart Boettcher and head football coach Joe LaBuda then questioned the ten athletes, who admitted using an energy drink called C-Four Extreme. That drink contains synephrine, a substance banned by the WIAA.
WIAA deputy director Wade Labecki tells News 18 Sports Director Bob Bradovich that synephrine is a substance banned by both the WIAA and NCAA.
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