Thieves deal Piner football players a double loss

Piner High School football players lost more than a football game Friday at Analy High in Sebastopol.

The visitors' locker room was entered during the first half and players' possessions were stolen, Sebastopol Lt. James Conner said Monday.

Eight players have reported the loss of five cell phones, three iPods, two wallets and one set of headphones from their gym bags, Conner said.

Her son, who plays defense for Piner, lost a new cell phone and headphones, said his mother, Wendy Rydberg of Santa Rosa.

"He is so furious. We just got him a nice cell phone for his 16th birthday. Now that's gone," she said Monday.

"The boys had to go back out the second half and play the game. All the boys were mad. Bless their hearts ... they still were out there trying," she said.

Analy beat Piner 49-20.

During the game, word spread from the bench into the crowd. "Rumors were going like wildfire through the crowd," Rydberg said. "Everybody was really upset and distracted" from the game.

Police were notified at 9:10 p.m.

Analy Principal Chris Heller Monday said the theft was embarrassing and upsetting for the school as well as being upsetting for the victims.

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